Update: Since this post we have moved our podcast to this site and you will now find BobWP on the Smart Passive Income Pro child theme.
If you have started reading this post, and have known me for awhile, changing one of the themes on one our our blogs again is really not that shocking. For others, you may be asking, why?
Digital Pro Did Us Well
In early March when we launched the Do the Woo Podcast, I had spent more time looking for a theme then actually building it. I just couldn’t find what I wanted. A few taunted me, even some page builders. But in the end I was looking for something simple. Something I know well. Which often includes a Genesis child theme. Now when I say simple, I don’t mean only to set up, but the feel and look. Digital Pro was the closest, so I made the decision, got the site up, and moved on.
Time Marches On and…
It may have been around June when I knew that at some point I would want a new look. Simple wasn’t cutting it anymore. I needed something with more easy options for subscribing, leaving a review on iTunes, and enticing sponsors. But again it was on my long list of things to do. I decided not to go down the rabbit hole of theme hunting, but instead, just waited to see what happens.
And Damn, This Happened
I have been working on some various projects. Getting ready to launch yet another blog and site in the next week or so. Juggling and rescheduling a few other deadlines. You see, Judy, just last Wednesday, had a spinal fusion, aka, back surgery, so there has been that as well. A lot of different stuff going on in our lives. You get the picture.
So when I first get on my computer Thursday (yesterday) morning, I see a tweet about a new Genesis child theme. Of course, it intrigues me. I see another post in the Genesis community on Facebook. It’s called Smart Passive Income Pro Child Theme and Pat Flynn was instrumental in helping StudioPress do this one as it mimics his prior site design. I read the post and opened the demo.
Look at this sucker. It’s perfect for my Do the Woo site. I can see it all. It’s a vision in my head. And damn, I can’t wait.
I downloaded it, moved my site over into staging, and went to work. By noon I launched the redesign.
And the crazy thing, none of this was planned. I just did it!
How Did This Happen in One Morning?
This question needs to be answered in three parts.
First, understand that I have been working with Genesis child themes for years, both for myself and past clients. I have written and recorded tutorials on them. I know how they work. In fact I cannot swear on this, but I may have even dreamed about them a few times. And switching from one to another child theme is much easier for me than starting with an entirely new theme, or a page builder.
Second, I am a huge fan of finding the right theme out-of-the-box and dropping my content into an existing template. No customizations. No swearing at sections because they don’t do it exactly the way I want them to. Over the years, I have developed this knack of looking at themes that I know well, understanding how they work, and determining whether it will do what I need.
Third, it’s for myself and not a client.
But Bob, you could make a ton of good money if you can create sites like this in a one-half of a day.
This is really the most important piece to note. In the past, when I designed sites for clients, I tried many ways to create affordable packages, using Genesis child themes that would make me good money and at the end of the day, make the customer 100% satisfied. Well, this may also happen when hell freezes over. Sometimes it worked, most times it didn’t for either myself or the client. Too many lose variables, too many oh, can we do it this way instead, and too many lost hours. No matter how detailed I made the criteria.
When I do it for myself, it’s all in my head. I know exactly what I need. I know how to do it. And I know how to say, well, damn, this isn’t going to work as easy as I thought, so maybe I just don’t freaking worry about it right now. I have found I am the easiest person to work with.
I don’t sweat the small stuff.
Everything Was a Freakin’ Perfect Fit
The thing that I found most amazing about this theme is something I touched on earlier on this post. It was perfect. Each feature of the homepage was a perfect fit for something I really wanted. As I built out the homepage, it flowed perfectly. I could not have asked for anything better. And I’ll be honest, that doesn’t happen that often.
It Was Easy, For Me
As I wrap up this story, I am not going to say it will be easy for you to set up your site with this theme. I would be assuming something, and we all know what assume means. I don’t know your experience with design, creating sites, or even with Genesis child themes. I don’t know if you are picky as heck or go with the flow. As a result, I don’t know how easy it will be for you to set up your site using this theme. I know none of these things. But I do know I am one happy camper and want to thank the team at StudioPress and my friend, Pat Flynn, for making this happen. You may my day (or should say morning).