The Top WordPress Theme Framework – Genesis vs. Thesis

18 September 2013

San Antonio: Best WordPress themes for websites help to have fast loading times and deliver a pleasant experience for website visitors.

Over the years, many WordPress themes have been tried and there is huge collection of predecessors stored on a secure backup device. Some were procured on a whim, while others are considered and cherished, but finally most were outgone by technology.

Formerly, Microsoft Front page was used which was extremely primitive compared to the WordPress content management system, which is coupled with WordPress themes and plugins.

It is easy when it comes to building a website, but the tough choice now is which WordPress theme to in fact choose?

Genesis vs. Thesis 2013

Thesis WordPress theme is used for quite a few years now and there was anything better obtainable for websites. You have the provision to add some code to the custom functions file, together with CSS to style and turn up with something splendid.

By employing Thesis, you can learn how to create code that replaces the usual plugins. For instance, in my thesis theme, if I add code for the related posts, the author box, the social buttons and so much more, then it means your sire has less plugins and more functions.

The Differences between Genesis 2 and Thesis 2

Out of The Box Design

Genesis has an amazing design straight up. Basic but not clunky and obvious like Thesis. You will be amazed to know that you need not need an added child theme straight away, but you can add one anyway. Check out the screen shots here of the raw framework.

Another great thing about Genesis is that if you set up a child theme and customize it, the actual frame work is unaffected and safe from your human errors. Then you can backup your child theme and employ the same customizations on other sites. (If your license permits) The actual framework stays clean.


Genesis came with a remarkable design so for starters there was a far less customization required. When earlier WordPress themes were changed then it would take approximately 2 hours of work to get the website back. Genesis 2 come with many features inbuilt so as soon as you install it, there is a decent looking functional website showing up.

A common customization is to alter how many columnists your website has. In Thesis 1x it was comparatively easy to change how many columns you had and the width of them, but Thesis 2 became harder. On the other hand Genesis was even simpler!

In Thesis 2 if you wanted to tailor your layout you would have to deal with boxes and css which is not always simple.

Optimized Future Proof Code

Genesis 2.0 has been intended to deliver even superior performance and it is what has been taken care of under the hood that counts.

  • Support for HTML5 and markup. The HTML5 markup makes your site truly mobile-friendly.
  • Better named loop hooks for HTML5.
  • Network Upgrade now upgrades the Genesis database for all sites in a network when running WordPress in multisite mode.
  • Widget classes are now coded in PHP5 format.
  • Admin CSS and Javascript are now minified.
  • Inline HTML comments have been removed to reduce page size.
  • The Scripts option now has its own metabox when editing an entry.
  • Custom Post Type archive pages now have a settings page so you can control the output.
  • Genesis tracks displayed entry IDs so you can exclude entries from showing twice on a page.
  • Entries without titles now display a permalink after the post content.

Thesis 2

Though Thesis 2 is an awesome framework but too technical. You can take time to work it out but it also means less updates on your website. You need to create

Fast Loading Websites

One of the reasons why you need to modify WordPress themes is sluggish loading times.

When I installed Genesis on this site, my page loading time went from 58 to 79, without any customization and tweaking. Then after optimizing images on my website the score has gone to 84. I have a few more things I can optimize to gain an even better score.

Developers of Genesis have optimized the code of this framework in detail, minimizing admin CSS and Javascript and removing needless heavy stuff.

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