Genesis WordPress Theme Framework By StudioPress

It has been a few months since I made the switch to Genesis theme framework. Previously, I was using the Thesis theme by Chris Pearson. I used that framework for a year and a half, learned all the hooks, made some money by providing thesis customization service, and was happy with it until the DIY folks decided to launch the more sophisticated version of same theme. The new version had a Drag & drop functionality and that’s when I decided to made the switch.

It’s not that I don’t like drag & drop versions, its just that I’m a developer and I don’t need a whole drag & drop mess or excessive code in my site. On a side note, Thesis 2.0 is still a powerful framework but not many people will going to like it. If you are still interested in Thesis, then check our review on Thesis 2.0.

A lot of WordPress developers and authority bloggers switched from Thesis to Genesis suc

In this post, I am going to talk about Genesis theme and why bloggers like Chris Lema, Neil PatelRae Hoffman, and Bill Erickson, are making the switch.

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Same Background about Genesis Theme

StudioPress was first started by an Starbucks Addict & Sarah McLachlan Fan named – Brian Gardner. He built the StudioPress from ground up to a level where it started making thousands of dollars every month. Later he relinquished all control of his business endeavors by coming together with four popular entrepreneurs to form a software company called – CopyBlogger Media.

Since the merge with CopyBlogger, the theme has become a huge success. The CopyBlogger Media has been able to promote the Genesis theme, among other products through their content marketing efforts.

Prior to forming a partnership, CopyBlogger was running on Thesis theme and Brian Clark was a minority owner of DIYThemes. But later parted ways because of different opinions.

“For the last year Chris and I have had completely different opinions about the direction of the development of Thesis, the running of the company, and our relationship with the WordPress community. I think Chris really wants to build something new that has nothing to do with WordPress. Trying to force his development ideas into a WordPress framework creates a whole set of issues. I wanted him to go build his thing on a separate development track and simply be okay with Thesis being a great framework that extends the power of WordPress — because that’s what it was supposed to be.” said Brian in an interview.

Why You Should Use Genesis Theme

Genesis Framework gives you a very clean looking design right out of the box and comes with a ton of awesome features such as – optimized for search engines, regular updates, premium class security (audit by Sucuri), easy to customize, widgets, ready, and theme options page. Of course, there are third party plugins like Extender plugin and Design Palette Pro, that can further help you customize the design.

And Even with default design, you can use it on a variety of sites and it won’t look bad.

Pricing starts at $59.95, which is very reasonable compared to other frameworks available in the market. Plus $20 if you want a child theme.

genesis

Pricing

I bought the StudioPress PRO Plus package which is what I recommend you get, as it gives you access to all the current and future child themes (along with the Genesis framework). The current price of the package is $349.95, which is much better considering the pricing structure of other premium themes like Thesis 2.0, Pagelines, and Get Noticed.

If you’re not a developer and want to use the theme on one or two sites, then better go with the framework + child theme package. It will cost you around $80 plus you can use the theme on as many sites as you like.

You can always purchase additional child themes without having to pay for the framework. If you are good at building custom child themes, then go with the basic framework as it will only cost you $59.95.

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Installing the Theme

The process is pretty much straight forward, install the theme, and activate it. Next install the child theme and activate it, as well. That’s all. You are good to .

Don’t be surprised, if you don’t find a fancy options page, most of the frameworks come with a big fancy box (a drop down or settings page), but this one doesn’t. When, I first started using the Genesis, I didn’t expected to see a simple options page, which is one of the things that I like most about this framework.

Getting Started with Genesis

Setting up genesis theme is easy, you install it and bam… you’re good to go. Now your only focus should be on producing quality content and building audience around it.

There are plenty of tutorials available in their Docs section to learn from.

genesis getting started

Genesis Site Options

Upon activation you will notice a new sidebar menu in your WordPress Admin entitled Genesis – click on it to get started. As you will hover the mouse on the “Genesis” menu, you will see 3 links – Theme Settings, Import/Export, and README.

Theme Settings

This is the section where you can manage everything from changing the default layout to adding custom scripts in the theme. You can choose a color style, add a custom feed URL, and choose a default layout for the theme (each themes come with different layouts).

You can insert the twitter and search form in your navigation, automatically insert the breadcrumbs, choose whether you want to show the comments or not, adjust how you want your content to be viewed, and other minor adjustments.

You can also insert the header and footer scripts directly from the WordPress dashboard. This can be very useful for inserting Google analytics or BSA code.

