Date of publication: 2017-09-02 20:49
Great post and perfect timing for me. I was one of the original Thesis customers. I have built many sites for myself and others using Thesis. I have loved Chris’ continuing development as well as his support team. But sometimes good things come to an end.
Viola! You 8767 ve just created your first child theme. Now, make all of your CSS customizations in the new child theme style sheet, and put all of your custom functions, hooks, and filters in the new file you created. When you 8767 re done, activate the child theme. Just like that your new design is live. Need to add custom page templates? No problem! Just add your_new_page_ to your new child theme folder, and it should be available to use as one of the page templates in the page template drop-down. Want to modify an existing page template or loop? Genesis has 68 hooks that fall within the loop!!!
Both frameworks do the heavy development lifting using hooks, filters, and CSS style sheets. The way they go about it is slightly different (okay, almost completely different), if you can learn to use hooks in Thesis, you can definitely learn to use them in Genesis. Thus, in terms of learning curve, the differentiating factor definitely lays with options panels.
Reading your review of both, I can see that there are times when the Genesis theme should be on my short list of possibilities for my clients. So again, thank you. This was a marvelously written article. You obviously spent a lot of time carefully deciding how you would present it, and it shows.
Finally. An article comparing these frameworks that isn 8767 t just a summary from the developer 8767 s sites and basically just a way to generate affiliate sales. Would be nice to see an updated post though and one that considers responsiveness.
On the other hand, Genesis appears to have a wider support base, with CEO Brian, lead developer Nathan, Daisy, Rebecca, Charles, Sozo, Nick and other moderators all keeping things tidy and doing a better job of supporting not only the core Genesis framework itself, but all of the official child themes, all of the StudioPress classic themes as well as the general issues.
Thanks for the comparison. I have been using Thesis for 5 years and I was very happy with it until they released Thesis 7 which is very confusing and difficult to work with. There are no good skins available which makes it even more difficult. Genesis seems to have such nice Themes and the sites look so much better. I am sad to leave Thesis mainly because their forum is so helpful but I think that most Thesis sites just don 8767 t look as good as Genesis sites do.
Been looking for an honest straight forward review between these two themes. Looks like this post have answered most of my questions. Good thing cause I was about to purchase something less desirable.
I agree with Paul above who touts Openhook as a great feature that Thesis gives you access to.. I 8767 ve also been able to leverage openhook to create themes on multisites add a css link to the wp_head and because it is in the db instead of the file system, you can customize per site.
The issue is with search engines. They don 8767 t like it when your HTML structure changes. While both frameworks have solid, semantic markup, they do have different structures, so changing from one framework to another is likely to cause some changes in your rankings
If you can keep these ideas in mind while you're thinking through your research you stand an excellent chance of having your research project turn out well.
Everything you mention about Genesis above were carefully considered and brainstormed before we ever started building them. I 8767 m SO happy to see someone notice these awesome features and highlight them here. We 8767 re pretty darn proud of what we 8767 ve done, and I 8767 m glad to see that our users are too!