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January 26, 2015 at 7:31 am #138649Mads KlitgaardMember
I'm a webdesigner, who primarily build wordpress themes / sites using Bootstrap.
I'm wondering if the Genesis Framework would be a good fit for me instead of starting from scratch everytime I work on a new project - Is Genesis mostly for people who don't normally design websites themselves or can it be used by people who work with designing all day as well?
Will I have the same freedom while building child themes as I do building regular themes?January 26, 2015 at 7:40 am #138650Davinder Singh KainthMember
You can build any type of theme on Genesis Framework. There is no limitation what so ever. Check Genesis Themes from 3rd party vendors - some awesome implementations http://www.themesauce.com
Sunshine PRO genesis theme
Need Genesis help? Davinder @ iGuiding Media | My Blog | Fresh Genesis ThemesJanuary 26, 2015 at 2:07 pm #138691Ren VenturaMember
A couple things I'd point out as well:
1. Genesis is actually more developer-focused. Sure, non-developers can use it but really customizing it requires code.
2. Most of your customizations are done via hooks rather than directly editing theme files. As someone who has been developing full themes, this might be a bit different in terms of the concept but it's pretty straightforward. In my opinion, it's even more efficient.
That said, I absolutely love Genesis and prefer it over creating something from scratch any day of the week. It makes things so much quicker.
Web & Software Developer & Blogger | RenVentura.com | Follow Me on Twitter @CLE_RenJanuary 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm #138797WilliamMember
That depends upon your skills. If you design with code, then Genesis is better than starting from scratch. If you customize existing themes using non-coding skills, you probably won't like it. Better to go to ThemeForest and find one of the top-selling themes that gives you much more flexibility without the need for code.
Basically, I agree with Ren. Genesis is for coders, not so much for designers.
I've abandoned Genesis for most of my sites because it lacks the flexibility I find in other products on ThemeForest. Granted, it's fast and has good SEO. On the other hand, the themes just don't keep up with modern design, particularly for use of images.
I bought into Genesis with all of my heart when I first found it, spending the money for the complete package. Now there's only one theme that I used from StudioPress (Eleven40 is great for text blogs), but everything else of mine that's driven by images uses themes that I found on ThemeForest.
They're much easier to customize, yield better visual results, take less time, and I haven't found any significant differences in performance or SEO. In fact, I've been getting more traffic since I left Genesis themes behind.
You can do great things on the Genesis platform if you're a coder. If that's your strength, then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Genesis to you. If not, I'd look elsewhere. I did.
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