Hey folks, I just want to let everyone know about what is going on with the Genesis Explained eBook. I have been editing my Genesis Explained series, finding typos and grammar mistakes, as well as updating the illustrations and examples. I’m about half way through the first revision on the existing articles and I’m mapping out two parts that aren’t in the existing series.
Style Sheets Explained
Style Sheets Explained will go over how the CSS works in Genesis. This will mostly be an explanation of the basic structure of the style sheet, but it will focus on 3 parts that tend to confuse folks who are editing style sheets in StudioPress child themes.
- Layouts: These have been in the style sheets from the beginning. Understanding how the body classes assigned by the layouts are handled in the style sheet is key to understanding how to make key changes like the width of various elements.
- Color Options: These are newer and do not appear in all style sheets, but they are very easy to implement with the new to Genesis 1.8 features and once understood will let you further extend your themes.
- Responsive Design: This is the newest feature in the style sheets. Many find it very confusing and have been very frustrated with losing responsiveness when making other changes. It shouldn’t be a nightmare and like the rest of Genesis Explained, I will break it down into information novices and experts alike can make use of.
This section will be published on this blog in the next couple of weeks.
Your First Child Theme
I am building a child theme I’m currently calling Fluid Two. It is intentionally a merger of multiple child themes with some totally new features not found in any of them.
- Fluid: This is my free child theme that is the only fluid width child theme I’m aware of.
- Streamline 2.0: I have based this site and my personal site on this theme. It is my favorite right now.
- Minstream: The latest theme from StudioPress to support post formats, and Fluid Two does support post formats
- Nick Geek Custom: I’m pulling features I added to my personal blog and putting it in Fluid Two. While my blog is built on Streamline 2.0 now it wasn’t until quite recently. The custom features are a carry over from the previous theme.
I’ll be pulling in a few other themes’ features, but not nearly as noticeably. I’m also building in some unique features. I intentionally want to make a kind of Frankentheme (maybe I should rename Fluid Two that) because I am always being asked, “how do I add feature x from theme y to theme z?” A big part of this section will be showing how to merge parts from existing themes, which is super simple in Genesis Child Themes.
Once Fluid Two (or Frankentheme) is completed I will go through the internal documentation and make sure each function and important line of code is clearly explained within the files. That will be a section of the book itself. Then I will write up the equivalent of a step by step instructional explaining what each part does and how to pull various sections out of other themes or create your own new content.
Additionally, this information will be used throughout the book to illustrate the points with instructions on how to make further changes so the reader can edit their theme while reading and see how it is changed live on their site. How cool is that?
This theme will be included free with the book along with this new section and all the new examples that will be added to the existing sections.
Getting a Free Draft of the Genesis Explained eBook
OK, time for some marketing. Folks I respect tell me that I should be doing a better job of converting readers into followers … or something like that. I’ll be honest I’m not a marketer and when people start saying words like “conversion” and “followers” I start having flashbacks to my personal evangelism classes in Bible college. It’s weird to me because the Church is trying to look and act more corporate while the corporate world is using tactics that church use to use (some still do). That is a topic for my other blog though.
In any case I’m not much of a marketer, even though I’ve apparently been doing it for most of my life. That said I know it is important to push my newsletter. So everyone on the newsletter list will get a free draft of the Genesis Explained eBook once I’m done with the first revision. This will include the existing sections and the new Style Sheets Explained section, but not the new “Your First Child Theme” or the free theme. The first revision will not have the new examples either, but it will be updated with the latest changes and information as of now.
So, all you have to do is put your email address in my subscribe box on the top right and you will get your first draft copy of Genesis Explained for free when it is finished.