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Theme Comparison

Genesis and Thesis are both very popular theme frameworks for WordPress. It can be difficult for a small business owner who is creating their own website to decide which theme framework to use as the starting point for their site. Below are articles and videos designed to help a small business owner make that choice.

Here at BYOBWebsite we teach classes in both Thesis and Genesis. We would like to help you make the right decision for your particular situation.

Installing Premium WordPress Themes

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Unlike free themes for WordPress 4.7, you can find premium themes like Thesis, Genesis, Elegant themes and WooThemes and have confidence that they don't contain malicious code, knowing that they are secure. But you can’t purchase premium themes everywhere without being careful. For example, you can't do that on Envato. So if you're considering buying

Finding & Installing Free WordPress Themes

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Now that you know how Themes affect the appearance and SEO of your website, let’s take a look at how you can find themes. you may have already looked at this but under Appearance and Themes, you can click this “add new theme” and as soon as you do that all of these theme choices

How do you Choose a Theme?

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Somebody asked me the question, “With all the themes available for WordPress, how do you choose the right one for your site?”. The answer to that comes from the answer to another question. What's your goal for your website? If you’re starting a business website and your goal is to be found online when somebody

Understanding WordPress Themes

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Welcome to the third lesson of our WordPress 4.7 Crash Course. In this session we're going to talk about customizing your WordPress site. In particular, we're going to talk all about WordPress themes and that really starts off with understanding WordPress themes. A theme is what displays your content in WordPress.

How to Choose Between Thesis 2.1 & Genesis 2.0 for Building your Website – Part 3 – Choosing the Theme Based on the Availability of High Quality Designs

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The next thing we’re going to talk about in this comparison of the Thesis 2 Theme and Genesis 2 Theme is choosing a theme based on the availability of high-quality designs. Both of the themes rely on add-ons. Genesis uses child themes and Thesis uses skins, but in both cases, neither of them are generally

How to Choose Between Thesis 2.1 & Genesis 2.0 for Building your Website – Part 11 – Summary & Recommendation for DIY Web Designers

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Now that you have my summary and recommendations for which theme, Thesis 2 or Genesis 2, to choose for the DIY candidate building a website, next up is my summary and recommendation for web designers. Who is a web designer? Well, you build websites for others or you want to build website for others in

How to Choose Between Thesis 2.1 & Genesis 2.0 for Building your Website – Part 10 – Summary & Recommendation for DIY Website Builders

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I’ve given you my recommendations for which theme, Thesis 2 or Genesis 2 is right, for different types of beginners, so now it’s time for my summary and recommendation for the DIY website builder. First, who is the DIY website builder? Well, you’re a DIY website builder if you have more than one site, you

How to Choose Between Thesis 2.1 & Genesis 2.0 for Building your Website – Part 9 – Summary & Recommendation for Beginners

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Now that we’ve compared the Thesis 2 theme and Genesis 2 theme, that brings me to my summary and recommendations. First, we’re going to talk with beginners. Now actually I have three types of beginners in mind. The first kind of beginner is a beginner that has a limited time with no interest in learning

How to Choose Between Thesis 2.1 & Genesis 2.0 for Building your Website – Part 8 – Choosing the Theme Based on its Learning Curve

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The next thing I want to talk about briefly is choosing either the Genesis 2 theme or the Thesis 2 theme based on the learning curve associated with using them. I’d like to suggest an analogy, I don’t mean this analogy to be pejorative because it shouldn’t be construed to be that way. This is

How to Choose Between Thesis 2.1 & Genesis 2.0 for Building your Website – Part 7 – Choosing the Theme Based on How Easy it is to Customize its Functionality

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We’ve just talked about the ways in which you can customize the appearance of Thesis 2 and Genesis 2. Now let’s talk about the other kind of customization which is functional customization or changing the function of a website. So what do I mean by customize functionality? By that, I mean changing layouts, creating custom

How to Choose Between Thesis 2.1 & Genesis 2.0 for Building your Website – Part 6 – Choosing the Theme Based on How Easy it is to Customize its Appearance

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The next thing we’re going to talk about in this comparison of Thesis 2 and Genesis 2 themes is choosing the theme based on how easy it is to customize its appearance. So what do I mean by “customizing its appearance”? What I’m referring to here in this case is changing font sizes and colors,

How to Choose Between Thesis 2.1 & Genesis 2.0 for Building your Website – Part 5 – Choosing the Theme Based on the Ability of 3rd Party Add-ons

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The next thing we’re going to talk about in this comparison of Thesis 2 and Genesis 2 themes is choosing a theme based on third-party add-ons. I like to refer to this as the add-on ecosystem. In most cases, we’re talking about plugins. If you go to wordpress.org, and search for Genesis in the plugins

How to Choose Between Thesis 2.1 & Genesis 2.0 for Building your Website – Part 4 – Choosing the Theme Based on SEO Features

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The next thing we’re going to talk about in this comparison of Thesis 2 and Genesis 2 themes is choosing a theme based on SEO features. I’m going to start off by saying that Thesis and Genesis are virtually identical in this respect. Although, when they talk about themselves, they talk about themselves as if

How to Choose Between Thesis 2.1 & Genesis 2.0 for Building your Website – Part 2 – The Two Fundamental Philiosophical Differences

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Now that you know what we are going to be covering in this theme comparison, lets start off by talking about the fundamental philosophical differences between Thesis 2 and Genesis 2. In fact, I have identified two that I think have a way of influencing a small business person’s decision on about which to use.

How to Choose Between Thesis 2.1 & Genesis 2.0 for Building your Website – Part 1 – Introduction – A Different Approach to Comparing Genesis and Thesis

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Good morning everybody and welcome to this special seminar on How to Choose Between Thesis 2 and Genesis 2 for Building Your WordPress Website. The last time I did this seminar was about 18 months ago or so and it was before Thesis 2 or Genesis 2 had come out. Now that they’re both out

How to Choose Between Thesis 2.1 and Genesis 2.0 for Building Your Website

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Trying to decide which theme, Thesis or Genesis, is best to use for your small business website? Watch this seminar where we discuss the fundamental differences between the two, availability of high quality designs, built in SEO features, availability of 3rd party addons, the ease of customizing the appearance, the ease of customizing the functionality and finally, the learning curve. I make recommendations for Beginners, DIY Web Builders and Web Designers. These videos are available to free members.

Comparison of Genesis and Thesis – Part 5 – Comparing Support and License

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In terms of support, both of them have really outstanding support. The place where Thesis is better than Genesis is that Thesis has this online user manual that is really spectacular. They've done an outstanding job with their Read Effen Manual Guide because it has lots of snippets in it for you to copy and

Comparison of Genesis and Thesis – Part 4 – Compare Page Layout Selection & Customizing with and without Coding

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The next area to compare is something that's very interesting and that is page layout selection. In Thesis, each page or post can only have one of two layouts, either as the default layout that you set up or it has the no sidebars layout and Archive pages can only have the default layout. You

Comparison of Genesis and Thesis – Part 3 – Comparing Plugins, SEO and Site Speed

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Plugins For Genesis Our third area of comparison is plugins. Starting with Genesis again, it has a very large number of plugins in the WordPress repository that are designed specifically to augment Genesis. If you go to the WordPress repository, go to plugins and search for Genesis, you see a large number of plugins here