I get asked all the time why I prefer the Genesis Framework over any other theme and I think that instead of answering the same question over and over again I would put together this review.
After spending over a thousand dollars on website themes and plugins, I have went back to the one theme that has worked from me since the day I decided to buy my very first premium website theme.
Yup, Genesis was the first ever theme I purchased and I really don't know what possessed me to try others but I have been through many and eventually went back to old faithful.
So after all the testing of some of “the best” premium themes on the market, I want to tell you why I think this is by far the best theme provider out there and why you should use them.
I know there are some of you who are like, “wow, I have never even purchased a premium theme in my life and this dude spent that much?” but don't worry, I was once in your shoes.
My start as an online entrepreneur was very simple as my budget was a lot on the lower end.
I stuck with the basics and didn't purchase any extra stuff until about 6 months into things.
I made my first couple of sales with affiliate marketing and I figured I needed to take the little I had and invest it into a theme as I heard it did a lot for SEO purposes.
So What Makes Genesis the Best?
Well, I'm a very simple guy and I don't like coding, so those two features alone were enough to make me give them a try.
I pretty much wanted a theme right out of the box, that can have the layout and design that was simple and had what I wanted.
Again, very basic.
I've sifted through Elegant Theme's selection and although they do have many to choose from, not a single one of them was what I was looking for.
I know, for someone so simple how can I not find one there, right?
Well, if it wasn't one thing, it was something else and I wasn't going to settle for something that I didn't like or at the very least, customize it a little to get it to the way I wanted it to be.
Now there are many reasons why I like the Genesis platform and I want to start with the main reason why I think they are the bomb.
Genesis Knows SEO
As a blogger or affiliate marketer for that matter, you want every possible advantage when it comes to search engine optimization.
From the keyword research and placement of an alt tag, all the way to your content and the theme from which you have your content hosted.
As a new blogger with a site less than a year old, I was ranking in the search engines without having to worry about any of the technical stuff that I would rather not deal with.
I was outranking sites that have been around for years and I am sure my content is not the best out there.
Mind you, I did go to a coding class in hopes that I can become a little more knowledgable about the behind the scenes work that came with this business.
Let’s just say that I learned some stuff but I don’t do any coding on my site whatsoever and I leave all the technical stuff to the pros.
So how do I know that the Genesis Framework is great for SEO?
Because everyone else said it was.
Okay, that’s not how I know.
I know this because I switched themes on my site’s one year anniversary and let’s just say those first page rankings weren’t happening like it used to.
That went on for about 3 months before I finally decided that I made a mistake.
Switched it back and voila!
Back to dominating the search engines.
So if you are struggling with SEO and you feel you are doing everything in your power to get your posts ranked, this alone is enough for me to recommend giving the Genesis Framework a try.
I think most themes are fairly easy to use and don’t require any special steps to get your site looking the way you want it to be.
However, the framework behind Genesis is as simple as it gets.
From the outside, every theme looks great and you can’t see any of that crazy coding going on and I’m sure most of you could not care less about it either.
Now as a website owner that is looking for simplicity on the backend, I find Genesis to be the most simple and uses a lot less coding than the rest.
I used Thrive themes for one of my sites and you can just feel the difference when it comes to loading and the overall clean feeling that you get with Genesis.
I still use Thrive Themes for one of my other sites but that is only because I don’t do any SEO type stuff on there but that’s about it.
Okay now I remember the same reason why I purchased my first them and it was because the free one I was using was not responsive.
I really didn't want to change my theme but according to the pros, you needed a responsive theme or Google won't rank your site.
Being the newb I was, I immediately went looking for one and that is what landed me on Studiopress.
Every single child theme they had on there was mobile friendly and they were all as simple as simple could be.
I'm sure all theme providers have their themes responsive but back in 2015 not everyone was up to par and a lot of sites got hit simply for not being mobile friendly.
This is just one of the simple features that you can expect as a Genesis Framework user.
Most theme providers have you go to a forum that usually has your answer or you can wait a day or so to to get a simple answer like you would with others.
With Genesis, you don’t have a number to call and you do get a forum but you can send them an email and they will respond in less than a day.
After that you will be in constant contact with their support team that will help you resolve your issues.
I have not had any problems with my actual themes though so I have never needed to contact them for any of those reasons.
You get lifetime support for your themes after you make your purchase as well as free updates.
Believe it or not, there are theme providers that have you pay if you want to update your theme, which I find to be really irritating.
There are several price points when it comes to the Genesis Framework as you have child themes that are required to use along with the actual framework.
As a new member of Studiopress, you can get the Genesis Framework and a child theme for about $99.95 but will depend on the child theme you choose.
Genesis alone is $59.95 but is going to require a child theme, so of course you might as well get at least one them to go with the framework.
You can also get the Genesis Framework and every single child theme for $499.95 along with any other theme they make in the future.
If you have the money and you aren’t sure about your first theme, this would be a great option as you don’t want to be like me.
I got 10 themes since I became a member of Studiopress, so I would’ve been better off getting their Pro Plus Membership.
Then again, I was barely making any money at the time so I don’t think I could afford the pro membership at the time.
Now once you purchase anything in Studiopress, you will get discounts from any other theme you decide to buy and they will only cost about $33.
I’m not a fan of signing up to newsletters but I am actually signed up to Studiopress’.
By signing up to their Newsletter you get access to educational webinars, invitations to regional workshops and meet ups, plus the basic blogs that cover digital marketing and website related material.
This is free and one that I do recommend you get on if you do decide to go with the Genesis Framework.
Pros & Cons
- Great for SEO
- Simple layout
- Easy setup
- User friendly
- Limited with design (kind of)
Genesis is easy to use right out of the box but if you want to make changes, you will either have to do the coding yourself or you can use a plugin called Design Palette Pro like I do to personalize all my sites that use Genesis.
Final Opinion of the Genesis Framework
As far as premium themes are concerned, this is my #1 recommended WordPress theme that I recommend over anything else out there.
I’ve tried Thrive Themes, Elegant Themes, and Themeforest themes but I found my way back to Studiopress and the Genesis Framework.
If you are struggling with SEO and would rather not deal with any type of crazy coding then this is the theme for you.
This is by far my most favorite premium theme and I wish I had never tried anything else as this is really all you need.
For those of you who have tried the Genesis Framework and ran away because you couldn’t design your site the way you wanted to without having to mess with code, all I have to say is Design Palette Pro.
If you invest in this plugin, you can have your theme look and feel the way you want it to, so don’t feel that you are stuck with the same look that everyone else has.
This very site you are on is ran off of the Genesis Framework and all the designing was done with that one plugin.
Other than that, we all know that your theme is not going to make you money online, so get back to work and maybe do a blog post or something.
And if you don’t have the Genesis Framework, today would be a great day to make a solid investment for your business.
This concludes my review of the Genesis Framework and I hope that I have given you all the information you need to make a decision on whether or not to purchase this theme.
Good luck and thanks for reading!