For those hoping to make money from their new blogs, one of the most frequently recommended choices (if you do your research on the internet) is to get a StudioPress ‘Genesis Framework and Child’ with WordPress.
As this article from UpWork succinctly puts it, ” If WordPress is the engine of the car, Genesis is all of the parts. And Genesis child themes—the look and feel of your site—are the paint job.”
As to why WordPress is a good choice to power your website, this article gives a good explanation.
And another good article recommending Genesis.
Both my sites use Genesis, and it’s used and recommended by a majority of developers.
Here are some of the main reasons most agree on:
- Updates are easy. Since the Genesis Framework makes use of CHILD themes, any changes you make only affect the child, since the child sits on top of the framework.
- Excellent Support. I’ve always found support excellent, and have heard the same from other developers. As well as prompt answers to queries there are a large number of free tutorials available.
- Excellent Coding. It’s always compatible with WordPress’ latest version and is constantly being updated. The StudioPress team have many years experience, so are likely to be around for a long time to come.
- Flexibility. You’re able to do almost anything with Genesis, from adding sliders, widgets and sidebars to almost any area of your site, and moving, changing and deleting components to achieve almost any effect you desire.
- SEO. This is a somewhat contentious issue, as I’ve seen several articles recommending to install the Yoast SEO plugin as a superior alternative to Genesis SEO. Genesis SEO ships for free with the Framework, and Yoast comes either free or as a paid premium version. I’m no expert on this subject, but from articles I’ve read it appears best to stick with the Genesis SEO for simple blogs or small websites, or go with Yoast for large commercial sites with heavy reliance on search engine traffic.
No platform is perfect of course – to get spaces between each item on the numbered list above for instance I had to insert the following HTML code in the text section each time: <li style=”padding-bottom: 15px;”>
So off to StudioPress I went. Browsing through all of the Child themes at StudioPress, and checking out a few reviews, I eventually decided that the News Pro theme was the best fit for my requirement of an online magazine. StudioPress have excellent tutorials on how to install, so no need for me to bore you with all the details. Price: $100. An excellent step-by-step beginner’s guide here.
For this blog I chose the eleven40-pro child theme, a fairly new theme developed by the founder of StudioPress specially for blogs, putting a focus on the content. Since I’d already bought the framework I didn’t have to pay for it again, but simply installed it via my WordPress Dashboard, followed by the new child theme I’d just bought. Eleven40-pro cost $33 (I received 25% off as a returning customer.)
Do you have a favorite blog theme you’d recommend for beginners? Let me know in the comments.
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