My Genesis Studiopress themes review for 2018

My Genesis Studiopress themes review for 2018

This wordpress themes provider is the king of WP themes and there’s no doubt about it. They are one of the best premium wordpress SEO themes that work out of the box with minimum fuss.

image optimisation alt atributes

I have wanted this theme for many years now and I finally decided to spend the money. I did manage to test a copy of this theme previously and it did wonders, so I decided to take the plunge and buy the whole pro plus lifetime pack, including all the themes in the Genesis studiopress stable.

How does genesis framework work?

There has always been wee bit confusion about the framework and the studiopress wp themes and many people still don’t understand how the framework and theme work.

genesis framework studiopress online guide

These themes are made up of two parts a basic core framework theme called the genesis framework theme and the child theme (Business pro , Altitude pro etc whichever  theme you purchase) that sits on top of the basic core theme. Both these framework + theme you buy  are provided by studiopress on every theme purchase.

What this enables is , that you can make customisations or modifications to your child theme that you purchased and  it wont break or effect your  website design every time  word press  is updated.

This also helps you to revert back to the default theme design without any problems that is – if you end up making errors with your design.

You can keep changing designs (studiopress theme/templates), but your basic core theme data in the framework theme will always be saved to your site.

Why do I need to pay for genesis framework?

No! You don’t. If you are purchasing a website theme then you get the framework free with the theme as they both work together. But if you want they have given you the option of buying just the framework as well – you may ask why?

Yes, I will answer that – studiopress is not the only company that develops themes for genesis framework and many other theme developers make themes that you can use on the Genesis framework.

The framework is known as a robust and stable framework and so there are many quality  third party developers  building themes to use with this framework.

If you see a third party Genesis theme you like and you don’t want to buy a studiopress made theme, you can just buy the framework and use the theme purchased from the third party. I prefer to use studiopress approved themes with the genesis framework because it know it will be vetted before it gets on the themeshop.

Studio press by itself has a lot of wpthemes designed for the framework, (in fact 35 of them) – however, Genesis has allowed third-party developers to build themes as well  which has  further benefitted  their subscribers with more options.

Genesis Framework Features

genesis framework

The Genesis Framework includes the following functionality:

· Accessibility Ready

· one-column

· two-columns

· three-columns

· left-sidebar

· right-sidebar

· fixed-width

· custom-background

· custom-header

· custom-menu

· full-width-template

· theme-options

· multiple page post layout options

Layouts options of the  framework & theme

 

layout setting designs studiopress

This Genesis framework theme is included in your Pro Plus Purchase. When you purchase a studiopress theme, you also get the genesis framework theme.

get all themes genesis

Why Genesis & Studiopress is so good?

I don’t need convincing, I have already used Genesis themes for a couple of years and seen my keywords ranking easily and getting more targeted traffic with minimal effort.  This is a very important factor for most websites.

In fact, compared to some other sites of mine, the websites with studio press-genesis wp themes started getting traffic faster, and that too out of the box without any help from adding additional SEO plugins.

I have seen one of my affiliate sites targeted traffic double after switching from a themeforest.net templates to the Genesis framework + studiopress sample theme.

The sample theme is just a basic content + sidebar theme that works with the framework. This combination is definitely recommended for affiliate/launch page/landing page websites to promote sales to your pages. Why the sample page works good for these kind of pages- because the design is minimal and fast loading and well structured for Search engine optimisation.

If you want a something a bit more fancy then you can choose any of the studiopress themes from here.

studiopress

All the genesis templates are made with inbuilt SEO structure and speed of loading in mind and it delivers. Genesis supports schema.org code (needed for rich snippets)

Features that you will find in most studiopress themes

 

· Html5 markup

· eCommerce support

· Landing page support

· Mobile responsive

· Full width page/post template

· Pricing pages

· +more

Why the themes are so pricey?

