Just before the New Year I wrote an article where I mentioned I’d like to change the look of my blog.
I really like the clean and simple layout of the eleven40 theme by StudioPress. But, I wanted to put a landing and portfolio page which this theme initially doesn’t have as an option.
Another thing I noticed that Simple URLs plugin didn’t work. I use it mostly for my affiliate links.
Although StudioPress has a great support and after trying everything this thing just didn’t work.
1. Keeping up with updates
Since its release in January 2012, eleven40 has been one of the top-selling themes, originally created by Brian Gardner for his own blog.
What makes a great company is keeping up with the updates.
You know that WordPress is constantly improving and after releasing ver. 3.5, Genesis Framework was also updated to ver. 1.9. Along with the updates, came the new version of Simple URLs plugin and everything was back to normal.
I find this extremely important because you don’t have to worry about things that have nothing to do with your business.
2. Genesis web designer is never been so easy
If you think I hired a web designer – you’re so wrong. I did it all by myself and I’ll tell you how you can do the same, and even more.
Early mentioned Brian Gardner, founder of StudioPress and now partner with Copyblogger Media, on his own blog writes Genesis tutorials which can really be a time saver.
All you need to do is to follow the tutorial and basically nothing more than copy-paste is required. You wouldn’t believe me but this can turn your desires into reality knowing how simple it is.
Of course, if you need any help with your site you can always file a ticket to StudioPress support team.
So… do I see some hidden future web designers here?
3. Eleven40 is still a modern theme
Recently I was cleaning my mail inbox and noticed that some of my blogger friends left some comments about my blog design.
Wow, that looks so great! I really like the layout of your site… it’s so clean and modern.
Lisa Fox, writer for the college career blog DegreesThatPay.com
I am sincerely impressed by your blog. It is clean, simple, nicely written, nice fonts, no “noise”.
Tanya McTavish, marketer and co-founder at Codex-Soft.com
just want to let you know that I absolutely love this theme. I was searching Studiopress for a theme and overlooked this one for a while. Found your site and went wow!
Rick Jantz, blogger at BabyBoomersLearnToBlog.com
I really like the Eleven40 Genesis child theme you are using. I love wide pages (maximal use of screen real estate) and also the zen-like white spaces when things are not so squished up.
Helena Lim, creator of NetWebbing.com
Actually this was the trigger for me to write this post.
The main purpose of DomainsFlow is delivering valuable content and informations without unnecessary “noisy” staff.
Of course, reader’s experience means a lot to me, so I definitely changed my mind about changing the look of my blog. I just like the way it is now, simple and clean.
Eleven40 is still a modern theme and with all those great tutorials from Brian, regularly updates and team support you can really take your WordPress site to places you’d never thought it could go.
If you have any questions or problems related to your StudioPress theme, just put it in the comments below.
And one more thing, what do you think about Genesis Framework?