You’re not a dummy, right, you know how to write and you know what’s good and what’s not, but the last time you had to edit your CSS your site went white. It’s worse now that you’re using this awesome theme called Genesis where every design is a ‘child’ theme that you don’t even want to edit because if WordPress taught you anything it’s that you don’t touch the plugin and theme files!
Well great. Now what?
I’m not a consultant. I suck at it, I hate it, and I don’t enjoy it. My friends the Norcrosses over at Reaktiv Studios are a dev agency that makes themes and plugins and even updates (they’re not paying me or compensating at all for this statement, I don’t even use ’em, I just like ’em). They’re good at it, and to make their life, and your life, easier, they came up with a new plugin called Genesis Design Palette Pro.
Previously, if you want to edit your theme, I would have said to use Jetpack’s CSS editor. Heck, that’s really what I do here, since it keeps revisions of your css changes. But most of what people change are the standard things that make your site look like an individual. The CSS is just a wall of weird, codey, text thing that made no sense when I first looked at CSS back in 1999. And that’s really how everyone did stuff back when Prince was en vogue.
But now there’s that nice Theme Customizer built in to WordPress that lets you edit the most basic (and most commonly used) aspects of your site right there and see the changes live! Wouldn’t it be nice if every theme let you play with its design like this?
Come here. Closer. The Genesis Design Pro plugin does that for you in a way that looks ‘right’ and familiar. Don’t believe me?
Looks familiar, don’t it? Okay, it’s not exactly the same, yet, but give it time. You can edit for mobile or desktop, adjust colors and padding with simple interfaces that are way easier for a lot of people to master than the weird CSS world. You can even add that freeform CSS if you want.
I think my only wish for it would be to have an export to css function, so I could design everything, save it, and then plunk it on a site as is.