February 27, 2016 at 2:53 pm #180085
I'm not new, but just re-introducing myself to WordPress and the Genesis Framework after a few years away
I've just downloaded and installed the Genesis Sample child theme to the Genesis Framework and went looking for some documentation on this theme, and found a page about configuring the landing page template
I don't have a landing page template - what DO I have and what SHOULD I have? and how would I find out?
thank youFebruary 27, 2016 at 8:34 pm #180108
The Sample theme is considered a starter theme for custom theme development, and as such, it doesn't come with the page templates as the assumption is anyone using the Sample theme would want to design / develop those templates for themselves. While in most other child themes, you'll find a widgetized home page and a landing page template, those templates are not included with the Sample theme.
Here's a link to the Sample theme demo: http://my.studiopress.com/setup/genesis-sample-theme/. And here's a link to the theme setup instructions for the Sample theme. http://my.studiopress.com/setup/genesis-sample-theme/ .The instructions are meant to demonstrate how to apply the page templates once you create them (just like there are no page widgets, but the setup instructions direct you on how to add content to the widget areas).
Hope that helps,
SandeeFebruary 28, 2016 at 7:13 am #180155
thank you, but this is the source of my confusion - the setup instructions instruct one to select the templates from the drop-down menu, but the templates are not there, no sample code, no instructions on how to appropriately code such a template, where to put them - ?February 28, 2016 at 8:40 am #180160
There are a lot great tutorials on the web on creating Genesis page templates. There are a few good paid tutorial sites that Genesis users and devs use, but there are also hundreds of free tutorials on all things Genesis - from creating sticky headers and nav menus to creating page templates. You can also join the Genesis Facebook group, the Google+ group, or ask for help on Twitter using the hashtag #GenesisWP.
As I said, the Sample theme is intended for use as a starter theme, and the assumption is, if you're using it, you know how to code those pages in PHP and write the accompanying CSS you'd need. If you aren't proficient with code yet, that's okay. 🙂 Choosing one of the other (pre-made) child themes means all of the page templates and accompanying CSS will be included with the theme files, and you can just set about making your changes.
Best of luck,
SandeeMarch 1, 2016 at 11:50 am #180345davidgrimMember
I totally understand what you just asked. I was looking to get the exact same thing with the Sample Theme.
It does exist (as far as I know) in the Page templates for the Sample Theme. I purchased Metro Pro additionally and following the tutorial exactly when I check with that child theme it IS there. NOT with the child Sample Theme.
So you must to have an additional child theme to get a landing page template option. Hope that helped answer that.March 1, 2016 at 2:44 pm #180350
You don't have to buy an additional child theme (unless you are not code proficient). The Genesis Sample Theme is considered a starter theme, which means it gives you the freedom to code (PHP / JS) and style (CSS) your own page templates, completely customizing them for your specific use.
To create a landing page template, you can use one of these tutorials. These include the PHP code, which you can copy and paste; you'll need to style it yourself with CSS.
To create a home page, here are a couple of tutorials:
And here's a more general one on creating a custom page template:
If you want another Genesis theme to help familiarize yourself with the code, there a number of free ones, so you don't have to buy another child theme if you don't want to.
There are a number of Genesis courses (with Carrie Dils instructing) on Lynda.com to help you learn more about the Genesis framework. You can also join the Facebook group or the Google+ community to ask questions.
Hope that helps,
SandeeMarch 2, 2016 at 3:59 pm #180465serenaomeMember
I have a question related to the Sample Theme.
I am trying to customize a few things on the sample theme (i.e. colors, category names, etc), however, even when I apply it to my page, it does not do anything to the design. The categories are all over the place and it is just a white screen with text. Am I doing something wrong? Would anyone be able to shed some light on how to customize this theme, or at least get it to look somewhat like the Sample theme demo?
I would greatly appreciate your help.
Thank you!March 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm #180765
thanks very much, Sandee
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