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.

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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.

[Update: Studiopress has been taken over by  WPEngine recently , if you want to sign up directly with WP engine- Go here] WPEngine is a premium and fast  wordpress hosting provider with good tech support for your websites.

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.

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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

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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

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

Best Australian Web Hosting Providers for 2018

Best Australian Web Hosting Providers for 2018

The subject of “who is the top Australian web host” is something that often comes up at various webmaster forums, especially among bloggers and webmasters.

At a recent local social media event, I met up with a few fellow bloggers and we started talking about useful blogger tools, SEO and blog webhosts. ( updated 09 January 2018)

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I was surprised to come across some names in the local web hosting and web development field in Australia that I hadn’t heard about before. I asked some of my blogger friends who they had used among the different local web-hosting.

I also asked them about US based webhosts for their blogs, and also who they’d had good customer support and service from, website loading speed etc. to update my personal knowledge of web hosting as well as help me add to this post.

It was definitely a bag of surprises.

As with human nature, people tend to remember bad things, but I am exactly the opposite and I tend to remember the good things. So there were many comments on who were the worst host and peoples experiences with them.

Surprisingly, they were some difference of opinions good and bad on some of the same US based webhosts most things. Most of the popular us webhosting’s names were discussed like Bluehost, WP engine Hostgator and In motion. I got to know of two new aussie hosting providers Bullet proof and Quadra which I didn’t know of before.

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I would suggest that you do your own research before choosing a web-host, but hopefully this information and listing below will help you in some way if you are looking to get a local webhost.

These providers have different pricing plans which can cover a wide range of budgets and needs for your hosting.

Given below is their lowest priced plans ( unfortunately some websites below make it hard to find their prices, so I have not listed them below)

I might have missed some that are good as well, but these were the Aussie ones listed above that we discussed and talked about in our chat.

Smarty Host and Crazy domains are not on this list as I have not used their hosting but only bought .au domains from them.

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Some of them have a humongous transfer fee ( as i have found out) if you want to move your domains elsewhere, so please make it a point to check that before you buy domains from an Aussie domain provider.

Some of the popular local aussie forums like WhirlpoolDNTrade and Web Hosting Talk  can give you a good idea of good local hosts, though most locals tend to bag the US service providers just because they are not Australian. (And that’s fair enough because they are 😉 un-Australian).

I have used a few of these local providers and they are good and prices for some of them have also come down in the last few years, but I mainly use US based website- hosting for my blogs, due to the price factor.

I use US web hosts because they do the job and are reliable for blogs with a monthly traffic of fewer than 100,000 hits to your blog. If you get more traffic on your blog, you should be earning well enough to sign up for a premium optimised  or dedicated hosting company.

Below I am going to give some of the US based hosting that I prefer for my blogs  and  niche website, whihc will also  work well for some small biz beginner websites. Here is the list.

Australian Web Hosting Comparison: Our Top 3 US Hosts

  1. Bluehost Hosting

Bluehost is a web hosting company owned by Endurance International Group. It is one of the 20 largest web hosts, collectively hosting well over 2 million domains with its sister companies, HostMonster, FastDomain and iPage.

They offer many attractive features and very reasonable pricing. Before you choose a web host, however, you should carefully consider the company and whether it fits with your own plans.

Bluehost offers $200 in free offers when you sign up. This includes free advertising credits for Google and Facebook. By using these free advertising credits, you can start advertising with the respective websites and get traffic instantly.

The regular pricing for Bluehost shared hosting is $7.99 per month. The company, however, runs frequent specials. Right now, for example, you can get hosting for as low as $3.95 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!

 

  • Ease of use 90% 90%
  • Affordability 85% 85%
  • Performance 80% 80%

2. Hostgator

Hostgator is a Houston-based provider of shared, reseller, virtual private server, and dedicated web hosting with an additional presence in Austin, Texas

Uptime –  Very Good – 99.99%

Houston-based HostGator is one of the largest web hosts on the planet with over 9 million (!) domain names hosted. They boast partnerships with tiny tech titans Cisco and Linux. HostGator has been around since 2002, originally founded by Brent Oxley before being acquired a decade later by Endurance International Group (EIG)

The regular pricing for Hostgator shared hosting is $7.99 per month. The company however runs discounts now and then. Currently, you can get hosting for as low as $3.95 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!

  • Ease of use 90% 90%
  • Affordability 85% 85%
  • Performance 80% 80%

3. Godaddy

GoDaddy Inc. is an American publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company. GoDaddy is best known as a domain registrar – and, to be certain, it is one of the largest in the world – but they also offer a wide range of other web services, including hosting.

Godaddy hosts 7 of my sites through its Linux hosting offering and works perfectly all of the time. They have ridiculously cheap and reliable service. GoDaddy’s hosting is scalable to your needs and boasts a 99.9% uptime.

They offer many attractive features and very reasonable pricing. GoDaddy hosting comes in three sizes: Economy, Deluxe, and Ultimate.

The Economy plan is probably all most freelance individual webmasters will ever need. Although disk space is limited to 10 GB, that is actually more than most websites will ever use. The Deluxe package allows for 150 GB disk space – a marked improvement over the Economy plan – 500 e-mail accounts and 25, 1 GB MySQL databases

The regular pricing for Godaddy shared hosting(economy) is $10.99 per month. The company, however, runs frequent specials. Right now, for example, you can get hosting for as low as $5.49 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!

The major benefit to hosting through GoDaddy is that you only have to deal with one company –  for your domains, hosting and other related  website services  like selling domains , domain auctions  and SEO.

 

  • Ease of use 90% 90%
  • Affordability 85% 85%
  • Performance 80% 80%

I still recommend Bluehost.com and Hostmonster as my favourite US hosting providers.

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Support is a very important factor when choosing a website-hosting company, because when trouble strikes you need good service, otherwise it can be very frustrating and you could end up losing traffic and money to your blog if things are not fixed quickly.

Before you make your choice , do check up on – If 24/7 support is available, you can call up and speak to a person if needed.

Check also if upgrade to optimised hosting is available, price for extra bandwidth or storage space, if they provide free or paid backups, do they sell SSL certificates.

Good luck!

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