Genesis Framework and Themes by StudioPress Review?


Genesis Framework and Themes by StudioPress Review? I’ve been using Genesis for years, am a Pro Plus subscriber, and have developed all my WordPress websites with it until now. I think they are starting to fall behind newer highly customizable themes like the Astra Theme and Kadence theme. I, for one, would like to hear more from StudioPress on the direction of the Genesis Framework. Not knowing the future development plans and features coming for the framework has me looking elsewhere for upcoming Web projects.

What are everyone else’s thoughts on Genesis Framework and Themes by StudioPress and its development?

Genesis Framework and Themes by StudioPress Review
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Ali Akkas 3 months 9 Answers 0

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    The partnership with WP Engine is of concern for me. My experience is when companies merge and partner the mission gets deluded and performance suffers.


    Genesis Framework Review: The Best WordPress Framework?

    Genesis just feels archaic to me now. Stable, reliable, well supported. Yes. But more and more tedious to work with. I needed to overwrite CSS in major ways too much. Keeping our Sample derived starter child theme became an absolute chore as more and more parent theme features were dumped into the child themes. I started to have a real problem with that way of thinking and working. Adding basic functionality required creating it from scratch. Nothing wrong with that but I’m not such a purist anymore and I wanted to get things done faster.
    Also, as our small agency has been growing, I have needed to delegate more and more of the work to other people and some of them are not developers. So I’ve looked at ways to streamline our processes so I didn’t need to get involved as much as I used to when I was an alone freelancer or when I was alone with my business partner when starting the agency. She is a pure branding and design person so I was still doing the dev work alone.

    WP Engine Acquires StudioPress: The Future of Genesis Themes

    I do not think the new ownership will let Genesis die. I was never worried about that. But I also have no interest in WP Engine or any of their offerings. The Genesis X/Pro announcements left me completely cold. But quite honestly, I had begun to move away from Genesis even before the WP Engine acquisition. To me, the theme and its development started to feel completely out of step with what was going on in the WordPress ecosystem and the theme world in it.

    Beaver Builder vs. Elementor Pro for Genesis Themes?

    That process started by switching from Beaver Builder which I’d started using not long after adopting Genesis in 2013 to Elementor for sites where we did use a page builder. That was almost 2 years ago now. BB’s progress also felt slow and the UI seemed less and less efficient. After months of testing, our first Elementor projects were a revelation. Stuff got done faster, clients were happier and I could concentrate on the harder features that did need coding. The entire workflow in Elementor is so much easier than with BB for us.

    GeneratePress Vs Genesis Themes:

    Around the same time and in the same workflow optimization process, I started looking at GeneratePress (Premium) and after trying one project with it I was sold. Again, I could concentrate on the harder stuff and the basic visual integration could be done by others faster than I could do it in CSS with our Sample-based child theme. GeneratePress is also a very solid theme, extremely light and well-optimized and, for a Genesis person, a very natural fit. But it’s a much more modern theme with visual configuration tools in the customizer and the admin that empowered us to build faster. its Elements feature is incredibly powerful and useful. And our starter child theme is WAY lighter and the only times I’ve needed to update it was to add or modify our own house functions and features we reuse in most sites. Not to compensate for features disappearing from the parent theme or adding basic stuff like equal heights to WooCommerce products archives. WooCommerce integration is a lot stronger in GPP in general. I don’t need to add or code basic features by hand like a cart icon on the menu. It’s a checkbox with a couple of additional options. Easy to style.

    Astra vs GeneratePress vs OceanWP vs Genesis:

    For anyone still wanting to code as much as possible by hand or those that prefer using the pre-designed child themes, Genesis is still a great theme to use. You do get full control. But for us, we found better workflows and outcomes with GPP and Astra and we’re able to get projects out faster with no compromise on control or stability. Hard to believe for Genesis purists I’m sure, but we also do the ongoing maintenance of most of our client sites and Genesis sites have caused me more issues in the last year than others. The new way it handles translations means we can’t use our in house translations anymore is a huge annoyance for me… one more on top of the rest.
    GeneratePress is our go-to now but we’ve also dabbled with Astra Pro and used that on some projects. Its WooCommerce integration is even more powerful than GPP. Now just waiting for Gutenberg to become actually usable and we keep using Elementor in the meantime.

