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Within the previous ten decades, I have used a lot of different WordPress topics and have been really disappointed. Up till recently, I had been utilizing MyThemeShop, which was fairly excellent. However, I still had to do a great deal of customization to make it do and operate the way I wanted it to. A couple weeks ago I decided to give GeneratePress a try, and let me just say, it is by far the finest WordPress theme I have discovered in a decade . I had been blown away and am now moving all my websites to GeneratePress. I will go into exactly why in my comprehensive GeneratePress review below. And if you’re wondering, yes I have tried Genesis, Astra, OceanWP, Avada, X theme, Divi in addition to several other lightweight and heavier multicolored themes. Excerpt With Paragraphs Generatepress
GeneratePress is a free WordPress theme made by Tom Usborne, a programmer from Canada. I have really seen it for many years in the WordPress repository. Most of you realize that I’m fairly picky when it comes to web performance, so I have a tendency to ignore everything in the repository. Typically because a great deal of things on there isn’t that great, or not supported for long. However, in this circumstance, that was a mistake. The theme currently has over half a million downloads, 80,000+ active installs, with over 500 5-star ratings. So obviously Tom is doing something right here.
I Actually installed the free version of the theme and in a matter of 15 minutes purchased the premium version. I could tell right off the bat, the developer was thinking precisely how I was imagining a theme should work. And I will go into that more below, but let us first look at some of the qualities. I’m going to be covering the premium version of the subject, since it’s worth . Actually, Tom, in the event that you ever read this and are visiting Scottsdale, Arizona, java on me.
Super lightweight and quick. Modular design allowing you to enable/disable things you don’t want running. This is only one of the biggest reasons I adore GeneratePress.
Responsive, looks fantastic across all devices.
Schema built-in, for better outcomes in SERPs.
Dramatic integration using the WordPress Customizer. I have not been a fan of this customizer in the past, but Tom does it correctly.
Compatible with popular plugins, Yoast SEO, WooCommerce, EDD, BuddyPress, bbPress, and WPML. Fantastic browser service back to IE8.
Additionally, it works great with all the popular fast-growing Elementor page builder. If you would like to dive into even more customizations, these really are a great combo. I have also read that individuals using Beaver Builder have experienced success.
Font awesome built in.
A lot of hooks and filters which make it good for developers.
Excellent active service from the developer. Normally, 3 updates per month.
The Documentation is also unbelievable. Besides have great documentation on their website, the theme has existed long enough that what I wholeheartedly throughout the setup procedure was found inside a couple of seconds in their own forum.
Going Deep Into GeneratePress
Now it is Time to the fun part! I always test a brand new theme right out of the box with no customizations to see how quickly the foundation is. This tells me a lot of what I can expect by the time that I add everything to it. Running the inventory GeneratePress WordPress theme on Kinsta hosting clocked in at a whopping 265 ms load time. I was quite impressed.
One Thing I was concerned about with GeneratePress was that the modular layout was going to generate a lot of big files, but that isn’t the case. You can tell that Tom actually worked hard on ensuring that every record loaded in GeneratePress is as small as possible. With HTTP/2, the amount of files is not as significant. But the dimensions is! Take a look at some of the core GeneratePress files below:
/generatepress/css/unsemantic-grid. min.css 2.9 KB
/generatepress/style. css 7.1 KB
/generatepress/css/mobile. min.css 1.6 KB
/generatepress/js/navigation. min.js 1.1 KB
/generatepress/js/dropdown. min.js 1.5 KB
That is a developer that cares about functionality! And I have Seen the same during each the premium add-ons. They’re as small as you can possibly get them. In reality, Font Awesome is most likely the largest file contained. And that is not even his. With Font Awesome 5 coming around the corner, we can anticipate that to secure smaller also.
The premium add-ons Are installation in what I’d call a modular layout. You can activate/deactivate anything you are not using to ensure they do not load on your site. Since the co-developer of this perfmatters plugin that has a script supervisor built, I felt right at home for this. Everything should be designed this way.
If You are interested, I’m using the following add-ons on this website:
No Child Theme Needed
One of The best features of GeneratePress is that I no more need to use a Child theme. This makes my life much easier. No more editing my functions.php or header.php documents. I can literally upgrade my GeneratePress theme this very moment rather than lose a single customization. The hooks add-on certainly helps make this possible. It permits you to add custom code/PHP everywhere throughout your WordPress site. Excerpt With Paragraphs Generatepress
Other Things I Love About GeneratePress
On each Page/post that you have a lot of alternatives. You can alter the sidebar layout and the footer widgets.
You Can quickly swap a page involving the default option to a full width page, as well as disable components.
The WordPress customizer choices is where GeneratePress really shines! Remember, lots of these options are enabled by the premium add-ons. I can not show you everything, otherwise, we’d be here daily. But allow me to show you few which actually come in handy.
