Black Studio Homepage Builder for Genesis

Description

The Genesis framework by StudioPress is probably the best WordPress theme framework on the market. Unfortunately most of the available child themes have a prebuilt layout for the home page, that can’t be easily customized, unless you are a developer, as it requires dealing with templates, hooks, etc.
On the other side the Page Builder plugin by SiteOrigin allows you to create responsive page layouts using widgets with simple drag and drop operations.
You may combine Genesis and Page Builder to build a flexible layout for your home page, by configuring a static page in your WordPress Reading Settings and build that page using Page Builder, but there are still some caveats when doing this, related to how Genesis handles static pages (page title, layout, styles, etc).
This plugin fills the gap between Genesis themes and Page Builder, providing a quick and ready solution to let the two play nicely together.

In particular this plugin does the following:

  • Adds the Page Builder support to the current theme
  • Adds the Home Page menu under Appearance in WordPress dashboard
  • Forces the Genesis full width layout for the front page
  • Replaces Genesis child theme loop with the page content generated with Page Builder
  • Allows you to control some CSS variations to adjust layout in specific use cases
  • Supports both Genesis XHTML and HTML5 child themes

Requirements

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Screenshots

  • Admin screen for Custom Home Page
  • Front page sample made with Magazine child theme (XHTML) and a prebuilt layout by Page builder
  • Front page sample made with Centric child theme (HTML5) and a prebuilt layout by Page builder

Installation

This section describes how to install and use the plugin.

  1. Before installing the plugin please ensure that you are using a Genesis child theme and that you activated the Page Builder plugin.
  2. You may install the plugin directly from your WordPress dasboard. Go to Plugins => Add New and search for Black Studio Homepage Builder. Alternatively you may download the ZIP package and upload it using the Upload Plugin button in the same screen. You may also upload the files using FTP, just ensure that the entire black-studio-homepage-builder folder is copied into the /wp-content/plugins/ directory).
  3. Activate the plugin.
  4. In order to use the plugin, go to Appearance => Home Page in your WordPress dashboard.
  5. Switch on the Custom Home Page and start to build your new home page, either from scratch or from one of the prebuilt layouts available in Page Builder. For further information about the usage, please refer to Page Builder documentation.
  6. If necessary adjust a few styling options at the bottom of the same screen.

FAQ

No FAQ at this time. Please post your questions and issues to our support forum.

Reviews

Outstanding Plugin

Your work and effort dedicated to the development of this plugin needs recognition and praise for the outstanding functions that provides to the Genesis community. Kudos to you guys.

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Contributors & Developers

“Black Studio Homepage Builder for Genesis” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

1.0.1 (2015-12-15)

  • Added support for child theme with custom home genesis_loop replacement

1.0.0 (2015-11-21)

  • First release