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How to Create and Style HTML Boxes in Genesis

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In this session we demonstrate how to create and style HTML boxes in Genesis using the BYOB Genesis Child Theme Editor plugin. We show where to write CSS and demonstrate how to style the child theme’s appearance and make it responsive. Video Transcript Member: I'll get right to my question which is in the forums

How to Add Custom Fonts to Custom Thesis 2.1 Skins

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In this session we show how to use the Thesis Font API to add a Google Font to the skin so that it shows up in the typical font drop down lists. Member: I have another question. Rick: Uhuh. Member: So I want to use font kit from adobe and, Rick: And which font? Typekit

How to Add the Viewport Meta Tag to a Thesis 2.1 Skin

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In this session we demonstrate how to add the viewport meta tag to a Thesis 2.1 skin by placing the code inside the skin.php. There are some devices that will try to scale the whole page to fit instead of making it change in size to fit the window so we demonstrate how to set

How to Add a Hover Style to a Thesis 2.1 Query Box

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In this session we demonstrate how to add styling to the hover state of a Thesis 2.1 query box and add opacity to the image. Member: It's one little off, yeah. Rick: Yeah, got it. Member: Well, you can see there are 8 query boxes here with pages inside of, inside them. Rick: Uhuh. Member:

Which Plugins are Critical for Launching a New Website?

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In this session we talk about which plugins are critical for launching a new website. We talk about why it is important to have an anti-spam plugin like Akismet, a backup plugin like BackupBuddy and a sitemap-generating plugin like Google XML sitemaps. Those are the 3 main absolutely necessary plugins to have on the site

Should I Upgrade to Thesis 2.1 or Stick with 1.8.5?

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In this session we talk about whether a member should upgrade to Thesis 2.1 or stick with 1.8.5. Thesis 2.1 and Thesis 1.8.5 don’t do things the same and we show some of the differences. We also suggested watching some videos on Thesis Theme 2 Seminars like Thesis 2.1 Launch Party, Thesis 2.1 for DIY

A Conversation About How to Integrate a Standalone PHP Application with WordPress

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In this session we talk about how to integrate a standalone PHP application with WordPress. We begin with some initial steps in terms of setting up a custom template where we apply a small hook function to render some basic content out to one WordPress page on a site and the submit button that validates

Troubleshooting Errors in Responsiveness in a Member’s Site

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In this session we troubleshoot errors in responsiveness in a member’s site beginning with the images. We talk about why the images are not responsive and how Agility deliberately scales HTML images because they can't be bigger than their container. We change the image from a background image and make it a regular HTML image

How to Configure the WooCommerce Featured Products Widget

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In this session we demonstrate how to configure the WooCommerce Featured Products widget in the sidebar and show you the trick to making sure the products show as featured from the products list. Rick: Okay, so you want to put a WooCommerce widget in a sidebar... Member: Correct. Rick: So, I’m going to let you

How to Use Adobe Edge Fonts with Thesis 2.1

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In this session we demonstrate how to use Adobe Edge Fonts with Thesis 2.1 and show where to place the scripts and the font family. We have prepared a seminar for this in Customize Thesis Like a Pro lesson number 2 where we go through the process of adding adobe fonts and talk about the

Troubleshooting Google Analytics Tracking Code in Genesis 2

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In this session we troubleshoot the Google Analytics tracking code in Genesis 2 that is not working correctly. We compare the tracking scripts that look different from our own. There is the old way and the new universal way of scripts from Google. Rick: So you have a question about Analytics Tracking Code. Member: Yeah,

How to Use the BYOB Custom Post Nav Box

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In this session we show how to use the BYOB Custom Post Nav box by first demonstrating how to add the box and then we show how to customize the custom text. Rick: Now the box will work in any skin. Let’s go over here, let’s activate Social Triggers for this. We’ll come over to

How to Choose the Right Thesis 2.1 Skin

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In this session we discuss how to choose the right Thesis 2.1 skin. While there isn't any skin that's better than another because they’ve all got Thesis and WordPress inherent traits each skin will display pages differently. We talk about a variety of skins and their capabilities including our Agility skin and Carta skin which

Configuring the Next Post/Previous Post Links in Agility and Carta

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In this session we demonstrate how to configure the next post/previous post links in the Agility Skin and the Carta Skin using the Agility Custom Post Nav box that is built into the latest version of Agility. We also show how to setup the settings by changing the intro text and custom text. Rick: One

SEO Critique of a Post

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In this session we provide an SEO critique of a post where we suggest using keywords and search terms that are most descriptive of the post. We also talk about the importance of having the meta description contain text that is focused on words and phrases that people are actually searching for. And we discuss

How to Troubleshoot a Broken Site in Genesis with the Agency Theme

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In this session we demonstrate how to troubleshoot a broken site in Genesis with the Agency theme where there are no body classes assigned to the body tag. We update WordPress and Genesis but the body classes still do not exist and schedule a separate seminar to further explain how to troubleshoot this problem. Leah:

How to Create a Responsive 2-Column Call to Action Box

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In this session we talk about how to create a responsive 2 column call to action box using the Carta Column System and the Agility Column System. The process to accomplish this involves creating a column wrapper and left and right columns where you add image links and add a class to style the column

Using a Custom Post Type to Organize and Display Testimonials

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In this session we discuss the use of a custom post type to organize and display testimonials. We talk about different examples of organizing the testimonial for display such as using specific providers or by type of work but they could be grouped by any taxonomy. We discuss how to consider what you are going

How to Create a Custom Post Type and Display it in Thesis 2.1

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In this session we demonstrate how to create a custom post type and display it in Thesis 2.1 with customization from the advance level options. We talk about how Thesis automatically creates a Testimonials Archive Page which behaves exactly like a post page that shows all the testimonials on the basis of a single post