The framework theme Genesis, from StudioPress is one of the most popular themes around. If you are considering using it as a framework or with a child theme, this video walks you though the basic settings.
This video walks you through the default widgets that come with Genesis, whether you are using Genesis as a standalone framework, or with one of the many child themes. These widgets include Genesis Featured Page, Genesis Featured Post, Genesis Latest Tweets, and Genesis User Profile.
This is probably one of the plugins I use the most with Genesis and its child themes. Almost all of the child themes for Genesis have the option of a primary and secondary sidebar. The position of these are chosen as a default in the Genesis settings, but you also have a variety of how they appear on single posts or pages. This plugin takes it one step further. Now there is no need to have the same content in your sidebar throughout your site. What if you could customize the sidebar on your About Page? Or sell that ebook on "mobile" only on posts using the category mobile. It's the idea of making your sidebar work with your content, instead of against it. In this video I will show you how easy you can do this with the Genesis Simple Sidebar.
This plugin works great if you have the need to customize your secondary navigation bar in your child theme. Most child themes from Studio Press come with two menus, and placement varies from theme to theme (for example, maybe one above and below the header; two stacked on top of each below the header, etc.). Like the simple sidebars, you can use this for single posts and pages, as well as categories and tags. Why would you need this? Watch this video to learn how to use it and where you may find a need.
There are a couple spots on a blog that I get asked, over and over to change. First being the meta information. Often you find it in a couple of places. Below your post title, where you will find date, author name, comments, etc. Also, it may appear below your post with categories and tags that you have assigned the post to. Secondly, there is the footer information. For example, the theme's name, a "back to the top" link, etc. So how do you change these? Normally you would have to edit the themes php files which so many of us don't want to touch. Watch this video and see how this plugin makes that job so easy.