If you’ve been around my blog long, you know I’m a fan of the Genesis Extender Plugin. Since I’ve already talked about cool things you can do with Genesis Extender, I thought I’d give you a quick overview of what the Dynamik Website Builder Genesis can do.
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What is the Dynamik Website Builder?
Think of Dynamik as a crazy-flexible child theme for the Genesis Framework. You install it, just like you would any other theme and you’ll see some new options appear in your Genesis menu to control settings, design, and custom code.
Do you remember the “More Cowbell” skit from SNL (if not, do yourself a solid and go watch it)? Christopher Walken as The Bruce Dickinson walks into the studio and says:
Easy, guys.. I put my pants on just like the rest of you — one leg at a time. Except, once my pants are on, I make gold records.
So, you install the Dynamik child theme just like the rest. Except, once it’s installed, it makes gold websites. 🙂
Dynamik offers a full suite of code-free design options (i.e.(one-click setup for backgrounds, colors, fonts, etc), easy access to Google fonts, and more.
- HTML5 & mobile responsive WordPress theme
- Boatload of customization options that require NO CODE
- “Live preview” let’s you see tweaks as you make them (before you commit to saving them)
- Completely customizable home page configuration (control layout and widgets)
The theme also comes with a dozen “Dynamik Skins“, which are pre-configured Dynamik design options that you can upload and activate on your site. The skins can give you a big head start – if you see one you like, import it, and then you can use that as the base for any further tweaks.
Who is Dynamik Website Builder for?
You want to do things yourself, like change out fonts, colors, backgrounds, and re-arrange home page layouts, but you’re timid when it comes to messing with code or CSS. Dynamik gives you the power to do this through a friendly user interface. You can make a beautiful custom WordPress site without ever touching the code.
When you’re ready to build your confidence working directly with the CSS, or changing things around via hooks and filters, you can do that, too. All of the features of the Genesis Extender Plugin are baked right into the Dynamik theme.
Do I Need Dynamik AND Genesis Extender?
On the same website, no. If you’re using Dynamik on a site, you definitely don’t need Genesis Extender since that functionality already exists within the theme (think of Genesis Extender as a portable, mini-version of Dynamik that you can use on any Genesis Child Theme).
If you build a lot of sites with the Genesis Framework, it could make sense to have both. For instance, you’re familiar working with and love Dynamik on your site, but you get a project where you don’t need a new child theme. In that case, it’d be good to have Genesis Extender handy for your customizations.
Check out the Dynamik demo
If you’re thinking Dynamik is right for you, but want to learn more, the best way to do that is to view this Dynamik demo. It’s created by the gentleman who made the theme, Eric Hamm, and is a great visual overview of how Dynamik works.
On a side note, I’ve interviewed Eric Hamm on my podcast a couple of times. He’s a great guy – check out the episodes if you’d like to learn more.