3 Reasons People Will Buy More If Y... Previous Post
WordPress Tutorial: Using Gravity F... Home Comment
As a WordPress developer, I work with WordPress themes everyday. Over the years, I have used many different themes, and like anything else, over time, you get to know what you like. For me, the Genesis framework from StudioPress has become an easy choice because I can count on it for support, a wide number of widget areas and plugin options, simple SEO, and I just know it works. Let me explain that in a little more detail.
1. Support- Working with Genesis saves me time because when I use it, I am starting out with a great product that I am already familiar with. But to speed things up even more, Genesis has a great team behind the framework. To begin with, each child theme has a tutorial to help you get the site set up exactly the way the demo site looks. That can be a big time saver the first time using any new theme. It always takes a while to look around a new theme and see how things are set up. Even though I work with themes all the time, each one is a little different. With Genesis, if the setup isn’t immediately obvious, (and many times it is) then I go straight to the tutorials and don’t waste time trying to figure out how they put in a slider or some other option.
And if I’m looking to do something a little different, the support forum is always there to answer my questions. Many times, someone else will already have had my same question, and I can just search the forum for the answer. If not, the StudioPress team is always quick to respond to my questions.
2. Widget Areas- One of the nicest things about Genesis child themes is that most are set up with special widgets areas to make your homepage stand out. These widgets make it easy to add image sliders, portfolios, and custom text right to the home page. Right out of the box, Genesis comes with some great options. Genesis offers a “featured page” widget that lets you have an excerpt that links to the actual page on your site. The spacing is already set up and I just plug in my personalized settings. Very easy! One of my favorite set of widgets are the 3 or 4 footer widgets that run along the bottom of the page, just over the copyright notice. This allows you to accentuate your main features. If this widget doesn’t already come with your child theme, it’s also available as a free plugin, which brings me to the next topic- plugins!
3. Plugins- Genesis offers some great free plugins to make life even easier. One of my favorite is the Simple Edits plugin that allows you to, among other things, simply put your footer information into the theme settings without having to go into the coding. Another good one is the Genesis Simple Hooks plugin that allows you to insert HTML, PHP, and even shortcodes and attach any of the 50+ action hooks throughout the framework. It’s an easy way of creating functions for your theme. Very useful!
4. SEO- Genesis’ code is created with search optimization in mind. For the website as a whole and for any page, you can easily set a meta title and description. It’s easy to set up the noindex and nofollow codes. Even if you leave the easy to fill out forms blank, Genesis will automatically pull the post or page title and use it as the meta title.
5. It works– There is no more important element than the fact that it works and works well. Genesis has been around awhile and is backed by a capable support team. You can count on it to run well. The bugs and discrepancies you find among the new themes and novice developers just aren’t there. The glitches have already been worked out and you’re left with a streamlined, stable system. Genesis’ core is created with secure code to help keep your site safe. And I would be neglectful if I didn’t mention that all future Genesis upgrades are free, once you buy the framework. That is simply marvelous. As a busy developer, I don’t want to waste time testing new themes and worrying about updates. I want to buy a framework that I know is a sure thing, and that’s Genesis.
So, you can try out different themes and learn all this stuff on your own, or you can take my advice and make your life simpler by using Genesis. Or better yet, let me use my experience to create a great site for you using Genesis. You’ll see that the flexibility of the site, the security, and the search engine optimization make it just as good choice for you as it is for me.
Nice article, but I’m still not seeing the benefits of using a framework over the WordPress installation. Can you elaborate on these (based on your 5 reasons):
1. Being able to submit a support ticket somewhere is nice, but WP has a large community with every answer you need in the forums all around the web. Also, you can always find a great cheap freelance developer that knows WP better than you do.
2. Widgets: there are already thousands of free widgets available with almost every feature imaginable. Not seeing this as a reason to get a framework.
3. Plugins: same as #2, there are even more free plugins for WP, a lot of which are actively maintained as well.
4. SEO: again, there are some very elaborate plugins available to make all kinds of SEO and speed enhancements to WP.
5. Plain WP works too. I’ve yet to encounter a problem that costs more than the price of a framework to fix.
Soooo…. am I missing something here? If so, what?
Sanjit Mandal says
“As a busy developer, I don’t want to waste time testing new themes and worrying about updates. I want to buy a framework that I know is a sure thing, and that’s Genesis.” Yes!
It terms of time spent on research, trying out different themes, etc, it is best to go with a comprehensive platform, and this is it! When I upgrade my site there is a very strong chance I will be using Genesis, it is solid all the way around!!
I have used a few other platforms, and when I go back to genesis, it wins every time, so no more time researching 🙂 Their support in asking them questions has been superb!
Stumbled across this post when looking for material on the genesis framework. Excellent read.
I have been using the ithemes builder framework but in order to get a lot of the child themes to work how I want them I need to use a lot of css – and sometimes PHP which I struggle with!
Do you know of any sites that I can use so that I can test the genesis framework – I am presuming it is similar to the builder framework, so hopefully a small learning curve?
I have also heard the genesis is a solid framework for SEO so would like to know if this means I can do away with SEO plugins such as yoast or all in one or would you recommend using these in conjunction with the genesis theme?
Thank you Laura!
Arafin Shaon says
Though I personally use genesis I heard lot of good thing about thesis theme framework. Do you have any idea regarding thesis?