Last week, I shared that the WordPress Weaver II Theme is a wonderful and impressive theme to use for your website if you want to be able to customize your site to the fullest.
I have a few other themes for WordPress that I love to use when designing Websites.
One of the major ones, I absolutely love to work with is Genesis or Genesis Framework.
Genesis is set up as a framework theme and in order to use it you need to use free or premium child themes.
I know this may sound like Greek to some.
But the idea here is the Genesis Framework and Child Theme can be compared to a car. The framework is like the engine of a car, where a car cannot function without an engine neither can your WordPress website.
The child theme is like the outside body of the car that can be changed and look different to the person who purchases the car’s liking.
You can essentially dress up the child theme to your desired liking. The more customization you do the more it may cost to design the website, just like with a car the more you add on certain features, the more the car will cost.
When designing with Genesis Framework, I have used both free and premium child themes. It truly all depends on the website you want and look and the feel, too.
To view all Genesis Child Themes, click StudioPress Themes for WordPress.
So Why choose Genesis?
1. Genesis Child Themes Can Be Mobile Responsive:
So many of the Genesis Child Themes are Mobile Responsive and a huge plus in this day and age when many, if not most will be viewing your website on a mobile device at some point or another.
2. Genesis Responsive Image Slider:
Many websites now feature a fancy image slider to showcase articles and even pages. Genesis offers a plugin that allows for this called: Genesis Responsive Slider. This slider, if you couldn’t guess by the name, is indeed responsive for those viewing on their mobile devices. Again, I have said before having your site be mobile ready is so very important now. My husband works for Canon Camera Inc. on their online store and is helping with their redesign and a major component is making the site indeed mobile ready. So, trust me when I say this is a huge perk of this theme.
3. Genesis eNews Extended:
This is plugin goes into your sidebar for a fancy customizable e-mail subscription signup for all your subscribers.
4. Mail Poet Newsletters:
This plugin works by allowing you to bring over subscribers from the likes of Feedburner if you are indeed transferring your site you will want this option, so that you don’t lose any of your subscribers who indeed read and frequent your site. It also gives you the option to send out newsletters with all your old subscribers and new that are being adding through your Genesis eNews Extended now, too.
5. Genesis Simple Icons:
This plugin allows for you to have completely customizable color/hover social media buttons on your site. Very easy to setup and use. You just add the link and the colors for both the button and hover buttons and you are pretty much good to go.