  1. Generatepress vs Genesis framework:

    • GeneratePress is a steal at $49.95/year for such a powerful but much more modern theme. The fact that Premium is a plugin and that child themes can remain light and be used to manage very specific visual and functionality mods as WordPress intended to make for a much more sensible approach for me.
    • In Genesis, even the products that were created to alleviate this eventually fell short. I’m thinking Design Palette Pro which had the right idea being a plugin but remains limited or Cobalt Apps’s Dynamik child theme which fell even farther out of step with modern web site needs than Genesis itself (or at least ours) as it still doesn’t really support WooCommerce or page builders properly. Genesis Dambuster just doesn’t cut it as it has no centralized way to set up options to remove titles etc., set full width or whatever based on conditions (all single posts, all shop pages, whatever).

    I’m not seeing anything in Genesis Pro or X that improves this situation much.

  2. Should I use the Genesis Framework by StudioPress?

    I am a member of both danish and American FB-groups focusing on WordPress and different themes and frameworks. I see a lot of questions about problems with themes built on everything else than Genesis. It is very rare that I see questions about problems with Genesis and themes built on it. This is enough for me to consider Genesis as the best framework.

  3. Why You Should Use the Genesis Framework Themes?

    The Genesis Framework doesn’t need to fundamentally change at the moment aside from adapting itself to work well with the block editor. It’s a great platform to use if you want a cleanly structured site that’s close to one of the child theme demos.
    You can’t compare Genesis and its child themes with ridiculously bloated themes that “do everything” or the legacy “page builders” like Elementor, Visual Composer, etc that need to load tons of extra assets and parse through meta or shortcodes just to display content.
    IMO Genesis is sorta where it needs to be as long as it keeps up with native block editing, but it’s obvious that the focus is trained more on this overall ecosystem with WP Engine.

  4. What are the downsides to using Studiopress Genesis framework WordPress Themes?

    Genesis built a strong and stable base. Sites that I built 5+ years ago work well with few issues.
    However, they matured and have not seemed to have grown much since. Which is the primary reason I stopped building new Genesis sites several years ago?
    Another reason I stopped using them, is lots of basic functionality required adding PHP code.
    Also, I found I could cut my site development time by at least 50%, using the Beaver Builder theme/plugin.
    Another reason I stopped building new sites with Genesis, is clients found it difficult to make or update basic content on their sites.

  5. StudioPress Review: Is the Genesis Framework Right for You?

    I know people who are really good with page builders. I suck at using them and there are lots of people like me out there who amongst other frameworks, when working with a WP CMS, StudioPress is pretty awesome. Their system of hooks and filters is the same/standard across almost all of their themes. So when I’m presented with a StudioPress project, it’s sort like the weekend for me.. I love it! And so, with any StudioPress project, I can predictably know what I need to do in order to develop a custom nav, or add a section, create a new template, replace an action. Their themes are lean and easy to host. It’s much faster for me to code than it is to build via a browser.. but that’s me and where my journey has taken me. I can see why for some, in this rapid, need it now, world.. the time it takes to code or learns to write/read JS, Php and become an SCSS wizard, now webpack, babel, and all the tooling let alone version control … isn’t going to pay this month’s bills.. is sorta going the way of the developer who builds the tools the modern “web developer” uses to create an all-encompassing solution from hosting to SEO for a client, the website becoming this commodity. I am sure StudioPress will morph but I think for them.. much depends on what WordPress will do or how Gutenberg will possibly replace or make themes optional… or I imagine… obsolete! Too early to really know…


    I think Genesis is looking up and improving rapidly with their Block Editor features and additions. Genesis Pro which gets rid of the one-time cost and converts it into a recurring fee is something that had to come eventually, and it will lead to a better product sooner. Here’s where they reveal the discussions about the direction of future development

  6. Is Genesis Framework worth it?

    After all the mergers, I feel Genesis is no longer the focus of the company. Seems like they want to be a Wix or squarespace of sorts where you buy your hosting, domain, and theme all in one place.  They want you to host with WPEngine which is fine if you can afford it! I used the think that Genesis had designers in mind, but it’s now about money ie WPEngine’s business rather than the emphasis on Genesis.

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