Introduction to X Theme and Cornerstone for Wordpress
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Introduction to X Theme and Cornerstone for Wordpress

Create beautiful websites using X Theme and Cornerstone with Wordpress.
4.4 (601 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
10,824 students enrolled
Created by Jerad Hill
Last updated 2/2016
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Ability to install and configure X Theme
  • Know how to build amazing page layouts with Cornerstone
  • The knowledge that allows you to build and deploy quality websites, which will make the world a better place!
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  • Wordpress running on a host account.

Learn how to build amazing websites in Wordpress using X Theme and Cornerstone. X Theme is a powerful theme framework that allows you to create an unlimited amount design variations all from within one theme. Cornerstone adds additional power to X Theme by giving you the ability to generate beautiful page layouts without writing a single line of code.

If you are looking to build a website for yourself, your business or you want a more flexible framework for designing websites for others, X Theme can get you there.

Who am I? - I'm a website designer with over 15 years of experience. Over the past 10 years, I have been designing websites around Wordpress. It used to take me weeks to code up a template and page layouts. In X Theme with Cornerstone, I can build a deploy amazing websites in a fraction of that time.

This course is going to teach you the following:

  • How to install X Theme and Cornerstone
  • How to configure X Theme using Customizer
  • How to create amazing website page layouts
  • Much more...

We will look at some of the websites I have created using X Theme and discuss other resources available to X Theme users.

Having a website that is attractive to viewers and keeps them engaged as they learn more about what your website is offering them is important. Nothing sends people away faster than bad design. X Theme and Cornerstone help you create engaging websites that convert traffic into sales. The best part is that you can do all of this without knowing how to code.

Join me as we go through X Theme and Cornerstone one section at a time and then build some awesome pages together.

Why X Theme? - I have met the folks behind X Theme and they are really good people. Their goal is to deliver a great product that we can use to produce quality websites and they have done just that. X Theme is well supported and maintained. I feel confident building my clients websites in X Theme and Cornerstone knowing that their sites will continue to receive updates.

Why is this course free? - I believe in giving back. Most of my introductory level courses are free because I believe in sharing knowledge with each other. I taught myself how to code by reading articles and by dissecting opensource code. If it was not for this free information, I most likely would not be running Hill Media Group, my online marketing agency.

What's Next? - Now that this course is live, I will be completing my Advanced X Theme course soon, which will teach you how to build extremely dynamic websites using X Theme, Cornerstone, and other plugins that help with user experience and conversion.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to build amazing Wordpress websites with X Theme and Cornerstone.
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Curriculum For This Course
37 Lectures
Course Introduction
1 Lecture 02:20

Welcome to the course. I am excited you are here. If you are ready to learn how to build amazing websites using X Theme and Cornerstone, let's get started.

Welcome to Introduction to X Theme and Cornerstone for Wordpress
Section 1
5 Lectures 27:05

Why choose X Theme over other themes? With thousands of themes out there to choose from, let's talk about what makes X Theme stand out from the others.

Why X Theme?

Before we get started, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite features of X Theme.

Favorite Features

A quick how to on purchasing an X Theme license to use with your project. Here is a link to X Theme on Themeforst:

The above link is not an affiliate link. I am not paid for sharing X Theme with you.

Purchasing X Theme

The X Theme Community is a fantastic place to get help with X Theme and Cornerstone. With your X Theme license, you will have access to the X Theme Community.

The X Theme Community

The X Theme Facebook group is another fantastic resource.

The X Theme Facebook Group
Section 2
7 Lectures 30:51

Introduction to the setup process for installing X theme.

UPDATE 8/1/17: X Theme has recently had a major update and some of Customizer and Cornerstone is different. I will be updating this course soon with new videos to reflect the changes. Feel free to continue on with the course as you can still do everything that I teach in this course in the newer version of X Theme.

Introduction to Setting Up X Theme

Installing X Theme into Wordpress.

Installing X Theme

Installing the Child Theme for X Theme.

Here is a link to download the child theme:

Installing X Child Theme

Registering your copy of X Theme so you can get future updates.

