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 schema.org 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.

Cheers,

Tom Signature

Outreach Pro Theme Review (The StudioPress Theme I’m Currently Using On My Genesis-Powered WordPress Site)

Why am I writing a review of StudioPress’ Outreach Pro Theme?

Because I’ve been using it on my own Genesis-powered WordPress site for around 3 hours/day for the last 4 years. While Outreach Pro is advertised as a church theme, mine is a marketing website that advertises WordPress SEO consulting with a ton of blog tutorials on SEO, site speed, Genesis themes, and other WordPress topics. Nothing to do with churches.

But yes, you can definitely use Outreach Pro as a church theme and I will show you examples of websites that were customized using Outreach Pro (which you can find on StudioPress’ showcase page). I will also give you an inside look at the Outreach Pro theme settings, plugins I use, and StudioPress documentation that will help you customize this theme. Let’s do this…

 

My Background And Why I Migrated To Outreach Pro

I was a full-time freelance WordPress designer for 4 years. I designed my own website with a theme called Dailycious from ThemeForest which got discontinued, plus it wasn’t responsive.

I read that Yoast and Matt Mullenweg (lead developer at WordPress) recommended child themes built in StudioPress’ Genesis Framework. I checked out StudioPress and went through pretty much every Genesis theme store there is. Seriously, from StudioPress to Zigzagpress, Web Savvy Marketing, even smaller Genesis theme stores like The Pixelista and Restored 316.

I kept opening the Outreach Pro demo and realized how much I loved it. The design, the widgets, the boldness of it. I was sold. I purchased Outreach Pro to use for my website (which is a marketing site, not a church or non-profit site) and I am SO glad I chose this theme.

Pros

  • Bold, clean design
  • Not just for churches
  • Built-in widgets and blog
  • Lightweight codes means faster load times
  • Mobile responsive + HTML5 + built-in security
  • Built in the Genesis Framework which is awesome
  • Comes with detailed setup instructions once you buy it

Cons

  • Lightweight theme means less built-in features
  • You must rely on plugins to add functionality (like any StudioPress theme)
  • $99.95 is a little much for people used to free or cheap themes
  • Most people only use it for church websites, which doesn’t have to be
  • Only 5 color styles: default (green), blue, orange, purple, red (but you can use any color if you know a little CSS)

 

Outreach Pro doesn’t HAVE to be for churches

This is my homepage which shows a customized version of StudioPress’ Outreach Pro theme. You can browse my website but I would check out a few particular pages on WordPress SEO, my contact page, and a blog tutorial I wrote showcasing SEO-friendly WordPress themes.

outreach-pro-studiopress-theme-customization

Another example…

outreach-pro-theme-customization-2

 

But you can still use it for a church website…

outreach-pro-theme-customization-3

Another example…

outreach-pro-studiopress-example

One more…

outreach-pro-theme-customization

 

Theme Settings

Outreach Pro Theme Settings

Theme Settings Details

  • Information (automatic updates)
  • Color style (green, blue, orange, purple, red)
  • Custom feeds (I use FeedBurner)
  • Default page layout (6 options)
  • Primary navigation extras
  • Breadcrumbs (front page, posts pages, pages, posts, archives, 404s, attachments)
  • Comments and trackbacks
  • Content archives (I like to show 150 x 150 thumbnail images for posts)
  • Blog page template (choose # posts to show + specific category if you want)
  • Header and footer scripts

 

Lightweight = Fast Load Times

My site only takes about .9 seconds to load on Outreach Pro…

outreach-pro-load-time

 

Outreach Pro Features

Homepage

Page Layouts

  • Default
  • Archive
  • Blog
  • Landing

Built-in Widgets

  • Featured pages / posts
  • Genesis user profile

Other Widgets

  • Header right
  • Primary sidebar
  • Secondary sidebar
  • Home top + home bottom
  • Sub footer left + sub footer right
  • 4 footer widgets

 

Setup Instructions

Once you purchase Outreach Pro you will access to it’s setup instructions

outreach-pro-setup-instructions

 

Plugins To Consider

A lot of these are StudioPress plugins

 

Wrapping It Up

Overall I love StudiPress’ Outreach Pro theme and recommend it to anyone looking for a bold, user-friendly Genesis theme. NOT just a church website! Obviously there is a learning curve when using any Genesis theme, but Outreach Pro is fairly simple to work with. Also, any lightweight theme naturally comes with options, so yes, you will be relying on plugins to add functionality. But that’s what lightweight themes are all about.

 

OUTREACH PRO DEMO OUTREACH PRO DETAILS

 

I hope you enjoyed my Outreach Pro theme review! If you have any questions about this theme, StudioPress or other Genesis themes, leave me a comment and I’ll be glad to help!

Cheers,
Tom

StudioPress Review: WordPress Themes That Are Actually SEO Friendly, Mobile Responsive, And Built In The Genesis Framework (Recommended By Yoast And Matt Mullenweg)

If you’re looking for a WordPress theme that looks awesome and is actually SEO-Friendly, you should probably check out StudioPress.

All StudioPress themes are mobile responsive and have clean, lightweight code that make your website fast, secure, and run smoothly. They’re trusted by over 200,000 WordPress users including Yoast, Matt Cutts from Google, plus the founder of WordPress – Matt Mullwenweg. Few theme stores can actually get an interview with Matt. StudioPress is just that respected.

I wrote this StudioPress review because I use their Outreach Pro theme on a daily basis for my website. It looks awesome, loads in under 1s, and I’ve never had a single theme-related issue. I’ve built over 15+ WordPress sites using StudioPress themes and wrote 20 blog tutorials about their Genesis Framework. And while there are plenty of WordPress and Genesis theme stores out there, I always end up at StudioPress. This StudioPress review is based on my experience using their themes along with practical tips to help you customize YOUR theme.

seo-friendly-wordpress-themes

Here are 15 reasons you should choose StudioPress to build or redesign your WordPress site:

  1. SEO-Friendly
  2. Reliability
  3. Lightweight
  4. Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  5. Security
  6. Accessibility Ready
  7. Amazing Design
  8. Powered By The Genesis Framework
  9. Automatic Updates
  10. Theme Settings
  11. Genesis Plugins
  12. Documentation
  13. Youtube Tutorials
  14. Community Support
  15. Genesis Developers

 

1. SEO-Friendly: Clean Code = Less Technical Problems

The real SEO you get with a StudioPress theme is the clean code that makes your website run fast, responsively, securely, and smoothly. It’s not like your rankings are going to skyrocket if you use StudioPress (or any theme for that matter). But the fact is most websites do have technical issues that could have been prevented if the theme code was written better. Avoiding technical issues consequentially DOES benefit SEO and it also improves user experience, uptimes, security, and can save you a LOT of money hiring a developer to fix errors.

studiopress-seo

Genesis Framework does come with it’s own SEO settings but as with any theme, you’re better off configuring the Yoast SEO Plugin. Genesis also comes with schema.org for rich snippets but you’re better off using a plugin like All In One Schema (free but minimal) or WP Rich Snippets (premium and robust). These plugins will do a better job no matter what theme you choose. Don’t get fooled when a developer slaps the words “SEO-Friendly” on their WordPress theme. The best way to know is to follow what the top WordPress people are using, and that’s why people like Yoast and Matt Cutts from Google use the Genesis Framework by StudioPress.

 

2. Reliability: Trusted By 200,000 People Who ♥ Genesis

There’s a lot to be said about purchasing a theme from a reputable company (as opposed to an independent developer on ThemeForest). StudioPress now has over 200,000 users who trust them to make ongoing updates and improvements to their themes and Genesis Framework. The reliability factor alone can save you countless hours having to deal with technical issues, and the possibility that your WordPress theme will be discontinued or worse, abandoned.

 

 
With StudioPress my updates have always gone flawlessly…

wordpress-plugin-updates

I can count on them to release frequent updates to the Genesis Framework…

genesis-updates

Whereas ThemeForest themes are built by independent developers who may not be as reliable. This is a ThemeForest theme I used for my website (the one you’re on). It eventually got discontinued, no updates were released, and I started running into technical errors. I had to redesign my site using the Outreach Pro theme by StudioPress which took me weeks, but long-term this was a blessing in disguise. You however, have the option to avoid that mistake.

discontinued-themeforest-theme

 

3. Lightweight: No More Bloated Code Slowing You Down

Most StudioPress themes don’t include a built-in portfolio, shortcodes, and some don’t even include a slider. Instead of having these features caked into your theme (which hurts your load time), you will be relying on plugins to only add the functionality you need. This is the whole concept of lightweight. StudioPress’ coding is also top-notch so you can be sure your Genesis-powered WordPress site will load instantly. Mine usually loads in .8s when tested in GTmetrix.

GTmetrix WordPress Speed Report

 

4. Mobile Responsive + HTML5

All StudioPress themes are mobile responsive and all but 1 (Focus Pro) are HTML5…

Digital-Pro-Theme-by-StudioPress

 

5. Security: Code Reviewed By Core Developer Mark Jaquith

I’ll admit I don’t know much about security when it comes to coding (only general things like changing your admin username, installing a security plugin like Wordfence, etc). But I do know StudioPress brought on security expert and core WordPress developer Mark Jaquith to review and tweak their themes. This is good since WordPress sites have been a recent target.

studiopress-themes-security

 

6. Accessibility Ready (For The Impaired)

This makes your website is more easily readable by people who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, or color blind. They’re small things like making the text high contrast compared to the background color, or making your navigation selectable by keyboard. It’s not a ranking factor in Google (yet at least) but does make your site easier for this group of people.

accessibility-ready-wordpress-themes

 

7. Amazing Designs With A Wide Selection Of Themes

I assure you there are better WordPress designers than myself, but my website is a customized version of StudioPress’ Outreach Pro Theme. Check out my homepage or see the showcase section on StudioPress to see Genesis sites designed using StudioPress themes.

outreach-pro-studiopress-theme-customization

 

8. Powered By The Genesis Framework

All StudioPress themes are built in the Genesis Framework. This is similar to a parent theme and facilitates the development of your child theme (the one you choose on StudioPress). By using Genesis you are allowing StudioPress to make ongoing updates to the Genesis Framework which keeps your website running smoothly. It basically helps with everything listed in this StudioPress review. You can learn about theme frameworks on this WP Beginner post. Rest assured, Genesis is among the top frameworks is respected in the WP community.

genesis-framework

 

