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I am creating 2 Wordpress blogs and plan to apply the Genesis Framework to both. My questions are:

1. Do I have to download the Genesis twice or can it be used on both blogs?
2. What's the difference between a child theme and a parent theme?
3. I have 2 laptops and was wondering if I had to download the Genesis Framework on both computers since I'll be using both for my blogs? Will it be covered on both computers?

Thank you for your time!

Great questions.  I use Genesis on a LOT of my sites - here are your answers:

1. nope, just download it ONCE.  Then UPLOAD it to your Wordpress website as a new theme.
2. Genesis is a Parent theme - while it can be used alone, it lays the foundation for customizations (child themes) which can look completely different than the parent.  For instance, I just created a site using the Executive Pro child theme.  You have to upload both Genesis AND Executive Pro to your wordpress site, but you only ACTIVATE the child theme, in this case Executive Pro.
3. nope.  The Genesis Framework is "server" software, so it doesn't do anything on your laptop.  You simply upload it as a THEME to your Wordpress powered website.

Hope this helps!


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I've been developing websites for almost 20 years. If you have questions like these, I can help! Should I try this myself or hire a professional? What tools do I need? How do I sell products online? How do I make money with my website? Can I create a website without buying expensive software? How do I design a website FAST? How do I market my website? Is a BLOG a website? How do I put video on my website? What is website hosting? When will search engines find my website? OK, I've found a site I like - but now what? Can I make my website a subscription site?


I have over 20 years of practical experience with web-related issues, and some military computer training. I've worked for a computer manufacturer, and own a small technology company specializing in web-design, hosting, and internet media production. I am the webmaster of several sites, and e-newsletter editor for Rotary District 6760 which is comprised of 65 clubs throughout middle Tennessee.

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