When I want to start a new WordPress site, the first thing that I do is scan StudioPress to find ‘that’ perfect Genesis child theme. But chances are, I won’t find the perfect one. Then I would scan several other WordPress theme marketplaces, and get disappointed.
At the end of the day, again back to StudioPress itself and pick a Genesis child theme that best matches my criteria. Late realization, I avoid all third-party Genesis child themes and always stick with the ones I found on StudioPress.com.
Over the past few months, I have started paying attention to third-party Genesis child themes and developers (though I still haven’t purchased anything outside StudioPress.com, yet) and have collected a bunch of marketplaces for the Genesis Framework in my Evernote.
By the way, I have already published a list of Premium WordPress Theme Marketplaces in the past that lists over thirty online destinations from where you can buy WordPress themes.
But the problem is, it’s not always a good idea to buy a WordPress theme from an independent developer or a less-known WordPress theme marketplace. In fact, it’s not even a good idea to buy a WordPress theme from Themeforest (unless you really know what you’re buying and doing).
The official StudioPress store has got over fifty WordPress child themes for the Genesis Framework (including third-party child themes). However, it’s very much possible that you still won’t find it enough. I mean, it’s nothing when compared to hundreds of thousands of free and premium WordPress themes available elsewhere on the web, right?
Anyway, first things first.
Why Genesis Framework?
Picking a theme/template is probably the toughest part of setting up a WordPress site. Seriously. You know there are thousands of free and paid WordPress themes out there so selecting one from so many themes can be extremely difficult.
The problem with free WordPress themes is that its developers may not update their themes regularly. And when the codes of your themes are not up-to-date, it becomes vulnerable to attacks in the future.
The same applies when you buy a paid WordPress theme from an independent theme developer (or freelancer). You may get the theme you really like at first, but eventually, the theme will become outdated.
I personally recommend buying WordPress themes from a premium WordPress theme marketplace because they make sure that their WordPress themes are up-to-date. And that’s why they release new updates regularly and even add additional features when WordPress updates its core software.
StudioPress themes are powered by Genesis Framework and it’s an industry standard WordPress framework trusted by hundreds of professional bloggers.
So here are the reasons I love StudioPress + Genesis Framework + Genesis Child Themes:
- Genesis themes are fast, mobile-friendly, and search friendly.
- Genesis Framework follows best coding practices and it basically means that you don’t have to worry about its code quality.
- There are no renewal costs for Genesis Framework (or for its child themes).
- When you buy a Genesis child theme from StudioPress, you can use it on unlimited websites, and you get lifetime updates and support. Most premium WordPress theme marketplaces charge you on an annual basis and they even charge you an additional fee for the developer version.
- There’s no developer version and you can install the theme on any number of websites.
- The Genesis Framework is updated regularly and you can upgrade your WordPress site with just one-click (from the WordPress Dashboard).
- Genesis offers hooks and filters so you can add your own codes without touching the PHP files of the original theme.
- StudioPress offers a Pro Plus All-Theme Package and it gives you unlimited access to all of their (current as well as future) WordPress themes, plus support and updates.
- Genesis Framework is compatible with most WordPress plugins.
- Genesis developers are everywhere.
- Genesis Framework is so popular that its tutorials are also easily available.
The only problem with StudioPress is the support. I’m not impressed with their support as I had to post my queries on their Community Forums to get Genesis specific PHP/CSS help. On the flipside, when you buy a WordPress theme from Themeforest or from an individual owned theme marketplace, you get better support (and it actually includes theme customization as well).