9. Automatic Updates: One Less Thing To Worry About

Once you install your theme, you can enable autoupdates in your Genesis theme settings:

genesis-automatic-updates

 

10. Theme Settings: An Inside Look

All StudioPress themes have Genesis theme settings which you can export and import to use on multiple Genesis sites. As you can see there aren’t nearly as many options as a robust theme like Avada on ThemeForest, but like I said, that is the concept of a lightweight theme.

studiopress-theme-options

 

11. Genesis Plugins (Also Lightweight)

StudioPress has an array of Genesis plugins I would DEFINITELY use to customize your StudioPress theme. Most of them have high ratings are they are lightweight so you don’t have to worry about them slowing down your site. I would at least check out these Genesis plugins:

studiopress-genesis-plugins

 

12. Solid Documentation To Get You Started

The documentation StudioPress has for both Genesis Framework and their themes is super helpful. Once you purchase a theme you will have access to it’s setup instructions. Here they will show how to install your theme, import demo content, setup the homepage, Genesis SEO settings, use columns, and other tutorials. Below are the instructions I got for Outreach Pro.

outreach-pro-setup-instructions

 

13. Youtube Tutorials For Nearly Every Theme

Since StudioPress is so popular, a LOT of people have used their themes. You can usually find Youtube tutorials showing you how to setup your StudioPress theme especially if it’s been around for awhile (like Executive Pro, Eleven40 Pro, Parallax Pro, others). Here’s a great Youtube tutorial by Lisa Irby showing you how to customize any Genesis WordPress theme:


 

14. Community Support: Join The Facebook Group!

If you buy a StudioPress theme you should definitely join the Genesis WordPress Facebook Group. They are super helpful and the StudioPress team posts regular updates on new theme releases, tips, and other news about the Genesis Framework. If you have a question or issue related to anything Genesis, this is one of the most helpful Facebook Groups I have joined.

genesis-wordpress-facebook-group

 

15. Plenty Of Genesis Developers If You Need Help

StudioPress has their own list of Genesis developers but I work with Pronaya who is much cheaper ($40/hour) and has helped me build over 15 WordPress sites in the Genesis Framework. We’ve been working together for 5 years and you can hire him on freelancer.com (just sign up and search for user bdkamol). He lives in Bangladesh but if you don’t mind the time difference, he speaks good English and usually completes updates within 1-2 days. He can install your theme, customize it, and does all WordPress speed optimization projects for me.

pronaya-freelancer

 

Choosing A StudioPress Theme

I would base your decision off the design you like. While some themes are industry-specific, the content is meant to be swapped out anyway. So don’t base your decision solely on the content. Outreach Pro is advertised as a church theme but I used it as a marketing website and love it. Obviously real estate, WooCommerce, education, and even parallax themes are unique to that type of website, but multipurpose themes can be customized for any industry.

View StudioPress Themes

 

Pro Plus All-Theme Package: Get All 55+ StudioPress Themes

The StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package includes all StudioPress themes for $499.95 + $99.95/year after. This theme pack includes all third-party and future themes in their collection. I found many higher paying gigs involve companies who want to use Genesis, so being a WordPress developer (and Genesis developer) can get you more clients in itself.

StudioPress Pro Plugin All Theme Package

 

Showcase Websites: See Customized Versions Of Each Theme

Use the showcase section on StudioPress’ website to see customized versions of each theme. There’s an option on the right side of the page where you can filter by theme (and you’ll notice some websites look completely different than the theme, showing you how flexible they are).

studiopress-showcase-filter

studiopress-showcase

View StudioPress Themes

That’s all I got! If you have any questions about my StudioPress themes review, the Genesis Framework, or a specific theme, drop me a line in the comments and I’ll be glad to help you out. As soon as I found out about StudioPress I fell in love (as they say). But seriously, I really enjoy working with their themes and it’s definitely made my life easier especially the design aspect.

Cheers,

Tom Signature

50+ Genesis eCommerce Themes (WooCommerce Ready)

Genesis Woocommerce Themes

These 50 eCommerce themes are built in the Genesis Framework by StudioPress.

They’re all mobile responsive + HTML5 (I tripled checked) and compatible with the WooCommerce plugin. You’ll find setup instructions, pricing, and other helpful resources in my descriptions. Most are $50 – $130 depending if you’ve already purchased Genesis and I recommend using StudioPress’ plugins and tutorials to customize your theme, as well as the theme’s setup instructions. Most of these Genesis WooCommerce themes are feminine (because most of the developers are females) but the content/colors can always be changed.

I went through these thoroughly and highlighted my favorites themes – Mai Lifestyle Pro, Digital Pro, Parallax Pro, and Hello You Designs also has nice Genesis WooCommerce themes.

Affiliate Disclaimer – yes, I used affiliate links, I also donated $3,000 of my affiliate income to Red Cross at Hurricane Harvey. Your support helps and I do appreciate it.

 

1. Mai Lifestyle Pro

Mai-Lifestyle-Pro-Theme

Mai Lifestyle Pro is a beautiful lifestyle theme with multiple column layouts that showcase your products, recipes, or any content you want. It’s definitely one of the nicest eCommerce themes by StudioPress and I’d definitely take a look if you want a theme you’ll be happy with.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 129.95 (Genesis Included)
  • Theme Details
  • Setup Instructions None Yet
  • Sample Websites: None Yet

VIEW MAI LIFESTYLE PRO

 

2. Academy Pro

Academy-Pro-Theme

Academy Pro is a recent StudioPress theme designed for online courses, membership sites, and other educational websites. It has shop, account, cart, and checkout pages with filters on the shop page, and it also features quite a few of sample pages with a cleanly designed homepage.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 129.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW ACADEMY PRO

 

3. Authority Pro

Authority-Pro-Theme-by-StudioPress

Authority Pro is a flexible Genesis eCommerce theme and is also specifically designed for online courses. Like all StudioPress themes, it is mobile responsive + HTML5 and has quite a few call-to-action buttons. Plus, it features both a 2 and 3 column layout on the homepage.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 129.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW AUTHORITY PRO

 

4. Monochrome Pro

Monochrome-StudioPress-Theme

Monochrome, a black/white WooCommerce theme with cart/checkout/account pages and other samples pages like most StudioPress themes. Background colors and buttons are found on the features page – plus they have pricing, blog, author, contact, and layout sample pages.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 129.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW MONOCHROME PRO

 

5. Infinity Pro

Infinity Pro Theme

The Infinity Pro theme by StudioPress features a fullwidth layout with a sticky navigation menu on top that stays visible as you scroll down the page. It’s clean and super flexible.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 129.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW INFINITY PRO

 

6. Digital Pro

digital-pro-genesis-theme

I have actually used this theme and love it – kind of a “big company” feel but swap out the stock photos and it doesn’t have to be. I would buy it if you like the general design/layouts.

  • StudioPress
  • Business Theme
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW DIGITAL PRO

 

7. Refined Pro

Refined-Pro-StudioPress-Theme

Refined Pro features a LOT of menus (if you like that) and was developed by Lauren from Restored 316 Designs. It has a feminine touch but can be customized to your design needs.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 129.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW REFINED PRO

 

8. Parallax Pro

Parallax-Pro-StudioPress-Theme

Parallax Pro has been around for a while but StudioPress just recently made it WooCommerce-friendly. Here is a full list of Genesis parallax themes if you want to check out the other ones.

  • StudioPress
  • Parallax Theme
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW PARALLAX PRO

 

9. Magazine Pro

Magazine-Genesis-Theme

Magazine Pro has also been around for a long time and is more of a news blog, but if you check out some sample websites you can see this theme can be customized to look much differently.

  • StudioPress
  • News Theme
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW MAGAZINE PRO

 

10. Daily Dish Pro

Daily-Dish-Genesis-Theme

Daily Dish is a minimal Genesis WooCommerce theme based around food. It’s super lightweight and minimal (so you will need to rely on plugins like all StudioPress themes).

  • StudioPress
  • Food Blog Theme
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW DAILY DISH PRO

 

11. Wellness Pro

Wellness-Pro-StudioPress-Theme

Wellness Pro is a lifestyle-type Genesis theme that is heavy on photos with multiple column layouts, including 1 large image on the top of the homepage. It has as a centered navigation menu.

  • StudioPress
  • Food / Wellness Theme
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW WELLNESS PRO

 

12. Altitude Pro

altitude-featured-wordpress-theme

Altitude Pro is similar to Parallax Pro, only it features a single page (homepage) where the individual sections are larger than those in Parallax Pro. The navigation items don’t HAVE to have the scrolling effect – each item can lead to a new page (check out the links in the footer).

  • StudioPress
  • @studiopress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW ALTITUDE PRO

 

13. Slush Pro

Slush-Pro-StudioPress-Theme

Slush Pro features 2 centered navigation menus (one on top of the logo and one on bottom) with a sidebar left homepage layout – plus multiple portfolio pages to showcase your work.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW SLUSH PRO

 

14. Navigation Pro

navigation pro

Navigation Pro is filled with bright and bold colors and layouts making it perfect for travel, cuisine, fitness, or law websites. Included are custom blocks for adding content, an advanced Theme Customizer for making changes, and AMP enabled functionality for fast load times on all devices.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW NAVIGATION PRO

 

15. Atmosphere Pro

Atmosphere-StudioPress-Theme

Atmosphere Pro is a black and white Genesis WooCommerce theme featuring a mostly 2 column layout on the homepage nice photos, call-to-actions buttons, and a few sample pages.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW ATMOSPHERE PRO

 

16. Author Pro

Author-Pro-eCommerce-Theme

Author Pro features a 2 column layout on the top of the homepage, followed by a 4 column layout to showcase your products. It’s not my favorite theme, but it’s very simple to work with.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW AUTHOR PRO

 

17. Jessica

Jessica WordPress eCommerce Theme

Jessica is featured on StudioPress and was developed by Web Savvy Marketing (now 9seeds). Rebecca Gills and her team do a great job with support and keeping her themes updated. She also has 2 other WooCommerce themes, Sarah Ellen and Caroline (also responsive + HTML5).

  • StudioPress + Web Savvy Marketing
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 129.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW JESSICA

 

18. Metro Pro

Metro-Genesis-Theme

Metro Pro has been around for ages and is great for news websites or any eCommerce blog. It is super minimal, loads fast, and features the Genesis eNews Extended Plugin on the sidebar.

