Theme frameworks are designed to help the developers quickly churn out updates and create various themes without losing the main functionality.
StudioPress is a well-known company known for its famous Genesis Framework on which all of its themes are built. The themes are search-engine optimized and provide security along with regular updates to both theme and framework. Mark Jaquith who is a security expert and core WordPress developer has also made sure that Genesis Framework gets unbeatable security.
Studiopress offers over 40+ themes, which means a good variety available to check from. The theme used here on our site is “News” child theme based on the Genesis Framework. It is called child theme because it needs the Genesis framework to be installed first to run on. The themes of Studiopress can be so different that you cannot tell from first sight whether they are WordPress or HTML. Like for example in the pictures below:
Casinos Europe (casinoseurope.com) with the Genesis – News theme:
EU Internet Marketing (eu-internet-marketing.com) with the Genesis – Freelance theme:
Different themes can be customized by going to the genesis tab on the left side. You can toggle the automatic updates and change the color style of theme.
Not only the colors but you can change the layout to show in up to 6 different styles.
Content-Sidebar, Sidebar-Content, Content-Sidebar 1-Sidebar 2, and others as shown in pic below (the first one is the Content-Sidebar layout):
Navigation settings (Menu):
You can choose whether to include primary or secondary menu or to eliminate both as per your liking. There is a fancy dropdowns option that looks pretty cool when you have sub-menu’s within menus. If you are thinking of using a custom menu as for example in header right side, you can disable the primary and secondary menu and enable custom menu from widgets.
Content and Blog:
You can select how the posts show up in archives, whether you want to show their content or excerpts and whether the featured image be included or not. You can even set the post characters limit so that each post excerpt is of a specific number of characters. The blog page can be chosen to show specific categories, or exclude specific categories and show all others and limit the number of posts to show on each page.
Header and Footer Scripts:
Scripts can be inserted in header and footer without going through the code thanks to the framework. For example we can insert the Google Analytics script in the Header section in Framework.
The themes are ad ready, offering font changes, and SEO options out of the box along with featured posts which can completely change the look and feel of your site. Genesis offers custom widgets which offer flexibility and ease of use for new users. Custom widgets like Genesis – Tweets displays your latest tweets, while Genesis – User Profile shows the author profile. It offers breadcrumbs which are helpful not only for crawler bots but also users. The themes are mobile responsive and offer a lot of features. Even if you find some features missing as Contact Form or Slider, you can install them from Plugins easily. In fact Genesis Slider is a whole separate plugin which offers good compatibility with the Genesis Child themes.
License and Support:
You can get all the themes and Genesis Framework for around 250$ which in my opinion is a super saving. If you buy the framework and themes, they offer 100% GPL for everything that has been used, whether it’s CSS, PHP, design, XHTML or other element. So that means you can also develop your own themes based on the Genesis Framework easily. If you are having trouble with any of the StudioPress themes, you can join their community support forums where users like us can help you get through your problem and find a solution. If you are experiencing any problems with Genesis you can contact us by clicking here.
In my opinion Genesis Framework and themes are the best that money can buy. Featuring regular updates and improved security and functionality, I am unable to leave this and try any other. You can go to Studiopress.com to view their themes collection.