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THEME & Framework
Refined WordPress Theme from Restored316
+ Genesis Framework
For the Refined theme, you’ll need to purchase the Genesis Framework (parent theme), as well. Genesis provides the base coding and most of the widgets that I have used on my site. The Refined theme is primarily the design portion of the site’s coding, which manages the spacing and layout (i.e. tells things where to stop and where to begin).
You can purchase the Refined theme from the Restored316 site, but StudioPress and Restored316’s pricing typically differs slightly, and more often than not, StudioPress has a better price for the theme. Also, if you have not already purchased the Genesis Framework, Restored316 does not have it listed on their site. StudioPress, however, does offer the Genesis Framework as both a single purchase and as a package deal with the Refined theme.
Hosting & Domain
Website’s Hosting – Bluehost
Domain Name Licensing – Dotster
I purchased the domain name for this site, BrittanySeaborg, from Dotster. You can buy your domain name from your hosting company, but for a little extra security, I like to keep mine separate.
In early 2018, I had another company hosting this site, but after some difficulties that ended up causing the site to go down (i.e. error coding, no longer responsive), I decided to switch companies, and I have been with Bluehost ever since. Bluehost made the transfer and setup super easy and has been extremely reliable. I haven’t had to do anything on the hosting side of the site since switching, which has allowed me to focus more on the content of the site, which, in turn, is more my style.
All that to say, if you are needing a hosting company or domain license, I highly recommend both of these companies. I have never had any trouble with either, and both companies combined have made the site-building process effortless for me.