  • StudioPress
  • @studiopress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW METRO PRO

 

19. Revolution Pro

revolution pro

Revolution Pro is a minimally designed WooCommerce ready theme that works great for creatives, including photographers. It comes with 5 homepage examples, a customizable logo, and is mobile responsive for those on the go.

  • StudioPress
  • @studiopress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $129.95 (Genesis Included)
  • Theme Details
  • Setup Instructions: None Yet
  • Examples: None Yet (let me know if you have any!)

VIEW REVOLUTION PRO

 

20. Executive Pro

Executive-Pro-StudioPress

EExecutive Pro has also been around for a while and looks like a business theme. However, StudioPress recently made it WooCommerce friendly. It features the Genesis Slider Plugin on the homepage, plus Genesis eNews Extended. I have used it before and it’s easy to work with.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW EXECUTIVE PRO

 

21. Workstation Pro

Workstation-Pro-Theme

Workstation Pro’s homepage features a full-width design outlining services, portfolios, and recent blog posts. It’s a flexible theme that combines a service business with eCommerce.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW WORKSTATION PRO

 

22. News Pro

News-Pro-Genesis-Theme

Another classic Genesis theme by StudioPress, News Pro is similar to Metro Pro and is mainly for news blogs that want eCommerce functionality. There are setup instructions and plenty of samples websites since this theme has been around for a long time. It’s minimal and loads fast.

  • Magazine Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW NEWS PRO

 

23. Lifestyle Pro

Lifestyle-Pro-WordPress-Theme

Lifestyle Pro disappeared for a while, but it was one of my favorites. Luckily, StudioPress revamped it to make it responsive + HTML5. It’s a lifestyle blog theme which is WooCommerce ready.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW LIFESTYLE PRO

 

24. Divine

Divine Genesis Theme

Divine was developed by Lauren from Restored 316 Designs and is featured on StudioPress. Lauren made a nice tutorial video showing Divine’s versatility and how you can customize the content to be completely different if you’re not designing a food blog. You can also center the logo and do some really cool things with her themes. She also has quite a few other themes.

  • StudioPress + Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 129.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW DIVINE

 

25. Glam

glam genesis theme

Glam features a non-fullwidth slider on the homepage, 4 images below it, and a blogroll underneath. It includes 3 color options, a custom header, and has a very nice design. Setup instructions show you how to set up your homepage, subpages, shop page, widgets, plugins to install, image dimensions, and WordPress settings to tweak. Use those instructions!

  • StudioPress + Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 129.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW GLAM

 

26. Pretty Chic

Pretty Chic eCommerce Theme

Pretty Chic was developed by Pretty Darn Cute Design who creates feminine Genesis themes. Many of Lindsey’s other themes are also WooCommerce ready, mobile responsive, and HTML5, and I’ve included some them in this list. Pretty Chic comes with a sticky header/navigation, optional fullwidth ad widget, 1-3 navigation menus, and is retina-ready.

  • StudioPress + Pretty Darn Cute
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 99.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW PRETTY CHIC

 

27. Pretty Creative

pretty-creative-genesis theme

Pretty Creative features a fullwidth, widgetized homepage and an optional portfolio. It’s retina-ready and all Pretty Darn Cute Design themes come with 20+ WordPress tutorial videos. Customize images, colors, background, header, and more. Featured on StudioPress.

  • StudioPress + Pretty Darn Cute
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • 129.95 (Genesis Included)

VIEW PRETTY CREATIVE

 

28. Hello Foxy

Hello Foxy Theme

Hello Foxy is the most versatile theme by Hello You Designs. The main homepage image can be turned into a slider, the blog page features a slider, and it comes with a filterable portfolio.

  • Hello You Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $59 + Genesis Framework

VIEW HELLO FOXY

 

29. Hello Boss

hello boss

Hello Boss is a minimal, versatile, modern Genesis eCommerce theme. It features a custom blog or homepage and a pre-designed coming soon page. In addition, you’ll have access to social share icons, beautiful color schemes, and smooth parallax scrolling with a large background image.

  • Hello You Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $65 + Genesis Framework

VIEW HELLO BOSS

 

30. Hello Darling

Hello Darling Genesis Theme

Hello Darling was one of Hello You Design’s original themes, and it’s still my favorite. The top of the homepage features multiple content items and clean, multiple column layouts underneath that can be customized with whatever you want. It’s still one of my top picks.

  • Hello You Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $59 + Genesis Framework

VIEW HELLO DARLING

 

31. Hello & Co

hello and co

Hello & Co offers site owners the power of the Genesis Framework as well as WooCommerce functionality, 4 way adjustable navigation, a category index, and much more.

  • Hello You Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $65 + Genesis Framework

VIEW HELLO & CO

 

32. Hello Trending

hello trending

Hello Trending is a multipurpose theme that comes comes WooCommerce ready and with neat features like a carousel slider, parallax image sections, a filterable portfolio, and even extra wdidget areas for ads.

  • Hello You Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $59 + Genesis Framework

VIEW HELLO TRENDING

 

33. Hello Boho

hello boho

Built exclusively for the Genesis Framework, Hello Boho is best described as an everything theme. Upload a custom logo, change the color schemes, open up an online store, and even create landing pages with this versatile theme.

  • Hello You Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $65 + Genesis Framework

VIEW HELLO BOHO

 

34. Pretty

Pretty Genesis WooCommerce Theme

Pretty Darn Cute Design is featured as a recommend Genesis developer and Lindsey’s themes are feminine with a clean design. Pretty is no different – check it out and see if you like it.

  • Pretty Darn Cute Design
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $49 + Genesis Framework

VIEW PRETTY

 

35. Fun

Fun Genesis eCommerce Theme

Fun features a full-width homepage with a ton of pictures you can use to showcase your products. The logo and navigation menu are centered and there are lots of sample pages.

  • Pretty Darn Cute Design
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $59.99 + Genesis Framework

VIEW FUN

 

36. Modern Blogger Pro

Modern Blogger Pro

Modern Blogger Pro was originally featured on StudioPress but can still be purchased on Pretty Darn Cute Design’s website. It’s a nice, unique theme created by a trusted Genesis Developer and can be used by any blogger. Whether you take advantage of its pre-styled WooCommerce design (or portfolio) is up to you, but they’re both there if you need it.

  • Pretty Darn Cute Design
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $49 + Genesis Framework

VIEW MODERN BLOGGER PRO

 

37. Pretty Travel

pretty travel

Pretty Travel is built on the Genesis Framework and is designed to help you document your travels, monetize your blog, and display beautiful photos. It comes with a Color Customizer panel, 7 page layout options, and a landing page template.

  • Pretty Darn Cute Design
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $49 + Genesis Framework

VIEW PRETTY TRAVEL

 

38. Pretty Fabulous

pretty fabulous

Pretty Fabulous is another great theme with WooCommerce functionality brought to you by Pretty Darn Cute. This lightweight theme loads blazing fast and comes with features like an animated slider navigation menu, sticky header, fancy fade effects, and a landing page template.

  • Pretty Darn Cute Design
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $49 + Genesis Framework

VIEW PRETTY FABULOUS

 

39. Pretty Happy

pretty happy

Pretty Happy is a mobile responsive and WooCommerce ready WordPress theme with landing page templates, customizable headers, in post navigation, and 6 page layout options.

  • Pretty Darn Cute Design
  • StudioPress Recommended? No
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $49 + Genesis Framework

VIEW PRETTY HAPPY

 

40. Splendor

splendor

Splendor is a WooCommerce compatible WordPress theme built on Genesis Framework. It comes with 4 homepage designs, built-in newsletter capability, and responsive design so your site always renders seamlessly.

  • Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99 + Genesis Framework

VIEW SPLENDOR

 

41. Beloved

beloved

Beloved is a WooCommerce ready theme that’s built on the Genesis Framework and helps you share your most compelling writing. Complete with a sales and custom Instagram page, flexible widget space, and 2 homepage designs to pick from, your blog is sure to shine.

  • Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $75 + Genesis Framework

VIEW BELOVED

 

42. Anchored

anchored

Anchored is a business theme that comes WooCommerce ready and packed with features like stock photos, an announcement bar, a category index page, and much more, all designed to grow your business.

  • Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $75 + Genesis Framework

VIEW ANCHORED

 

43. Sprinkle Pro

Sprinkle Genesis Theme

Sprinkle Pro has 2 navigation menus (one on top for your pages and one below the logo for categories), along with a 2/3 width slider on the homepage with surrounding widgets. Sprinkle comes with 7 color options, 6 layout options and FAQs about the theme.

  • Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $50 + Genesis Framework

VIEW SPRINKLE PRO

 

44. Captivating

captivating

Captivating features SEO benefits, ads, and affiliate networks so bloggers can succeed. And if monetizing your blog is on your radar, this theme comes WooCommerce ready, complete with a sticky announcement bar, responsive design, and multiple H2 styling options.Flourish is a feminine eCommerce theme that features 2 navigation menus (main menu and categories), slider, and a boxed layout beneath it. It’s simple yet attractive. The shop page also comes with sorting functionality like of these Genesis eCommerce themes.

  • Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $75 + Genesis Framework

VIEW CAPTIVATING

 

45. Refined

refined

Custom blog pages, SEO optimization, sticky announcement bars, and easy to change color schemes all come with this theme. Not to mention, it’s WooCommerce ready so you can set up an online shop with ease.

  • Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $75 + Genesis Framework

VIEW REFINED

 

46. Market

market

The demo version of the Market theme is photo-heavy if that’s your style, but you easily adjust it to feature whatever content you want to be in front. It’s also very organized and user-friendly. It comes WooCommerce compatible and SEO optimized for the best search rankings possible.

  • Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $75 + Genesis Framework

VIEW MARKET

 

47. Delightful Pro

delightful pro genesis theme

Delightful Pro is a Genesis WooCommerce theme by Restored 316 Designs that includes a bright, feminine look. It comes with 4 color themes and 6 layout options, plus a nice category section so visitors can easily navigate through your different blog topics.

  • Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $75 + Genesis Framework

VIEW DELIGHTFUL PRO

 

48. Darling

darling

Darling is a Genesis WooCommerce theme by Restored 316 Designs that includes a bright, feminine look. It comes with widgetized areas for all things business and responsive design so those on the go can see your site.

  • Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $75 + Genesis Framework

VIEW DARLING

 

49. Simply Charming Pro

simply charming pro

As the first feminine parallax WordPress theme to be built on the Genesis Framework, Restored 316 Designs brings you Simply Charming Pro in hopes of helping you succeed. It’s mobile responsive, WooCommerce ready, and lets you change the color scheme using the native customizer.s.

  • Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $75 + Genesis Framework

VIEW SIMPLY CHARMING PRO

 

50. Tasteful

tasteful

Those with food blogs, restaurants, or kitchen gear for sale will benefit from the WooCommerce ready Tasteful theme. Footer widgets with ad space, custom backgrounds, category indexes, and more make up this Genesis theme.

  • Restored 316 Designs
  • StudioPress Recommended? Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $75 + Genesis Framework

VIEW TASTEFUL

 

Genesis Themes By Category

Getting Started With Genesis

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25+ SEO Friendly WordPress Themes For Everyone (2020)

If you want an SEO-friendly WordPress theme, you should probably be using a theme from StudioPress.

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All StudioPress themes are built in the Genesis Framework which gives your site clean, lightweight code. My website was built using their Outreach Pro theme and loads in .5s. It’s completely mobile responsive + HTML5 and has no security issues in Google Search Console. It supports rich snippets and is constantly updated to stay current with new releases of WordPress core and plugins. Yoast and Matt Cutts recommend StudioPress and Genesis.

What Makes a WordPress Theme SEO-Friendly?
It all comes down to code and reliability. Code because you want your theme to be fast, responsive, HTML5, secure, and cross browser compatible. Reliability because you don’t want to buy a theme from ThemeForest just to have the developer abandon it so no future updates are released, causing your website to have more and more compatibility issues down the line.

Over 194,500 WordPress users trust StudioPress, and while their themes are more expensive than most premium themes ($99.95 including Genesis Framework), you’ll save a LOT of money down the line. Talk to the website owners who pay $500 to make their website load 2 seconds faster. Or the lawyer I’m working with who had to rebuild her site because her theme was labeled as responsive but looked terrible on an iPhone. Talk to me about when my ThemeForest theme got discontinued and the developer stopped updating it, so I had to redesign my site using the StudioPress Outreach Pro theme (this was 3 years ago before I knew about StudioPress).

All I’m saying is… be careful when you see the words SEO-friendly WordPress theme. Anyone can slap this on their theme, but few companies have been around long enough to build a loyal community of 194,500 people, have a highly active and supportive Facebook group, and are respectable enough to hold interviews with the core founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg.

Affiliate Disclaimer – yes, I used affiliate links, I also donated $3,000 of my affiliate income to Red Cross at Hurricane Harvey. Your support helps and I do appreciate it.

Themes

All 25 themes are mobile responsive + HTML5 + lightweight
Asterisks* lead to posts with more Genesis themes for that category

1. Eleven40 Pro

Eleven40 Pro WordPress Theme

Eleven40 Pro is a slick blog theme developed by StudioPress which I’ve used for multiple clients. It comes with different color schemes (orange, blue, red, purple, green) but you can also add your own. Includes landing page templates, different column layouts for pages and well-designed blog post templates. One of the most popular Genesis themes by StudioPress.

  • Blog Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW ELEVEN40 PRO

2. Foodie Pro

Foodie WordPress Child Theme

Foodie Pro is a little more pricey but is worth it if you want a state of the art blog (doesn’t have to be a food blog). Includes 3 color options, optional ad space, a widgetized homepage, and everything you need to build a beautiful, SEO-friendly blog in WordPress and Genesis.

  • Blog Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $129.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW FOODIE PRO

3. Brunch Pro

brunch-pro-genesis-theme

Brunch Pro is Foodie’s sister theme. It comes with 8 layout options and many of the features Foodie has. Pull them up side-by-side and do a comparison, but both of them are very nice.

  • Blog Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $129.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW BRUNCH PRO

4. Metro Pro

Metro Genesis Theme

Metro Pro is a Genesis magazine theme with 5 colors styles and 6 layout options. It’s similar to News Pro and Magazine Pro (the next 2 themes listed) but has a slightly different design. Like all Genesis themes it’s super customizable when it comes to design and functionality.

  • Blog Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW METRO PRO

5. News Pro

News Pro Genesis Theme

StudioPress’ News Pro is a lightweight, highly customizable theme for news or magazine websites. It includes 6 layout options, 5 color styles, multiple page templates, and theme options. This is another popular StudioPress theme that has been around for many years.

  • Blog Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW NEWS PRO

6. Magazine Pro

Magazine Genesis Theme

Magazine Pro is similar to News Pro and Metro Pro (their both Genesis magazine themes) but Magazine Pro has a different design. This WordPress theme comes with 4 color styles, 6 layout options, page templates, a theme customizer, custom header and other options.

  • Blog Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW MAGAZINE PRO

7. Modern Blogger Pro

Modern Blogger Pro

Modern Blogger Pro was originally featured on StudioPress (not anymore since StudioPress is always coming out with new themes) but you can still purchase this theme on Pretty Darn Cute Design’s website. They also have quite a few other feminine WordPress themes and are a respected developer in the Genesis community, so I would definitely check them out since they have a good collection of SEO-friendly themes which are all built in Genesis.

  • Blog Theme
  • Store: Pretty Darn Cute Design
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $49 (Genesis Not Included)

VIEW MODERN BLOGGER PRO

8. Recipe Blogger

recipe blogger pro

This is a great SEO friendly food theme that helps you showcase your latest recipes both visually and in written text. Its minimlaist style lets you highlight what’s important. Plus, you can create a custom logo, translate content, and choose from multiple layout options.

  • Blog Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $129.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW RECIPE BLOGGER

9. Digital Pro

digital-pro-genesis-theme

Love this theme! Digital Pro is is designed for businesses or any type of website. It’s super professional with a unique design to make you stand out. This is a new theme and I almost wish it was out when I was building my site (I used Outreach Pro) but I still love my baby.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW DIGITAL PRO

10. Showcase Pro

showcase-pro-genesis-theme

If you’re looking for a user-friendly theme, the developer of Showcase Pro JT Grauke specializes in UI/UX. It’s a multipurpose theme with a fullwidth, clean layout featuring team photos on the homepage (though content can always be swapped out). Check out the demo.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW SHOWCASE PRO

11. Workstation Pro

Workstation Pro Theme

Professional, fullwidth layout with a built-in portfolio perfect for a business website. Feature your latest projects on the homepage (or any page) with a clean, minimal portfolio.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW WORKSTATION PRO

12. Executive Pro

Executive Pro StudioPress

Executive Pro is a simple, flexible business theme with a built-in portfolio. It features a homepage slider, clean 3 column layout, and has 7 color styles. I also love the call to action buttons it comes with. I have used this theme and can vouch that it’s easy to work with.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW EXECUTIVE PRO

13. Altitude Pro

altitude-featured-wordpress-theme

Altitude Pro, a slick SEO-friendly WordPress theme with parallax scrolling which allows you to use motion backgrounds. Use it to create a simple 1-page website or layer it with multiple pages. A very minimal WordPress theme but if that’s what you’re looking for, try it out.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW ALTITUDE PRO

14. Drone

Drone Zigzagpress Theme

Drone was developed by Zigzagpress and has a built-in portfolio. This is my 2nd favorite theme store after StudioPress. Their themes are $49 and all are mobile responsive, but keep in mind you will need to purchase the Genesis Framework separately. Here’s a demo of Drone if you want to see a customized version, although I did very little customizations. Most Zigzagpress themes come with a portfolio, shortcodes, multiple homepage layouts, and more built-in features than you’ll see on StudioPress themes. Definitely worth checking out.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: Zigzagpress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $49 (Genesis Not Included)

VIEW DRONE

15. Agency Pro

Agency Theme StudioPress

Agency Pro is a unique SEO-friendly WordPress theme with a built-in portfolio and professional design. Included are 5 color styles and 6 layout options. If you like the style of the fullwidth layout with an eye capturing background image, check this one out.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: Zigzagpress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW AGENCY PRO

16. Prestige

Prestige Genesis Theme

Prestige is one of my favorite WordPress themes from Zigzagpress. It comes with tons of features including a built-in portfolio, multiple portfolio/blog/homepage layouts, shortcodes, color options, and a featured fullwidth slider on the homepage. Browse through the different pages and you’ll see why I love Prestige so much, it’s an awesome theme.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: Zigzagpress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $49 (Genesis Not Included)

VIEW PRESTIGE

17. Mindfulness

Mindfulness Theme

This is another one of my favorite WordPress themes from Zigzagpress. Super clean, easy to work with, and includes a nice built-in portfolio, shortcodes, plus multiple homepage and portfolio layouts where you can view some awesome features of this SEO-friendly theme.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: Zigzagpress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $49 (Genesis Not Included)

VIEW MINDFULNESS

18. Showroom

Showroom ZigZagPress

Showroom can be used for either a website or blog. It comes with a built-in portfolio, shortcodes, and features a fullwidth slider on the homepage. This might be good for an interior design website – and the shortcodes do really help you customize the theme easily.

  • Business Theme
  • Store: Zigzagpress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $49 (Genesis Not Included)

VIEW SHOWROOM

19. Patricia

Patricia Genesis Theme

Patricia is a non-profit WordPress theme developed by Web Savvy Marketing, a theme store that develops industry-specific themes. Patricia’s homepage features an eye capturing photo and it’s design is specifically tailored for charities. I also know Rebecca Gill (owner) takes care of her themes, which is why I gave them 5 stars in my Web Savvy Marketing review.

  • Charity / Non-Profit Theme
  • Store: Web Savvy Marketing
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $49.95 (Genesis Not Included)

VIEW PATRICIA

20. Nancy

Nancy WordPress Theme

The dentist doesn’t have to be scary. Nancy includes everything you need to build a user-friendly dentist website in WordPress. It’s compact layout makes it easy for visitors to find what they’re looking for, like your address, appointments, contact information and more.

  • Dental Theme
  • Store: Web Savvy Marketing
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Price:$49.95 (Genesis Not Included)

VIEW NANCY

21. Interior Pro

Interior Pro StudioPress

This StudioPress theme allows you to showcase your work using a simple, elegant design. You may also want to check out the Showroom theme (#17) from this list since that can also be used for interior design websites, but I always prefer themes developed by StudioPress.

  • Interior Design Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Price:$99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW INTERIOR PRO

22. Frederik

Frederik WordPress Law Theme

Frederik is WordPress law theme which comes with a widgetized homepage, built-in widgets, and other options. It can be used for individual lawyers or law firms.

