If you’d like to import the posts and pages and images from the Utility Pro Demo site, you can do that!
Finding The XML File
First you need to download the file. It has an XML extension and you download it here.
How To Import The Demo File
Go to Tools => Import while logged in to your Admin Dashboard.
Choose “WordPress” from the list.
Upload the file you downloaded above.
You will be asked to map the authors in the export file to users on the blog. For each author, you may choose to map to an existing user on the blog or to create a new user.
You will then have the choice to import attachments, so click on the “Download and import file attachments” box.
WordPress will import each of the posts, comments, and categories into your blog.
The purpose of the demo content is to setup your homepage widgets and watch the theme come together like the demo site. In addition, if you look a little closer at the post and page content, you will see a wealth of information. They are basically short tutorials on how to use the built-in theme styling to achieve a variety of looks.
For Personal and Professional (Developer’s Edition)
Yipee! We’ve just announced a new update for Utility Pro! But the question is, now what? How do I apply the update without losing my changes? Excellent question and exactly what this post is meant to answer. We propose the best way to update a Genesis child theme is manually applying the changes you would like to implement.
First, please know that updating is NOT required — this is purely optional as the changes are largely cosmetic styling and added developer feature support . In the event there is ever a security-related update that we recommend for everyone, we would notify you via email with specific instructions on what and how to update.
If you’d like to proceed, download the latest version of Utility Pro by logging into your account and click the “View Details and Downloads” link on the product entry. You’ll notice the links have been updated to reflect the latest version.
For new files (if any), you can drop those into your site taking note of the location within the theme folder structure.
For changed files applicable to your theme, we suggest comparing a local copy of the file that currently exists on your live site to the new version, using the diff tool of your choice. A couple of free tools you can use for this:
Online: Diff Checker – is a website that offers the ability to drag and drop each file you’d like to compare on the screen then click the Find Difference! button. Manually cut and paste any differences from the new version to your existing copy then upload to your live site.
Application: DiffMerge – is a handy cross-platform tool from SourceGear that I’ve used for years that you can download for OS X or Windows. This app gives you the ability to compare two files (or folders), and merge the changes individually from one file to another while viewing. After saving your local copy, then upload to your live site.
For Developer’s Edition Only
There are a few new modules included with your developer’s edition that need to be installed, or you will receive errors the first time you launch “grunt” at the command line:
To correct this, run the following three commands, one at a time until each one completes, and then you can resume business as usual by running “grunt”:
sudo npm install -g composer
sudo npm install grunt-contrib-copy
sudo npm install grunt-rtlcss
That’s all there is to it! Of course if you have any questions, we’re available to help – just fire off a support request.
Genesis Accessible is a great plugin by Rian Rietveld that addresses some accessibility issues not yet available in the Genesis Framework.
Here’s something important to note: If you’ve activated the Genesis Accessible theme, certain features of Utility Pro are deactivated in order to defer to the plugin.
Highly Recommend Enabling
So, when using the Genesis Accessible plugin, be sure to enable:
Keyboard accessibility for dropdown menu
These features are all “behind the scenes” and will not impact the visual appearance of your theme, but they are important features for anyone using keyboard navigation only (no mouse or trackpad) or using a screen reader.
Utility Pro includes skiplinks (and the skiplinks CSS), so there’s no need to enable these options in the plugin; but you can if you want to — it will still work fine, but you’ll be loading unnecessary code and who wants that?
Optional Features to Enable (Genesis-Specific)
The features I’ll tell you about shortly are specific to themes running on the Genesis Framework.
For the full details of working with Genesis Accessible, I recommend reading the plugin documentation, but I’ll give you a quick idea of what to expect here.
Remove title attribute from links
This is fantastic for accessibility, doesn’t impact anything visual on your site, and is a snap to do with Genesis Accessible. In short, there’s no reason not to use this feature.
Use a Semantic Heading Structure
This feature can lead to unexpected results as it changes the heading semantics of the 404 and archive_page template (h4 headings becomes h2). It also replaces the H4 on widgets for a H3 for a semantic headings order. This will impact styling (so if you use it, you’ll probably want to make some edits to your stylesheet).
Feel free to use it, but know what you’re doing. 🙂
Remove less accessible Genesis widgets
These widgets have accessibility issues. Enabling this option removes them from your Widgets page so you won’t be tempted to use them:
Genesis Featured Page,
Genesis User Profile Widget and
Genesis Featured Post
Optional Features to Enable (WordPress-Specific)
WordPress is not without its accessibility issues! The Genesis Accessible plugin also addresses a couple of WordPress accessibility issues.
Add the post title to the read more links
Instead of just repeating the “Read more…” link anywhere you have an archive of posts, this option changes the link to say “Read more about [post title].”
This does visibly impact your site, but with a little CSS trickery, you could opt to display this text only for screen readers and keep the original text for visual users.
Remove h1 from editor toolbar
The H1 tag should only be your site title on your home page and then your post/page title on all other pages. Using an H1 tag in any of your content is not semantically correct. It’s not good for accessibility AND it’s not good for Google!
I recommend this option (along with educating others about it).
In this tutorial we’ll cover how to set up the Home Welcome and Home Gallery widget areas on your site’s front page.
First, navigate to the Widgets page from your WordPress admin and note each of these widget areas:
Home Gallery 1
Home Gallery 2
Home Gallery 3
Home Gallery 4
This widget area shows near the top of the front page, just under your header and navigation.
I’m using a Text widget, but you can use whatever type of widget you want, unless it’s a slider widget. Technically you can use a slider here, but I would never ever recommend it because sliders are terrible.
Text widget areas allow you to use HTML markup, which is cool. In the demo, I’ve got a small bit of markup that includes:
a tag for bold text
a tag for a link
Utility Pro includes a special “button” class you can use to make your text link look like a button. To use it just add class="button" to any <a> tag.
Although I doubt you want to use the same content as the Utility demo, here’s the code you can use as a starting point if you’re new to HTML.
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If you’re curious about how to get the background image to show up behind this area on your site, check out this tutorial.
* I was not done noting: Be sure to click the Automatically Add Paragraphs check box for best formatting.
Home Gallery 1-4
Since each of these widget areas are configured the same way, I’ll lump them together in this step.
The Utility Pro demo uses a plain Text widget along with a shortcode provided by the Better Font Awesome plugin.
Here’s the markup I’m using in this widget:
[icon name="fa-tablet" class="fa-4x"]
Your site visitors will enjoy a great experience on a desktop, tablet, or smart phone.
Just as an FYI, you could also add a link to your icon by writing it like this:
Pro Tip: Not planning on using all four Home Gallery widgets? No problem! If you choose to use less than four, you’ll need to change the 25% width in this section of your applicable CSS file to give you even spacing across a larger (desktop) screen: