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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.

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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 best wordpress responsive theme for your modern new blog in 2018

the new visual buidler theme by divi

Are you looking for a good wordpress theme for your new blog. What if you could design your own website just as if you were working in a easy to use program like Microsoft Word ,adding pictures, choosing font, adding headers,c hanging colors of font and background and more. Well the new divi builder theme by elegant wordpress themes is just as easy as that.

Free wordpress themes vs paid themes

Many People opt for free themes and regret later due to many reasons but If you got no budget then obviously – free is an option, but again – if you can afford even a little bit of money, then go for a paid theme, it pays back.

Free comes with its own limitations – Here are some reason  to go for a reasonably priced  good theme.

    • Authors of free themes are late in updating  their themes with new updates required

 

    • They often break with wordpress updates due to poor coding in the theme.

 

  • The Free theme designer gets involved in something else and forgets to  provide support to his free theme

I have been a elegant WP themes member for 8+ years now because their prices for wordpress themes are so ridiculously low. I mean common just do a search online for wordpress themes, who would give 85+ premium website themes just for $89.

Price Does matter with WP themes

In fact go search on theme forest, one of the biggest website design template providers and you can see that buying just one good wp design template costs you like $35 dollars. You will find cheaper ones on theme forest, but they are not premium in the sense, due to poor support and code etc. The good ones there cost $40 and over per theme.

Okay, coming back to the topic -why I am writing this post today is because of the launch of the new word press divi theme by elegant. This new divi theme with the visual builder that they have just released is a theme design that can literally take the shape of 100 different designs all from one template.

what you see is what you get

The Divi theme price ($89 for Yearly membership – Includes 87 themes and plugins)

As I told you that you get 85+ themes for a yearly membership price of $89 and for lifetime access if you can afford it at $249 its worth it.
It’s so easy to design your blog with the new wysiwyg website builder that you could think you are designing a website in word.
Hold on what’s wysiwyg (look above)

As elegant theme themselves say –

Our pricing is simple. Purchase a single membership for one low price and get access to our entire collection of themes and plugins. You can use those themes and plugins on as many websites as you like (client sites too).

You could pay just the one year membership fee for this one new theme  IMHO and get triple the value over the years for just the purchased theme , the other themes and plugins come as a bonus. In fact this theme will put many plugins that offer creating custom wordpress pages and websites our of business.

nick roach elegant themes founderNick Roach is the person who runs things at elegant themes and he has always looked out for his customers , by keeping prices low even when he could easily bump it up for what they provide.

He has gone all out on this one supporting his designers to give the best value to the customers with this new divi design. Its pretty much an all in one wordpress design with customisation possible from top to end.

So what is a good wordpress theme ?

Well the obivious is first, that it looks nice and presents well, here are some additional things to look out for in a wordpress theme.

Responsive – the theme should be responsive and load properly on desktops as well as smartphones, tablets

Light on code – the theme should be coded well and light in size – so that it doesn’t slow down your website.

Compatible – many poorly coded themes get affected/distorted by installed WP plugins or updates to wordpress

Flexibility – there should be flexibility to change colors of design, fonts, add extra code, SEO options inbuilt into template.

Professional – the theme design should suit the niche and look professional.

I’m glad to say the themes and plugins from elegant meet all of these standards or requirements.

With the new divi template, there are hundreds of customisations possible due to its flexibility in its design. But just lets have a look at some that stand out according to me.

The new Elegant &  divi wordpress theme features:

  • Access To All Themes
  • Access To All Plugins(This plan includes full access to all of our plugins, as well as all new plugins that are created during your membership.)
  • Theme Updates
  • Premium Support
  • Unlimited Website Usage
  • Risk-Free Guarantee
  • One Time Fee

 

Specific to DIVI

Real Time Design

When you make a change to your page or design, everything is updated instantly right before your eyes. Design and edit instantly!

Premade Layouts

Jump-start your design process by using one of the 20+ pre-made layouts that ship with the builder. Boon for the  time conscious person or plain lazy peeps.

Mix and match

Divi comes with 46 different content elements. Mix, match and build just about anything you can imagine.

Here is a promo video from divi, explaining features in short summary


If I was not a customer of elegant themes today and knew what i knew about their themes, I definitely would sign up merely for their new divi theme and consider the rest of them as a bonus.

If you are looking for a new wordpress why procrastinate, you got nothing to lose here- but just gain 85+ awesome word press design templates for your website or future websites. Browse their amazing themes here. And good luck to your new  venture