I didn’t like it either initially myself as the pricing held me back, until I purchased a plan and see what it could do for my sites. Its pricey compared to other good themes but I realized if I am getting something that works out of the box and with less effort to rank my sites- Why not.

corporate mai lifestyle and gallery pro themes

Genesis studiopress themes

t’s no secret that many top bloggers use this theme and it’s for those very simple basic reasons – It’s easy to rank in search engines with this framework and theme, as all you have to do is just produce great content and promote it.

You will be saving money in the long run on SEO, as I have learned from my own experience. Many top bloggers use YOAST and ALL in SEO plugin to get more granular access for SEO reasons and push it a little bit further, but in reality for me, this has worked just best out of the box with the inbuilt SEO settings.

After buying and installing this theme, all you need to do is write good content that search engines love and stimulate that content and the rest the blog/website onpage seo will do for you.

Who makes these themes ?

Studiopress themselves makes wordpress themes that are listed in their theme shop, but they now also have approved third party theme developers.

Some of them third party developers are listed below:

Large Selection of Genesis-Powered WordPress Themes

 

Typical pricing for themes at studiopress

Prices for these themes range from $99.95 to $129.95 and this price includes the theme you purchase + framework.

Here is an example of what this pricing includes for the magazine template

studiopress magazine pro theme

$99.95

Magazine + Genesis

· Includes the Genesis Framework

· Includes the Magazine Pro Theme

· Get Instant Access

· Unlimited Updates, Support & Sites

· Access to Detailed Tutorials

· One-time Purchase Fee

You could try studiopress by purchasing a single theme (anywhere between $99 to $129 with genesis framework) or get the plus package including all the themes. But, there’s something to be said about buying the Pro plus All Theme Lifetime Package because you don’t have to pay again. Ever.

Themes by studiopress


Mai Lifestyle Pro Theme by genesis

Mai Lifestyle Pro Theme – Learn more

Altitude Pro Theme by studio press

Altitude Pro Theme – Learn more

Themes Free with Hosting Plan purchase

Studiopress has just launched their new hosting service called “sites”, so now you can get their premium 24 wordpress themes when you purchase their annual hosting plan.

This is a good deal if you are starting out to launch your professional website or blog as you get good managed hosting and great professional looking themes for the one hosting price.

Their hosting plans start from $24 a month.

If you starting your blogging journey and or then just looking to get to the next level with your existing website, try Genesis-studiopress – I’m sure you wont regret it. Good luck!

The Top 10 WordPress bloggers that has made a mark online

WordPress have been used worldwide for creation of websites and blogs. It has attracted many business tycoon and famous personalities who uses WordPress for promoting their business and services. With internet becoming more advanced, social blogs have gained more popularity out of which some of the popular WordPress bloggers are listed below:

top bloggers 2016

Michael Arrington

J. Michael Arrington was born on 13th March 1970 in California. TechCrunch, a blog covering start-ups and technology news was founded by him in the year 2005. A daily income of around $14,816 is earned from this blog and its value is estimated to be $10.82 million. Michael graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a major in economics. He attended Stanford Law School in 1995 and practiced corporate and securities law at O’Melveny & Myers and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His clients included Netscape, Apple and many startups, venture funds, and investment banks. He later left the practice of law to join Real Names, which failed after raising $100M. He was co-founder of Achex, an internet payment company, which was sold to First Data Corp for US$32 million. He has also co-authored a book on initial public offerings.

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Matt Marshall

There was a time when news pertaining to entrepreneurial and technology innovations were either uncovered entirely or reached public only after a time period. That time a new blog named VentureBeat was launched in 2006 by Matt Marshall.

His blog is updated with all business and technological innovation information with a greater velocity and in-depth details. His blog generates a daily income of $1,251 and its value is $913,721. Before finding VentureBeat, he used to cover venture capital for San Jose Mercury News from 2001 to 2006. He was awarded "Journalist of the Year" by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists in 2002. He used to work for Wall Street Journal in Germany from 1995 to 1998 and was a writer for Washington Post in 1994.