  • Law Theme
  • Store: Web Savvy Marketing
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Price:$49.95 (Genesis Not Included)

VIEW FREDERIK

23. Daniel

Daniel WordPress Medical Theme

Daniel is a really nice theme designed for doctors, physicians, or any type of medical website. It has a clean layout and comes with 7 different color options. This is similar to the Nancy theme only the content is tailored for a medical WordPress site.

  • Medical Theme
  • Store: Web Savvy Marketing
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Price:$49.95 (Genesis Not Included)

VIEW DANIEL

24. Aspire Pro

Aspire Pro StudioPress

Aspire isn’t designed specifically for personal trainers, but it can definitely work as one. Swap out the content and you’ll see why it can be used for your personal training website.

  • Personal Trainer Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Price:$99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW ASPIRE PRO

25. Café Pro

Cafe Pro Parallax Theme

Café Pro is a parallax WordPress theme for restaurants, however it can be customized for any type of WordPress site. It features multiple background images and a menu.

  • Restaurant Theme
  • Store: StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW CAFÉ PRO

Genesis Theme Stores

Genesis Resources

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10 WordPress Affiliate Marketing Programs: Make Significant Passive Income Selling WordPress Hosting, Themes, Plugins, etc

If you’re in the WordPress industry and want to make money through affiliate marketing, I have the perfect list for you.

I rely on these WordPress affiliate programs to make a living and make $10,000/month endorsing hosts, themes, WordPress developers on freelancer.com, and even SEO services.

So instead of managing tons of client projects (like I used to), I’ve basically found an affiliate program for everything and just make commissions. I have a LOT more free time and my affiliate income is honestly more consistent than any income I was making through consulting.

You can sign up for many of these through shareasale.com which is used to find, track, and payout commissions from tons of merchants. But that is just one place. Browse the list and I assure you will find a new affiliate program you will be excited to make more passive income from. And don’t forget to leave me a comment if you have questions – or new programs to add!

WordPress Affiliate Programs

  1. WordPress Hosting
  2. WordPress Themes
  3. Genesis Themes
  4. WordPress Development
  5. WordPress Plugins
  6. SEO
  7. Email Marketing
  8. Stock Images
  9. Education
  10. Other Affiliates

My Personal Favorites (The Ones I Made $150k From In 2018)

  • SiteGround (Hosting) – up to $100+/sale
  • Cloudways (Hosting) – flexible commissions (but very good)
  • WP Engine (Hosting) – $200/sale
  • Elegant Themes – 50% of sales
  • StudioPress Themes – 35% of sales
  • StackPath CDN – usually $10-$20/sale
  • Freelancer.com – around 13% of first project commissions
  • SEMrush – 40% recurring commissions ($40 – $160/month)

 

WordPress Hosting

SiteGround – life changer for me… I made $80k in 2017 and $120k in 2018 just through SiteGround. I highly contribute this to showing people 26 different Facebook polls where SiteGround was ranked #1 (screenshots below). It’s $50 – $150 per sale depending on the tier you reach each month, $150 per sale if you start making 31+ sales/month (you should contact their affiliate manager and be selling some higher priced plans other than their StartUp plan). $160/sale if you hit around 81+ sales/month. Read my SiteGround review to get marketing materials. 11 sales/month will make you $13k/year. 21 sales/month and some of you can quit your job making 31.5k/year. Excellent speed, support, security, and they’ll migrate you for free.

Even though other hosting affiliates like WP Engine offer flat $200 commissions, SiteGround is highly respected in the WordPress community (and #1 in most Facebook polls) so you will likely have higher conversions and lower cancellations – even if you have to climb a tier. They raised the regular price but their promotional price is affordable and you can get it for 3 years.

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97 sales x 150/sale = $14,550 in 1 month (this was in March, 2018)

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Selling SiteGround is easy when they’re rated #1 in pretty much every Facebook poll…

2019 Hosting Poll

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Elementor Hosting Recommendations

July 2019 Hosting Recommendation

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WP Friendly Hosting Poll

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2018 Hosting Recommendations

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Here are some emails…

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My SiteGround conversion report…

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Got affiliate of the month in July, 2017 :)

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I use SiteGround because…

  1. My GTmetrixPingdom reports speak for themselves
  2. My pages load instantly (click through them if you want)
  3. Fast speed technology (PHP 7.3, NGINX, SG Optimizer, Cloudflare)
  4. Recommended by Yoast, WordPress, Ivica from WordPress Speed Up
  5. Free Let’s Encrypt SSL, easy to use cPanel, and features for eCommerce
  6. WordPress support is unbeatable even without GoGeek’s priority support
  7. GrowBig comes with staging, more storage, and more server resources (scroll down to “we allocate the resources you need” and hover over the server tab)
  8. GoGeek comes with even more server resources, storage, priority support
  9. Free migrations, migrator plugin, and a 30-day money back guarantee
  10. Plenty of praise on Reddit, Facebook conversations, Twitter, TrustPilot
  11. Tons of praise on Facebook: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7#8, #9, #10#11
  12. Many people already migrated and posted results on Twitter: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6#7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22, #23, #24, #25, #26, #27, #28, #29, #30, #31, #32, #33, #34, #35, #36, #37

Affiliate Disclaimer – if you sign up for SiteGround using my affiliate link I will donate a chunk of the commission at no expense to you. Each year I donate $3k to GoFundMe campaigns (2018 was to feed the hungry in Denver, and 2017 was Hurricane Harvey). Your support helps and I really do appreciate it. I try to make my reviews unbiased and backed by evidence in the form of Facebook polls, tweets, and real conversations. If you don’t want to use it, here’s a non-affiliate link to SiteGround. Either way I truly believe they’re the best host and that your site will run faster/smoother… do your research on Google and Facebook groups and you’ll find most people say the same.

WP Engine – $200 per sale plus $50 for every sub-affiliate sale (if you refer an affiliate and they make a sale, you get $50 off each sale). If that isn’t enough, it’s also a tier affiliate program with volume bonuses. Huge commissions with 180 cookie tracking but does have a 20% reversal rate. This makes the average commission around $175 which is extremely profitable.

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Cloudways – usually the second highest rated host in Facebook polls offering higher commissions than SiteGround (once you climb to higher tiers). Doesn’t have CPU limits, a common complaint with SiteGround. Reports from the WordPress Speed Up Facebook Group have been that their hosting is super faster. Only reason I don’t promote them is because I’ve been doing so well with SiteGround, they’re not #1 in every Facebook poll like SiteGround, and Cloudways is a little expensive for the average user (although SiteGround’s promotional price expires after 1-3 years and then THEY get more expensive). There are pros and cons for each.

Bluehost – $65 per sale from one the most popular WordPress hosts, however Bluehost has many bad reviews and they’re not rated high in the Facebook Poll. Most people read several reviews before finalizing a host, so I would advise you to become an affiliate for SiteGround or WP Engine who have much better ratings (plus you get higher commissions).

Godaddy – 15% commissions and even though they used to suck, they have made significant improvements in the last few years. My site loaded in less than 1 second on their cheapest shared hosting plan and their support team is based in the US (Arizona). Still, I would go with SiteGround or WP Engine. Read my SiteGround vs. Godaddy review to see the difference.

InMotion – tier starts at $50/sale up to $120 per sale. Decent host not owned by EIG.

HostGator – $50 – $125 per sale (same tier program as SiteGround) but HostGator is TERRIBLE and the reviews show it so conversions are lower. You can generate custom coupon codes which is good if you’re creating videos and makes it easier for people to type the code rather than click a link (YouTube prohibits affiliate links), which can generate even more commissions. However I’ve talked to a few other HostGator affiliates who said they made nothing because people do their research and learn they are definitely not the best choice.

 

WordPress Themes

Elegant Themes – 50% commissions selling beautiful WordPress themes that convert extremely well. Includes extra commissions if people renew their subscription. Sell their lifetime theme pack and get $150. Trusted by 350,000+ WordPress users and includes their popular Divi theme. Elegant Themes has been around forever and has a solid reputation.

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MyThemeShop – 55% commissions on the fastest loading themes on the market. $48 commissions for a single theme, $244 for a membership. They also have plugins – I recently switched rich snippets plugins to their WP Review Pro and promote that now. They also have a a two-tier program where you get 10% if you refer other affiliates and they make a sale.

ThemeForest – horrible affiliate program. You only get 30% of each new person’s first purchase. If they’re already an Envato/ThemeForest customer, you get jack shit. This affiliate program is horrible and I only included it here as a warning to stay away. Unless you’re promoting a reliable theme like Avada, stay away especially since all ThemeForest themes are created by independent developers who may or may not be reliable. You don’t know the code quality, whether they will come out with updates, etc. That’s why I use StudioPress for all my WordPress sites (and so do top WordPress people like Yoast and Matt Cutts from Google).

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Honorable Mentions

 

Genesis Themes

StudioPress – StudioPress builds WordPress themes in the Genesis Framework and is my main affiliate for themes with over $8,000 in commissions. Read my StudioPress review if you haven’t heard of them but they are so legit. I average $28 per sale with less than 5% cancellation and high conversions since StudioPress is endorsed by tons of top WordPress people like Yoast and Matt Cutts. They are truly SEO-friendly WordPress themes that have top-notch coding, lightweight so they load fast, come with tons of Genesis plugins, and awesome documentation. Sell their Pro Plus all-theme package and get a $175 commission.

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Zigzagpress – 50% commissions (costs $49 for a single theme which means $24.50). Zigzagpress is NOT a good affiliate. I was making a consistent $300/month with them, but this dropped to virtually 0 sales for almost an entire year. I also got a few complaints that when they rebranded, they deleted all their customer’s purchased themes and made their customers rebuy them. I used to love Zigzagpress but it seems they are not taking care of their affiliates or customers. They haven’t even paid me the $163 for the referalls I made to them this year – I will be deleting all my affiliate links + good reviews for them. I would definitely avoid them.

Restored 316 Designs – 20% commissions and 60 day referral period on responsive feminine Genesis themes many of which are WooCommerce-ready. Also a recommended Genesis developer listed on the StudioPress website. Restored 316 Designs has some of the highest conversion rates out of all Genesis theme stores and is my 2nd most profitable theme store.

Hello You Designs – 30% commissions on designer quality Genesis themes many of which are WooCommerce ready. Relatively new theme store but their designs are awesome – if you haven’t checked them out, definitely do it. They haven’t been around enough to become “popular” but I’ve been promoting them on only a couple blog articles and make around $100/month. I’ve also gotten great feedback from my readers and they absolutely love them.