Another Plugin I highly recommend grabbing is your free Lightweight Grid Columns. Not to my surprise, this can be made by precisely the same developer as GeneratePress. It enables you a super easy way to incorporate responsive columns to any page or article. Characteristics include:
Desktop grid thickness
Tablet grid thickness
Mobile grid width
Insert Customized classes
Insert custom inline designs
Equal height columns
Here is An example under:
You May Want to Also grab his amazing WP Display Posts plugin too. See my featured posts on the sidebar of this website? That is using the WP Show Posts plugin. I have it set to display posts from a particular”featured” category. You might also have it show last modified/updated articles, recent articles, etc.. I’m using the free version and it works great.
The Sections add-on in the premium edition of GeneratePress lets you perform all kinds of things in terms of design. Consider it like a webpage builder without the bloat. GeneratePress is certainly not just for blogs! I am in reality using GeneratePress to our ecommerce website (perfmatters.io) that is operating Easy Digital Downloads. Feel free to check it out. However, as you can see below, it looks like a site.
For all those Of those that are regular readers, you probably did not even notice that I changed the whole motif that powers woorkup.com. It only took me about an hour to get GeneratePress to mimic my MyThemeShop motif that I had spent a year customizing. Here’s a comparison below.
woorkup.com Old MyThemeShop Theme
My older MyThemeShop motif was already pretty quickly, but I spent a lot of time scrutinizing it. In reality, I’ve gotten a lot of emails from you guys asking me to print all my customizations. My advice now is, just get GeneratePress!
woorkup.com New GeneratePress Theme
With the New GeneratePress theme I managed to achieve faster speeds and 600 fewer lines of code! And remember, I do not have a kid theme. Each of the customizations were made with the awesome GP hooks and snippets plugin (both CSS and PHP).
Like the WordPress theme I have running on woorkup? You’re in luck. Tom asked if he could make a replica of woorkup for the new GeneratePress blog library. I am pleased to let you know that you can now install my woorkup motif in your GeneratePress site with only a click! It is known as the Marketer theme. Get started with a fantastic blog layout instantly.
brianjackson.io Old Array Theme’s Theme
I also Moved within my private website, brianjackson.io, to GeneratePress. Previously I was using a theme from Array Themes. It is a pretty basic minimum website, as I don’t use it to get much. As you can see it loaded pretty quickly.
brianjackson.io New GeneratePress Theme
I was Able to replicate the entire look 100% in GeneratePress in under an hour. And as you can view it loads even faster! Amazing. I was even able to eliminate a few plugins which weren’t needed due to GP.
forgemedia.io Old Array Theme’s Theme
Additionally, I Moved over our business site, forgemedia.io, to GeneratePress. Previously I was using a motif from Array Themes. It is a pretty basic minimal site, as we just use it to our LLC. Since you can see it loaded pretty quickly. Excerpt With Paragraphs Generatepress
forgemedia.io New GeneratePress Theme
I had been Able to move everything over and get it looking just how I wanted it in under one hour. And as you can view it loads even faster! Amazing. I managed to get rid of a total of four plugins and it dropped my total page weight 2x!
I can’t express my Excitement about locating GeneratePress and I am moving over all of my sites to it (which includes some EDD e-commerce sites). Once I’ve got my 9 websites all running in GP without any child topics, my entire life is going to be a breeze! The programmer has revived my faith in multi-purpose themes, which when done the correct way, can actually perform faster.
And The best news isI now have a thousand more options to choose from than I did earlier.
What GeneratePress Is Great For…
GeneratePress Is the perfect alternative for performance-focused users that wish to have the ability to customize and control precisely how their site looks.
You Can make GeneratePress perform pretty much anything. And because GeneratePress has a focus on functionality, the website that you build will have a fantastic base to make it load quickly.
Since Of that, those who build WordPress sites for a living love GeneratePress. They’ll normally pair it with a WordPress site builder and use it for literally any type of site.
However GeneratePress Might Not Be A Fantastic Combination If…
…you Want something which will instantly appear perfect out of the box.
For Example, if you realize you wish to create a fashion blog, you may be happier picking out a market theme that is developed exclusively for trend bloggers.
Even though GeneratePress is becoming a great deal simpler to use, as a result of its pre-built Website Library, GeneratePress still seems very barebones if you first install it.
So To make GeneratePress look how you would like it to, you’ll almost certainly will need to go in and personalize things. And though the significant benefit of GeneratePress is how customizable it is, many users, particularly casual users, do not like having to make those changes .
GeneratePress Features Which Make It Unique
Here Are some of the specific features that explain why GeneratePress is indeed popular.
Lots Of Customization Options From The Real-Time WordPress Customizer
Beyond Functionality, another area where GeneratePress does nicely is its customization choices.
GeneratePress Uses the WordPress Customizer for customization, and this is convenient as you will have the ability to see all the changes that you create in real time.
The Free variant of GeneratePress gives you adequate options, but should you own GeneratePress Premium, you’ll have the ability to customize nearly all about your website.
For Example, if you go into the Design region, you can configure comprehensive settings to your:
- Header — you can move your header around and alter its styling
- Navigation — GeneratePress gives you two different navigation options, such as sticky menus
- Sidebar layout — you can utilize a Couple of sidebars
- Blog post design — like featured picture size, metadata, etc..
