New Genesis Child Theme: Anahita

We just released our new WordPress theme, Anahita, into the wild. Anahita is a child theme for the ever popular Genesis Framework by Studiopress. The theme features a soft, pastel, slightly feminine colour scheme, and curvy, beautiful typography. Anahita has support for some popular plugins such as Genesis Simple Share, Genesis Enews extended, Genesis Responsive Slider, and various features of Jetpack. The theme also features a featured widget area on top of the blog home page which can be used to feature a page/post, or to place a slider widget.

You can download the theme below, or go to github to file issues, send pull requests and such. A demo of the theme is available here.

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Change Genesis Admin Menu Item Name And Icon

The following code changes the Genesis admin menu item name to anything of your choice. Just replace ‘Custom’ with a string of your choice. The code should go in your child theme’s functions.php.


It turns out that Genesis now uses an icon font to display the menu icon in WordPress backend. In order to change that, you need a different icon font, with the icon of your choice, and override it thorugh a stylesheet. In this example we’ll just use FontAwesome. You can use any font of your choice, or generate your own.

Add this to functions.php

Here we have enqueued fontawesome from BootstrapCDN,, and then a custom stylesheet. Now create an `admin.css` in your theme’s folder and add the following to it.

Please note that you have to change the font-family if you want to use a different font, and the unicode value for content corresponding to the icon of your choice.

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Center – A Free Genesis Child Theme

Hi there!! After working with Genesis for a few months (on client websites), I’m releasing my first child theme, Center. It’s a very minimalistic, yet elegant, one column blog theme. You can see a few screenshots below.

Some features of the theme include

  • Single column
  • One widget area below site title.
  • Widget area below primary nav
  • Two widget areas in footer
  • Customizable footer text.
  • Two color schemes, light and dark.

The theme is released under GPL, and the code is on github. Please test it, report bugs, if any, and suggest improvements.

You can check out the theme here.

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