I would guess that most of you know about Genesis framework, If not read about Genesis framework here which gives you the rough overview. Starter Themes are the starting points for building you own custom child theme in genesis, It reduces hours of time during the development stage and speed up the process.
These child themes contain essential theme functions that can be used instantly in your projects. For example, you can quickly change footer credits links, move primary or secondary navigation bar, add structural wraps to any section, add custom fonts and much more, all through simple graphical interface. So Let’s get started exploring about different Genesis Starter Themes.
Sample Child Theme By Studiopress
Studiopress itself provides and excellent sample child theme which contains style.css file with standard genesis design and a blank functions.php file. It comes with few features like 6 page layouts, custom background, custom header, custom menus, footer widgets and threaded comments. Its a great starter theme to get started with your upcoming Genesis child theme project .
Download : Sample Child Theme
Genesis Sandbox is built off based on 1140 grid style, It is more robust, mobile responsive and feature rich. Besides it comes with any inbuilt functions, admin panel options and also with styles adopted from Twitter Bootstrap.
There are three versions : sandbox free , sandbox for designers (premium), incipio (premium).
Demo – Genesis sandbox
Download - Genesis Sandbox
Starter child theme by Jared Atchison
This starter child theme was developed by Jared Atchison who specializes in Genesis framework. Starter child theme comes with lot of useful features such as Metabox, Custom shortcodes, Widgets and some other.
Download : Genesis starter theme
Base child theme by Bill Erickson
This a starter theme developed jointly by Bill Erickson and Jared Atchison, Its pretty outdated so does not support Genesis 2 HTML5. This starter theme comes with lots of features such as HTML Doctype, Responsive menu, Footer navigation and much more. This theme also make use of twitter bootstrap styles.
Download : Base child theme