What am I trying to accomplish here?
I want to give ordinary website owners more control over how their homepages and inner pages look.
- To help you make your site look professional.
- While keeping things simple and only installing plugins if you have to.
- I hope this will give you a good solid foundation for your site and your business.
What did I use to build these layouts?
I used the Genesis Sample theme but you could also use a free theme from the WordPress repository.
Plugins I used
- Beaver Builder Plugin (Lite Version)
- PowerPack Lite for Beaver Builder
- Fullwidth Page Templates
- WP Show Posts
If you own several sites or develop sites for clients, you might consider the premium version of Beaver Builder.
Why did I choose Beaver Builder to build the layouts?
There are two very popular page layout plugins.
- Beaver Builder
The free version of Elementor has more options than the free version of Beaver Builder, so why am I using Beaver Builder?
There are two main reasons…
- StudioPress Sites recommend Beaver Builder.
- Elementor can be a bit overwhelming for new users.
Using Beaver Builder is part of the plan to make it as simple as possible for you to upgrade to StudioPress Sites, if you ever need to in the future.
A bit more info…
I want to help you look professional at a price that makes sense
For between $100 and $140 you can get the Genesis Framework and a good looking well coded child theme. And that theme will be SEO friendly, mobile responsive and secure.
To build a theme like that from scratch would cost thousands of dollars. There’s no doubt about it you get a bargain.
But… Oh, I knew it. There had to be a but!
Off the peg themes look like off the peg themes
OK, here’s the good part. With just a few small tweaks and simple customizations, you can make your off the peg theme look much more like a truly bespoke design.
Bespoke look – off the peg price
Hello, my name is Philip and I want to help you get a theme that looks bespoke but costs just slightly more than an off the peg theme.
I use the Genesis Framework every day.
If you’ve got a blog, small business website or an affiliate marketing website, a child theme based on the Genesis Framework provides an excellent foundation.
If you compare the quality and price of a StudioPress theme. Or a theme built by an independent developer such as Carrie Dils, to the price you’d pay to get a bespoke designed theme. Well, there just is no comparison.
- Genesis Framework and Sample Theme $59.95
- Off the peg StudioPress theme $100 to $140.
- Bespoke theme $5000?
You do the math!
So what is the secret solution?
Build your site using the Genesis Sample child theme. Then tweak and customize it using Beaver Builder Lite.
You can make your home page look radically different, to the way the home page looks, on the theme’s demo website.
What will you end up with?
If you get this right you’ll end up with a superbly coded mobile responsive website, that is SEO friendly and secure. It will take an expert to spot that your site is based on an off the peg theme. And best of all you will have paid a fraction of the price a bespoke design would cost.