You might have noticed you no longer have a login to my site anymore, and the reason is simple: I’m making everything public on GitHub.
You can download all the free Genesis child themes by cloning the repository, or by downloading the repo as a ZIP file. If you’re eager to contribute, I’m sure you can find some code that could use some cleaning up or refactoring.
So why did I move my Genesis themes to GitHub?
The main reason I put my themes on GitHub was two-fold:
- I wanted them to be free.
- I didn’t want to maintain a membership site.
Free Should be Free
You might be confused with the first point, since I labeled my Genesis child themes as “free” even before I moved them over to GitHub.
To some extent, I’m separating hairs here. But simply put, nothing is free if it’s behind a “free” membership wall.
In todays world, privacy is everything. If you have to give me your email address in order to receive something, it’s not free — you’re simply paying by giving me access to your inbox instead of your wallet.
This is all well and good and arguably more affordable than a monetary transaction (sometimes, it’s not). For me, I simply wanted them out in the open and completely free. Open-source accomplishes that easily.
I Need to Focus
The second point is that I wanted to free up time to write on my blog (instead of manage a membership site). The difference is that I can quickly iterate versions of the theme without having to consider a “backend” for my readers.
For now, it’s safe to say that Starter is on the backburner (a simpler version will enter soon, however). A great alternative is Know the Code’s starter theme (insanely modular and flexible). You can download Tonya’s theme on GitHub as well.