Really, Do we need a well coded Framework for our WordPress blog? Free WordPress theme or premium one – which one is best for my blog? What features should I look for when choosing a WordPress theme? Why do we spend a lot time in finding an SEO friendly theme? If your mind is full of such instincts then it means you’re really very concerned about your blog. I’d also gone through such instincts and to find out the answers, I spent a lot time in searching. I read plenty of posts to came on a decision. I didn’t take my decision in rush and today I can brag that I took a right decision. Just bragging!
Having a share hosting does not mean your blog will get success, infect, share hosting has nothing to do with SEO. Therefore, only your writing and SEO skills will make your blog successful. Your blog theme and tools like plugins, widgets, SEO services etc help you get more exposure therefore it’s immensely important that you choose them very carefully.
It’s true that thousands of blogs are launched everyday. But, it’s also true that thousands of people give up blogging every month. Therefore, your choices decide the fate of your blog.
Your decisions decide the fate of your blogging journey. Therefore, before making a choice, I do lot of research so no stone remains unturned. Before buying a premium theme for my blog, I spent significant time on researching and eventually I got confused between two theme providers: StudioPress and DIYthemes.
Both are very renowned and famous among bloggers. But in some aspects StudioPress won the race; in my case.
DIYthemes has been providing premium WordPress themes for 8 years and they build their themes with latest standards of coding like HTML5. Currently, they offer three packages: Basic, Professional, and Basic Plus. Their professional theme pack is very expensive; which gives you unlimited licenses and to my mind, it’s worthless to buy other plans like basic and basic plus because you only get license to use purchased theme on only one blog.
That’s why, I chose StudioPress. With one StudioPress Genesis Theme, you get everything unlimited for lifetime like unlimited updates, unlimited support, and unlimited installs (you can install your theme on your all WordPress blogs even on your clients’ websites).
Above is not the mere reason that convinced me, here are the reasons why I chose Studiopress Genesis Theme for my WordPress blog –
Note: I’ve also mentioned some cons of StudiPress Genesis Theme in the end of this post.
Reasons to Choose Genesis Theme for Your WordPress Blog –
Boost Up Your Ranking With Search Engine Optimized Themes –
In this day and age, you know that you can find countless tutorials pertaining to one single topic, therefore, to bring your pages at the top of search engines results, you have to make your web pages SEO friendly. A search engine optimized theme makes sure that your pages are ranking well in search results.
StudiPress uses a team of experts like Greg Boser (@GregBoser), a prominent search engine optimization expert, to make your theme completely optimized. To keep your theme up-to-date, StuidiPress provides auto-updates facility.
It’s indeed that Genesis Themes are search engine optimized if they’re not then they would not get 201,344+ members and 500,000 active Genesis Framework installs. It’s also a very strong social trust factor.
Unbeatable Security –
Having a site hacked can be a nightmare and you would never want that someone gets access to your site. StudiPress strictly follows all WordPress coding guidelines and takes all possible security measures to protect your site against malicious activities. For that purpose, it takes help of security experts and developers like Mark Jaquith, an expert of this field.
As per recent stats, millions of cyber attacks take place everyday globally. So, make sure your site is ready to cope such incidents.
Get Everything Unlimited –
I can’t understand, what kind of people are they (StudioPress)? Nowadays, where almost every renowned company tries to pull out every penny from customer’s pocket and these guys are offering everything unlimited (I’m not justifying their price tags, I’m talking about unlimited). Think, how many companies are there who offer same services?
When you buy a Genesis Theme from StudioPress then you get unlimited support, installs (licenses), and updates. They just take a fixed price of a product from you and then you’re free to use your purchased theme anywhere even you can install your theme on your clients’ websites.
Let’s say, you have three blogs on WordPress then this theme’s license allows you to install your purchased theme on all of your blogs. How cool, isn’t it?
Interestingly, You can also use child theme on all of your blogs to design your blogs differently.
