When we talk about WordPress themes, it’s always performance, customization, SEO-friendliness, and so on. But, what if you’ve stumbled upon two themes that are much like each other?
Yes, in this article I have compared Genesis vs GeneratePress to help you understand and make the right decision between both of them.
Although, there are a few themes that offer a little bit more than GeneratePress. Some of them show quick performance results, while others have better customization options. Nevertheless, you can have a quick look at all of them in GeneratePress Alternatives.
Genesis Framework is the core framework built by StudioPress and has been in the WordPress eco-space for a long time.
On the other hand, GeneratePress has quickly picked up popularity due to its flexibility, performance results, and ease of use. If you are confused about which theme you should buy to start a blog then this Genesis vs GeneratePress comparison will ease you.
Genesis vs GeneratePress – Quick Insights
|Coding Skills Required||✅||❌|
|Support & Updates (for 1 year subscription)||1 year unlimited Support & Updates||1 year unlimited Support & Updates|
|Support & Updates(for Lifetime subscription)||1 year unlimited Support & Lifetime Updates||Lifetime Support & Updates|
|Unlimited Access||You can access only what you’ve bought. Unless you’ve purchased Genesis Pro||Access everything including premium extensions and GeneratePress site library|
|Annual Pricing||Genesis Pro is $360 per year that includes Genesis Framework and all StudioPress Child Themes||$59|
|Lifetime Pricing||Each Child Themes is on a lifetime pricing model ranging from $74 to $129||$249|
There is a very thin line of difference between both the themes. Except for the fact that with GeneratePress you get everything under an annual and a lifetime pricing model. But with Genesis, you’ve got to pay for each child theme (lifetime pricing model) or get Genesis Pro.
Before we get started, let us look at all the Pros and Cons between Genesis and GeneratePress.
Genesis Pros and Cons
- The Genesis Framework comes free with any child theme you purchase. Earlier you had to buy both of them separately.
- Every Child theme bought is available with you for a lifetime
- Genesis offers a decent website performance
- It is a developer-friendly theme
- Genesis themes come with multiple advanced layout options. You can also download the Genesis Blocks plugin for more options under Gutenberg editor.
- All child themes come with multiple homepage customization layouts. Choose the one that suits your needs.
- Demo site codes are available right after you purchase the child theme. Letting you create your site exactly how it was displayed on the shelf.
- Support and documentation is very good
- In terms of performance, GeneratePress beats Genesis
- Customization options are for developers. If you are a non-technical person with little to no coding background, then you will have to rely on plugins.
- May need you to download more plugins, that could affect the site’s performance
- Each child’s theme is different and made for a particular niche. Hence, they should be bought separately. Unless you invest in Genesis Pro.
- Once you buy a Genesis Child theme, it is available with you for a lifetime. The updates continue lifelong but; the support ends after 1 year
- Once you buy a Genesis Child theme it is available with you for a lifetime. The updates continue lifelong but, the support ends after 1 year
GeneratePress Pros and Cons
- GeneratePress has a very lightweight code. A fresh clean install is just about 30KB.
- Both the free GeneratePress and GP Premium get updated. Updates are not so often but they are very stable.
- You do not need any coding knowledge to create a beautiful website. Unless you are thinking of creating membership sites or a web store with lots of products.
- You do not need to buy any child theme separately.
- GeneratePress offers complete access to its Site Library for both annual and lifetime subscribers.
- Just like Genesis, GeneratePress too has extensive documentation and a great support system.
- Buy 1 single plan and get GP Premium with Extensions, and 60+ GeneratePress Demo Sites.
- Comes with a Built-in WooCommerce module.
- The developers have made GeneratePress modular. Meaning, you can activate or deactivate the modules; reducing bloatware on your website.
- Lacks header and footer builder. But, that can be easily created by GeneratePress Block Elements.
- Does not come with a White Label branding feature
Genesis vs GeneratePress – Comparing Side-by-Side
What is Genesis Well Known For?
Genesis is a framework created by StudioPress. It is best known as the Genesis Framework.
Not so long ago, the Genesis Framework became open source. Meaning, you can download and use the framework. But, that does not involve any theme with it.
In the WordPress eco-space, frameworks behave like a parent theme giving a rock-solid foundation to other child themes, running over it.
StudioPress offers child themes of their own and others created by third-party developers. You can shop on their site for child themes. Once you buy a child theme, you will get annual support and updates for lifetime.
At present, StudioPress has released Genesis Pro.
Buying Genesis Pro will give you the following;
- The Genesis Framework
- All StudioPress made Child Themes
- Genesis Pro Plugin (page builder)
- Genesis Custom Blocks
What is GeneratePress Well Known For?
GeneratePress is a freemium theme. Meaning, you get to try GeneratePress for free with limited features and functionalities.
Whereas the premium version of GeneratePress is called GP Premium. GeneratePress is well known for speed and customization. It offers 12 different modules and easily integrates popular page builders like Elementor and Beaver Builder.