Pretty Darn Cute Design – 35% commissions plus 5% from sub-affiliates. Mobile responsive feminine Genesis themes from a StudioPress recommended Genesis developer.

 

WordPress Development

Freelancer – if you get people asking about WordPress development and speed optimization, you can refer them to my developer in Bangladesh and make around 13% commissions from the project for the first 100 days. This has saved me a TON of time while still earning money off these inquiries. I have been working with Pronaya for over 5 years who is $40/hour. He’s built over 20 WordPress sites and optimized multiple sites to load 400% faster for clients. You can hire him by signing up for a Freelancer account then searching for user bdkamol.

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My commissions basically pay for all the development work I need…

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It doesn’t have to be limited to design or development, you can do this with any freelancer…

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The only downfall is you can only use an affiliate link on the Freelancer homepage. So instead of linking to someone’s profile directly, you will need to tell people to sign up through the homepage (using your affiliate link) then search the freelancer’s username. But if you show their portfolio on your website like I do (these WordPress speed projects), people will do it.

 

WordPress Plugins

WP Rocket – 20% commission on the #1 rated cache plugin in this Facebook poll (and this poll too) which makes WordPress sites significantly faster. I use it on my website and it’s easy to configure with great support/documentation. Here’s my tutorial on the WP Rocket settings.

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Soliloquy – 20% per sale from one of the best lightweight slider plugins which won’t slow down your site like Revolution Slider and other robust slider plugins. It’s minimal, but it looks nice and is super easy to use. If you run the P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) Plugin and see your slider plugin is causing slow load times, check out Soliloquy – or tell your clients too :)

Thirsty Affiliates – affiliate link management plugin that cloaks, tracks, and manages affiliate links. Premium version let you get stats, autolink, even add Analytics event tracking. You make 30% which is relatively small compared to other WordPress affiliate marketing programs.

CodeCanyon – 30% of each new person’s first cash deposit (same commission as ThemeForest). Marketplace for tons of WordPress plugins: sliders, HTML5 audio players, events, membership… you name, it, CodeCanyon has it, but the program is not very profitable.

 

SEO

All In One SEO Pro – 40% commission, however most people use Yoast.

SEMrush – 40% recurring commission for SEMrush subscription sales. That means $40 – $160/month for each person who continues their subscription when they sign up with your affiliate (not bad). This is one of the top rated SEO tools on the market and provides you with a large amount of data about keywords, backlinks, authority, referring domains, and more.

SEOPressor – up to 50% monthly recurring commissions on a premium SEO plugin. I have gotten spam comments from SEOPressor backlinkers, but they’re endorsed by ShoutMeLoud.

WP Review Pro – MyThemeShop’s rich snippet plugin which I use on my own website, after I switched from the unsupported WP Rich Snippets plugin. Very happy with WP Review Pro (they also have a free version) and you get nice 55% commissions which is $36.85 per sale.

 

Email Marketing

AWeber – 30% recurring commissions. As long as they’re using their account, you’re making money. Does not include limitations like MailChimp does, and pays cash instead of credits.

Constant Contact – $5 for every customer who signs up for a free trial and $105 for each new customer who becomes a paying customer. A very generous email software affiliate program.

MailChimp – earn $30 in MailChimp services for each person you refer plus 3 new inbox inspectors. However that person MUST  be a friend or colleague and both of you must also have paid accounts. Otherwise free accounts must include the MailChimp badge in emails.

 

Stock Images

ShutterStock – 20% commissions for a large selection of photos. When asking clients which stock photos they want to use on their website, send them an affiliate link if they’re buying.

iStock & Getty Images – 20% commissions for new customers, 10% for returning. You will need to email them to sign up as an affiliate but you will also find a large selection here.

 

Education

Udemy – 20% commission on any course. Instructors can create a custom link that gives them 97% commissions on their course. Udemy lowered their commissions, making it less appealing.

WP 101 – 20% commissions from one of the most reputable source of WordPress tutorials.

 

Other Affiliates

Refer WordPress – 20% commissions for wordpress.com, JetPack, and WooCommerce.

StackPath – if you blog about website speed or do it for clients, you can refer them to StackPath who bought out MaxCDN. I was making $1,000/month with MaxCDN – we’ll see how StackPath goes. It’s much harder to get accepted into their affiliate program than MaxCDN – they want to know you’re capable of producing higher sales, and that CDNs are a key part of your business/blog. I contribute my sales to writing tutorials on cache plugins which nearly all integrate StackPath – those tutorials alone get me over 500 visitors/day.

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Kraken (Image Optimization) – losslessly compresses images to improve page load times (free plugins are nowhere near as good). For each referral you generate, Kraken will permanently increase your monthly quota by 100 MB. You will see a referral option once you’re signed up.

OptiMonster (Forms) – you know those annoying pop-ups as you’re exiting a website? I don’t like them either, but supposedly they work. Earn 20% for each sale you generate.

Amazon – if you send traffic to Amazon and someone ends up purchasing an entirely different product, you STILL get a commission from that sale. If you create Youtube tutorials you can refer people to the Blue Yeti microphone, or that dumb t-shirt you always wear during your videos. Think about physical products instead of digital goods. Earn up to 10% commissions the single largest eCommerce retailer in the world. Honestly, you’d be an idiot not to sign up.

TubeBuddy – popular software/Chrome Extension for optimizing and managing YouTube videos including audio/video effects. 30-50% recurring commissions. See plans/features here.

Know of any other good WordPress affiliate marketing programs? Let me know in the comments section (no self-promotions please). Or if you’re new to affiliate marketing and have a particular question, I am more than happy to answer it for you – just drop me a line!

p.s. WP Beginner is an affiliate for basically every WordPress affiliate program out there. Chances are if they list a company on their deals page, they also have an affiliate program.

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What’s Next? Making Money Of Course

See my affiliate marketing guide which walks you through everything in this table of contents.

Affiliate Marketing TOC

 

Frequently Asked Questions

💰 Which affiliate program did I make $150k/year from?

SiteGround and Cloudways make up at least 90% of my affiliate income. I wrote a tutorial on affiliate marketing which shows you how I did it.

💰 Which hosting affiliate programs are most popular?

SiteGround, Bluehost, HostGator, and a couple other shared hosts are the most popular. Join WordPress Facebook Groups and check polls and people's conversations to see not only the most popular hosting companies, but where the trends are going.

💰 Where do most people make their money from?

The high majority of successful WordPress bloggers make their affiliate income through hosting. It's a high-paying, lucrative (but competitive) industry.

💰 Can I make a living promoting themes/plugins?

Do the math. If you only make $30/sale, how does that compare to hosting commissions at $150/sale? You will need to make 5x more sales which can be challenging, but it can be done with enough traffic.

💰 What is the best affiliate link management plugin?

I use the Thirsty Affiliates plugin. It's great!

Cheers and good luck,
Tom

10 Genesis Framework Plugins For Customizing Themes (Using Sliders, Social Buttons, Layouts, Newsletters, More)

Genesis Framework Plugins

Looking for the best WordPress Plugins to use with the Genesis Framework?

Here are 10 Genesis plugins taken from StudioPressWordPress directory and other sources. I use many of these on my own Genesis-powered WordPress site, others I have downloaded, tested, and inspected thoroughly. All plugins are free (except #8) and have at least a 4.2/5 star rating. Some things you don’t need plugins for though, like columns and some shortcodes  – just keep that in mind since too many plugins can effect your site speed.

Here’s the list…

 

1. Genesis eNews Extended

This combines a newsletter and an HTML section (where I chose to add an author pic/bio + top articles). You can see it on my right sidebar and I also use it at the end of each post.

I wish I knew about this years ago since it took the headache out of collecting emails and while it’s not much, I got a few 100 subscribers just from the newsletter section (listing top articles helped reduce my bounce rate too). It’s easy to integrate with MailChimp (what I use), Constant Contact, Aweber, and most email services. Here’s a tutorial by Carrie Dils.

Genesis eNews Extended

 

2. Genesis Simple Edits

Makes it easier to edit your footer, copyright area, and entry meta. FYI “entry meta” is the space above and below your blog post content. I install this on every Genesis site.

Genesis Simple Edits

 

3. Genesis Responsive Slider

Not all Genesis themes comes with a built-in slider. If it doesn’t, you can always install the Genesis Responsive Slider plugin which lets you add sliders throughout your website. Here’s what it looks like – you can see a live version on the Executive Pro Theme by StudioPress.

Genesis Responsive Slider

 

4. Genesis Simple Share

Adds social sharing buttons to posts, pages, and other content. Has Pinterest and Stumble Upon buttons, plus basic options like changing the icon size, appearance, where to display them, etc. It’s a lightweight plugin so it shouldn’t effect your page load time much, if at all.

Genesis Simple Share Plugin

 

5. Genesis Simple Sidebars

This is good for controlling (personalizing) what widgets visitors see depending on the page, post, category, or tag they’re viewing. So if people are reading a post from my “WordPress Speed” category I may want to show them related articles about site speed. There are other plugins that do the same thing like Widget Logic which I prefer, but this one is specifically for Genesis. Either way you will use conditional tags to control where each widget appears.

Genesis Simple Sidebars Plugin

 

6. Genesis Connect For WooCommerce

If you want to add WooCommerce functionality to a non-WooCommerce Genesis theme, this plugin will do that. It replaces WooCommerce’s built-in shop templates with its own Genesis-ready versions, specifically the single-product.php, archive-product.php and taxonomy.php templates needed to display the single product page, main shop, and product category and product tag archive pages. This is one of the more popular Genesis plugins.

Genesis Connect For WooCommerce

 

7. Genesis Mobile & Sticky Menu

If you purchased a non-responsive Genesis theme, you may want to customize it to be mobile-friendly. I’ve done lots of research and there is no plugin that does this correctly.

While you can use the Genesis Mobile & Sticky Menu plugin to add a hamburger style mobile menu (plus other features), it’s best to pony up and purchase a Genesis theme that is mobile responsive. That is what I did, and that is what you should do if your theme is not responsive.

Genesis Mobile & Sticky Menu

 

8. Genesis Design Palette Pro

Want to customize your Genesis site without code? This plugins helps you customize your header, navigation, background, content/sidebar/footer, and typography without any code. Has options for colors, sizes, weights, margins, padding and alignment. Pricing is $49-199.

