If you are looking for the best Genesis Framework alternatives for your WordPress site, this will surely help you as I’m going to review some of the best alternatives to Genesis Themes.
Along with the Genesis Framework you also need to buy child themes in case of StudioPress. But with the themes I present in this post, you don’t really need a seperate child theme as the customization options are pretty powerful.
If you are still thinking to go with Genesis Framework, it’s time to ditch your idea and move forward to these alternatives for Genesis themes.
Top 7 Alternatives to Genesis Framework and Themes
These themes are far more powerful with superior customization options when compared to StudioPress themes.
Each of these themes that I review may be best suitable for your particular needs, so make sure you read the entire post to get a clear idea.
#1. Astra - Most Powerful Theme if Price is not the Concern
I’ve previously put forward a detailed comparison post between GeneratePress and Astra. To put it short, Astra provides a couple of seriously powerful options than that of GeneratePress and costs a lot higher than GeneratePress.
When it comes to customization, Astra is almost as powerful as GeneratePress.
In both the cases, CSS knowledge is absolutely not necessary.
WPAstra theme also comes with a limited free version, but I strongly suggest you buy the premium version as it offers unmatchable features.
Unlike GeneratePress, the Astra theme is marketed to be used with page builders like Beaver Builder, Elementor and so on. I haven’t heard any complaints regarding incompatibility issues when it comes to using Astra with any good page builders in the market.
The Astra Pro comes with dozens of pre-made websites which can be imported with a click of the button.
As both the above themes have taken modular approach for theme building, you can expect these themes to become even more powerful with new module additions.
Astra Pro theme costs you $59 for the first year and on renewals you’ll be offered 20% discount. That’s quite costly when compared to GeneratePress.
#2. GeneratePress - Best Value for the Money
GeneratePress is the theme I’m currently using on this blog. It is a freemium theme.
I’m using the premium version of GeneratePress as it provides me a lot of flexibility and customization when compared to the free version.
I’ve used many free themes, Genesis Framework, FocusBlog theme from Thrive Themes, and finally settled for GeneratePress.
The theme can be considered to be the best alternative to Genesis Framework but with loads of customization options. It also supports child theme features like that of Genesis Framework in case you want to develop a custom theme upon the GeneratePress framework.
In case of Genesis, for even making the small design changes like colors, padding, you need to add the CSS code and bloat your WordPress site with dozens of plugins.
But in case of GeneratePress, each and every part of your website can be tweaked with the WordPress customization page.
GeneratePress has been featured as the best theme to be used alongside with various page builder plugins like Elementor, Beaver Builder and Thrive Architect.
With Genesis you need to buy the Genesis Framework and also one of the child themes.
But in case of GeneratePress, it’s entirely free to get started with the theme and if you want the premium version of the theme it only costs $39.95 the first year and 40% off on renewals. There’s only one license plan, and it gives you the right to use it on all your client websites too.
This is very cheap when compared to Genesis framework and theme considering you change themes every 2 or 3 years.
#3. Schema - Fastest Theme Ever Built
This theme is the most popular theme from MyThemeShop. It is the fastest WordPress theme ever built, at least they claim it to be so.
If speed is something that you’re very particular about, then Schema is the theme you may consider. But it doesn’t mean that themes like GeneratePress and Astra are slow.
Below is the comparison of site-speed test between Schema and Genesis Framework.
The best part of this theme is that the theme comes with an inbuilt review system and is schema-rich to help you rank high in search engines. In case of other themes, you may want to use other free plugins to implement this functionality.
Although the theme is not as powerful as GeneratePress or Astra, it comes in with dozens of features like shortcodes, related posts, backgrounds, rich snippets, color schemes, custom CSS, social buttons, ad management options, and much more.
It is the best theme you can use for an AdSense site as the page speed is great and the theme includes inbuilt ad management options.
The theme comes at a price of $59 and includes 1 year of support and updates.
#4. Divi Theme
Divi is a multi-purpose WordPress theme that comes in with a powerful drag and drop page builder to build landing pages and your website with ease.
With Divi’s builder you can design everything in a visual way, and you can drag and drop the elements in real-time. Earlier, Divi used to be less user friendly and you need to have saved and refreshed the pages to see the updates.
But with Divi 3.0, everything is just updated in real-time.
The best part about Divi builder is that once you load the page editor, the page will not be hijacked by the Divi’s interface. You need to click on any part of the page, add the module or start editing that module.
Recently, they launched Divi Builder and it’s a page builder that’s compatible with any of the popular WordPress themes out there.
Earlier, the major downsides of Divi was lack of integration with other themes and also extensive use of shortcodes. But all these issues are fixed in Divi 3.0.
They also have a new Extra theme, that perfectly compliments Divi builder.
You can buy Divi either by paying $89 per year or by paying a $249 one-off fee. With these, you’ll get unlimited updates, access to all of their products, unlimited website usage, much more.
#5. Voice Theme
This theme is best suited for news websites, magazines and also blogs. This is the best theme I’ve come across in ThemeForest.
I’m not saying that it’s absolutely the most popular. There are other themes like Avada, Enfold, BeTheme that are selling like hotcakes. But Voice Theme is the best alternative to Genesis, at least for me (with no bells and whistles to go with!)
The theme comes loaded with tons of features for you to play with. Some of the features are responsive design, unlimited font and color options, header options, 150 post listing combinations, smart post listing, unlimited sidebars and sticky sidebars, built-in banner ad management, related posts, social media buttons, WooCommerce support, bbPress support, and much more.
At the time of creating this post, the theme is selling at $69 for a single site license on ThemeForest. If you intend to use on your multiple sites, you may need to buy multiple licenses.
#6. X Theme
X Theme is often termed as the ultimate theme for WordPress. This theme comes with four stacks inside it, which act as individual themes and are highly customizable.
X Theme also comes with number of extensions that are similar to plugins for the theme. One of such plugins enables you to implement various functionalities like pricing table, columns, progress bars, etc using shortcodes.
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of using shortcodes on WordPress sites. Because the extensive use of shortcodes creates a form of dependency on the theme - a lockdown effect.
With dozens of features and plugins this theme has got to offer, I was worried whether this theme interferes with the speed of the site. But the thing is that, the developers have managed to effectively load only the essential scripts on every page load.
X Theme is listed on Themeforest at $59. There’s no multi-site usage license, and it is expected as it is a ThemeForest product.
There are far better themes in the marketplace than this one, but certainly this one is better than Genesis themes.
#7. FocusBlog by Thrive Themes
FocusBlog is one of the most popular theme for bloggers and content marketers. I’m using this theme on many of my niche sites and very happy with it.
This theme is from Thrive Themes, the team behind popular WordPress plugins like Thrive Architect, Thrive Leads and much more.
All their products including FocusBlog are designed by keeping conversion rate optimization into mind.
FocusBlog or any other Thrive Themes come with much more features when compared to Genesis themes. You can read my comparison between Genesis Themes and Thrive Themes here.
With Genesis, you need to use many plugins like social share buttons, logo uploader, image compressor, related posts and much more.
But with Thrive Themes, all these features come baked in the plugin. That means, you don’t need to install multiple plugins on your site slowing down your site.
The Genesis themes come with very limited number of features and you need to use dozens of other plugins to extend the functionality of Genesis.
But with plugins like GeneratePress Premium and Astra Pro, the themes are very versatile and come with loads of features and customization options. There’s no single solid reason for you to go for Genesis themes as the feature-set in StudioPress have remained the same over the past few years (no feature-additions have been made).
Hope you loved this blog post on the best alternatives to Genesis Framework for WordPress.