This past week, Monetized Mom was featured on Angie Green’s blog studiostoryville.com. It was a round-up of examples of the “Best Themes for Lifestyle Bloggers.” There were examples of some of the most popular Genesis themes for bloggers, such as Runway Pro and Prose. I haven’t used Prose, yet, but I use Runway Pro on the library’s site. I’m a fan, in general, of all of the StudioPress child themes.
This site, it was noted, uses a theme that doesn’t get much love from bloggers. But, it should. Epik is one of the most versatile themes out there. It looks, and works, great out of the box. This one has quite a few customizations…of course. If you know CSS, or know someone who does, it isn’t that hard to turn Epik into something completely unique and beautiful.
A question I get asked frequently is, “What theme should I choose?” It really depends on your needs and level of technical ability. If you want something beautiful out of the box, there are quite a few themes that will fit the bill. Check out Angie’s post to see how others are using some of the most popular.
If you are wanting to get into designing for others, I suggest settling on one framework and one child theme, and learning both inside and out. That is where Epik shines. There is so much you can do with the theme. Once you learn how it works, you can make 100 different sites, and they can all look different. Look how different from Monetized Mom this site looks.
I also use it for my small business design site, Sugar Five Design, although I plan on changing that one, soon.
Epik is built for the Genesis framework. Genesis is the most popular framework in the world. Its code is clean and search engine friendly. Because it is so popular, it has a HUGE community of developers. If you run across a problem, there is probably someone who has solved it…and probably posted about it.
So, thanks to Angie for the mention in her roundup. And thanks to Wes Straham for creating such an “Epik” Genesis child theme.