Update November 2020: Just a quick note dear reader, this blog post is now over 6 years old. I would consider it out of date. I no longer use Genesis framework, I’ve moved this website over to Thrive Architect by Thrive Themes.
Bootstrap is one of my personal favourite frameworks and Genesis Framework by StudioPress is a go to when putting together conversion centric websites.
Marrying the best of both worlds allows me to be responsive out of the box, prioritize messaging and increase conversions to a goal.
Adding Bootstrap functionality to a Genesis powered site is relatively simple.
Step 1: Grab the compiled Bootstrap 2 includes
It’s really just as simple as adding this block of code to your site header:[code]
<!– Latest compiled and minified CSS –>
<!– Optional theme –>
Special thanks to the fine folks at MaxCDN for hosting the compiled versions of bootstrap!
Step 2: You’re done if you want to be
If your comfortable with basic HTML and CSS, which any modern marketer should be, then you’re technically finished. You can go right ahead and start including your Bootstrap-ified code into posts and pages.
If you’re not 100% comfortable with that concept, then you should head over to Treehouse, CodeAcademy or CodeSchool and start sharpening those skills.
Step 3: But wait, my users aren’t comfortable with HTML/CSS
Point well taken. There are a few options for you smooth the transition for your writers and users to insert Bootstrap happiness into their workflow.
Head over to wordpress.org and grab any one of the following fine Bootstrap 3 shortcode plugins:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/bootstrap-shortcodes/ simple but does require some understanding of how Bootstrap works.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-bootstrap-shortcodes/ this one has a free and premium version. I can’t vouch for the premium features.
Done is better than perfect: wrapping it up
I was hacking around, updating things when I decided to give this a shot. There are some minor styling tweaks, which I am sure could be resolved given a little bit more time and effort.
Adding some Bootsrap mojo to your Genesis powered site will give you the flexibility and the best of both worlds, I’m looking forward to hearing where your Bootstrap + WordPress + Genesis escapades lead you, hit me up on LinkedIn, Twitter or down below in the comments.
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