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Within the previous ten years, I’ve used a lot of different WordPress topics and have been really disappointed. Up till recently, I had been utilizing MyThemeShop, which was pretty excellent. But I had to perform a great deal of customization to allow it to do and work the way I needed it to. A couple weeks ago I decided to give GeneratePress a try, and let me just say, it’s by far the best WordPress theme I’ve discovered in 10 years. I had been dismissed and am now moving all of my sites to GeneratePress. I’ll go into exactly why in my in-depth GeneratePress review under. And if you are wondering, yes I’ve attempted Genesis, Astra, OceanWP, Avada, X theme, Divi in addition to several other lightweight and heavier multi-purpose themes. Transparent Header
GeneratePress is a totally free WordPress theme made by Tom Usborne, a developer 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 tend to ignore everything from the repository. Typically because a lot of things on there is not that great, or not supported for long. However, in this case, this was a mistake. The theme currently has more than half a million downloads, 80,000+ active installs, with over 500 5-star ratings. So obviously Tom is doing some thing right here.
I Actually installed the free version of the motif and in a matter of 15 minutes purchased the superior version. I could tell right off the bat, the developer was thinking exactly how I was imagining a theme should get the job done. And I will go into that more below, but let’s first look at a number of the qualities. I will be covering the premium version of the theme, because it’s worth . Actually, Tom, if you 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 need running. This is only one of the greatest reasons I adore GeneratePress.
Responsive, looks great across all of the devices.
Schema built-in, for greater results in SERPs.
Dramatic integration with the WordPress Customizer. I haven’t been a lover of this customizer in the past, but Tom does it right.
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 are a great combo. I have also read that individuals using Beaver Builder have had success.
Font wonderful built in.
Tons of hooks and filters that make it good for programmers.
Great active support from the programmer. Normally, 3 updates per month.
The Documentation can be incredible. Besides have good documentation on their site, the subject has been around long enough that what I wholeheartedly during the setup process was found inside a few seconds from their forum.
Going Deep Into GeneratePress
Now it is Time for the fun part! I test a 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 could expect by the time I add everything to it. Running the stock GeneratePress WordPress motif on Kinsta hosting clocked in at a whopping 265 ms loading time. I was quite impressed.
One Thing I was worried about with GeneratePress was that the modular layout was going to produce a whole lot of big files, but this is not the situation. You may tell that Tom actually worked hard on ensuring that every file loaded in GeneratePress is as small as possible. With HTTP/2, the amount of files isn’t as important. However, the size is! Take a peek at a few 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
This is a developer that cares about functionality! And I have Seen exactly the same during all of the premium add-ons. They are as small as possible get them. In reality, Font Awesome is probably the largest file included. And that isn’t even his. With Font Awesome 5 arriving around the corner, we can anticipate this to secure smaller also.
The premium add-ons Are installation in what I’d call a modular layout. It is possible to activate/deactivate anything you are not using to ensure they don’t load on your website. Since the co-developer of this perfmatters plugin which has a script manager built, I felt at home with this. Everything should be made this way.
If You’re curious, I am using the next add-ons on this site:
No Child Theme Needed
One of The best features of GeneratePress is that I no longer have to use a Child motif . This makes my life much easier. No longer editing my functions.php or header.php documents. I can literally update my GeneratePress motif this exact moment rather than lose one customization. The hooks add-on certainly helps make it possible. It permits you to incorporate custom code/PHP anywhere throughout your WordPress site. Transparent Header
Other Things I Love About GeneratePress
On every 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 options is really where GeneratePress really shines! Bear in mind, lots of these options are enabled by the premium add-ons. I can not show you everything, otherwise, we would be here all day. But let me show you few which actually come in handy.
Another Plugin I highly suggest grabbing is your free Lightweight Grid Columns. Not to my surprise, this can be created by precisely the exact same programmer as GeneratePress. It enables you a super simple way to add responsive columns to any page or post. Features include:
Desktop grid width
Tablet grid thickness
Mobile grid thickness
Insert custom courses
Insert custom inline designs
Equal height columns
Here is An example under:
You might want to Also catch his incredible WP Show Posts plugin also. View my featured posts on the sidebar of this website? That is using the WP Show Posts plugin. I have it set to show posts from a specific”featured” category. You can also have it show last modified/updated posts, recent posts, etc.. I am using the free version and it works terrific.
The Sections add-on in the premium edition of GeneratePress allows you to perform all sorts of things in terms of design. Consider it like a page builder without the bloat. GeneratePress is certainly not just for blogs! I am in fact utilizing GeneratePress for our ecommerce website (perfmatters.io) that is running Easy Digital Downloads. Feel free to check it out. However, as you can see below, it looks nothing like a blog.
For those Of you who are regular readers, you likely did not even notice I changed the entire theme that powers woorkup.com. It just took me about an hour to get GeneratePress to mimic my MyThemeShop motif which I had spent a year customizing. Here’s a comparison under.
woorkup.com Old MyThemeShop Theme
My older MyThemeShop motif was already pretty fast, but I spent a lot of time scrutinizing it. In fact, I have gotten a lot of emails from you guys asking me to publish all of my customizations. My advice today is, just get GeneratePress!
woorkup.com New GeneratePress Theme
With the New GeneratePress theme I was able to achieve faster speeds and 600 fewer lines of code! And keep in mind, I do not have a kid motif. Each of the customizations were made using the wonderful 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 can create a replica of woorkup for the brand new GeneratePress blog library. I am pleased to let you know that you can now install my woorkup motif in your own GeneratePress site with only a single click! It is known as the Marketer theme. Get started with a great blog design instantly.
brianjackson.io Old Array Theme’s Theme
Additionally, I Moved over my personal site, brianjackson.io, to GeneratePress. Previously I was using a motif from Array Themes. It is a pretty basic minimum website, as I don’t use it to get much. Since you can see it loaded pretty fast.
brianjackson.io New GeneratePress Theme
I had been Able to replicate the whole appearance 100 percent in GeneratePress in under an hour. And as you can see it loads even faster! Amazing. I was able to eliminate a few plugins that weren’t needed due to GP.
forgemedia.io Old Array Theme’s Theme
Additionally, I Moved over our organization website, forgemedia.io, to GeneratePress. Previously I was using a motif from Array Themes. It’s a fairly basic minimal website, as we just use it to our LLC. As you can see it already loaded pretty fast. Transparent Header
forgemedia.io New GeneratePress Theme
I was Able to again move everything over and get it looking exactly how I wanted it in under an hour. And since you can see it loads even faster! Amazing. I was able to get rid of a total of four plugins and it dropped my whole page weight 2x!
I can’t express my Excitement about locating GeneratePress and I am moving over all my websites to it (which comprises several EDD e-commerce sites). Once I have my 9 websites all running in GP without any child topics, my entire life will be a breeze! The programmer has revived my faith in multi-purpose themes, which when done the correct way, can actually perform quicker.
And The best news isI now have a thousand more choices to pick from than I did earlier.
What GeneratePress Is Good For…
GeneratePress Is the perfect option for performance-focused users that want to be able to personalize 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.
Because Of that, those who assemble WordPress websites 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 Good Combination If…
…you Want something that will instantly look perfect from the box.
For Example, if you know you want to produce a style blog, you might be happier choosing a market theme that’s developed exclusively for fashion bloggers.
While GeneratePress has gotten a lot simpler to use, as a result of its pre-built Site Library, GeneratePress still looks very barebones if you first install it.
So To make GeneratePress look how you would like it to, you will almost certainly need to go in and personalize things. And though the significant advantage of GeneratePress is how customizable it is, some users, particularly casual users, don’t like having to make those changes .
GeneratePress Features That Make It Unique
Here Are some of the particular characteristics that clarify why GeneratePress is so common.
Lots Of Customization Options From The Real-Time WordPress Customizer
Beyond Performance, another place where GeneratePress does nicely is its customization options.
GeneratePress Utilizes the WordPress Customizer for customization, which is convenient because you will have the ability to see all of the changes that you create in real time.
The Free variant of GeneratePress gives you adequate possibilities, but if you own GeneratePress Premium, you will have the ability to customize nearly all about your website.
For Example, if you go into the Design region, you may configure detailed settings for your:
- Header — you can move your header around and change its own styling
- Navigation — GeneratePress gives you two different navigation options, such as sticky menus
- Sidebar layout — you can utilize one or two sidebars
- Blog post design — such as featured image dimensions, metadata, etc..
- Footer layout — like the number of widgets to add
Similarly, That the Typography area enables you to control the font for every single element on your website, such as buttons:
And You also get a thorough area to control the colour of each and every element on your website.
All In all, GeneratePress will provide you much more customization choices in the WordPress Customizer compared to most other topics. This amount of detail might be a bit overwhelming if you’re a newcomer. But once you understand the way the preferences come together, you’ll have complete control on how your site appears.
Optimized Performance And Fast Page Load Times
Across All its features, GeneratePress consistently has a focus on exceptional performance and clean code. The entire theme is less than 30 kB, which is about as small as you’ll ever find for a WordPress theme. Even most other optimized WordPress topics are still 200+ kB. And a few badly coded themes can even exceed 1 MB!
GeneratePress Also has no code dependencies, which will help you avoid the leave obstructing error that Google Pagespeed Insights often cites.
Put That together, and you get a superfast-loading theme. How fast? To give you an idea, I conducted a little test.
First, I set up a vacant website utilizing a random popular WordPress.org motif (Envo Magazine). After testing its functionality with Pingdom, it:
- Had a performance grade of 77
- Loaded in 1.05 moments
- Had a page size of 243.9 kB
- Had 15 requests
That’s Not bad at all! However, GeneratePress can do better.
Next, I activated GeneratePress on exactly the exact same test website without altering anything else. Here’s how GeneratePress did:
- Had a performance grade of 87, 10 points greater
- Loaded in 666 ms, ~37% quicker
- Had a page size of 26.8 kB, ~90% smaller
- Had 9 requests, ~40% fewer
If You perform that same test with other themes, you are going to continue to find that GeneratePress is among the fastest-loading WordPress topics in life. Transparent Header
Other Helpful Premium Extensions, Plus A Modular Approach
Beyond Giving you more design controls in the WordPress Customizer, GeneratePress Premium comes with a lot of other helpful features like:
- Elements — a unique feature which allows you create customized hooks, page headers, or layout templates.
- Page Header — lets you create a unique page header on a per-page basis.
- Sections — this is sort of like lightweight page building. It permits you to create different”sections” on a webpage, each with their own design and column preferences.
To Remain lightweight, GeneratePress also provides you a modular interface where you could select and choose exactly which characteristics you would like to activate.
That Way, you do not have to slow your site down for a feature that you’ll never use.
Pre-Made Starter Sites Make It Easier To Design Your Site
In The last, you needed to build GeneratePress websites from a blank canvas regardless of what, which made the motif difficult for casual users to install.
Earlier In 2018, however, the programmer added a new Website Library attribute for GeneratePress Premium users which lets you easily import any among the 25+ pre-built demonstration websites .
You Can import them right from your WordPress dashboard.
Yes this site still uses GeneratePress! All I did was click on a couple buttons to import a presentation site.
Page-Level Settings Provide You Detailed Control Over Every Piece Of Content
With Most themes, every page and post will use the very same settings for the most part. You may have some custom formats or templates — but you do not have very much control past that.
GeneratePress Changes that by giving you a new Design meta name box for every single page and post:
You Can use this meta box to:
- Change how many sidebars your site uses, or the sidebar orientation (like altering the sidebar from right to left)
- Choose how many footer widgets to use
- Disable certain components, like your header, navigation menu, post featured picture, post title, or footer
- Create a special”container” for your page builder
Where These controls would be the most useful is if you are using a WordPress site builder.
By Disabling certain components, you’re able to produce the proper baseline for your page builder layout, which makes it effortless to create custom content as needed. Transparent Header
GeneratePress Pricing: Cheap And Works On Unlimited Sites
The Heart GeneratePress motif is available at no cost at WordPress.org.
Nevertheless, If you are seriously interested in using GeneratePress, I feel you need to buy the GeneratePress Premium plugin, as that’s what produces the theme so flexible. The free version doesn’t give you nearly as numerous settings in 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’ll also get a 40% discount if you want to renew to keep on receiving support and updates after the initial year (you can, obviously, continue using GeneratePress following the initial year without renewing — you won’t receive any more updates).
When You believe the typical premium WordPress theme will usually cost around $60, GeneratePress provides a great value.
As I mentioned, I do not think GeneratePress is for everyone.
If You desire a niche-specific theme, you can probably save time by buying a theme that fits your requirements for your market out of day one.
But If you are ready to spend time changing preferences, then GeneratePress’ mode controls give you the flexibility to flip it into any type of WordPress website. Or, you might even be able to find a starter website that fits your needs to save some time.
Additionally, It’s one of the fastest-loading WordPress themes you will find. Therefore, if you’re looking for the best performance possible, using GeneratePress as your WordPress site’s base is a good choice.
If You combine it with fast-loading hosting, so you should have no difficulty making your site load in under one minute. Transparent Header