My latest Genesis child theme freebie is about as minimal as they come. It’s much less about features I’ve added and more about what I’ve taken away. Sidebars? Nope. Primary/secondary nav bars? Nope. Footer widgets? Only one. Forget about sub-menus, you don’t really need them do you?
It became increasingly fun to take away as much as I could to make this theme as simple as possible but still functional and elegant at the same time. I didn’t feel the need to add extra homepage widgets or any other features really. I still made sure to pay very close attention to the details. There are styled landing page and archive page templates, a styled Genesis eNews Extended footer widget, and a search widget that looks great in the header if you choose to add one.
Setup is extremely simple. Under Appearance > Widgets, you’ll find the Header area to place your menu and a single a Footer widget area. Set a static page as your “Front page” under Settings > Reading. The theme supports both text based logo/description or a logo image. You may need to modify some CSS for logo background sizing in a couple areas as there is a retina friendly media query. Want icons in your menu like the demo? Install the Better Font Awesome plugin as it’s not built in with this theme. To switch out the header background with your own, replace the bg.jpg file in the theme images folder.
If you need more menu items, you can modify the CSS to make room, however, I encourage you to always ask yourself: “Do I really need this? Does it help the goals of the site or distract from them?”
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- Setup and/or customize this or any Genesis child theme
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