The Thesis Vs Genesis framework or DIYthemes vs StudioPress debate has been going on for a long time. I don’t care what anyone says, when you want to have the best WordPress theme for your blog there is no other competition besides these two.
None of the themes on ThemeForest or other theme sites can compare. Believe it or not, your theme has a huge effect on your SEO rankings.
There are a lot of reviews out there that can make it confusing for beginner bloggers.
I will help you make the right choice for your blog today.
1. Which theme am I using for this blog?
I’ve used both the Genesis and Thesis themes before. They both give me exactly what I pay for which is a good performance. For this blog WP Vs Blogger, I am currently using the Effectus theme by Thesis. The reason I chose this theme for this blog is that I love their action box. Not only does it look good and it can attract readers to a particular page, but the Effectus theme is great for email signups, images, and videos if I choose to add them in the future.
2. Which WordPress theme makes your blog faster?
Out of Thesis and Genesis, the faster framework is going to be Thesis. In no way am I saying that Genesis themes are slow because that would be ridiculous. Genesis is very fast. What I am saying though is that the Thesis is slightly faster than Genesis. How do I know you ask? I know because once again I’ve used both on the same hosting plan. I found that my PageSpeed Insights score and Pingdom tools score was slightly higher with Thesis. Is it really a big deal? No. It’s not a big deal because the site speed is still extremely close between the two.
It is no secret that in 2015 StudioPress is way more popular than DIYthemes. While there are some top bloggers who are using Thesis. You will find that most top bloggers are using the Genesis Framework such as Darren Rowse, Neil Patel, Harsh Agarwal, Brian Clark, and more. Thesis used to be at the top of the theme chain, but not anymore. Now Genesis has the crown. You have to understand that when the top guys switch from one theme to another, guess what their readers are going to do? There are a number of reasons why people left Thesis for Genesis.
1. The launch of Thesis 2.0 was difficult for many people to learn even for the best bloggers. People would rather have an easy set up especially if you have a lot of blogs, which is what you get with Genesis.
2. Matt Cutts who is the head of Google’s webspam team switched from Thesis to Genesis. When the leader of Google’s webspam team switches from one theme to another that makes people think maybe he knows something I don’t know.
3. Chris Pearson did not make a good impression on many people in the blogging community. There was a huge controversy with Thesis and the Yoast Plugin. I’m pretty sure that Chris Pearson will admit that he made a big mistake with his arrogant and selfish attitude. It really did cost him sales. After the huge controversy in 2010 sales started to plummet.
If you want one of the best themes and you are trying to save money then go with Genesis. You must remember that you have to buy the framework first.
The Genesis Framework is $59.95. Most likely you are going to get the theme and the framework which costs $99.95. One of the things that I love about Genesis is that you have the option of getting the framework and all 38 child themes and any new ones made in the future for $499 with their Pro Package. This is good for people with multiple blogs.
The cheapest Thesis Framework plan is $87. If you want more than the original skin option you have to either choose the Basic Plus plan which is for $164 or the Professional Plan, which is for $197. With Thesis there is not a wide choice of themes like with Genesis and you have to pay for upgrades.
One of the reasons why I will continue to use Genesis for some of my blogs is because of the simplicity. If you want to blog for a living it will be wise to have more than one blog. With Genesis all you have to do is install a child theme and you are good to go. I will admit that Thesis does scare a lot of people off.
Depending on what you are trying to do you might have to hire a developer to help you with your design. This is the top reason that I recommend Genesis for beginners. You don’t have to know coding or the different functions of your framework. It’s easy to set up and start blogging.
G – The great thing about Genesis is that there are many plugins that are made specifically for the Genesis Framework. You can check for yourself. All you have to do is go to your plugins search bar and type in Genesis. When you do this you will see a huge amount of plugins for Genesis such as the Genesis Connect for WooCommerce, Genesis Footer Builder, Genesis Optimized Social Share, Display Featured Image for Genesis, and more.
T- While most plugins work for Thesis, I will admit that Thesis does not have as many plugins that are specifically made for it as Genesis does. The reason for this is that the demand for Genesis is higher.
T – At first Thesis 2.0 came out with no documentation which made a lot of bloggers upset, but now Thesis has provided documentation. By far the best way to get support for a Thesis theme has to be the Thesis Forum. One thing I like about their forum support is that their associates are very fast, knowledgeable, and helpful.
G – Obviously if more people are using something that means there is going to be more support for it. Since most people use Genesis you can write other bloggers on social media or through their email to find out how to do things. Genesis is so easy that you will not need support often or at all. Between forums, I would say that the Genesis forum is simpler and it has a better interface.
8. Every blog that gives Genesis Vs Thesis reviews says the same thing.
It all comes down to this. Please take my word for it. I’ve had the pleasure of using both themes and I love them both. They are both SEO optimized. If you like everything to be simple and your coding knowledge is limited especially if you’re a newbie blogger then choose Genesis. It’s simple to use right out the box and it gives you various themes to work with. If you like coding and designing as some people do, then choose Thesis. Buy a theme today!
Check out your favorite Genesis theme here. – Great for people who like simplicity and pre-made themes.
Check out the Genesis Pro Plus package which gives you 38 free child themes – Great if you have a lot of blogs or plan on making other blogs.
Check Out the Thesis theme here – Great for people who like to play with codes, different functions, and hooks.
Child themes and a framework are the only way you should build your WordPress site and Genesis has great support for child themes and other WordPress functionality. Matt Mullenweg (WordPress founder)
As a web designer, the choices you made in building Thesis 2 make a lot of sense to me. Great job, particularly with HTML builder!