Genesis theme framework is one of the best and no-nonsense WordPress theme framework’s that is open for almost all possible website variants like portfolio, business, blogs, etc.
Unlike other theme frameworks, Genesis doesn’t come with a whole bunch of fancy settings, out-of-the-box sliders, etc., to bloat your WordPress site, but has all the necessary features and options to configure accordingly.
That being said, configuring these basic settings may be a bit confusing if you have never used Genesis framework before. So, here is a detailed guide on how to configure the default Genesis settings.
Configure Genesis Theme Settings
You can easily access Genesis settings page by selecting the link “Theme settings” under the “Genesis” category in your WordPress admin area.
Genesis Information: In the general information area of Genesis settings, you can select the check boxes for automatic updates and notification alerts when the updates are available. As per the usage, I recommend you to add your email address in the “Notify” field to get notified immediately whenever there is an update available.
Theme Color Style: Depending on your child theme, you can select different color schemes for your website or blog. By default, most Studiopress themes come either in three or four color schemes like red, blue, green, orange, etc. So, select the color style from the drop-down menu depending on your taste and requirements.
Custom Feeds: By default, ever WordPress site has two different feeds, i.e. general feed URL for the blog posts and a comment’s feed for any comments on your site. Genesis supports feed redirection out-of-the-box for both the Feedburner and Feedblitz services. So if you are using any of the mentioned services then use the feed redirection options to properly redirect users to the feed service.
As you can see from the above image, I’m using Feedburner for Bloggersignal RSS Feed. So, I’ve entered my Feedburner URL.
Default Layout: Here you can select any of the displayed theme layouts, simply select a layout with your mouse and save the changes. Depending on your theme, the number of layout options may vary and the default theme layout is already set by your child theme. But you can always change from the available ones.
But you can always change from the available ones, if needed.
Breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs are nothing but a simple navigation displayed on top of your articles. If you choose to display the Breadcrumbs on your site, simply select the area you want to display and save the changes. Breadcrumbs are particularly useful in SEO perspective and for easier user navigation.
Comments and Trackbacks: Here in this section, you can easily enable and disable comments and trackbacks on posts and pages.
Content Archives: Content Archives section is one of the important sections of the Genesis settings page as it helps you define how your archives look on the front end. The best recommendation would be to limit the number of characters displayed in the content archive and to enable the “Featured Image” setting.
Besides that, you can also select the post navigation techniques based on your design and taste.
Blog Page Template: If you are using your WordPress site as a blog, then you can define what categories to be displayed and what categories to be excluded from the blog page using the Blog Page Template settings. This is particularly useful if you have categories that you don’t want to be listed on the blog page.
Besides that, you can also set number of posts that can be displayed at a time on your blog page.
Header and Footer Scripts: Header and Footer scripts area can be used to insert or add any external scripts like Google Analytics, social widget codes, etc. This provides an easy way to add scripts without manually messing with the theme files.
Scripts pasted in
wp_head() field will be executed immediately before the head tag and scripts pasted in
wp_footer() field will be executed just before the closing body tag.
That’s all there is to do and it is that simple to configure basic Genesis theme framework settings.
Once you have configured everything, it is always a good thing to backup your Genesis theme settings. To do that, open the “Import or Export” page under Genesis category and export the settings onto your local hard drive.
As you can see, Genesis theme settings offer almost all the basic options and are also quite easy to configure. Besides from the theme settings, Genesis does have basic SEO settings to help increase your site’s search engine rankings.
But if you want more control over the SEO, then I would recommend you to use advanced plugins like WordPress SEO by Yoast.
Hopefully that helps and do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the Genesis Framework.