I’d like to introduce you to the Journal Theme, my newest child theme for the Genesis framework.
I had an idea to run my own online journal some time ago. I wanted to share some quick thoughts on design, stuff that I’ve learned, what inspires me, what I’m currently working on and where I’m going to.
Then my life started getting busier and I had to put this idea aside.
Even though my journal will probably never happen, I designed a theme that I think you may find useful if you want to start sharing your own thoughts and writing.
It’s a very lightweight design intended to be used primarily as a simple personal blog site.
The home page has one content area above the recent posts, which is a perfect place for a short “about the author” bio.
This theme doesn’t have visible sidebars, but the primary sidebar is hidden behind the screen which can be accessed by clicking the “Menu” button. You can use it to place your navigation or a search box. It has a limited height, so try to keep your navigation short if you want to fit it on smaller screens.
The theme was created with the mobile first approach which greatly influenced both the navigation and layout. It is beautifully responsive and fluid which you can quickly test by resizing your browser window.
If you’re interested in how it was all done, I’ll talk more about my design thoughts and explain how I coded this theme step by step in my next blog post.
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Remember that you need the Genesis framework to run this theme on your WordPress.
The Journal theme has its limitations and comes as is. I’m sharing it for free, so I can’t offer professional support at the level like we do at StudioPress for our premium Genesis child themes.
Still, if you have any questions or if you find any bugs, you can email me here.