- Footer layout — like how many widgets to add
Similarly, That the Typography place enables you to control the font to get each and every element on your site, such as buttons:
And You also receive a detailed region to control the colour of each and every element on your website.
All In all, GeneratePress will give you much more customization options from the WordPress Customizer than most other topics. This amount of detail might be a little overwhelming if you’re a beginner. But once you realize how the preferences come together, you’ll have complete control on how your site looks.
Optimized Performance And Quick Page Load Times
Across All of its attributes, GeneratePress always has a focus on excellent performance and clean code. The entire motif is less than 30 kB, which will be about as small as you’ll ever find for a WordPress theme. Even most other optimized WordPress topics are still 200+ kB. And some poorly coded topics can even surpass 1 MB!
GeneratePress Also does not have any code dependencies, which helps you avoid the render obstructing error that Google Pagespeed Insights often mentions.
Place That together, and you obtain a superfast-loading theme. How fast? To give you a sense, I ran a little test.
First, I put up a vacant website using a random popular WordPress.org motif (Envo Magazine). After analyzing its functionality with Pingdom, it
- Had a performance tier of 77
- Loaded in 1.05 seconds
- Had a page size of 243.9 kB
- Had 15 asks
That’s Not bad at all! But GeneratePress can do better.
Next, I triggered GeneratePress on exactly the same test site without changing anything else. Here is how GeneratePress did:
- Had a performance grade of 87, 10 points better
- Loaded in 666 ms, ~37% quicker
- Had a page size of 26.8 kB, ~90% smaller
- Had 9 asks, ~40% less
If You do the exact same test with other topics, you are going to continue to find that GeneratePress is one of those fastest-loading WordPress topics in life. Excerpt With Paragraphs Generatepress
Other Useful Premium Extensions, Plus Much Modular Approach
Past Giving you more style controls in the WordPress Customizer, GeneratePress Premium comes with a lot of other helpful features such as:
- Elements — a exceptional feature which lets you create custom hooks, page headers, or design templates.
- Page Header — lets you create a unique page header onto a per-page basis.
- Sections — that is sort of like lightweight page construction. It permits you to create separate”sections” on a webpage, each with their own layout and column preferences.
To Remain lightweight, GeneratePress also gives you a modular port where you could select and choose what characteristics you want to trigger.
That Way, you don’t need to slow down your site for a feature which you’re never going to use.
Pre-Made Starter Sites Make It Easier To Design Your Site
In The past, you needed to build GeneratePress sites from a blank canvas no matter what, which made the motif difficult for casual users to set up.
Earlier In 2018, though, the developer added a new Website Library feature for GeneratePress Premium users which allows you easily import any one of those 25+ pre-built demonstration websites .
You Can import them right from your WordPress dashboard.
Yes — this Website still uses GeneratePress! All I did was click on a few buttons to import a presentation site.
Page-Level Settings Give You Comprehensive Control Over Each Bit Of Content
With Most themes, each page and post will use the very same settings for the most part. You may have some custom templates or formats — but you do not have very much control past that.
GeneratePress Changes that by providing you a new Layout meta box for each and every post and page:
You Can use this meta box to:
- Change the number of sidebars your site uses, or the sidebar orientation (like changing the sidebar from right to left)
- Choose how many footer widgets to use
- Disable certain components, like your header, navigation menu, article featured image, article title, or footer
- Produce a special”container” for your own page builder
Where These controls are the most useful is if you are using a WordPress page builder.
By Disabling certain elements, you are able to produce the proper baseline for your own page builder design, making it easy to create custom content as needed. Excerpt With Paragraphs Generatepress
GeneratePress Pricing: Affordable And Works On Unlimited Sites
The Core GeneratePress motif can be obtained for free at WordPress.org.
Nevertheless, If you are serious about using GeneratePress, I feel you should purchase the GeneratePress Premium plugin, as that is what produces the theme so flexible. The free version does not give you almost as many configurations from the WordPress Customizer. And you’ll also lose out on the premade Site Library.
GeneratePress Premium is also still quite affordable. It costs just $39.95, which provides you use on infinite sites. You will also get a 40% discount if you want to renew to continue receiving support and updates after the initial year (you can, obviously, continue using GeneratePress following the first year without beating — you won’t get any more upgrades ).
When You consider the normal premium WordPress theme will usually cost around $60, GeneratePress provides a fantastic value.
As I said, I don’t think GeneratePress is for everyone.
If You want a niche-specific theme, you can probably save time by buying a theme that satisfies your requirements for your market from day one.
However, If you’re willing to spend some time changing preferences, then GeneratePress’ style controls give you the flexibility to flip it into any sort of WordPress site. Or, you may even be able to find a starter site that fulfills your needs to save some time.
Additionally, It is one of the fastest-loading WordPress topics you will find. So if you’re seeking the best performance possible, utilizing GeneratePress as your WordPress site’s base is a great decision.
If You combine it with fast-loading hosting, so you shouldn’t have any difficulty making your site load in under one minute. Excerpt With Paragraphs Generatepress