Lately, I have emailed a lot of people about why I love Genesis and given them recommendations for themes. I thought I would share the information with everyone in this blog post. (Plus, it will be easier to direct future inquiries to this post. What can I say, I’m a little lazy…)I am an affiliate for Genesis (only because I love them), thank you for supporting this blog by purchasing through my links.
Genesis is a WordPress framework, by StudioPress, that not only makes your site look great, but also adds more functionality. You can buy the framework alone, or you can bundle it with a child theme. The child them controls the design of your blog. Here’s a little more clarification from StudioPress:
A framework (ours is called Genesis) is a powerful type of WordPress theme — the frame and body of the car — that acts as a design, security, and SEO foundation for your website. It also “future-proofs” your site customizations, so there’s no hassle when it comes time to upgrade your software with one click.
A child theme is the pure design element that rests on top of the framework — the cherry red paint job on that car. Or blue. Or black. Pink. Green. You get the idea…
- The Framework provides a quick, professional design for blogs and websites.
- Mobile friendly! This one is huge these days! Most of the designs are responsive, adjusting to the device of the viewer.
- Dynamic home pages and a variety of widget areas.
- Most of the themes are up to date with HTML5 coding.
- With Genesis, coding is rarely needed and when I need to adjust the HTML, there’s a tutorial for it.
- Built in control over SEO elements without a plugin. See how Genesis makes SEO easier.
- $99 gets you the framework and a child theme. I know $99 is more than free, but it’s been a worthwhile investment.
To learn more about all the awesome Genesis features visit this link: StudioPress 101
My Top 5 favorite Genesis child themes
On to the more fun part, my (current)favorite themes. All links below are affiliate links. If you find this article helpful and decide to buy a StudioPress Theme, I’d love it if you buy through them. Helps me keep this blog running.
This is a perfect theme for food bloggers, fashion bloggers, and lifestyle bloggers. There aren’t any color options, but it would be easy to customize the colors by yourself.
- The home page (noticing a trend here?). I love the featured post experts. The demo displays different types of recipes, but you could do categories.
- The footer widget areas. There are two rows: the first demos featured thumbnail posts – great for directing your readers to other posts! The bottom has 3 widget columns for all sorts of handy information!
- The fonts. Go take a look at the titles they are beautiful.
- The icons
- The widget ad space at the top and bottom of the design.
I’m going to let you in on a secret. I’m working on a site redesign for Blog Ambitions and it is going to be with Parallax.
- The widget footer area
- The parallax home page
- The top, fixed navigation bar
Things I love about Centric:
- The home page. If you want to showcase your best work, clearly explain what your site is about, or display a portfolio, this is the site
- The color options, they are bold and beautiful
- The dynamic top navigation bar
- The icons
Real blogs using Centric: Massive Sway – by The SITS Girls
Another great theme for lifestyle, food, or fashion bloggers. Again, no color options, but it would be easy to customize the colors by yourself.
- The home page (are you surprised?) It is beautifully crafted to highlight your content.
- The elegant, feminine typography. The first word in the post is large and pink. The block quotes really make text stand out.
- The contrasting sidebar
- Styled sharing icons that keep count of shares.
- Numbered comments
This is a simple, yet trendy theme that is great for fashion, lifestyle, or food bloggers. The wide layout and white space makes it perfect for blogs with a lot of pictures.
- The width.
- The clean, white space.
- Contrasting footer, highlighting important information
- The continue reading bar for post excerpts.
Do I need to buy a child theme with the framework?
No, not necessarily. If you’re comfortable coding and want to tweak the look of the Genesis Framework, you can use the Sample Theme that comes with the framework. This blog is currently on the sample theme. As mentioned earlier, I am switching soon for a more styled look! You can also use these free themes from Brian Gardner.
I’m curious, leave me a comment and let me know what theme you use for your blog – even if it isn’t a Genesis Child theme.
Also, do you have any questions for me about Genesis or Child Themes?