Hi! Welcome to my shiny new child theme! I’m really liking the layout! I still have a lot to tweak, but I’m excited about the possibilities. For example, I need to link the three “Hero” pictures on the Home page to pages that will include all of the posts written on those subjects. There some additional widget areas needed, and that will take a little bit of coding, so I’m still reviewing tutorials.
I hope you’ll find the site easy to navigate… once I get it completed 😉 I’ll update this post on my progress.
February 19 UPDATE: After a couple of days of playing around with the different settings, I’m happy with look and function of my website. I want to thank those people who have shared their expertise through tutorials for this particular child theme.
I began this blog on January 2, 2017, after assisting my daughter, Nicole, with her blog (Peace of My City) for the past year. I originally used the same child theme, Beautiful Pro Theme, for this site. After creating several posts, I realized that I wanted to provide the reader with more logical navigation features.
I noticed that one of my favorite bloggers, Abby Lawson, from Just a Girl and Her Blog, used the Brunch Pro Theme (primarily used for food blogs), even though her site is about decorating and organization. She’s so inspiring! (I want to be her when I grow up!) So, I did some Googling and found an excellent review on Delicious From Scratch (a food blog) by . I’m already a StudioPress.com customer, so I headed there next to take a look at the cost and play around with the demo.
Being inspired by Abby and Nancy Anne, I took the plunge and purchased and installed the Brunch Pro Theme. But I didn’t activate it yet! Switching themes is not as easy as flipping a switch! Here’s the steps I took PRIOR to activating my new child theme.
Take notes! I went through each area of my dashboard to make sure I knew what settings were where… I basically just opened each area, especially the widgets I had set up, and took screen shots and pasted them into Microsoft Word. Also, if you’ve changed any coding in your child theme, make note of what you did and why. (Luckily, I hadn’t done any of that.) Take notes on your tracking codes, such as Google Analytics. I didn’t need to worry about this either, since I use the Genesis Simple Hooks with my Genesis Framework.
Maintenance Mode: I installed the plug-in WP Maintenance and took down my site, while I switched theme’s and began setting up my new theme.
Big thank-you’s to John at Minimalist Baker for his Foodie Pro Genesis Child Theme Master Setup and Customization Guide (many of these same instructions work with the Brunch Pro Theme) and the folks at Feast Design Co. for continued support and tutorials for the Brunch Pro Theme.
If you’re considering changing your theme, I’d recommend making a list of WHY you want to change it (such as re-branding, better navigation, etc.), then start looking at some of your favorite blogs and write down what you like about them. Consider the steps involved prior to your change and make a plan of how you want the final product to look. Do lots of research! I know I’ll probably continue to “tweak” my site (I just can’t leave things alone!), but I’m very happy with the final result!