*. The Genesis Framework is one the most popular WordPress Frameworks. StudioPress was the company that developed WP themes. In 2018, StudioPress was acquired by WP Engine, a managed WordPress hosting service provider. WP Engine now offers StudioPress themes for no additional cost to customers of its managed WP Hosting plan. The themes and framework can also be purchased on the StudioPress official website.
.GeneratePress is a multipurpose theme. Although it isn’t as old as Genesis Framework, its popularity is increasing every day. GP is now one of the most popular alternatives to Genesis Framework. Below, I’ve compared the features of the Genesis Framework and GeneratePress:
Genesis Framework vs GeneratePress
Customization and design
GeneratePress adds plenty of customization options to the WP live editor tool. The WP Live Customizer is limited to Genesis Framework. You can edit the Genesis Sample Configur file to make site changes (options you won’t find in the Live Customizer). You’ll have to edit the PHP files that you’ll find in the below screenshot:
You can add new features to the GF by installing plugins launched by StudioPress. The Genesis Blocks plugin, for example, adds new modules in the Gutenberg editor. The plugin can be used to create homepages and add new modules to existing pages. The Simple Social Icons plugin of StudioPress enables you to add social sharing buttons to the website. The Genesis Simple Hooks plugin lets you add PHP/CSS/HTML codes or shortcodes to various locations on the website without having to modify any files.
.GeneratePress Pro/Premium provides many modules for users. Some of the modules are as follows:
Menus: GP lets users customize menus with its Menu Plus and Secondary Nav modules. Menu Plus lets users activate sticky navigation and set different mobile headers. The secondary navigation module adds an additional menu to the site. Both menus have the same options.
Sections: GP’s page builder Sections let users design pages/templates.
Site Library: Site Library gives you access to demos. The demos can be imported and edited according to your needs.
Blog: This module lets users enable infinite scroll, masonry home page style, set archive page image size, etc
GP and GF support left & right sidebars. It supports full-width layouts. The full-width layout of GF Sample Theme has a large margin/padding on both the left and right sides. The theme options config file allows you to adjust the margins. GeneratePress lets you change the padding/margins with the WordPress Live Customizer tool. Multiple footer widgets are supported by GF and GP. GeneratePress’s header can be customized using the Live customizer. The Live customizer can be used to modify the template config file.
GeneratePress is a multi-purpose WP theme. StudioPress child themes are built on the Genesis Framework. The Framework comes with a Genesis Sample theme that you can customize using the WordPress live customizer.
The Sample Theme is lightweight and fast. In case you don’t want to use it, you can purchase one of the 30+ Genesis Child themes available for the Genesis Framework.
Once you purchase the Genesis Framework, you’ll get updates as long as you’re using the framework. GeneratePress licenses are valid for one year. If you wish to modify the theme within a year, the license must be renewed.
Genesis Framework isn’t free. StudioPress will require you to purchase the license. GeneratePress is a premium product. GeneratePress Premium is available for purchase. Until June 2021, GF used to costs around $59.9. Now, it is a part of the Genesis Pro package which offers everything that StudioPress has designed and built for a price of $360/year. GP is priced at $59. Its lifetime subscription plan costs 249 USD.
Number of sites
You can use the Genesis Framework on unlimited sites. You can use GeneratePress on up to 500 sites. Individuals as well as agencies and firms looking for themes that have no restrictions on usage can both benefit from the two plans. Premium themes such as Avada, TagDiv Newspaper can be used on a single site only. You will need to purchase the template once more in order to use the ThemeForest themes on other sites.
Genesis Framework ships with a 1 of support from the WP Engine team. You can update the framework as many times as you like. StudioPress provides access to a forum for users to ask questions and receive free support after their support ends. GeneratePress developers offer support for one year. The developer has also launched a form where Premium users can get help from the support team
Which theme I’m using?
Currently, I’m using the Genesis Framework and Genesis Child theme on my sites. Before GF, I used Newspaper, MyThemeShop Schema, Themify Ultra, and the Codilight theme. For a few months, I used the free edition GP.
Why I chose Genesis Framework instead of renewing the license of the themes I had bought?
Two reasons why I have purchased the Genesis Framework instead of renewing the license of the themes is the unlimited updates and simple design of the Sample Theme. Although the design of the sample theme is simple, you can modify it with the WP Live customizer tool. ThemeForest or Themify offer a variety of customization options and feature-rich themes.