Elegant Theme’s Divi and StudioPress’s Genesis Framework are two of the most prominent themes to come off the WordPress compatible theme forge. Very popular with WordPress users, these themes are the perfect front end WordPress website development tools.
Most users new to WordPress are often in a daze when confronted by the sheer number of themes and features available on the platform. The good news is that you cannot go wrong with Elegant or StudioPress themes. There are subtle differences between them so use this guide to help you pick one that will give you an enjoyable and stress-free time when building your blog or website.
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Elegant themes, without a doubt, make stunning web pages. They are sleek, modern with a clean and intuitive interface. They are budget and newbie user-friendly too. The latter seems to be the most praised attribute of Elegant themes.
Thanks to their flagship WordPress “Divi” theme anyone with scant knowledge of WordPress themes can build their own blog, and make it look as stunning as a professionally designed website.
Elegant themes will let you do what StudioPress won’t. You will not have to learn any code work to build a fantastic site. Elegant themes have a pack of 87 stunning themes and five versatile plug-ins at a very pocket-friendly price.
Elegant themes are also very versatile and suit all kinds of websites from monetized blogs to fashion blogs. Its Monarch plugin for social sharing and Bloom for email option are handy too. It also has a large community of active users who teach and encourage each other on business growth strategies using this theme.
While Elegant themes have many other WordPress themes, they have been marketing Divi since its inception in 2013 as their flagship theme. Their sights are set on making it the only WordPress theme worth having.
Divi does live up to its much-hyped status. It is multipurpose and is perfect for blogs, e-commerce stores, and your everyday business webpage. Besides its vast fan base amongst the online community with no knowledge of code, Divi has also been a hit with web design gurus too. It is an easier and efficient website building tool.
Divi not only has superb looking templates, but it is too a drag and drop page builder. All you need to do is load up a Divi layout, and build your website through its very intuitive front end page builder interface. What if you want your pages a bit more customized and unique?
With Divi, you can combine Elegant themes with your own point and click interface for customization. This helps speed up the design process while keeping the designer in control of the final product. The DiviLeads tool removes the guesswork out of a design.
Have you wanted to experiment on a color scheme or header to know which one your users will like best? DiviLeads allows you to run a split testing trial on your content. It will display several variations of your webpage and will enable you to read the reaction of your users.
Unfortunately, unlike other favorite WordPress themes like Enfold or Avada, Divi does not take its design prowess a notch higher and make a complete website demo. If only it were possible to populate demo content throughout an entire site, it would be easier to gauge the end product.
Elegant themes launched their Extra theme right after Divi. Extra is purposely designed for content-rich sites, blogs, and online magazines. Its homepage allows you to display content in a grid format using tabbed areas, carousels, mini article sliders, tabbed areas, and custom widgets to preview your content display.
Extra has a very stylish and clean image-focused layout for the homepage. The homepage utilizes featured images from your other content to engage your users. Its sole purpose is enticing clicks through to your articles.
Extra has the Divi Builder too inbuilt to help customize your chosen templates. You can also customize your webpage design with its drag and drop builder and its host of cool modules. Through Extra you will find it quite easy to create text with overlay images, use pull quotes, apply multiple columns and photo collages as well on your web pages. These elements will push your blog to the professional zone in no time.
Extra supports WooCommerce making it the perfect e-commerce store building tool for WordPress. Building an online shop or adding a product to sell on your blog has never been easier. There are many other Elegant themes in their back catalog that can suit your website building tastes. The crème de la crème of Elegant themes world though can be found in the Extra and Divi themes.
The wide range of WordPress products can get a bit confusing, even intimidating for users. Making choices between themes, in WordPress is often an arduous affair, for the inexperience especially.
StudioPress curtails that confusion by helping you find that web design template that’s perfect for you. Despite its wide range of over 80 WordPress templates, there is always room for customization. Most websites want to push the envelope and get the website design of their dreams.
StudioPress opens these doors for creativity. Its Genesis Framework is StudioPress’s most recognizable theme. It is actually the link that connects WordPress software and your favorite website theme. This complex layer of code is basic in design and appearance but can be enhanced through the installation of child themes built for it.
There are many child themes compatible with the Genesis Framework. Many more are also being birthed on a daily basis to keep the user experience top notch. You can even create one yourself and make a tidy sum from it. The basics are that StudioPress themes need Genesis Framework to run, so you have to install it first before installing your chosen child theme.
Studiopress is stable, secure and robust, one of the most reliable WordPress solutions there are. If you are going StudioPress, the first thing you need to buy is the Genesis framework. With Elegant themes, what you purchase is the theme you like.
The Genesis Framework helps to make WordPress themes SEO ready. It ensures that there is a valid HTML code that can be indexed by Google. It has excellent load speeds too with no bloat. Google loves fast sites, so the theme’s website structure and schema markup of your site’s SEO has to be taken into consideration during design.
The beauty of the Genesis framework is that once you have built your child theme on it, you can edit your theme in the future without having to rework your website again. And since Genesis receives constant updates, you will be able to update your site without further altering anything on your websites.
Genesis is pretty dull without its child themes. The child themes are what give it its attractive design elements. You can, for example, use Business Pro theme for your commercial blog or Academy Pro for tutorials. Wellness Pro is perfect for that Lifestyle blog while Aspire Pro goes well with personal branding.
So which theme deserves the title of WordPress best theme? Using standard WordPress parameters to gauge both themes, let us get down to the nitty-gritty and try to figure it out.
It is difficult to place any of these themes above the other since they all have their strong points. Elegant themes win on the affordability and ease of use arena. With StudioPress you will have vibrant support and top notch SEO working for you. But is their price worth it?
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