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Before you install your child theme, ensure you have the latest Genesis parent theme installed. If you do not, you can follow the same instructions below to install the Genesis parent theme before proceeding to install your new child theme.
- Go to Appearance > Themes and click “Add New” or “Add New Theme” button.
- Click the “Upload Theme” button.
- Click the “Choose File” button, find/select your theme zip file, and click “Open”.
- Click the “Install Now” button.
- Click the “Activate” link.
This step is optional. If you wish to install any of the plugins used in the theme demo, follow the instructions below for each.
- Go to: Plugins > Add New.
- Search for the plugin you want to install.
- Click Install Now.
- Click Activate Now.
For your convenience, an export file of the demo site is available to assist in the setup of your theme. This file is located in the xml folder of your theme.
You’ll find more information about this in the Importing Demo Content tutorial.
The following optional plugins are used in the Pierce demo:
- Display Featured Image for Genesis
- Instagram Slider Widget
- WYSIWYG Widgets / Widget Blocks
- Contact Form 7
- Genesis eNews Extended
- Genesis Simple Edits
- Genesis Simple Share
- Simple Social Icons
- Responsive Lightbox
In your WordPress admin, navigate to Genesis > Theme Settings.
To setup Content Archives like the demo, use the following settings:
Big Leader Featured Images
Pierce features some unique styles that work hand-in-hand with the Display Featured Image for Genesis plugin to give striking visual impact when large featured images are used. Thank you to the talented Robin Cornett for creating this useful plugin.
Entry title is pulled automatically and a sub-heading is added to the “Excerpt” field on the page or post editor.
If you do not have the option to enable excerpts from “Screen Options” on the page editor, add the following code to your functions.php file…
Also, make sure you have “Move Excerpts/Archive Descriptions” enabled (checked) under Appearance > Display Featured Image for Genesis.
Set a static page as your “Front page” under Settings > Reading.
There are (3) Front Page widget areas ready for your content. Go to Appearance > Widgets to add configure the widget areas.
The demo is using the WYSIWYG Widgets / Widget Blocks plugin for the Front Page 1 widget area.
The “Genesis – Featured Posts” widget is used to feature (3) blog posts in the Front Page 2 widget area.
Instagram Slider Widget plugin is used for an Instagram feed in the Front Page 3 widget area.
Site Title / Logo Image
The theme supports both text based logo/description or a logo image. You can change this under Genesis > Theme Settings.
For a logo image, replace the logo.png and email@example.com files with your own in the theme’s “images” directory.
You may need to modify some CSS for logo background sizing in a couple areas. Contact us if you need assistance.
Create your menu(s) under Appearance > Menus.
Go to Appearance > Widgets and drag the “Custom Menu” widget to the Header Right widget area. Select your menu from the drop down and save.
There is a Primary Sidebar widgets area under Appearance > Widgets.