Thesis Theme VS Genesis Theme

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Genesis theme is making the buzz very fast and it is now being used by some great bloggers such as Darren Rowse, Brian Clark and Chris Brogan but the question is, thesis or genesis, which is more effective?

There is no such thing as best theme and “best” can depend on your need, if you want more SEO you might not care about design so far you have traffic and if all that matters to you is design you have no concern with SEO. By the time you finish reading this post you should be able to conclude which theme is best for you.


When it comes to choosing a theme many people prefer having a cool design, otherwise, they won’t bother buying a theme. Also in the thesis vs. genesis debate we might want to factor in the design. As far as design is concerned genesis theme is presently the best because you can still use its main theme without bothering about poor design but with thesis you won’t have a great design if either you don’t have coding knowledge or you don’t buy a framework.

Thesis v/s Genesis Theme

Also, using the default options and customizations you will be able to get more from the genesis wordpress theme than the thesis wordpress theme.

So as far as design is concerned, Genesis beats Thesis!

Loading Speed

Another critical element when it comes to choosing a website template is the loading time/speed and this is a very important factor especially to your readers in countries with poor internet connectivity.

In the case of loading speed thesis theme is better than genesis theme. I have tested the genesis theme on my blog and I presently use thesis, it is also important not to base my conclusion on my site only but I also tested several other genesis vs. thesis sites but I noticed that the thesis theme is faster.


One thing people always talk about when they want to buy wordpress themes is the theme’s support for SEO. I actually don’t believe a theme is best or worst for SEO, SEO is based on so many factors and the factor that makes a theme important is a somehow minor factor, that is the theme code. The most important factor in SEO is links so it doesn’t matter whether you use thesis or genesis or woothemes, they won’t help you rank better, it is your knowledge and action that will help you rank better!

Since both genesis and thesis have clean code I will say both are SEO effective themes.


Thesis Theme

  • Personal License – This allows you to use Thesis Theme on one live website and one development website. $87
  • Developer’s License – This allows you to use Thesis Theme on unlimited websites. If you want to use the Thesis framework for client work, you must pay an additional $40 per client site. $164

Genesis Theme

  • Genesis Framework – $59.95
  • Get all the StudioPress Themes (including Genesis) – $299.95

Get the Genesis Theme or Get the Thesis Theme

Which Premium Theme you are using on your site? Thesis or Genesis ? How’s your experience. Please let us know in below comments.

27 comments… add one
  1. Robin Jennings says

    If you were looking at setting up a website that is more blog oriented then Genesis can’t be beat.

    If on the other hand you wanted a more static website then do your research thoroughly as both have pluses and minuses.

    • Fernando says

      Agree with your points Robin, The Genesis newest Themes are going to be epic and I think Thesis will have to rethink of their product very soon or people like Niel Patel who used Thesis first who has moved to Genesis will encourage his Quick Sprout readers to do the same.

  2. jeffkgross says

    Nice article. I noticed a lot of publicity about genesis theme in last few months. It is good that Thesis have decent opponent, this will result with increase quality and reduce prices on market, am I right?

    • Devesh says

      Hey Jeff,

      Glad you found it useful. I don’t think the price will decrease, in fact Chris Pearson is planning to increase the price of the Thesis Theme with v 2.0

      Thanks for the comment.

  3. Tracey Rollison says

    I started using Genesis around 15 months ago, and have so far built or am building four sites on it, using three different Genesis child themes. Not a one of them is a blog. One is a multi-author site, while one is for a small business and two are for organizations.

    One thing I’ve heard often is that Genesis is “easy”, but that really depends on where the speaker is standing. For people who just want to plug in a theme and have it look like the demo, it’s not easy. You do need to have some knowledge of code and how the WP system works, and beyond that Genesis handles things even more differently, so that if you know you need to modify ‘x’ file, it might not even exist in Genesis but be bundled under something else.

    If what you want to do is build client websites, be aware that there are some things you won’t be able to do unless you are willing to rewrite some code with every upgrade. And that’s good on one hand because you can then sell a site maintenance contract (and if they go with someone else, they could find their site borked after an upgrade). That isn’t something obvious from just looking at the StudioPress site and demos. You really have to go in and play with it to find that out.

    So Genesis is far more flexible than most straight themes, and gives you a lot of control.

    As far as speed, there are so many things that can factor in, from the server the site is on to caching and minifying plugins to where the media is stored, the number of plugins and even whether the plugins have their settings correct. I’ve seen several reviews from well-known WP developers that say that Genesis is just about the fastest out there, when all themes were tested without plugins on the same server. I know the site I’m building for a client right now, which has very few plugins, is very fast compared to the multi-author site, which gets a lot of traffic and has to have a lot of plugins to handle the functions it needs to have.

    Just my experience with Genesis. I totally agree with you on the SEO! With all the changes Google made in 2011, it can be hard to tell anymore.