Genesis theme settings page

Import / Export Settings

I never used this feature but it seems like a nice addition to the theme. This is the section where you can import your theme & SEO settings. It might be useful in case you want to implement the same settings on other blog.

Genesis Import & Export

README

README is not exactly an options page. It’s more of an instructions page for installing the child theme.

Additional features

  • Header & Background Image – Automatically upload and insert the backgroud through dashboard. Both of these features will only work if you are using a child theme with the main framework.
  • Author Box – Choose whether you want to display the author box or not. It can be done directly through your profile page. You also get the option to display the author box for some authors / contributors.
  • Built in SEO – If you hate using extra plugins, than simple use the built-in SEO offered by Genesis. Personally, I prefer to use WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast, which works perfectly fine with this theme.

Child Themes for Genesis – Free and Premium

Genesis has plenty of awesome child themes to choose from, it’s not easy to choose the best one. In this list I’ve collected some of the best free and Premium Genesis child themes. Though, most of the child themes sold by StudioPress are offered with the framework included.

Fremedy

Fremedy is a simple business theme created by Themedy and it comes with all the necessary features and it can be used for both Thesis 2.0 and Genesis. The theme features a simple and responsive design, ideal for business and company websites.

fremedy

Download Fremedy

BreakPoint

BreakPoint is a fully responsive theme with a minimal, clean design that allows visitors to focus on content.

breakpoint theme

Download BreakPoint

Herman Theme

At first glance, I didn’t thought it was a free theme, mostly because of the awesome features that this little child theme has to offer. The theme has a ton of great features including page layouts, page templates and post formats.

herman theme

Download Herman

Balance Theme

The minimalist design of the Balance theme gives you the best of form, with a responsive frame that’s built for any kind of communication. Balance is one of the best themes for Genesis. I used theme for a few months, on my business blog before implementing a custom design.

balance child theme

Download the Balance theme

Prose Theme

Prose is a simple 2 column theme and works for anytime of blog. Its point-and-click design controls allow you to effortlessly change almost any aspect of your site without touching a single line of code.

prose child theme

Download the Prose theme

Eleven40

Eleven40 is a wide theme and comes with 3 column (content area & 2 sidebars) by default. The layout can be changed easily to a 2 column website. The Eleven40 theme is the first to break out of the usual 960px layout and reaching a width of 1140px.

The theme has a responsive layout, so it looks great on any device including iPhone and iPad.

eleven40 theme

Download the Eleven40 theme

Final Thoughts

Genesis is no doubt one of the best WordPress themes. It has a fantastic design, killer child themes, premium support, and affordable price. Plus none of the above features require coding or anything, so you’re definitely in good hands.

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Which theme framework do you like the most? If you have any Genesis-related questions, please drop me a line in the comments below.

    • Devesh says

      Hi John,

      It totally depends on your situation. If you are willing to spend some money, then opt for Genesis theme. And if not, then look for free themes on WordPress.org Directory.

  1. Keith Davis says

    Good review Devesh but you know me, I’m already a convert.

    Setting up the latest themes is real easy – they are all fully widgetised, which means you only have to drag and drop and do a little typing.

    The quality of the setup info is also pretty good.
    I don’t know who does the setup info but they should be congratulated.

  2. Lala says

    I am considering purchasing Genesis but I wanted a them with a built in rating feature. What rating plug in are you using if you don’t mind my asking? It looks very nice.

  3. Roy says

    Hi Devesh: Thanks so much for this overview. I’m a writer, know nothing about setting up a blog, and wonder if you can help me select a Genesis theme that allows for blogging, guest posting, video options, and anything that enhances communication with audience. I hope this isn’t too terrible an inconvenience for you. Any tips will help. Thank you.

  4. Adrienne says

    Wow Devesh, that’s a lot of themes. I guess if you’re creating a lot of sites for clients or your business then this package would really come in handy. I bet they are nice too.

    I’ve never used StudioPress but I hear they are good themes. I know quite a few people who stand behind them. I’m a Thesis lover though, I must admit.

    Great share though and I’ll pass this on to my friends. You never know what they may be in search of today.

  5. Mr.MakingUsmile says

    I never was a big thesis fan. Genesis sounds like an opportunity to stream line a few processes. I like the templates.

  6. Caitlin says

    Absolutely love your blog–really glad I stumbled on it today. Out of curiosity–what child theme are you using on this site? I love its simplicity because it really lets you focus on the content. Appreciate the great tips!

    Caitlin

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