Vitaly Friedman

Vitaly Friedman is the founder of a very popular blog Smashing Magazine. He is the writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He also runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and solves complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. According to the blog, its every article goes through a thorough editorial review, including multiple passes for editing and refinement, before being published. Its articles focuses on the latest trends and best practices in web development. In 2010, Smashing Magazine was the recipient of a Shorty Awards for its notable contribution to the field of design. It was also the winner of the .net Awards in 2008 under the category "Best Blog". Daily income generated from his blog is $6,382 and its value is $4.66 million.

Harsh Agarwal

Harsh is the founder of the blog called shoutmeloud. He completed his engineering from Sharda University. He then started to work for Convergys, a call centre in Gurgoan, India. It was while working in this company that he started his first blog in blogspot and then after few months switched over to self-hosted WordPress blog. He writes about SEO, social media, starting and managing a blog, and making money online.

Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder along with his wife Carla Sinclair founded the blog bOING bOING. He is a blogger, illustrator and journalist. His wife is an American writer and journalist. Mark is the co-editor of The Happy Mutant Handbook. He is the author and illustrator of Mad Professor (2002), World’s Worst (2005) and The Computer: An Illustrated History (2005). He is also the author of Rule the Web: How to Do Anything and Everything on the Internet—Better, Faster, Easier (2007), and Made by Hand (2010). Carla edited the book Net Chick, and was author of the cyber culture thriller Signal to Noise. She was editor-in-chief at Craft magazine for O’Reilly Media.

Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal is an I.I.T graduate and has worked at ADP Inc. for clients like Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. He introduced the blog titled labnol and became India’s first Professional Blogger. Microsoft awarded him the Most Valuable Professional award for five years in a row (2007-2011). He has developed several popular web apps and Google Add-ons including Mail Merge for Gmail. He is the author of The Most Useful Websites, an ebook. Amit authors the hugely popular and award-winning Digital Inspiration blog where he writes how-to guides around consumer software and mobile apps.

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin was born on 20th October 1970 in Philadelphia. She is an American conservative blogger, political commentator and author. She launched her political blog MichelleMalkin in June 2004. A 2007 memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee described Malkin as one of the five "best-read national conservative bloggers". In 2011, the people search company PeekYou claimed that Malkin had the largest digital footprint of any political blogger.

Oliver Dale

Oliver Dale launched the blog WP Lift in 2010. He is the WordPress developer and is well known within the WordPress niche for launching WordPress related products such as the theme store ThemeFurnace and the advertising plugin WP AdCenter. His blog is updated daily with guides, useful tools, plugin reviews, theme reviews, and news roundups. Oliver is also the founder of Kooc Media.

Pete Cashmore

Pete was born on 18th September 1985 in Scotland. He is the founder of the popular blog Mashable, a Technorati Top 10 blog worldwide. Cashmore was recognized in Inc.’s "30 Under 30", Forbes’ "Top 25 Web Celebs" and The Huffington Post’s "Top 10 Game Changers 2009". He writes a weekly column on technology and social media at CNN. He was one among those who were listed in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. He was also crowned as the most influential Briton by INQ and most influential Twitter user in the world in 2009.

Perez Hilton (Mario Armando Lavandeira)

Perez Hilton was born on 23rd March 1978 in Florida, United States. He is an American blogger, columnist and television personality who founded the blog named PerezHilton. This blog was previously named as PageSixSixSix and is famous for posts covering gossips about celebrities. He also posts tabloid photographs over which he adds his own captions or "doodles". He had started blogging as a part of his hobby and it included online journals and hobbies which didn’t interest him. It was after some time that he started focussing on celebrities, as he found them more entertaining. Terra.com had named Hilton the Hispanic of the Year in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month on 15 September 2008. $3645 is the daily income spawned from the blog and its value is @2.66 million.

