How to Install and Set-Up AgentPress Theme

How to Install and Set-Up AgentPress ThemeAgentPress is a child theme of  the StudioPress Genesis Framework. It is a solid choice for a theme for a real estate website as well as when you need a site to display a variety of types of directory listings. Below is an explanation of child theme, directory sites, and a tutorial on how to install and set-up AgentPress theme.

Benefits of Using Child Themes

To use AgentPress, you upload the theme to your theme folder and activate it, but before it will work [Read more…]

How to Use Firebug – Customize .css in WordPress

Want to learn how to use Firebug for Firefox?

How to use firebug - customize cssIf you want to edit .css you should learn how to use Firebug. Firebug is a free open source Firefox add-on that is an essential tool  for anyone wanting to customize a WordPress theme.  It allows you to find the exact place in the .css code that has to be changed for a particular issue. With firebug, you can identify the precise location of whatever you intend to change and it even allows you to do and view the changes in real-time. Unfortunately, you cannot make a permanent change in Firebug but you can copy the code and go change it in your text editor like Programmers Notepad. Oh, and be sure to add the addon to Firebug, called Firepicker which makes it easier to actually pick a hex color and see the change right there.

Watch the Firebug tutorial below to learn how to use Firebug.
This tutorial shows you how install Firebug and preview edits to .css  (cascading style sheets).

How to Install and Use Firebug for Firefox (preview edits to .css) from Judi Knight on Vimeo.

How to Use Thesis Theme to Customize Your Website

In this post, I am going to walk you through making some of the customizations that we used to create the Isvari Yoga site with Thesis Theme for WordPress. So here we go…

  1. First you will have to purchase Thesis from DIYthemes. It is available for 87.00 for a single site and 164.00 for a developers license. There is a thirty day money back guarantee if you really can’t use it.
  2. Download the Thesis theme from DIYthemes site to your desktop and unzip the folders.
  3. Using an FTP program like Filezilla, you will need to upload the theme to your WordPress installation. You put it in the “Theme” folder that is you will find located in the “wp-contents” folder for your site.
  4. While in your FTP program, you have once important thing to do in order to take advantage of all the controls that Thesis offers. Since this is a new installation of Thesis, you need to change the name of your custom-sample folder to custom. (If you have been using Thesis and Upgrade you would not do this step or you would overwrite your customizations).
  5. Now you are ready to Login to your WordPress site and Go to the dashboard to Appearance . Under Appearance, you will find, “Themes” and Thesis should be one of the choices on the page and you can activate Thesis now. [Read more…]

Using the Genesis Theme Framework to Build WordPress Sites

Genesis is the parent theme of a Theme Framework by Studio Press that comes with a boatload of child themes. Wondering what the heck is a Theme Framework and how does it differ from a regular WordPRess theme? I just happen to have a post on that exact subject which you may want to check out first. I also have a couple of posts on other theme frameworks such as Thesis Theme.

The Genesis theme’s child themes,  were based upon the theme files of the Genesis Parent theme. The child themes are available from StudioPress to purchase and are ready to use as is or to customize and make Grandchildren theme designs.

When you use a Genesis Child theme you must upload both the parent, Genesis and the child theme to the wp-content/theme folder though FTP. You then must activate only the child theme. As long as the parent is in the wp-content/theme folder it will be ready for you to start working with it. Once the theme is active you can go to the theme options and select the options that you will need. [Read more…]

What the Heck Are WordPress Theme Frameworks?

The buzz around the WordPress Meetup Groups no longer is which theme should I use but rather, which theme framework is the “best” to use to learn to develop WordPress sites. But before we can even get into that, lets answer the question, “What exactly is a “framework”?

What the heck does that mean?  The official WordPress Codex definition  is “a theme that is designed to be a flexible foundation that can serve as a parent theme for building child themes.” [Read more…]

How to Build an Elegant Photography Website That Sells

Creating  photography websites is easy for the designer and the end user if you build it using WordPress. With a photographer or an artist who is constantly creating new work, it is very important that they be able to add their new pieces and update their photography website themselves.  Too often they have someone build a static website for them and are left with a site that they cannot update themselves. Even if they got the site for free this is no bargain when they have to pay a web designer  $50 to $100.00  a pop to go in and add new work.  Now, there is technology  such as WordPress that allows an end user to go in and add photos and write content as easily as adding a post to Facebook or writing an e-mail.

WordPress is open source, so that means it is a free and the code is available to developers and designers to extend its functionality with  plugins and themes. You can certainly have a custom theme developed but [Read more…]

Get Creative With Aviary -The Free Google Apps Graphics Suite

Many of you are designers who have access to the entire Adobe Creative Suite that includes Photoshop to manage and manipulate graphic images.  But non-graphic designers who have been at a real disadvantage when they want to make even quick tweaks to images. Now, using Aviary,  you non-graphic design folks can work on or create a new  graphic or even an audio file!

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reigndeer.egg by betsapp91 on Aviary

I have been using Aviary for a couple of years to take quick screenshots of websites or images from the web.  I noticed recently that they are now affiliated with Google Apps and the entire web-based software is totally free!  This powerful suite of design tools includes such apps as an: [Read more…]

Nine Posts You Need When Learning to Customize WordPress Themes

Back when I got into WordPress, I learned the hard, slow way to customize my WordPress sites. There just weren’t as many resources as there are today and the program was not as evolved as it is now.  Back then, you had to know how to FTP files to WordPress rather than uploading themes and plugins through the admin as you can do now.  For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to FTP a file to my WordPress Installation. I rejoiced when someone finally told me to do it with Filezilla.  Yup, I learned the slow painful way. At the time I was just working on my own sites and if I couldn’t figure out how to do something,  I would just skip that idea and do it another way. And there are still plenty of ways to get to the same result with WordPress, which makes it a really fun development platform.

To save others from my frustrations, I thought I would pull together some of my posts that may fill in some gaps for you and get you further down the road to beginning to customize WordPress themes. Graphic designers  especially should learn to modify existing WordPress themes and create customized sites for their clients. Most small business clients these days would rather have their site built from a theme customized by a designer than to pay the price of a designer to design a site psd file and then pay a developer to code it. [Read more…]

Thesis Theme Customizations From New Tricks

Customizing WordPress With Chris Pearson’s Thesis Theme

I often use Thesis Theme for WordPress which is a premium theme by DIY Themes. Thesis comes rather plain vanilla out of the box but comes with a great theme options admin panel which makes putting a site together go very quickly. Thesis is regularly updated and it has been tested to the hilt. Because so many people use this theme as the bones for their site, there are a lot of tutorials and thesis hacks out there,  just a quick Google Search away. Graphic designer’s  like to use it because it is somewhat of a blank slate.  But a lot of folks use it as is, right out of the gate.  Clients love this theme since it has a lot easy to use options and it never breaks. Here are  just a few of our  New Tricks website customizations using Thesis Theme. [Read more…]