Genesis Design Palette

 

9. Photo Gallery / Portfolio

Unfortunately there is no plugin for the Genesis Framework that adds a portfolio to your site, but there are plenty of free and premium portfolio plugins for this. Numbers 5-15 in that list are premium plugins and are worth spending an extra $15 to make it look nice.

WordPress Portfolio

 

10. Genesis Layout Extras

Genesis Layout Extras gives you 9 layouts instead of the standard number your theme comes with. Use these on your homepage, pages, blog posts, archived pages and other content.

Genesis Layout Extras

 

Related Articles

I hope you found my article helpful! If you did please give it a share. And if you have any questions about the Genesis plugins in my list, drop me a line in the comments section.

Cheers,

Tom Signature

Zigzagpress Review: A Solid Place For Stylish Genesis Themes (Many With Built-In Portfolio And Shortcodes)

So you’ve probably heard of Zigzagpress, a relatively new place to get WordPress themes built in StudioPress’ Genesis Framework.

After building over 10 Genesis-powered WordPress sites using Zigzagpress themes, I gotta say… they’re QUITE easy to work and most come with a built-in portfolio with shortcodes. This can make them easier to customize which is awesome especially for those who don’t want to rely on plugins to add portfolios, buttons, columns, accordions, team boxes and so forth.

Update: Since Zigzagpress rebranded, I have gotten multiple reports of them deleting customer’s themes and making them repurchase them, along with slow support. I still love the design of their themes and the fact they’re built in the Genesis Framework, but I recommend sticking with StudioPress. As an affiliate, my conversions dropped to less than .5% which means a lot less people are purchasing themes from Zigzagpress. It seems they need better support and to treat their customers and affiliates better.

A comment from one of my readers:

“Zigzagpress : beautiful demos, outdated backend and… no refund !
I have myself purchased the “Vanish” theme, which looked very appealing on the demo. There was no detailed user guide available without paying (the “documentation” link sends back the theme’s page), so I didn’t know much about its configurability. I made the error to purchase it, and… what a disappointment when I installed the theme !

No widgeted areas for the front page, overall very few widgeted areas, errors which I reproduced on several hostings (PHP5.6 and 7.1)… Overall the backend dates back from several years ago and doesn’t seem to have been maintained, such that it is unstable and not in line with today’s WordPress design concepts.

Therefore I contacted the customer support to get a refund, invoking all those arguments. Guess what ? After asking me to open a ticket (crazy on a product just purchased), and constantly avoiding the topic of refund, they simply stopped answering me, until two weeks after, I threatened them to disclose my experience. They immediately answered that no refund will be given, only an exchange with another Zigzagpress theme. Conclusion : I’ve lost $45, and I hope that other disappointed users will make themselves heard, such that this company doesn’t continue to mislead its customers this way.”

Zigzagpress currently has 25+ Genesis themes which are ALL mobile responsive and supported by major browsers. Most are designed for businesses/blogs but they have a couple magazine, eCommerce, and parallax themes. A few are styled specifically for photographers.

Why did I write this review?

I wrote this Zigzagpress review based off my experience using their themes to develop websites for both myself and for clients. I used Prestige, MindfulnessShowroom and Zen. Here are some key highlights and why I think Zigzagpress’ Genesis themes are a solid choice.

 

Built-In Portfolio For Most Themes (With Multiple Layouts)

Here’s the portfolio on the Mindfulness theme which is one of my favorites. It comes with filters and categories for sorting, and multiple portfolio layouts (2, 3, and 4 columns)…

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Pre-Styled Shortcodes = Add Elements Without Code

Many Zigzagpress themes come with an array of shortcodes which allow you to quickly and easily customize pages/posts with different types of content.

The advantage to having these built-in to the theme is that their CSS styling is pre-designed to match the color and styling of the theme. A shortcode plugin will work, but it will require CSS customizations if you want it to match your theme. Having shortcodes built-in is just easier.

The shortcodes below are also from the Mindfulness theme…

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Buttons

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Call To Action

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Clients

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Columns

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Lists

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Notification Boxes

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Blog Layouts

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Service Boxes

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Slider

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Accordions, Toggles, Tabs

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Team Boxes

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Testimonials

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Most Zigzagpress Themes Have Multiple Homepage Layouts

Zigzagpress themes come with multiple layouts, some more than others. Prestige comes with 9 homepage layouts, 3 page layouts (eg. sidebar right), 2 blog layouts, and 3 portfolio layouts. If you’re looking for even more, check out the free Genesis Layout Extras Plugin.

Prestige Theme Layouts

 

Theme Customization (Before And After)

It always helps to see what the demo looks like before and after it’s customized. This is a WordPress site I developed for Legal Runners Inc. using the Zen theme from Zigzagpress.

Before Theme Customization

Zen - Zigzagpress Theme

After Theme Customization

Zen Zigzagpress Theme After Customization

You can visit the website to see the different pages and styling I used – just to give you an idea of how a theme looks when it’s customized. The site has a page load time of around 2.2 seconds which is good, but could be reduced even more if the plugins were tweaked.

 

Theme Options: An Inside Look

Many Zigzagpress themes come with theme options that allow you to customize specific elements of your site without editing code. These aren’t always the same for each theme but here are the theme options that come with Zigzagpress’ Showroom theme:

Home Settings

Showroom Zigzagpress Theme Options

Appearance Settings

Showroom Zigzagpress Appearance Options

Slideshow Settings

Showroom Zigzagpress Slideshow Options

Footer Settings

Showroom Zigzagpress Footer Options

 

My Top 5 Favorite Zigzagpress Themes

Mindfulness – the same theme showcased throughout my Zigzagpress review. This is a multipurpose theme with tons of options, shortcodes, homepage layouts, subpage layouts, and multiple portfolio layouts. I have used Mindfulness before and highly recommend this theme.

Mindfulness Theme

Prestige – multipurpose theme with just as many features as Mindfulness. Navigation menu has little bits of text under each one, which gives it a nice touch.

Prestige SEO Friendly WordPress Theme

Gallery – photo-based themes mainly for photographers.

Gallery Genesis Photography Theme

Neo – another multipurpose theme.

Neo Genesis Child Theme

Bijou – yet another multipurpose themes, but I have seen a lot of photographers use this.

Bijou Genesis Child Theme

 

Pricing

Zigzagpress Theme Pricing

I recommend either purchasing a single theme for $49 or getting the forever membership for $349 which includes all Zigzagpress themes, lifetime updates + premium support, and all future themes from Zigzagpress. This is one of the top WordPress theme packs I’ve found especially since StudioPress now charges are recurring fee. Keep in mind you will need to purchase the Genesis Framework on top of your theme. Total cost should come out to around $110 which is about average when purchasing a Genesis theme with the framework.

 

Conclusion

I love working with Zigzagpress themes and I continue to recommend them to my clients and blog readers. They’re definitely in my top 2 theme stores overall. Their themes are clean, the shortcodes make designing them a breeze, and they don’t have that boxy look like some Genesis themes. Zigzagpress and the Genesis Framework is a winning combination.

View Zigzagpress Themes

Well, what do you think? Have you used any themes from Zigzagpress and what do you like or don’t like about them? If you have any questions or feedback about my Zigzagpress review, or need help finding a nice Genesis theme, drop me a line in the comments.

Cheers,

Tom Signature

The 3 Best Genesis Theme Packages (Also Known As Developer Packs) Where You Can Purchase Multiple Themes For A Discount

A WordPress theme pack is a bundle of themes at a discounted price, and only 4 exist for the Genesis Framework. They’re StudioPress, Zigzagpress, Web Savvy Marketing, and Themedy.

They’re all one-time fees except for StudioPress who recently changed their pricing to $499.95 plus a recurring fee of $99.95/year. Web Savvy Marketing is all industry-specific themes and the Zigzagpress theme pack comes with lifetime support (while others do not). These are the kind of important details I will share with you in this list. Hope you enjoy it!

Yes I used affiliate links, rest assured they’re going straight to Navient for student loans (thank you). But hopefully you find this list helpful in finding your Genesis theme pack because I spent a lot of time researching and putting this list together. Here they are…

 

1. StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package

StudioPress Pro Plugin All Theme Package

StudioPress built the Genesis Framework so you know their themes are reliable and coded well. You also get all third party themes featured on StudioPress which go through quality testing. Most StudioPress themes come with setup instructions and their support is solid (a major downfall for other Genesis theme stores). They’re the #1 place to get Genesis child themes which is a huge benefit in itself (if you build Genesis sites for clients chances are they’ll want to use a StudioPress theme). Their themes are also be updated frequently, and StudioPress is active on the popular Genesis WP Facebook Group. The StudioPress website is loaded with tutorials as well as Genesis plugins. These are just a few benefits of choosing StudioPress, so if you can get over the $99.95 recurring fee, they should be your first pick.

  • $499.95 + $99.95/year
  • Access to 3rd-party themes
  • Access to themes, updates, support
  • Most themes are responsive + HTML5
  • Clean code, lightweight, fast load times
  • 30 day refund policy

VIEW STUDIOPRESS PRO PLUS PACK ALL-THEME PACKAGE

 

 

2. Zigzagpress Forever Membership

Zigzagpress Theme Pack

Zigzagpress is a collection of 31+ Genesis child themes with a Forever Membership that is a one-time fee of $349. Zigzagpress themes are super nice (StudioPress themes are lightweight and minimal while Zigzagpress themes are styled using shortcodes, portfolios, and other features. While you can rely on plugins to do this, Zigzagpress elements are pre-styled so they match the fonts, colors, and styling of the theme (making it much easier to customize). I have used Prestige, Mindfulness, Drone, Zen, and Showroom. All were super easy to work with so if you’re new to Genesis, you may want to go with the Zigzagpress Genesis theme pack. Includes all future themes. The ONLY complaint I have is some themes can have typos in the text, and support can be questionable according to some customers.

  • $349 (one time)
  • All themes are mobile responsive
  • Access to themes, updates, support
  • Multiple homepage layouts
  • 30 day refund policy

VIEW ZIGZAGPRESS FOREVER MEMBERSHIP

 

 

3. Web Savvy Marketing Developer Pack

Web Savvy Marketing Genesis Themes

Web Savvy Marketing creates industry-specific Genesis child themes for non-profits, psychologists, dentists, universities, realtors, lawyers, accountants, salons, and other industries. They also have a couple Genesis WooCommerce themes. The content can always be swapped out, but some people like to have their photos/layouts as close to their finalized website as possible. Web Savvy Marketing is a recommended Genesis developer on StudioPress’ website and has a solid reputation in the Genesis community. Recommended.