Hassle Free Updates –
With Genesis Theme, you get a theme framework, that serves as the foundation of your blog and it carries all sophisticated codes and scripts, and a child theme. If you want to customize the look of your blog as per your needs then you can do that with the help of child theme. This way, you can prevent any massive mistake that can ruin structure of your theme.
Usually, with WordPress updates you can lose your customization and you would need to do everything again. But, in StudiPress, only framework updates and your child theme remains the same, therefore, your customization will remain untouched after updates.
Genesis Themes are fully custmoziable therefore you can make changes as per your convenience. That’s why, it gives you framework and child theme so you can set up your theme as you want without affecting functionality of your theme. To expedite designing, StudioPress offers you a plenty of tutorials and plugins like Genesis Visual Hooks, this plugin gives you details of all markups, hooks and filters.
With basic CSS knowledge, you can make your blog theme more elegant.
Advertisement Ready Themes –
As you know that to keep running our blogs, we need funds and that’s why, we show advertisements on our blogs. This way, we earn some money. Therefore, a theme should be compatible with ad codes.
You can add advertisement links, banners, widgets easily into your Genesis Theme because all of its themes are advertisement ready all you need to do is just insert your ad code where ever you want to show it. You can directly paste ad codes into your theme code area or can use Genesis Simple Hooks plugin that allows you insert short codes, php or the like into your theme.
Furthermore, you’re free to use third party plugins like Google Adsense plugin or the like.
Variety of Plugins and Widgets –
StudiPress themes come with a bundle of plugins and widgets that you can use. And also, your theme will support almost all third party plugins and widgets.
Responsive and Elegant Mobile Friendly Designs –
Nowadays, one of the biggest challenge is to maintain responsiveness of your blog across all devices.
Here are some interesting Google stats regarding mobile friendliness –
In USA, 94% of people with smartphones search local information and 77% of searches occur at home or at office, places where desktop computers are likely to be present.
Majority of viewers leave a site instantly if site fails to load faster. Source link.
So, it becomes crucially important to make your theme mobile friendly. If you’re not familiar with coding then StudiPress theme can take care of it. Most of The Genesis Themes are click and install type and you hardly need to do anything to maintain responsiveness of your theme.
Genesis Framework consists powerful features like advanced schema control, XML site map generation, robots.txt generation, AMP support and the like features which enhance your site performance without compromising security.
The platform offers elegant skins for business, enterprise, photography, magazine, and eCommerce sites. You can choose from a vast list of designs.
Just Concentrate on Your Work –
Forget about updates, StudioPress team will take care of it. Just make sure to enable automatic updates.
Pro Plus Package to Get Access to All Genesis Child Themes –
StudioPress has a pro plus plan that gives you access to all child themes, including third party themes, available in the store. You will need to pay one time payment of $499.9 to subscribe for pro plus package. If you run multi-niche websites or provide web services then this package can be beneficial for you.
I’m using Genesis Framework on my blogs which is available at the cost of $59.
Cons of using StudioPress Genesis Theme –
As you know that it’s hard to achieve 100% satisfaction, therefore, Genesis Framework also has some limitations like:
Completely new bloggers may face customization difficulties because StudioPress does not offer completely tick and select type themes. You should have some basic knowledge of coding like HTML5, CSS, and the like. But you will face such difficulties with free themes also and free themes tutorials to fix issues are hard to find. On the other hand, you can find tons of tutorials to fix issues related to paid themes. So, here tutorials and expert help fill the gap.
Many pro-bloggers have switched to other theme providers after reaching on a certain level. Only few reach on that level therefore Genesis is still a best option for fresh and medium enterprises.
Final Words –
StudioPress is becoming first choice of bloggers and developers. I’ve read a number of reviews before buying Genesis Framework for my blog and I couldn’t have found a single blog post that spoke against it. It’s evolving very rapidly and it already has gained 201000+ members and that’s a very big social trust factor to know about its popularity. I, too, have not found anything wrong yet.
If I convinced you then you can visit StudioPress Genesis Theme store to find a theme for your blog.