If you have used WordPress in the past, I am sure that, by now, you have seen a lot of developers recommending the Genesis framework. I use their framework for every single website that I own. Why? Well, when it comes to WordPress, the Genesis framework is the best of its kind. I decided to put together this Genesis framework review to give you some pros and cons of using their framework.
If you are sick of working with other WordPress themes that just do not work and end up breaking at the end, the Genesis framework and one of their child themes is what you should consider looking at. Genesis is like no other theme, it is too powerful to compare to anything else.
GENESIS FRAMEWORK REVIEW – WHO IS IT GOOD FOR?
Genesis was made for WordPress, so it will work flawlessly for WordPress-related websites. It is a perfect fit for blogs, online stores, and news and photography sites. You do not have to be a developer to be able to use the Genesis framework – it was built to be flexible, but easy to use as well.
You can also easily design your own Genesis child theme or purchase one directly from StudioPress (creators of the Genesis Framework).
GENESIS FRAMEWORK REVIEW – 6 PROS OF USING GENESIS
Okay, let me get to the good part of using the Genesis framework for a WordPress website. Here are the pros of using their framework:
1) THE FRAMEWORK IS CODED WELL AND UPDATED FREQUENTLY:
Unlike other themes that end up breaking your site after updating WordPress to a new version, the Genesis framework does things differently. StudioPress has a team of developers that maintain and update the framework, making it compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
This gives me the peace of mind each time I have to upgrade to the latest version of WordPress. At the end of the day, I know it will never break my site.
Furthermore, almost all of their child themes use the latest markup language – HTML5. This just shows that the Genesis developers constantly update the framework and their child themes.
2) GENESIS IS SUPPORTED VERY WELL:
When you purchase the Genesis framework and one of their child themes, you are buying from a reputable company. You are not buying from some idiot overseas that barely speaks English and rarely answers technical questions.
You become a member of the Genesis community. You gain access to their technical support team, an active support forum and tons of tutorials. And, when you ask a question, you usually get a response with a step-by-step guide on how to solve the problem.
3) FRAMEWORK CAN UPDATE WITHOUT LOSING THEME CUSTOMIZATIONS:
As I mentioned earlier, the Genesis framework uses child themes that are sort of like skins that make your site look different. Basically, you make all of the customizations on your child theme, not the actual framework itself.
So, when it comes time to update the Genesis framework, you do not lose the customizations you have made to the child theme files. In other words, these customizations are stored in your child theme files and are separate from the framework files that get updated.
4) NO LIMITATIONS:
The Genesis framework and its child themes are like no other WordPress theme. Unlike other themes that limit certain functions, Genesis does not.
With the Genesis framework, there are not limitations on what you can create. Basically, anything you can see is capable of being moved, edited or fully customized. You can create a custom sidebar layout for different pages and posts, insert a custom homepage and set up multiple widgets areas.
And, the best thing of all is that you do not need to be a developer or have a technical background to do any of this. Of course, if you want to take the easy way out, Genesis features a little over 60 premium child themes.
5) GENESIS HAS SOLID FEATURES AND DEDICATED PLUGINS:
The Genesis framework has tons of solid features right out of the box – from built-in SEO options to responsive child themes. And, if there is a feature that is not included already, there is probably a plugin that can easily be integrated.
Additionally, Genesis has several plugins that were created by their development team and is solely for the Genesis framework. Also, the framework and all of their child themes work flawlessly with external plugins.
6) GENESIS ALWAYS WORKS THE SAME:
Each time the Genesis framework is updated, it always works the same. The only thing that ever changes is the behind the scenes coding that makes the actual framework work better.
Even when you install a new theme, everything always works the same. So, once you learn the configuration process once, you are good to go.
GENESIS FRAMEWORK REVIEW – THE ONLY CON OF USING GENESIS
While, I think Genesis is a flawless framework for WordPress, there are minor setbacks. Here is what I found to be the only con of using Genesis for your WordPress website:
1) SLIGHT LEARNING CURVE:
Once you purchase the Genesis framework, there is a slight learning curve to get accustomed to how things work. Obviously, the basic site updating is a no-brainer.
However, the more complex customizing may take some time to get used to. So, if you value your time, this is going to be a setback of working with the Genesis framework. However, this is going to be an issue with all WordPress themes.
HOW MUCH DOES GENESIS COST?
The Genesis framework and one child theme will cost you a one-time fee of about $99.95. The Genesis framework alone costs $59.95 and you can pick up a child theme separately for about $20 to $60 (see Genesis and child themes here).
It is important to note that this is a one-time fee, giving you a lifetime access and support to the framework and any child themes you purchase. You can also use the framework and any of the child themes on unlimited sites.
You can also purchase the Developer Pro Pack (includes the Genesis framework, all 60+ child themes and all future themes) for a one-time cost of $399.95. Every Genesis purchase, framework or child theme includes the developer license.
GENESIS FRAMEWORK REVIEW – IS IT WORTH IT?
The Genesis framework is awesome and no other theme or framework is in the same category. Personally, whether you purchase the framework alone or the Developer Pro Pack, I think Genesis is worth every penny.
There is a multitude of reasons of why all WordPress sites should use the Genesis framework. And, you do not need to be a designer or developer to benefit from Genesis.
If you want a framework that is flexible, scalable and capable of doing just about everything possible, the Genesis framework is what I would recommend.
However, if you are an experienced designer and plan on building your website from scratch, I would not recommend the Genesis framework.