The Genesis Framework from StudioPress is cleanly coded, SEO-friendly and a preferred choice of a large community of WordPress developers. Building a church website using the Genesis Framework as a foundation means that your website will inherit all the goodness packed into Genesis. Not only are you going to be using a time-tested framework, you will also have access to a large community of users who are enthusiastic users and a great source of ready help for your DIY website project.
The Genesis Sample Child theme is a great place to start building your DIY website project. After purchasing and installing the Genesis Framework, download the Genesis Sample Child theme and activate it. From there on you can customize the Genesis Sample Child theme until you have it tweaked just the way you want it. If you get stuck at some point, plenty of help is available via the StudioPress support and forum pages. A number of WordPress developers also share tutorials, code snippets and all kinds of other useful tips & tricks on their websites.
You may not have the time or inclination to tinker around that much with a child theme. Looking for a child theme that will work almost out-of-the-box for your church’s website project? Here I will list a few selected Genesis child themes that need little or no extra effort to use in your next DIY church website project. I’ll begin with two of StudioPress’s own excellent child themes. I intend to add to this list as time goes on and as I have a chance to get acquainted with more child themes suitable for church websites. I invite you to post your recommendations and user experience with specific child themes in the comments.
Community Pro, built on the Genesis Framework, is a premium third-party theme which you can purchase through StudioPress. It is a mobile responsive theme with HTML5 markup that is suitable for a church or ministry website. It has good customization options including custom background, theme customizer and custom header. Additional features include color styles and theme options. When you purchase the theme you get a comprehensive set of instructions on how to set it up that make it easy to set up your website – no coding required!
2. Outreach Pro
Outreach Pro, built on the Genesis Framework, is a premium theme from StudioPress. It is a mobile responsive theme with HTML5 markup that is suitable for a church or ministry website. It has four color styles, 6 layouts and theme options. Additional features include a custom header and threaded comments both of which can be put to good use in a church website. When you purchase the theme you get a comprehensive set of instructions on how to set it up that make it easy to set up your website – no coding required!
Working with the Genesis Framework and its child themes is an excellent way to a well-designed, professionally coded, fully functional website. And, when you are ready to extend the functionality of your website or make complex design changes, there are many excellent designers and developers available.