If you’re like us, when you’re creating a new site you have a few different “must haves” when it comes to choosing a WordPress theme to use. These may include (but aren’t limited to) the following;
- The ability to customize it and add your personal touch it.
- How easy it is to use the theme
- How fast it allows your site to load
- And finally what makes your site look the best!
With all of that being said, we decided to review two of the most popular WordPress themes. Genesis Framework from Studio Press and Divi from Elegant Themes.
We asked our team to tear these two apart, see what’s inside and see what they liked and most importantly didn’t like about the themes. Let’s go over a bit of detail on each of them, then break down which one we preferred versus the other!
First, it’s important to note the primary difference between the two themes we are reviewing. The primary difference is that Genesis is a Framework. What this means is it lays the foundation for other themes to be loaded on top of them known as child themes. Just think of Genesis as the skeleton and the child themes as the rest of the body that goes over the skeleton.
Why is this an important difference? Primarily because while you could use Genesis “right out of the box” you’ll probably want to choose from one of their many amazing child themes. The great part of these child themes? You’re able to load the demo content and edit it to your specifics in a couple of clicks.
Now let’s get into my favorite part of any review. The Pros and Con’s.
Genesis Framework Pro’s
– Huge selection of child themes to choose from. As of this review, there are currently 80+ of them
– Site’s load quick! Genesis’ coding is simply phenomenal. It’s such “clean code” that when it loads, it loads sites very quickly and efficiently.
– Lifetime customer support. Once you’ve purchased Genesis, you get customer support forever!
Genesis Framework Con’s
– Requires child themes. You could use the framework straight out of the box but it isn’t as functional, and “pretty” as the child themes are.
– Preloaded template options. Lots of options and preloaded no less!
– Drag and drop editing of websites. Who doesn’t love drag and drop? Could it get any easier?
– Theme breaks if you don’t update it often. For us, this sucked big time because we aren’t always on our sites editing and posting and updating them except for a few. So this made it difficult for some of our sites.
– Some CSS knowledge required. We found it a bit hard to move things around without prior CSS knowledge.
– Front-end editor is limited.
We went with Genesis Framework as the winner. We loved the Genesis Framework so much we converted our site to it! We now have the entire Davis Research Solutions on the Genesis Framework with the Aspire Pro Child Theme. Let us know what you think of the two themes below as well as the buttons below to get any of them yourself.