Registering Your Copy of X Theme

Installing X Theme Extensions such as Cornerstone.

Installing X Theme Extensions

Adding some of my favorite plugins to use with Wordpress and X theme.

My Favorite Plugins to Use with X Theme

Overview of the X Theme Menu.

The X Theme Menu
Section 3
8 Lectures 44:37

Let's take a look at the 4 different X Theme stacks.

The X Theme Stacks

Understanding the Stack Layouts and Typography.

Stack Layout Design and Typography

Customizing button design and layout.

Customizing the Button Design

Modifying the header and footer of your website design.

Customizing the Header and Footer

Customization of the blog and portfolio pages.

Customizing the Blog and Portfolio

How to add social media icons to the design of your page.

Adding Social Site Icons to Your Stack

How to customize the design and style of the menu.

Customizing Menus

Customizing your widget areas.

Customizing Widgets
Section 4
5 Lectures 29:54

Introduction to Cornerstone page editor.

Cornerstone Overview

Using page templates in Cornerstone.

Using Templates with Cornerstone

Creating a custom page layout using Cornerstone.

Creating a Custom Page Layout with Cornerstone

Custom page elements you can use with Cornerstone.

Page Elements Offered with Cornerstone

Understanding the Cornerstone Settings.

Cornerstone Settings
Section 5
1 Lecture 07:22

Quickly create a website using X Theme and Cornerstone Demo Content.

Creating a Site with Demo Content
Section 6
4 Lectures 17:14

A quick look at the setup of my personal blog using X Theme.

Jerad's Personal Blog

A quick look at one of our clients websites using X Theme.

CPR Classes Website

A quick look at a school website using X Theme and Cornerstone.

School Website

A quick look at a racing website using X Theme and Cornerstone. This website has since been taken down, so checking out the live site will lead you to a Wix site. We no longer race with that organization and they made their own Wix site over keeping the awesome WordPress site running X Theme that I made for them.

Quarter Midget Racing Website
Themeco Hosting
4 Lectures 16:05

Introduction to setting up hosting with Themeco Hosting, which is a new service by Themeco, the makers of X Theme. This is currently an invite only service. If you want access to Themeco Hosting, send in a support ticket to Themeco or join the Facebook X Theme Users Group, and ask for access.

This service is very new and will have many changes. I only added this section to help those of you who have access as there is not a lot of documentation to help you through the process yet. I will try and update this section as I see changes to the Themeco Hosting platform.

Creating Your Themeco Hosting Account

Let's take a look at our new site on Themeco Hosting and where to go next.

Your Site

Accessing your MX records for setting up email services with your Themeco Hosting account.


How to request a site migration from your existing host to Themeco Hosting.

Migration Support
Course Conclusion
2 Lectures 06:16

I would love to connect with you online. Below are my social media profiles and a link to the course survey.

Course Survey:

Jerad's Social Media Profiles:

  • Twitter:
  • Facebook:
  • Instagram:
  • Linkedin:
Let's Connect

Thank you so much for completing my course. I appreciate the time you took to spend with me here. Please take a look at my instructor profile to see other courses I have produced, many are free:

Course Survey:

Jerad's Social Media Profiles:

  • Twitter:
  • Facebook:
  • Instagram:
  • Linkedin:
Thank You
About the Instructor
Jerad Hill
4.2 Average rating
6,797 Reviews
214,490 Students
13 Courses
Photography, Web Designer, Online Marketer, Husband, Father

Hi all, I am a website designer and photographer who has been working for himself since graduating high school. I taught myself website design and development so I could start my own business. In 2005 I taught myself photography and started a photography business as a professional wedding photographer. Since then, I have helped hundreds companies and organizations market their products and services online. As a photographer, I continue to capture photos and produce video for weddings, events, conferences and more.

I teach because I was taught by so many through blog posts, articles and online videos. Teaching allows me to give back and teach others the way I would have liked to be taught. Many of my courses are free because I believe in giving back.

I am a husband and father with three amazing kids. You can learn more about me at my website. I hope to see you in one of my courses. Thanks so much!