This post assumes you’ve honed in on the fact you want to use the Genesis Framework on your website – awesome! What comes next? Do you need a custom theme or will one of the existing StudioPress themes work right out of the box?
With 50+ child themes available from StudioPress and another dozen+ from their community marketplace, it is daunting to figure out which one is best for your website. By going through the questions here, you can narrow down the search a bit.
So, how do I pick the best StudioPress Theme?
Ask me the questions, bridge keeper. I am not afraid.
1. Who are you and what is your quest?
Are you a photographer, designer, or freelancer wanting to show off your portfolio? These themes come with portfolio-style home pages, ready to show off your creative side:
- StudioPress Crystal Child Theme (includes specific portfolio page template)
- StudioPress Expose Child Theme
- StudioPress Landscape Child Theme
- StudioPress Legacy Child Theme (includes specific portfolio page template)
- StudioPress Manhattan Child Theme
Are you going for a corporate or business feel to your site? Do you want to highlight a specific few features or products? Consider these:
- StudioPress Associate Child Theme
- StudioPress Agency Child Theme
- StudioPress Corporate Child Theme
- StudioPress Enterprise Child Theme
- StudioPress Executive Child Theme
- StudioPress Metric Child Theme
- StudioPress Venture Child Theme
Are you a real-estate agent? Stop. Right here. This theme is made to work with seamlessly with an IDX plugin:
Are you planning a wedding, keeping the family in touch, or just sharing your creative side? Check these out:
- StudioPress Bee Crafty Child Theme
- StudioPress Blissful Child Theme
- StudioPress Fabric Child Theme
- StudioPress Family Tree Child Theme
- StudioPress Modern Blogger Child Theme
- StudioPress Pretty Young Thing Child Theme
Are you a musician? These will make you tap your toes:
- StudioPress Amped Child Theme
- StudioPress Production Child Theme (if you have a lot of videos, this is the theme for you)
2. Do you need a shopping cart?
You can actually integrate a shopping cart with just about any theme from StudioPress, but if you’re looking for something that’s sharp and comes out of the box with product page templates, look no further these
3. Is a mobile responsive design important for your site?
Responsive design is built with the mobile user in mind. Depending on your current user base (or your target user base), you may need a site that looks good across a variety of mobile platforms. If that’s the case, consider these child themes:
- StudioPress Balance Child Theme
- StudioPress eleven40 Child Theme
- StudioPress Focus Child Theme
- StudioPress Generate Child Theme
- StudioPress Streamline Child Theme
(Side bar: You can use Google Analytics to see what percentage of your site traffic comes from a mobile device. Here’s a helpful article on mobile visitors if you want to learn more on that.)
Go on. Off you go.
If you’ve ever seen a house being built, you know that even once the foundation is laid and the frame is up, the final vision is still to be realized. The Genesis Framework is everything you need to build on – you can paint the walls, choose different flooring, and upgrade the counter-tops. It’s the underlying structure that’s important. So whether you see a theme you could move right into or need a little custom work done, I happen to know somebody who can help you with your website.