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Creating a Custom Homepage in the Prose Child Theme With 2 Genesis Plugins

The Genesis child theme Prose is so popular because users are able to customize the styling without knowing code. For example, font styles, sizes and colors, or changing the look of the navigation bar. Now David Decker, WordPress and Genesis developer, has released the Genesis Prose Extras plugin publicly. And if you are a Prose user, you are going to love it.

Here is the before and after when using this plugin. If you would like step-by-step instruction of this plugin, the Prose theme and access to a lot more of my tutorials, become a member today.


Prose Homepage


Prose homepage after using Genesis Prose Extras plugin

25 comments on “Creating a Custom Homepage in the Prose Child Theme With 2 Genesis Plugins

  1. I came so close to getting the Prose theme but decided to go with Dynamik in the end. I’ve been busy the past few days playing around with it – but when I get a few minutes I will be taking a look at your Prose video.

    I am always curious about how green the grass is on the other side! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. If you want a lot more control over your website design and customization, Dynamik will be the better solution. So many of my clients would like that, but the learning curve on something like Dynamik of course is larger. The more you can change, the more you will need to learn. And some people are intimidated by too many features, or actually don’t need them. But I bet you are going to love it.

  2. Prose was the first ever premium child theme i purchased with Genesis when it was first released.

    I’ve used many of David Deckers plugins and they provide an excellent solution for customizing Genesis child themes for those people who prefer not to play around with code..

    1. Hey Brad, yeah, I’m with you on that, I think I started using Prose shortly after it came out… And yes, David does some great work. Has really put more power into the hands of the casual WordPress user… cheers!

  3. Hi!
    I just started to work with genesis and prose. I am making a website for a client who wants a slider on the home page, so i was thinking about using the option you described here. The only thing I would like to know is if the Prose extras and responsive slider plugins won’t slow down the performance.
    Hope to hera from you.
    Thanks in advance,

    1. I would tend to say no. People have the illusion that all plugins slow down sites… that’s totally untrue. I am a firm believer in quality over quantity when it comes to plugins. The responsive slider it built by someone who directly works with Copyblogger, and the Prose extras who has done a ton of great Genesis plugins. I know them well enough that neither would create a bloated plugin :)

        1. Hi Bob,
          My colleague solved the problem. Like Jennifer (below) thought, it has to do with the front page settings. Our frontpage is now set to blog roll, and now the slider works fine. Just wanted to let you know.
          Thanks, Eva

        2. Shoot, sorry I didn’t get in here sooner, would have suggested that … it’s one of those little bugger settings that isn’t so obvious ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Hi Bob.
    Thanks for the video. I’m running into trouble with this because I have a static front page and then a blog roll page. Any advice for me?

    1. Okay, I am guessing you want to change from your static homepage to a more dynamic page using this plugin. What you will have to do is revert back in your “reading settings” to “front page displays” > your latest posts. Then you will use this plugin to create your custom, widgetized homepage. As far as your blog page, I am assuming you created a blog page and assigned that when you did the static homepage. It that’s the case, you can go into your page you called “blog” and over on the side where that dropdown under “page attributes” choose the template “blog”. Hope that makes sense.

  5. Thanks for the tutorial! I got it working, but I want the default homepage latest articles loop to show below the widget areas. Is this possible?

  6. Hi Bob,

    Great tutorial. Thanks for putting it together! I’m wondering if anyone else has had this problem and if you could provide insight…

    I’m not using the Slider, but I am using Prose Extras. My “Reading” section is set up to show my latest posts. In Prose Home Top I put Genesis Featured Page (titled Intro) and in Prose Home Left I put Genesis Featured Posts. Now, on the Home Page, the white space is removed.

    If you go to each of those individual pages, you’ll see they’re formatted correctly and that the white space is there. But on the home page the white space is gone from the posts. Any idea why or how to fix it?

    Thanks for your help!

    1. I think I may know what you are talking about. The thing is that the widgets don’t always pull in the content exactly as formatted on the page. I believe it’s because the widgets have there own styling. Workarounds?

      You might try to add some html breaks in the page itself and see if that works, not sure if it will though. Might be the same problem….

      1. Thanks for your quick reply and suggestions Bob!

        Adding the html breaks works for the Intro page I use in Prose Home Top, but it’s not a solution for the featured posts I use in Prose Home Left, because then when people click through to the posts they’ll have way too much white space.

        I’ll check with the developer to see if he’s got some custom CSS for this.


  7. I just started using the Associate theme for Genesis and this helped solve the issue of having a static front page with all the bells and whistles of a magazine-esque theme as well as a classic blog option. Thank you!

    1. Very cool. Yeah, that option of changing the homepage to a static page is such a simple fix, yet it’s not obvious at all. Probably one of the issues people have and struggle with. Ugh! That is why I am doing my new membership site, to help people understand certain themes more ๐Ÿ˜‰

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