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.
- As of February 2014, WordPress is on 75+ million sites in the world. source
- WordPress is used by 21.5% of all the 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
- Out of the box SEO
- Mobile responsive designs
- Flexible foundational code that is easily modified and extended
Free StudioPress Themes
Check out these six free child themes built by the team at StudioPress.
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.
- 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.
The Novo Theme from ZigZagPress is a free Genesis child theme that combines modern flat design and minimalism style.
HallowPress is a Blog theme which comes with HTML5 markup, 6 Different layouts and is Mobile Responsive.
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.
- Diligent – A 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 three 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.
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.
Tee Box Child Theme – The Tee Box Genesis child theme is designed for the golfing blogger.
Simply Sweet is a free Genesis child theme that includes a grid layout homepage, landing page template, 6 different page layouts and more.
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.
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.
Need Help with the Genesis Framework
If you need help installing or customizing any of the above Genesis Child Themes or any other Genesis Child Theme, please contact me or visit my Website Builder page where I outline my website development services related to WordPress and Genesis Framework.