  • $299.99 (one time)
  • Refund policy: No refunds
  • Access to themes, updates, support
  • Most themes are responsive + HTML5

VIEW WEB SAVVY MARKETING DEVELOPER PACK

 

I know it’s a big investment especially if you’re not rich. I’m not rich, but I did buy the StudioPress and Zigzagpress theme pack and have used them to build multiple websites both for myself and for clients. If you have any questions about any of these, leave me a comment and I’ll be glad to answer any questions I can. Otherwise good luck to you!

Cheers,

Tom Signature

20+ Genesis Photography Websites (All Themes Are Mobile Responsive And Built In Genesis Framework By StudioPress)

Genesis Photography Themes

These 20 photography themes are built in the Genesis Framework by StudioPress.

They’re all mobile responsive + HTML5 and most have a built-in portfolio. I included quite a few Genesis theme stores (and links) if you need a wider selection. Keep in mind you can always swap out content if a theme doesn’t showcase photography-specific content/images.

Here’s a list of Genesis WooCommerce themes if you need to sell on your site. Remember, all 20 of these Genesis photography themes are SEO-friendly, secure, and have clean code for faster load times via the Genesis Framework. Leave me a comment if you need help with this.

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1. Fearless

fearless-genesis-theme

Fearless is a photographer’s Genesis child theme. The vertical side header design, common for photography websites, is not that common among Genesis child theme designs. Imagely offers a series of similar, side-header themes, most of which have a high-impact, full screen slideshow on the home page, along with the photo-centric blog and page template layouts. Imagely offers 18 Genesis themes for photographers which can be purchased as a bundle. Erick (from Imagely) has been super helpful with providing images and theme descriptions for this post – so if support is important to you I assume they treat customers the same way.

  • Imagely
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • $79 (Bundle) + Genesis Framework

VIEW FEARLESS

 

 

2. Free Spirit

free-spirit-genesis-theme

Free Spirit is a photography-focused variation of common Genesis theme designs. It has a bold, image-based feature area at the top, followed by multiple widget areas on the homepage. It extends the visual design to masonry and grid blog layouts, as well as featured image templates with big images. It’s a bit like Ansel (also in this post), but with lighter colors.

  • Imagely
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • $79 (Bundle) + Genesis Framework

VIEW FREE SPIRIT

 

 

3. Hello Rose

Hello CEO WordPress Theme

If you haven’t seen the 21 Genesis themes from Hello You Designs, you should. They’re all mobile responsive + HTML5 and have (optional) WooCommerce functionality. More importantly they are truly designer quality – they look completely unique and symmetrical. Comes with 20+ WordPress video tutorials, lifetime theme support, and setup instructions.

  • Hello You Designs
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $65 + Genesis Framework

VIEW HELLO ROSE

 

 

4. Hello Gorgeous

Hello Gorgeous Genesis Theme

Hello Gorgeous features a beautiful homepage with a grid layout on top, centered navigation menu, and multiple column layouts as you scroll down the page. Another one of Hello You Design’s masterpieces… that’s really the only word I can use to describe it because I haven’t seen anything out there close to what this theme store produces in terms of quality design.

  • Hello You Designs
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $59 + Genesis Framework

VIEW HELLO GORGEOUS

 

 

5. Gallery

Gallery Genesis Photography Theme

Gallery is just 1 of many Zigzagpress themes which can be used as a photography website. Zigzagpress themes are slick, easy to work with (I’ve used Vanilla, Mindfulness, Prestige, Megalithe and Drone). Most come with a built-in portfolio + shortcodes. Gallery features a large homepage slider, multiple gallery layouts, and shortcodes. The next few themes are also from Zigzagpress and can be used for photography sites. Would definitely check out.

  • Zigzagpress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • $49 + Genesis Framework

VIEW GALLERY

 

 

6. Bijou

Bijou Genesis Child Theme

Bijou comes with a style selector so you can play with colors, background patterns, and fullwidth vs. boxed sliders before purchasing the theme. Includes multiple gallery layouts + shortcodes (some of which are featured on the homepage) plus a clean navigation menu. It’s a robust Genesis theme that, like most Zigzagpress themes, you’ll find easy to work with.

  • Zigzagpress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • $49 + Genesis Framework

VIEW BIJOU

 

 

7. Revolution Pro

revolution pro

Revolution Pro is a Genesis photography theme built by StudioPress (developers of the Genesis Framework) so you know the quality and coding is top notch. It features a built-in landing page for guiding visitors to your online shop or the custom pricing page you create, both of which can help your business grow.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: No
  • $129.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW REVOLUTION PRO

 

 

8. Ambiance Pro

ambiance pro

Ambiance Pro is the perfect Genesis photography theme for highlighting your best work front and center. It features a custom header and menu for guiding visitors through your site. Plus, it comes mobile responsive and with a built-in landing page.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: No
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW REVOLUTION PRO

 

 

9. Elegance Pro

elegance pro

Elegance Pro is a sophisticated photography theme that balances beautiful typography with large, statement-making imagery. This combined with several layout options, translation capability, and mobile responsive design just sets you up from success from the start.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: No
  • $129.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW ELEGANCE PRO PRO

 

 

10. Parallax Pro

Parallax Pro StudioPress Theme

Parallax Pro is a Genesis parallax theme featured on StudioPres and can be customized into a photography site. It features 5 color and 3 layout options (though you can add more through CSS, column classes, plugins, etc). Here are Youtube instructions for setting it up. View the sample websites to see what different layouts, colors, and designs can look like.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: No
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW PARALLAX PRO

 

 

11. Altitude Pro

altitude-featured-wordpress-theme

Altitude Pro is similar to Parallax Pro only it features a single page (homepage) where the individual sections are longer than those in Parallax Pro. Though you can also do this with Parallax Pro too. The navigation menu doesn’t HAVE to have the scrolling effect – each menu can lead to a new page if you like. Just another alternative if you like this style of theme.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: No
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW ALTITUDE PRO

 

 

12. Swank

Swank - StudioPress Theme

Swank is a WordPress photography theme developed by Lindsey from Pretty Darn Cute Design. She has 12 feminine Genesis themes in her store, Swank would just be good for a photography site. It’s been featured on StudioPress’ website and is centered on photos.

  • Pretty Darn Cute Design
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • $49 + Genesis Framework

VIEW SWANK

 

 

13. Ansel

Ansel-Genesis-Theme

Ansel is the first and flagship child theme released by Imagely in 2016. At time of writing, this theme is being used by Imagely to power their own site (imagely.com). It’s a visually rich design with a full screen slideshow on the homepage, a widgetized homepage, and extensive use of featured images for blog layouts and featured image page templates.

  • Imagely
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • $79 (Bundle) + Genesis Framework

VIEW ANSEL

 

 

14. Journal

journal-genesis-theme

Journal is a side-style blogging theme. While it makes good use of images and photos, it’s less photographer-specific than other themes from Imagely. It  could make a nice ‘journal’ or blogging theme for many different kinds of interests or niches. Unusual among side-style themes, it still comes with a widgetized home page that allows for nice content layouts. Journal is one of the more recent additions to Imagely’s relatively new series of themes.

  • Imagely
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • $79 (Bundle) + Genesis Framework

VIEW JOURNAL

 

 

15. Atmosphere Pro

Atmosphere Genesis Theme

The best themes are simple, lightweight, and grab your attention. This is exactly what Atmosphere does. It’s incredibly flexible and minimal so people focus on 1 thing – photos. Doesn’t come with a built-in portfolio but Themeforest’s portfolio plugins can change that.

  • StudioPress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: No
  • $99.95 (Includes Genesis)

VIEW ATMOSPHERE PRO

 

 

16. Julia

julia

Julia is from Creative Market which is a smaller version of ThemeForest but has a larger Genesis theme section. It comes with smooth parallax scrolling, complete with a beautiful background image, eCommerce functionality, and a floating sidebar sticky opt-in form for boosting conversions and sales.

  • Creative Market
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $59 + Genesis Framework

VIEW JULIA

 

 

17. Pure Elegance

Pure Elegance Genesis Theme

Pure Elegance is Genesis theme for photography websites developed by Oh Hello Designs. The layout is designed to showcase a primary image and photography services below it, plus an optional blogroll, about me, and newsletter section which uses Genesis eNews Extended.

  • Creative Market
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $45 + Genesis Framework

VIEW PURE ELEGANCE

 

 

18. Fairlight

Fairlight Genesis Photography Theme

Developed by Dinosaur Stew and featured on Creative Market. The Fairlight theme is a Genesis child theme designed specifically for photography websites. It features 2 and 3 column layouts with a built-in portfolio to help you organize your photos and services.

  • Creative Market
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: No
  • $50 + Genesis Framework

VIEW FAIRLIGHT

 

 

19. Zen

Zen - Zigzagpress Theme

Zen is a simple, lightweight theme developed by Zigzagpress. Includes a portfolio, color styles, and features black/white styling AND a style selector. I used the Zen theme for one of my client’s websites and found it very easy to work with – and the site turned out very nice.

  • Zigzagpress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • $49 + Genesis Framework

VIEW ZEN

 

 

20. Megalithe

Megalithe ZigZagPress Theme

Megalithe is a compact theme with a filterable portfolio, multiple gallery layouts, and includes shortcodes and integrated blog. Not a fan of the background shadow but that can be changed if you don’t like it. Focuses heavily on the portfolio if that is important to you.

  • Zigzagpress
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • $59.95 + Genesis Framework

VIEW MEGALITHE

 

 

21. Imagery

Imagery Genesis Theme

As you would expect, Imagery all about showcasing fullwidth images as a background when you scroll down the page. It’s great for storytelling using your most powerful images, and while it doesn’t have a built-in portfolio, this can be added through a nice portfolio plugin. There are over 15+ themes by Appfinite, some of which have been featured on StudioPress.

  • Appfinite
  • Built-in Portfolio: Yes
  • Mobile Responsive + HTML5
  • $44.95 + Genesis Framework

VIEW IMAGERY

 

Did you find a nice Genesis photography theme? If you have questions or need help choosing a theme, drop me a line. And if you found my list helpful, please share. I appreciate it!

Cheers,

Tom Signature