Still shopping around for that one perfect WordPress Theme? You may have noticed that a few weeks ago or even over a month ago, I changed the theme on this blog. I looked at so many themes and thought about a custom designed one but ended up using the StudioPress framework instead. There are lot’s of features to set up and I can customize the theme you are viewing now as much as I want too. You may have heard of StudioPress for a while now if you are subscribed to a few SEO blogs. Over 60,000 people are using the StudioPress framework and I’m pretty much sure all of them are very happy they made the leap to buy a license.
WordPress just upgraded to version 3.3 so I’m waiting for StudioPress to upgrade their framework that my StudioPress theme sits on. I am not sure but I think one of the new features that I will be getting is a built-in Mobile theme. If this is true then I can remove my mobile theme plugin which is a good thing. To many plugins can slow down your blog in a sense. Depending on the new features in the upcoming release from StudioPress, I maybe removing more plugin’s. I’ll mention a few perks to choosing StudioPress as your WordPress theme below.
Key Features in Genesis Framework version 1.7.1 (Like I said, the new version will be out very soon so I am mentioning features from the current version)
- Genesis is Search Engine Optimized – The Genesis framework has been optimized by Greg Boser, partner and SVP of search marketing powerhouse BlueGlass Interactive. Right out of the box, your Studio Press theme will be SEO’d and you can use less SEO plugins but still you should use some SEO plugins. You can ask for advice on the StudioPress support forum on this.
- Great-Looking Turn-key Designs – The 44 Genesis turn-key designs give you an array of beautiful frames for your content. They even have a marketplace section where people create one of a kind themes just for the Genesis framework only.
- Genesis Gives You Unlimited Everything – This is the real kicker. You get unlimited support on their official support forum for free, unlimited updates (theme/framework updates), unlimited websites. There’s no “Developer Option”.
- State-of-the-Art Security – StudioPress has brought security expert and core WordPress developer Mark Jaquith in to make sure the Genesis Framework had the best security possible. (Still take your own precautions as in secure your login information for WordPress, hosting accounts)
- Genesis Lets You Update Your Site Instantly – Updating your theme after WordPress updates their software is so freaking easy. You have an option to get an instant email once Genesis has updated their framework so you can updated with a click or two.
It’s very affordable for any StudioPress theme. If you are a serious blogger or going to be one, this small one time investment will be worth it. The support on their forum is amazing and the staff is all about helping their customers setup their theme correctly and get the correct advice on other issues relating to their theme. You don’t have to send emails back and forth to get help on your theme. Also Studiopress has a few plugins that they created. They work great with their framework. View them at this link –> http://www.studiopress.com/plugins
Here are a few more features that you will get with the Genesis Framework:
- Widget Ready – Custom widgets as in My Tweets, User Profile, eNews & Updates, Featured Posts, Featured page..etc
- Theme Options – Few extra features you get that not other themes have built-in.
- Comment Functionality
- Ready for Advertising – Some themes setup already, just plugin in your advertising codes
- Developed for Localization – Supports multiple Languages
- Auto-sized Featured Images
- WordPress and Theme Tutorials
- Layout Options – You want a landing page design, 3 column, 2 column design? They have multiple layout options available
I’m just mentioning a things from the current version that I am on. As soon as StudioPress updates their core framework within the next 2 weeks, the features and other things I just mentioned could be improved a lot more along with newer features. Purchasing a theme with StudioPress was the best decision that I made.
There designers can be trusted 100% to put out quality work. Learn about all there designers by visiting this link. http://www.studiopress.com/genesis-developers
Sorry about the long blog post. Sometimes when I start typing, I don’t know when to stop.
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