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Comparison of Genesis and Thesis – Part 1 – Introduction

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Good morning everybody and welcome to this special BYOB Website presentation. Today we’re going to make a comparison of Thesis 1.8.4 and Genesis 1.8.

Why do we compare Genesis to Thesis?

The reason why I’m making this comparison is because a few months ago, we decided that we were going to add video lessons about using Genesis to BYOB Website. And in my experience from teaching other complementary tools like WP eStore and Shopp, as soon as you start talking about another potential solution, people asks you which solution they should use.

It seemed to me like the best thing to do would be to do a comprehensive comparison of the two and create a presentation like this so that people can watch it and get their own answer to the question. That’s what we’re going to do today.

Thesis 1.8.4

There are a lot of posts out there about comparing Genesis to Thesis but they are old. Relatively, Thesis 1.8.4 is the state of the art for Thesis and is potentially the high water mark right now for Thesis and for some time to come.

Genesis 1.8

Genesis 1.8 is a major upgrade/update of Genesis and also represents a very mature location for Genesis. And as far as I can tell, neither of these current themes are being compared together.That’s really the intention here, to provide you with the best possible information in our given circumstances.

Webinar Format

We’re going to go for about 90 minutes, probably 60 minutes or so for this presentation, it might not take that long, then I’m going to entertain questions after that. A number of people have already asked me questions in the registration form but if you have a question that comes up, please feel free to use that question box there in your Go to Webinar dialog to post the question.

When we get to the Q and A session, if you’ve got a microphone, I’ll call on you and if you don’t have a microphone, then I’ll just do my best to answer the question as you’ve written it. This will be interesting for everybody if you ask your questions so please feel free to ask your question, that’s always folk’s favorite part of this presentation.

Ten Key Areas of Comparison

What we’re going to do is compare Thesis to Genesis in 10 key areas. First we’re going to look at the Intended Use, we’re going to look at Child Themes, Plugins, SEO, Site Speed, Page Layouts, Customizing the Appearance of the theme without coding, Customizing the Appearance of the theme with Coding, their Support and finally their License.

By the time we’re finished with looking at these 10, hopefully you’ll be able to draw your own conclusions as to what’s appropriate in your situation. What I’m going to do right now is give you my conclusions. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t really want to watch a 90 minute webinar on the subject, here’s where I cut to the chase so all of the rest of the webinar is just explanation for this.

Conclusion on the Comparison

This is my conclusion. First, both themes are rock solid with a mature code base, that is they are both spectacular choices, each of them has world class SEO tools built in, both of them are very fast and efficient in comparison to other WordPress themes.

It’s my opinion that regardless of which choice you make, you’re not going to outgrow that choice. You will be able to make a choice and as a general rule, stick with that choice unless you have some specialized need that one choice doesn’t supply you with. Now, that’s a very general conclusion which doesn’t help you make a decision.

Who is this Recommendation For?

I’m going to give you a specific conclusion but I want to clairy who this recommendation is for. This recommendation is for a small business owner who is developing their own site. It’s not a good recommendation for developer or web designer who works on other people’s sites.

This is a recommendation for an individual who is working on their own site and who may know some HTML and CSS or PHP but who doesn’t intend to code for a living.

The recommendation may be different in other contexts but this is what I assume my customer-base is. I know I have a bunch of web designers who are also members of BYOB Website but the majority of my members are small business owners who are working on their own site and that’s who this conclusion is really for.

Conclusion for Genesis

Use the Genesis Theme if you want a very polished look with the minimum amount of effort and if you don’t mind if your site looks similar to others. It’s certainly the case that your site is not likely to look identical to others but some of the Genesis Child Themes have very strong design features and site that’s built off of those will look similar to another site it’s built with.

Conclusion for Thesis

On the other hand, you’ll use Thesis if your site absolutely has to be unique in appearance and you are willing to spend the time and effort to learn how to customize it. Thesis is easier for a person who is a small business owner and who knows a little HTML, CSS and PHP. It’s easier for that person to customize the appearance of their site with Thesis than it is with Genesis, however, it does require that they spend and invest a bunch of time learning how to do that.

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  • TXSnowBird September 12, 2013, 2:21 am

    Is this comparison Seminar worthwhile now that both Genesis and Theses have come up with completely updated versions of their Framework? Thanks

    • Rick Anderson September 12, 2013, 7:02 am

      No – this comparison is now obsolete. I will be developing a new comparison seminar. However, for the small business owner, my conclusion is still the same.

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