Free Genesis Child Themes

Genesis Child Themes

Updated and featuring over 40 free themes.

You just discovered the most up-to-date collection of Free Genesis Child Themes updated for 2015. After you purchase a copy of the Genesis Framework, don’t only consider a child theme from StudioPress, look to third-party child theme developers for some of the most creative and unique child themes available for free.

Why WordPress?

WordPress is not just a blog, it’s a full blown CMS. You can run a job board, classified ads, eCommerce or a recipe website just to name a few capabilities of WordPress.

WordPress Stats

  • WordPress is used by 23.4% of all the websites. source
  • WordPress has 85.4% CMS market share among Japanese language websites. source
  • WordPress takes care of 80-90% of (the mechanics) of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). source

Why the Genesis Framework?

Because 112,000+ website owners cannot be wrong! Yes, that’s right. Over 112,000 websites use StudioPress child themes for their WordPress websites.

StudioPress and the Genesis Framework provide:

  • Rock solid security
  • Blazing fast performance
  • Built-In SEO Support
  • Mobile responsive designs
  • Flexible foundational code that is easily modified and extended
NOTE: To use the free Genesis child themes listed below, you need to have a copy of the Genesis Framework which is currently priced at only $44.96. That’s a small price to pay for a secure and Search Engine Optimized framework that will take WordPress to places you never knew possible.YES. My website is using the Genesis Framework with a customized version of the Minimum Pro child theme from StudioPress.


The “Concise” child theme for Genesis comes to you from the team at WPSpeak. The Concise theme is a minimalist WordPress theme made for bloggers, journalists or anyone else that wants the focus of the blog to be about the content. Built for Genesis 2.0 and WordPress 3.9+ it’s a mobile responsive theme that’s SEO friendly and easily customizable.


Concise Genesis child theme


The “Renewable” theme by Craig Simpson (Designed2) is his first offering of a free Genesis child theme. Renewable is a minimal designed theme perfect for a business website. A mobile first responsive design with a centered logo and primary navigation puts a new twist on what would otherwise be just another child theme. Take a look at the demo and I’m sure you’ll appreciate the attention to details in this new theme from Craig.


Renewable Genesis child theme

Andor Nagy

HallowPress 2.0 is a mobile responsive theme that comes complete with custom backgrounds, 6 layout options, 7 widget areas, HTML5 and much more.


HallowPress - Free Genesis Child Theme

Sridhar Katakam

If you haven’t heard of Sridhar Katakam, then you’re missing out on one of the best writers of Genesis tutorials. Follow him on Twitter @Srikat. Not only does Sridhar write really awesome Genesis tutorials, Sridhar has created a really cool Genesis child theme named One-Pager. It’s a one page parallax website child theme for the Genesis Framework.


OnePager - Free Genesis Child Theme

The crew at has created AyoShop, a free eCommerce child theme for Genesis. It’s mobile-responsive and is integrated to work with WooCommerce. Features include a simple/clean design, unlimited color schemes, WP customize ready, translation ready and more.


AYOSHOP - Free Genesis Child Theme


JustRead is a free Genesis child theme from the team at WPStuffs. JustRead is a combination of Tumblog and a Quora Blog. Features include mobile responsive design, post format integration, minimalistic and lightweight.


JustRead - Free Genesis Child Theme

Genesis Sandbox

The Genesis Sandbox was created by Jonathan Perez and developed by Travis Smith and is the perfect place to start all of your theme development. Use it for client websites, premium themes, or just to mess around.


Sandbox - Free Genesis Child Theme


The Novo Theme from ZigZagPress is a free Genesis child theme that combines modern flat design and minimalism style.


NOVO - Free Genesis Child Theme

Theme Craft

The website Theme Craft appears to be under development but Brad Potter has one theme available for download on his GitHub page. The theme is called BreakPoint and you view the demo or can get it here.


Breakpoint - Free Genesis Child Theme


Tee Box Child Theme – The Tee Box Genesis child theme is designed for the golfing blogger.


TeeBox - Free Genesis Child Theme


Fremedy is a free Genesis child theme from Themedy that includes a homepage slider, a landing page template, portfolio pages and more.


Fremedy - Free Genesis Child Theme

Code Chirps

Code Chirps – The website Code Chirps is run by 17 year old Daniel Shamburger. His website design is being offered up for free to anyone who wants to download it.


Code Chirps - Free Genesis Child Theme

Neat & Plain


The OKEKO Genesis child theme from Neat & Plain features 3 layout options, 7 theme colors, custom background, featured images, footer widgets,threaded comments, and much more.


OKEKO - Free Genesis Child Theme


The Stargazer child theme for Genesis has been created for business sites, magazines and bloggers. This Genesis child theme features 5 color options, shortcodes, custom templates and a widgetized homepage.


Stargazer - Free Genesis Child theme

Aaron Hartland

The Genesis child theme named Jemma comes from Aaron Hartland. The Jemma child theme features large featured images, custom fonts, 3 footer widgets, and multiple color options.


Jemma - Free Genesis Child Theme

Genesis Awesome

  • Portlight – A free Genesis child theme built by the team at Genesis Awesome.
  • Greetings – Loaded with built-in theme options, the Greetings theme from Genesis Awesome is a feminine-style theme with floral and light colors that make it perfect for mommy bloggers and the like.
  • Dedicated – A clean, simple and responsive theme from Genesis Awesome.

Claro Themes

Claro themes promotes clean, simple and beautiful WordPress themes built on the Genesis Framework. Currently there are two free Genesis child themes available. Diligent and Equilibre.

  • DiligentA clean and simple theme designed with consultants, coaches and entrepreneurs in mind.
  • Equilibre A clean and minimalist theme suited for small businesses and freelancers that like to keep it simple.


  • CopyBlogger 2 is an updated version of the original CopyBlogger theme from StudioPress.
  • Just Read – Just Read is a clean and minimalistic free Genesis Child Theme that integrates the features of Tumblr with the style of Quora.
  • Divine WP – An extremely simply yet minimalistic elegant design, Divine WP is worth a second look.


WPCanada has been hard at work updating his free Genesis Themes to be more compatible with the latest release of the Genesis Framework. His free themes total six and are all released under the GNU General Public License v2.0. To play it safe, make sure you’re running the version 1.9+ of the Genesis Framework and version 3.5+ of WordPress. All themes are provided as-is, are free but he would love it if you would make a donation to your favorite animal shelter.


MediaCairn has created four Genesis Child themes that are free to download.

  • Pin It — A mobile responsive Genesis child theme that mimics Pinterest.
  • Photomode — A free Genesis child them perfect for photographers.
  • Simplux – The Simplux child theme is a simple, light theme built for any variety of uses.
  • Terragon – A child theme for Genesis that has earth tones.

Bill Erickson

Base – Base from Bill Erickson is a starter theme that is the foundation for nearly all of the child themes that Bill creates. You can learn a lot from downloading and inspecting his code.

Submit Your Free Genesis Themes

This list continues to grow and we encourage all theme developers to submit their free themes to us so we may include your child theme in our list.

Reminder: All themes referenced above require the Genesis Framework. You can purchase just the Genesis Framework, or better yet do like I did and purchase the StudioPress Pro Plus Package for access to all themes today and forever.