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Lets clear a few things up. Grab some popcorn….
1. The tutorials are not spread all over the place. They are simply in the Epik Forum, and in the Tutorials section. This is mentioned in your Readme file. In my opinion, that’s pretty simple and easy to find.
2. There is no reason to cram all of the code snippets and tutorials inside of a basic Readme file….especially when StudioPress removed the readme file from even appearing in the admin. That means you would have to open it separately from your zip file…..which also means, there is no point in loading a bunch of content inside that most will never see. As a very active member, I can assure you, most people do not know there is a read me file. All you need is a link to where the documentation is, NOT the entire documentation crammed in. Why? Because it could change, and there could be (and will be) much more added to it. So if there are more tutorials and code added, the customer would never know if they are looking at the same old file. But, if they viewed the Tutorials page or the Forum page, then they’ll see all of the new stuff.
Please keep in mind, StudioPress already has the complete documentation for the Genesis Framework. There is no real reason to add that here when it already exists on the site that you came from originally (StudioPress).
3. As already mentioned, Wes has already added the code snippets that he used in the demo. So I guess either you haven’t seen it, or you’re expecting something else. This works fine to me. If it didn’t I personally would have said something a long time ago.
4. The XML thing has been mentioned many, many times, lets clear this up. THIS IS A WORDPRESS FEATURE, not a Genesis, or Child theme Feature. The XML file imports the same content from the demo. It doesn’t transfer widget code. You have to add that manually. This is the exact way that StudioPress and many other people do it. Most people don’t want or need for all of the demo content to be loaded since it just adds to the time it takes to remove all the unnecessary code that is not needed for their specific projects. However, as mentioned before, you can simply add the available code from the Epik tutorials page. If you didn’t know html, or css, or php, it wouldn’t have made any difference if it were already there when you open the theme vs you simply copy/pasting it. It’s the same thing.
From what I was told, there will be a lot more tutorials and code added to the tutorials section. I’m going to repeat this again, in case you missed it – StudioPress already has the complete documentation for the Genesis Framework. You have to purchase Genesis before you use any other child theme, so it is assumed you are already aware of this. There is no real reason to add all of the tutorials here when they already exist on SP. This is a third party site. You wouldn’t expect a third party iPhone app to explain how the entire iPhone Operating System works, feature by feature on their own site. You also wouldn’t expect theme developers to document how WordPress works either would you? Of course not. Here is the WP documentation – http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page
@Terence wrote –
And this constant referral I read in this forum, not only by you, about conforming to “generally accepted Genesis theme principles” or similar, while it may be true, is not an answer that satisfies anyone who is not already a CSS/PHP proficient coder, which means its way above the head of many users.”
The whole point of making child themes for the Genesis framework is to actually use the framework in the way it’s intended to focus on the design without having to deal with creating a new framework each time. Everyone that starts out are beginners, there is no way people are going to start anything as an expert before they begin. The point of forums is to fix issues, the point of documentation and tutorials is to teach others how to use the product. No one here on this site created the rules for the Genesis Framework, we just follow them. As a customer myself, if I didn’t like Genesis or Appfinite, I wouldn’t try and tell StudioPress or Wes how to run their business, I would simply move on to a much easier platform. So at this point, if you still feel like this is too difficult, or too time consuming, then you should definitely use a platform that works the way YOU want it.
I wrote this long article so that hopefully this clears it up for anyone else who may be confused on what’s going on and how things work.
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