A Website That Designs Itself is the Way of the future

future of wordpess web design automation the grid

You thought setting up a word press website and maintaining it was easy, wait  until this concept unfolds in the future. Forget HTML 5 websites, Drag and drop  website design, etc this new concept  will make all these recent website building techniques  look ancient.  Even Matt Mullenweg founder of wordpress would not have guessed that web-design would come this far.  This new website building technology is called the grid and it automates website  building and takes it to a personal level.

The Grid is powered by the power of artificial intelligence and pretty much takes everything you throw at it – videos, images, text, urls and more – and automatically shape them into a custom website unique to you.

Does this mean  the death of web designers?

Nope. This technology though promising , has a long way to go  and it will surely evolve into much better things  as the technology gets more refined and as artificial intelligence gets more evolved. But he day is not far, when you will wear a wearable  computer and order it to install a website, upload plugins and update your website, just speaking or texting to it.

What this new adaptive technology could do if refined, is put web designers out of jobs… negate the need of web design learning and courses, and put web design software companies and people like  Charles Moir founder of xara and Samir Arora founder of netobjects at loss.

What  is the future of webdesign

The grid is an amazing automated website building concept and  is a standout example of how contextual computing is being put to use. This website offers a service where the websites is built using artificial intelligence that alters the design every time  the user/blogger adds content  to the website or blog. This process makes sure  your  blog/website is optimized for your specified purpose- such as art portfolio, lead gathering blog, sales, etc.

This can only be a beginning  in word press website building  and it can be diversified and built upon on  in many different ways  as  artificial intelligence on which this is based progresses as well .

Until then unfortunately we would still need to rely on building word press the traditional  one click way, so if your  interested in some good word press hosting website deals in the meantime visit our hosting and website comparison web page over here

Vis the GRID website here – ( website – The Grid. http://www.thegrid.io )

Getting your mobile friendly or responsive wordpress website can be easy

Getting your mobile friendly or responsive wordpress website can be easy

Don’t get Caught dead with SEO. Its 2015 and google has just announced that mobile friendly websites or responsive themes are going to be a factor in ranking websites in their search engines. Every serious blogger or internet marketer cannot ignore this, with google being one of the biggest search engines for now.

There is no doubt about it  that well known  people in the website business are backing up this move, with Matt Mullenweg  the founding developer of WordPress also supporting responsive themes by making all  their default wordpress themes like “twenty fifteen” “twenty fourteen”  and older default WP themes responsive.

Even Google ‘s Matt Cutts says that Responsive and mobile ready websites will be preferred in their search engine ranking factors.

Not having a smartphone , tablet or smart devices enabled website can cost your money and also on-line visitors/traffic to your blog.

cheap responsive wordpress themes free and paid

So What is a mobile friendly or responsive website ?

In simple words a responsive website is one which can display any website or blog on any device fluidly/properly without getting misaligned .

To put this into perspective earlier many websites were made only bearing in mind desktop screens or at the most laptop screens, so when you browsed that website on a small mobile phone or tablet or a big Wide screen monitor the website design either got messed up due to the different viewing dimensions or it was very difficult to navigate the website on a small device.

Responsive or smart device/smartphone friendly websites are made in such a manner that the website automatically responds or changes the website design to suit the screen you are viewing the website on. If you access the website from your smartphone (as a example ) you see a smartphone friendly version design where you can easily scroll and see better larger text to suit your reading on a smartphone but if you access that same website from a normal desktop you can see the a wider design version suitable for you desktop screen, so the website responds to the device you are viewing it on.

This has become a ranking factor for google , who is pushing for this to be adopted by all . This is also due to the increase of internet browsing and shopping by people on their phones and google having a major chunk of the online ppc advertising business. Warrior forums also states that this could be a compulsory factor for all websites in the future, enforced by google.

So where does word press comes in with responsive design?

