Hey, guys! Finally, I will be sharing with you how I achieved the look of my website using the Author Pro Theme. The Author Pro Theme is one of the child themes compatible with the Genesis Framework. You can download a free version of this theme at wordpress.org, BUT you can only do limited things on the site, and some of its functions do not work properly. That will only cause frustration when trying to make your website look like the demo. I recommend testing with the free version, then purchasing the complete package (through my Affiliate Links, please).
For my Phil-Gabriel website, I used the Author Pro Theme instead of the Genesis Sample because the features of the Author Pro theme are more appropriate for what I had intended to do for my site, which is an Author site. As you can see, I was able to display on the front page; my books, some featured pages, and my recent posts, all displayed on a slider. I tried to make my website look like the demo, but I found out that this look works for the best since it is easier to navigate.
In this post, I will tell you about the cool plugins that I used to make my website very functional and look great. Some of the plugins that I used for this website are the pro versions, which means that you have to pay for added functionality or to be able to use them on multiple websites. I assure you though that each of these plugins will give you more than your money’s worth.
1. Genesis Responsive Slider by StudioPress
When I saw this feature in the demo, I immediately fell in love with it because I know that this is the perfect way to showcase my recent blog posts. This plugin allows you to create a simple responsive slider that displays the featured image, along with the title and excerpt from each post. The slideshow is also responsive and will automatically adjust for the screen size used. This way my website looks good on every display from a 27″ monitor to an iPhone.
2. Genesis Author Pro Slider by copyblogger
The Genesis Author Pro Slider plugin creates a library which allows you to add books to your site. By installing this free plugin, you will also have the option to put a link to the library of your books by simply adding a custom link to your menu, http://www.phil-gabriel.com/books/. You can add custom information for your books like features text, price, ISBN, publisher, editor, etc., which will appear when a visitor clicks the image of your book found in the library of your website. The Genesis Author Pro Featured Book widget will allow you to select a book from the library and feature it in any widgeted area of your website.
3. Display Widgets by strategy11
This plugin gives you a choice to have any plugin displayed anywhere on your site. With the visibility option, this plugin gives you the freedom to select the contents which you want to appear or hide on any part of your site. This plugin is free.
In my next post, I will teach you how to arrange the widgets locations to make your website look like the demo if you like. If not, I will show you how to make your website simply functional and better looking than its previous appearance.
Talk with you soon!