Almost half of the GeneratePress site library has demo sites that are created using Elementor and Beaver Builder. If you want to check out some of the popular live sites built with GeneratePress then you must check these live GeneratePress theme examples.
The theme is mobile responsive and offers great SEO friendliness. Moreover, you won’t need to learn hard-level coding if you get your hands on GeneratePress. Just some basic CSS might be useful sometimes.
Winner: GeneratePress – For 1 single payment you get a multitude of options.
Unique Features of Genesis
- Firstly, the most beneficial point to make here is that – Genesis Framework is now open source. Therefore, you don’t need to pay for that.
- The developers at StudioPress have coded Genesis very well and give awesome support to their customers.
- Once you buy a Child Theme, it can be used on unlimited websites, gets support for a year, and updates for a lifetime. You do not need to keep paying every year.
- StudioPress has created dedicated plugins that are exclusive to Genesis. For example, Genesis Custom Footers, Genesis Simple Hooks, Genesis Responsive Menu, etc.
- There is an advantage if you are a developer. You can edit the layout and blocks in Genesis.
Genesis is a bit different from GeneratePress. It’s a great theme and you can make complete use of it if you are a developer or running a website development business.
Or else, you will have to rely on downloading plugins, which usually reduces the site’s performance
Unique Features of GeneratePress
- GeneratePress is mind-blowingly fast with very little bloatware
- GP Premium’s features and functionalities are based on 12 different modules. Activate the ones that are required and your site will not get slow at all.
- It is mobile responsive, SEO friendly, and is compatible with major page builders.
- GeneratePress is fully Gutenberg compatible. It is the first theme to have a theme builder built into the block editor.
- With the Headers section, you can create different headers for the homepage, category pages, 404 pages, and other useful pages on your site.
- Menu Plus in GeneratePress is a big winning point. It lets you create big stylish menus and sub-menus (from the primary and secondary menu) that appeals to your audience. Thus, giving you more conversions.
- Slideout Navigation, Mobile Header, and Sticky Navigation are just to name a few for people trying to create online eCommerce stores using GeneratePress.
- By using GeneratePress Hooks you can nearly accomplish anything. That means you can create any element, block, or section on part of your website.
Whether you are a developer or a normal user, GeneratePress is an easy-to-use theme. There is something for everyone.
Winner: GeneratePress – A normal user’s perspective
Genesis Site Performance
Although Genesis is based on the parent-child theme relationship, the developers have still done a very good job of creating a framework and theme that helps your website load quickly.
It is not as fast as GeneratePress, but that is the forte of GeneratePress.
The framework is super lean. Child themes have almost every general feature built into them. But as and when time passes; your site grows, you need more options. If you are not a developer, you might need to rely on plugins.
This is the toughest part for anyone – to keep their Genesis site looking beautiful as well as get maximum performance from it.
For example, a few plugins needed to keep your site attractive are as follows;
- Genesis Simple Edits (Just removed from WordPress Library)
- Simple Social Icons
- Genesis Design Palette Pro
- Genesis Custom Footers
- Genesis Simple Hooks
- Genesis Responsive Menu
These are plugins that are required to make your content look good. A website needs other types of SEO plugins, Ad plugins, Import/Export, backup, security plugins, etc.
Having so many plugins kills your website’s speed. This is a serious problem with most of the non-technical Genesis users.
GeneratePress Site Performance
A neat clean install of GeneratePress is not more than 30KB in size. Meaning, the developers of GeneratePress have focussed on performance from the beginning itself.
Unlike before, GeneratePress Hooks has completely removed the need for a Child Theme. That doesn’t mean you can’t install a GeneratePress child theme. A single parent or the main theme is more than enough and uses lesser resources to load.
There are in-built combining and caching CSS methods and support for SVG that not only helps in minifying CSS but also allows for SVG icons in case you’d like to switch from images to vector graphics (reducing the overall page size).
You have an option to stop loading Google fonts locally.
GeneratePress supports explicit mentioning of image sizes. This helps in reducing the overall DOM size while any page loads.
Customize Genesis Child Themes
Unlike GeneratePress, Genesis lacks the in-detail levels of customization.
Unless you know how to code…
You can still create beautiful sites with Genesis Child themes by using free plugins offered via StudioPress, but there are limitations to them and you will have to download a few.
For example, Genesis Blocks is a set of content blocks that offers 15 pre-made blocks, 4 full-page layouts, and 8 pre-built sections with its free version. Likewise, Genesis Simple Hooks, Simple Sidebars, and Simple Menus are just the ones to name a few.
More plugins slower the performance of your site.
For creating awesome-looking websites you will need something that works like a page builder. In that case, Genesis Design Palette Pro and Genesis Extender are the best plugins that can easily make your website look beautiful without the need of coding or downloading any other customizing plugin.
With GeneratePress customizing your website is very easy.
