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StudioPress 50% off discount extended

If you own the Catalyst Theme

For those that own Catalyst, StudioPress created a 50% off discount code, which was originally set to expire today at 5PM PT. The StudioPress folks have extended the discount for an additional week and will now expire next Friday, August, 2, 2013.

You will find the discount link on your My Account page, located in the top right navbar of Cobalt Apps.

If you happen to have trouble buying

If you have any issues while making your purchase of the Genesis Framework, please contact StudioPress Support and they will get you taken care of as soon as possible.

Some Help Getting Started:

Creating Completely Custom Layouts Using Dynamik Website Builder

One of the things that make the Genesis Framework / Dynamik Website Builder combo so amazingly flexible are the many ways in which a page or post can be uniquely structured. From the simplest tweak to the most complex and unique framing of your content, Genesis plus Dynamik provides the tools to get the job done!

Tools used:

  • Genesis Layout Options
  • Dynamik Custom Labels
  • Dynamik Custom Conditionals
  • Dynamik Custom Widget Areas and/or Hook Boxes
  • Genesis Simple Sidebars Plugin

Introducing Dynamik Website Builder And Genesis Extender 1.2

This is by far the biggest update to hit these two Genesis powered products since version 1.0 and we’re absolutely blown away at the added flexibility! From the subtle, but notable refinements to the interface (Retina-ready images, for example) to the powerful new Custom Options that seriously take customizing your site’s structure and content to a whole new level, version 1.2 is a huge step forward! Read more “Introducing Dynamik Website Builder And Genesis Extender 1.2”

A Warm Welcome to Community Members Old and New

Welcome to Cobalt Apps, home of the Dynamik Website Builder and the Genesis Extender Plugin.

We’re thrilled to have you with us because, after all, what is WordPress, what’s a WordPress theme, and what’s a WordPress product without a community?

It’s you, the community of old friends and new friends that make everything possible. We thank you for being here, and we’re happy to have you along for the ride. Read more “A Warm Welcome to Community Members Old and New”

Custom Page Templates The Dynamik Way

The traditional WordPress Page Template provides us with the ability to display our content in a manner that is unique to the “default” page structure provided by our WordPress Theme.

This can be very useful and as simple or complicated as we want/need it to be. From a minor structure change to a complete overhaul of that page’s output, there are really no limits to what a Custom Page Template can do.

Please Note: Since writing this blog post we’ve added several new features to Dynamik that enhance its ability to structure your pages. One such feature is a Custom Template feature that allows you to create these traditional WordPress Page Templates using the Dynamik admin interface. You can learn more about this Custom Template feature HERE. Read more “Custom Page Templates The Dynamik Way”

Repositioning Your Navigation Bars in Dynamik

Dynamik child theme for Genesis was created to help eliminate the time and coding necessary to accomplish advanced design functions on your website.

This is especially obvious when it comes to changing the location of your navigation bars.

The Other Way

Genesis Child Themes require 3 steps to pull this off:

  1. Access your “functions.php” file via ftp or WordPress editor
  2. Locate the appropriate line of code that is repositioning your navigation
  3. Change the line of code to place the navigation where you desire

Once those steps are completed, you save your functions.php file and refresh your browser to see the changes take effect.

Here’s the drawback to that approach. Read more “Repositioning Your Navigation Bars in Dynamik”

EZ Static Homepage In Just A Few Mouse Clicks

There are many ways to create a “CMS Style” static homepage in WordPress, especially with Genesis Child Themes. Often times providing their own home.php file, these Child Themes offer the ability to just list your latest blog posts on your homepage or display Widget content in an organized fashion.

However there are many times when you’d like to either tweak the current static homepage functionality or completely customize your own. In such cases the Genesis Extender Plugin offers a powerful, yet super easy solution! Read more “EZ Static Homepage In Just A Few Mouse Clicks”

Create a Custom Secondary Page

Another post covered creating your custom home page, so this post will work through creating a custom secondary page, specifically a staff page.

Staff Page

The goal is to create this page without writing custom code, so anyone can set it up for their website regardless of skill level.  So we are going to use the Genesis User Widget to add the User Profiles in two columns on the Staff page. Read more “Create a Custom Secondary Page”

Genesis Extender Front-End CSS Builder

left-sidebarSome tips for getting the most out of the Front-End CSS Builder

The Front-End CSS Builder is comprised of the following parts:

  1. Horizontal Navigation bar across the top
  2. Left Hand Side Bar
  3. Staging Area for Custom CSS (Middle of left sidebar)
  4. Custom CSS (Bottom of left sidebar)

The Horizontal Navigation is comprised of links for the elements you may want to style and some common CSS additions, such as border’s, shadows, backgrounds, etc Read more “Genesis Extender Front-End CSS Builder”