WordPress is one of the most popular and website software that is also a CMS and blog software with many top websites like mashable and techcrunch and BBC America using this platform to host their websites. WordPress is not only kept regularly upto date but is also Html compliant and one of the platforms that have the most number of themes available for designing word press websites.

[ For newbies] A wordpress theme is a pre made design that you can install with one click in minutes to change the entire look of your wordpress blog or website

WordPress themes are one of the first website /blog design to be widely adopted by website designers to make responsive themes and they are hundreds so free and paid responsive themes if you use wordpress blog software for your website.

Even though there are good free responsive themes , I do prefer to use paid responsive website themes as they are updated more frequently by their developers. WordPress software is updated quite regularly and if your wordpress responsive theme is not properly coded or updated then it can break your website. Free themes are not updated as regularly for obvious reasons .

Website/Blog Responsive Design, What Does It Cost?

If you have a relatively simple website for your business, modifying your existing website to a responsive design may cost you as little as several hundred dollars to perhaps a few thousand based on how big your website is. That is also assuming that the existing design lends itself to becoming responsive and it does not have to be fully redone.

But its quite likely that if you haven’t redesigned your website in many years, you might need to go through a complete redesign process and the answer to what it will cost is, as usual, “it depends.”

If you have a website designer that you work with you on your website, simply ask them what it will cost to overhaul your existing website to be responsive. If you have a wordpress website with not much customisation done, then you are in luck and you can get your wordpress blog or website made responsive in under $100 dollars. Check out some demo websites and providers below that we recommend.

What Reponsive desing themes do I recommend ?

One of my favourite themes providers are Solostream Themes  (This website uses solostream -Check it out on mobile), Elegant themes and Theme forest themes in no particular order , though I like solostream for its streamlined design and good banner advertising options

Elegant themes I like for its price($69 one off  for 80 + themes ) and range of beautiful designs available .

Theme forest ( codecanyon, graphic river ) is good not only for the variety in website and blog designs but also cater to bloggers for a wide variety of scripts and wordpress-plugins that it offers

Below is an example of what you can get from these three providers

Solostream responsive theme

wp clear solostream $59 themewp radiance start a blog theme $59

Left [Wp clear theme] Right [Wp radiance theme]

Elegant responsive theme

elegant nexus theme for $69 for 80 wpthemes

[ Elegant themes –  $69 for 80+ premium  Wp themes ]

Theme forest responsive theme

theme forest  responisve themes from $10 to $60

Themeforest [Responsive sarah theme Demo]

I have also used other providers for themes like Genesis , WP thesis and WPzoom in the past but their prices are a bit on the higher side for what they are offering in comparison to the above theme providers.

Example of HTML5 Template

Ariva - Minimal AgencyPortfolio HTML5 Template

theme forest ariva html5 template cheap

ARIVA is responsive one page portfolio template with clean,simple,minimalist and elegant design.It can be used for creative digital agent or even personal/freelancer to show portfolios and selling services. Its build based on twitter bootstrap ,so it has powerfull features.

Features:
  • Build with twitter bootstrap
  • Icon powered by Fontawesome
  • Responsive Design
  • 8+ Header Style(Slider,Video and Youtube background)
  • Ajax Portfolio
  • Working Contact Form
  • and Many More
How to make my wordpress website responsive in 2 minutes ?

1. Login to your website admin panel .

2. Got o appearance / themes – just upload a purchased responsive theme (theme in a zip folder will also do)

3. Activate the theme, and your done (You might need to go to theme settings and do some minor fine tuning-Optional)

Get your new blog started the right way with a responsive wordpress website and blog your way to success. Early adopters of new technology always stay ahead of the game. Click one of the above referral links above to be taken to the latest offers available on those themes.( links regularly updated).

So if you liked the  simple design of this blog that is truly responsive  you can get/browse the solostream  themes & prices  over here or if you prefer to get a low-cost  wp premuim themes membership which also gives you a couple of plugins  you can browse/buy elegant themes at their website here. Good luck!

 

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