Firstly, it uses a modular approach. Meaning activates the modules that are required and leave the rest as it is without compromising on the beauty and uniformity of your site.
Customize layouts, blocks, colors, typography, backgrounds, widgets, navigation menus, etc. All this is done much more easily without the use of downloading 3rd party plugins.
The above image is about layout customization in GeneratePress
If you are a little comfortable with coding. GeneratePress allows for creating hooks that can be used on almost any part of your website. For example, creating page headers, custom footers, custom 404 pages, and archive pages, social sharing icons, author profiles, team bio cards, etc.
Winner: GeneratePress – If you are not planning to go for a page builder
Genesis vs GeneratePress – Google Trends Comparison
I ran a comparison between Genesis and GeneratePress on Google Trends and I saw unusual results.
Have a look at the following screenshot of the Genesis theme vs GeneratePress worldwide comparison of the last 5 years, as of 20th September 2021.
Earlier Genesis was at its peak and then it slowly started to fall as the WordPress market started seeing themes that were fast, customizable, and came with modules.
With the Genesis system, you will have to first install the Genesis Framework and then apply a Genesis Child theme to it. Whereas, GeneratePress offers a plugin called GP Premium. Activate the plugin and you’ve got GeneratePress premium with all the modules open.
Winner: GeneratePress – As per current popularity
Genesis Support & Documentation
Genesis Framework and the Child Themes are created by StudioPress. Although they showcase 3rd party child themes on their website, they are just a few.
For each child theme, StudioPress has basic documentation that can get you up and running with the initial installation and setup of the theme. You are allowed to copy the codes from the setup instruction file for setting up your child theme.
There is documentation on WordPress usage, Performance, and SEO for Genesis Framework and other StudioPress child themes.
Until recently, StudioPress has launched its flagship product called Genesis Pro. It’s the all-in-one type bundle that includes the Genesis Framework, Genesis Blocks, Genesis Custom Blocks, and all StudioPress Child themes. That is more helpful for developers or website development agencies.
StudioPress offers Full Support for the Genesis Framework, StudioPress created Child Themes, StudioPress created plugins and Genesis Pro.
They go an extra mile by offering basic troubleshooting and best practices advice for 3rd party child themes and plugins.
GeneratePress Support & Documentation
GeneratePress has been there for a long time now. It is a stable theme and has a very good knowledge base.
Since the release of GeneratePress 3.0, the documentation has grown big. They have categorized all the tutorials and “how-to” articles under the most common categories like General, Performance, Customization, and so on.
Plus, there are lots of tutorials and videos on the Internet that help you resolve your issues.
GeneratePress support team offers world-class service to its customers. They answer your queries within a few hours. Unlike other themes, you do not have to keep waiting for days.
Just like performance, support is another forte of this theme.
Winner: Tie – Both the themes provide a very good support system
Genesis vs GeneratePress Pricing
The Genesis Framework is now open source and can be used without paying anything.
From here you’ve got two options;
- Go for Genesis Pro – Get Genesis Framework, all StudioPress Child Themes, Genesis Blocks Pro and Genesis Custom Blocks
- Buy WP Engine Hosting Subscription and get 10 StudioPress Genesis Child Themes free for lifetime
- Buy each Genesis Child Theme separately
Genesis Pro will cost you $360 per year. It does not have a lifetime license
Get the leading WordPress hosting platform offered by WP Engine – starting at $25 monthly for an annual subscription. The themes you get with this stay with you forever and get all future updates.
Whereas Genesis Child Themes can cost you somewhere from $74 to $129, and that’s for lifetime.
When it comes to GeneratePress, there is no parent-child theme concept here. Therefore, you will be paying for the GeneratePress premium theme only.
GeneratePress premium or GP premium has an annual and lifetime model. It costs $59 for a yearly license and $249 for lifetime.
Both the models offer all premium features, full access to the GeneratePress site library, the limit of use to up to 500 websites, and a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
For developers & agencies – Genesis
For single user, blogger or affiliate marketer – GeneratePress
Frequently Asked Question
Is the Genesis theme free?
Recently StudioPress has left the Genesis Framework as open source. You can download it and start using it.
What is the Genesis theme?
The Genesis theme works on the Parent-Child relationship. The Genesis Framework is like the parent theme. You’ve got to download it first and install it on your WordPress site. Followed by that, you can then install other Genesis Child themes.
What is the difference between Genesis WordPress Framework and Genesis Themes?
The Genesis WordPress framework is the main framework that allows for other Genesis child themes to run in itself. Without the Genesis WordPress framework, Genesis child themes are of no good.
Can I manually add Schema in the Genesis and GeneratePress theme?
Yes, Schema can be added manually in Genesis and GeneratePress. In Genesis, you do it by using the Genesis Script Box. GeneratePress Hooks lets you add it to the GeneratePress theme.
Is GeneratePress an SEO-friendly theme?
GeneratePress is quite an SEO-friendly theme.