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Comparison of Genesis and Thesis

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Thesis and Genesis are successful, popular and powerful theme frameworks that can form the basis for a successful small business website. Here on BYOBWebsite we teach folks how to use both themes. As soon as we started offering classes in both themes members began asking us which they should use.

Note: we have an updated seminar for those of you choosing between Genesis 2 and Thesis 2.1, click here for the seminar.

What’s best for small business websites?

In order to help folks decide which theme framework is appropriate for them we held a live seminar where I gave a detailed comparison of Thesis 1.8.4 and Genesis 1.8. The comparison is done in the context of what is good for small business owners who intend to create, manage or maintain their own websites. If you are a small business owner then you are the intended audience.

If you are a web designer trying to decide which platform to use for a particular client, or if you are a child theme developer you may well use different criteria for making that decision.

10 key areas Compared:

  • Intended Use
  • Child Themes
  • Plugins
  • SEO
  • Site Speed
  • Page Layouts
  • Customizing the Appearance of the theme without coding
  • Customizing the Appearance of the theme with Coding
  • Support
  • License

Select the links in the sidebar on the right to watch the videos.

2 Comments… add one
2 comments… add one
  • TXSnowBird September 12, 2013, 2:11 am

    Thanks Looking forward to seeing this seminar as I have the Genesis Framework I am starting to use but I think I also have copy of thesis. I will chose one or the other to include in My Multisite niches

    • Rick Anderson September 12, 2013, 7:05 am

      For someone who is creating “niche” sites, the choice probably comes down to customization. If you find a Child Theme that looks exactly like you want it to and don’t need or want any customization then Genesis will be the fastest easiest system. However, once you decide you want to customize something, Thesis will be way easier.