    • Fernando says

      Tracey are you aware of the newest theme which was introduced to the Genesis framework users? It’s a epic creation and I hope more epic themes can be expected soon for Genesis users.

  4. AJWalsh says

    I recently switched over to Genesis, and I’m liking it a lot. I’ve heard very good things about Thesis, but haven’t used it myself.

    I think you’ve nailed it when you said there is no “best” theme, as it can depend on your needs or even personal preferences. Also, I believe that for most bloggers using shared hosting, the loading speed will depend more on your hosting service than your theme. I have a couple accounts and some drag on a lot more than others even thought they are both using Genesis. Although that said, optimized code is very important too. Nice post.

  5. Erin S says

    Thank you for this comparison! It was helpful. I am looking to build a website for my new business and I have NEVER done anything in terms of building a website, using codes etc. I am looking at either Thesis or Genesis, but I am concerned I will not have the knowledge I need to work with either of these. Can anyone tell me if I need more knowledge or if I should be OK not knowing anything? Thank you.

    • Devesh says

      Your welcome, Erin and thanks for stopping by.

      Both themes are great and comes with full documentation and support. If you’re planning to buy premium skins or child themes, than you won’t have any issues with Genesis or Thesis.

      Don’t hesitate to contact me, if you need any more help. I’d be happy to help you anyway I can.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend, Erin.


  6. David L says

    I’ve been running Thesis for the last year or so and have absolutely loved the framework. It wasn’t until last week I started messing around with Genesis, and to be honest, both frameworks are awesome. You really can’t go wrong with either.

    In regards to Genesis, I really appreciate the clean coding the doesn’t mess with the WordPress core. I actually plan on setting up a few of my new sites up on Genesis to get a better feel for it in the long run. However. my old sites will continue to run Thesis, as I have no reason to switch.

    Bottom line – both frameworks are solid foundations to build a site on.

    • Devesh says

      Hi David,

      I guess No, but you can use WP Touch plugin, which automatically transforms your WordPress website into an application-like theme.

      Thanks for stopping by, David. Have a great weekend.


  7. Trish Jones says

    Great unbiased review of Thesis and Genesis, Onibalusi. I’ve been using Genesis almost since day one – and previous Revolution user – and have little experience of Thesis, but I agree with you 100% on the SEO front. If people buy a theme purely for the SEO element, they’ll ignore all the other necessary attributes – like link building – and expect the theme to do the grunt work for them.

    I’ve been able to build some amazing sites using the Genesis and their child themes and I love both the flexibility and the support from StudioPress. Maybe I ought to try Thesis some day, but I’m too spoilt using Genesis now.

  8. Ike Norris Jr. says

    A great review! I checked out Thesis some time ago and for some reason, it never really appealed to me. I found something I liked the first time I took a look at the Genesis framework and child themes. I was also attracted to each themes mobile conversion. Wasn’t a hard decision for me to make. Genesis!

  9. Fernando says

    I have used Thesis for a while but wasn’t really exited abut their per client payments and now having much themes which I could easily set up and get a blog up running. So I moved to Thesis and since then all my blogs and client sites I do, I use Genesis. Recently I started FERNANDOBIZ using one of the Genesis themes and the sites functions pretty well.

    • Devesh says

      Hey Fernando,

      A lot of people have been switching to Genesis since the DIYThemes announced the new pricing and version 2.0. I myself switched to Genesis theme… last year and loved the experience so far.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Fernando. Have a great weekend.


      • Fernando says

        Great hear your feedback Dev, since I just found this blog yesterday it’s been a platform for communication and learning from some exiting people and their opinions.

        Thanks, You too have a great weekend. Where about you are based and doing the good work on this blog? Kinda curious as I live in London so reaching out to blogs in the international arena :)

        • Devesh says

          That’s awesome to hear, Fernando. Welcome to the world of blogging.

          It’s good to see you’re taking time to reach out to bloggers on international arena ;). You have a nice blog with some useful content. Keep up the great work.

          Btw., I live in India =).

          • Fernando says

            Thanks for the feedback and appreciation Dev. India, the paradise of world class internet nerds and professional bloggers. I’m wondering how it’s to live in a country which has more than 1 billion people and connecting with at least 1 million bloggers in few years. I guess you are on your way to the REACH.

            All the best and will be back next time.

  10. Fernando says

    Btw just a question, why don’t you use Disqus comments plugin where you can turn your old comment system into a new way to engage your visitors?

    **Disqus is the easiest way to build active communities. It’s free to use and works with virtually any type of website.

    Also it’s easier for your readers to keep a track of their comments and build the connections without missing any reply form others. I use it on FERNANDOBIZ

    • Devesh says

      Hey Fernando,

      I’ve tried Disqus and then I went back to the default WordPress system. It’s the fastest and simplest. Also, my readers were complaining about having to connect their social media accounts even though it was optional.

      I think the default comment system is much better than Disqus.

      Thanks for the suggestion :).

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