Genesis Framework Review – Why Using A Genesis-Powered WordPress Theme (By StudioPress) Is The Smart Thing To Do

I don’t give many 5 star ratings, but the Genesis Framework is an exception. I use Genesis on a daily basis when I work on my own WordPress site (this one) and my client’s. I always recommend using a Genesis-powered WordPress theme because of it’s built-in SEO, reliability, security and other features. I cover all these in my Genesis Framework review.

Here’s why Genesis deserves a perfect 5 star rating…


Genesis Is Used By The Pros

Genesis is recommended by the founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg. There’s two other people who use Genesis that aren’t mentioned on the StudioPress website: Joost De Valk (from the Yoast SEO Plugin) and Matt Cutts (head of spam at Google). If it’s recommended by the top dogs at WordPress, Yoast and Google – it’s going to be worth it.


Large Selection Of Genesis-Powered WordPress Themes

You can get a Genesis-powered WordPress theme from any of these theme stores. I like to stick with StudioPress themes because they’re the ones who built the Genesis Framework, but there are some really nice third-party themes to choose from.


Actual Built-In SEO

  • Lightweight code means faster load times
  • Genesis supports code (needed for rich snippets)
  • All StudioPress themes have been optimized by SEO expert Greg Boser
  • Most themes are mobile responsive (good for SEO)

The main reason Genesis themes have built-in SEO is because they use lightweight code. This makes your site load faster (site speed is a ranking factor in Google). Genesis isn’t cluttered with unnecessary options either, which can often cause slow load times.

There are built-in SEO settings for Genesis, however I recommend using the Yoast SEO plugin to override these settings mainly because Yoast includes a content analysis feature.


Awesome Community & Support

You know how there’s tons of free WordPress tutorials online? Similar thing with Genesis.

StudioPress provides documentation for each theme to help you get started, and they post updates on social networks about Genesis-related topics. There’s also third-party social media groups who help each other out. And if you need to hire a developer to help you customize your theme, here’s a list of StudioPress recommended Genesis developers.


The Right Amount Of Built-In Features

  • Multiple page layouts
  • Custom widgets
  • Custom header
  • Custom background
  • Full-width template
  • Theme options

Some WordPress themes come with tons of built-in features. While these can be appealing at first, they’re also notorious for slowing down a website.

Genesis only includes features that are necessary for designing a website which they refer to as their “lightweight code.” All you need is a few page layouts, widgets, and theme options to design a nice site. You can (and should) use plugins if needed. Keep reading…


WordPress Plugins Just For Genesis Themes

My Genesis Framework review naturally includes WordPress plugins specifically built for Genesis-powered WordPress themes. Most of these have very good ratings.

I would definitely use some of StudioPress’ plugins. StudioPress is known for developing top-notch products, both themes and plugins, so you shouldn’t have to worry about the plugin becoming outdated, break, or mess with your site.


Reliability & Trust

Genesis automatic updates

At the end of the day I don’t want to worry about whether my theme has good SEO, security, or any of the things a theme should have.

I know Genesis not only includes these but is also updated automatically. I know this will minimize any potential issues with my site. And I know the team at StudioPress knows what they’re doing. I just want to be in good hands so I can handle what I’m good at, and that’s exactly what you get when you use the Genesis Framework.

Peace of mind at it’s best.

Now go ahead and browse Genesis-powered WordPress themes so you can spend less time running your website and more time growing it.


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Tom Dupuis writes WordPress speed and SEO tutorials out of his apartment in Denver, Colorado. In his spare time, he plays Rocket League and watches murder documentaries. Read his bio to learn 50 random and disturbing things about him.

12 thoughts on “Genesis Framework Review – Why Using A Genesis-Powered WordPress Theme (By StudioPress) Is The Smart Thing To Do

  1. Thanks a lot for sharing this post. Before I had no idea about the genesis theme framework. Now I get a great idea about the genesis theme. I have one question on how to install this plugin. please send this plugin link.

  2. I really appreciate you for writing this article it will help me alot now i move my Newspaper theme to Genesis theme…
    Thanks again!

  3. using a studiopress theme now and getting ready to revise my site. How do genesis themes stand up in terms of mobile google optimization, and site speed?

    1. They do both, all them are mobile optimized (they have a responsive design checker when browsing their themes) and they are lightweight. StudioPress’ plugins are also lightweight, and I recommend using those when possible.

  4. Hi Tom,
    nicely written review.

    I started using Genesis Framework since the beginning of my blogging journey, more than 5 years ago.
    I like the flexibility and customization settings available.
    I’ve a few different child themes, installed on my sites.

    I’m a big fan of Studiopress!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Tom,

    Genesis deserves 5 star rating. Genesis is preferred more as compared to another themes due to Genesis features like good loading time, well coded, search engine friendly, responsive and unique design. Genesis support are also good.


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