Oh WOW! What can I say other than WordPress GeneratePress theme is the best theme I have had the pleasure of using! We are now best friends for life.
I am Laura and I am an affiliate marketer with Wealthy Affiliate. My website is very improtent to the wellbeing of my business. My theme is more important as it is what my readers see first.
I started using a page builder named Elementor. I have found it to be so amazing I was not willing to give it up. But it is not compatible with all themes. So I started my search for the best theme that is compatible with Elementor.
I was using My ThemeShop. It worked well and looked good until I started using Elementor. The 2 together broke my site. So, I downloaded JuniperX only to find a good theme that was compatible with Elementor BUT way to hard to customize.
I actually paid for JunipterX and gave it up because it was too hard for a non-techy person to work with. That was a sad day until I ran across GeneratePress.
I will go into to the features of GeneratePress so you can easily see why it is the best choice among all themes.
My Elementor Review:
May I introduce you to Tom?
GeneratePress was created By Tom Usborne. He is a father of 2 and has a photo on his bio with his wife and 2 children.
He talks about how “Waking up every day to work on GeneratePress is a dream come true.” Now that is my kind of internet person. I love what I do as an affiliate marketer, and I like to hear that others have perused their passion as I well.
How would I describe WordPress GenteratePress Theme
Tom says it so well “GeneratePress is a free WordPress theme that focuses on speed and usability.”
Let me tell you this statement is the truth. My site was in the red zone with speed ratings. I did everything I could think of and everything the internet said to do to increase it to the green area. I spent precious hours attempting to fix the speed issues. I switched to WordPress GeneratePress theme, and my ratings increased by 75%. WOW, that is incredible.
As you know a speedy site makes the readers happy and increases conversion thereby increasing revenue. And now I am happy so WordPress GeneratePress Theme and I are now best friends for life.
The usability with GeneratePress is phenomenal. It is so easy to understand and customize.
But wait a minute. I am supposed to be describing GeneratePress, and I am getting carried away with my excitement.
GeneratePress is a free WordPress theme with available upgrades for $49.95 a year and may I say it is well worth every penny to upgrade.
Tom states that in the 5 years that GeneratePress has been available, it is the best supported and most stable WordPress theme. This is another true statement.
The most substantial benefits of GeneratePress is it has all of the essential aspects one would look for in a theme. Stability, Performance, and Security. As well of these three most important aspects it is the leading theme in user-friendly features, lighting speed and optimized for search engines.
Yes, I know there are a lot of themes out there that boast these features, but there is only one that actually stepped up and captured each one for the ease of use.
The most robust benefit for me was the ease of transferring my current theme to GeneratePress. In a matter of minutes, I downloaded, set up premium and designed my new look. It was fast, easy and fun. I love the smooth feel when things come together hassle free.
Just to list a few more benefits;
- Search engine optimized with built-in schema.org
- Follow WCAG 2.0 guidelines which are 4 principles for your website: perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust
- Uses the latest and most stable coding factors
- Less than 30KB
- Mobile friendly and responsive
The free version of WordPress GeneratePress theme offers some ability to customize when working with the Elementor page builder. The color options are limited, and the static page blog post has limited styles to choose from.
To tell you the truth I am spoiled. I have used a premium plugin with My ThemeShop and JuniperX, so when I downloaded the Free GeneratePress, I was impressed. But not with the options. I was impressed with the ease of transfer to this theme.
The premium offers the option to customize your site to have two columns to showcase your posts.
You may choose the type of blocks you would like, and the sidebar is easy on the eye.
Featured images are not the regular large 1024×1024 because you can customize to your needs.
WordPress GeneratePress Theme is an incredibly clean design that is easy to follow.
How to use GeneratePress
First, download the theme. The easiest way is to go to your (video)
- themes under (appearance),
- add new,
- type in GeneratePress
- then activate.
Once it is activated, it will change your current theme to the new GeneratePress.
You can look around the Free version. It does not offer the features the premium does. But the premium is only $49.95 for so much more as I displayed earlier.
When you are finished looking around, and you decide to become a premium customer take a look at the photos here to see your options for customization.
It is incredibly simple and fun. You can view your front end as you customize to see what changes you are making.
The photo to your right is a screenshot of what you can customize with the premium version. Click on each one, and it opens up a whole new world of choices.
When you activate the plugins that you can see in the photo, it allows you to customize almost anything you choose. When the plugins are activated, you will then see all of the options available to you.
I thought about going into more detail on how to use WordPress GeneratePress Theme, but honestly, the biggest thing you need to know is; Once you go premium and have the zip file to download, you have to load it as a plugin, not a new theme. Then activate, and the rest is so unbelievably smooth.
After activation, the fun begins with designing your site exactly like you want to promote your brand.
I have not had a need to use site support. But I have worked with other themes such as JuniperX and My ThemeShop. It appears to me the support here at GeneratePress far exceeds what I have experienced. I took a look at the support forum. This is what I saw.
What I like
- EASY, EASY, EASY-user-friendly
- Entirely everything is customizable with front end view.
- Numerous fonts and colors. Your can customize every font on the theme as well as all colors.
- Homepage settings for your blog posts in a 2 column clean design
- 5 completely customizable widget areas
- Compatible with Elementor, my favorite page builder
- Availability of a sticky menu
- Menu plus for the more massive blog and ease of navigation
- Customize sidebars
- Allows featured image to be set to precisely the size I want without coding or complication
With a theme as incredible as GeneratePress, it is hard to find anything I don’t , but I did come up with one thing.
- I get lost customizing. Changing the settings is so fun and easy that I tend to forget to focus on my work.
My final thoughts
GeneratePress is the #1 theme for a reason. Actually, for many reasons. It is perfect for any blogger. I for one will never change to anything else. I fell in love with GeneratePress, and we bonded from the first moment of download.
It is user-friendly, fast speed, very affordable, incredible support, and without a doubt built with the beginner in mind.
The final product is a clean, crisp, search engine optimized and perfectly constructed with the WACG 2.0 guidelines in mind.
GeneratePress receives a 5/5 star rating from me.
I recommend it to all who want their site to be fast and beautiful for increased conversion and success.
You may have questions and I am here to assist you in any way I can. Please leave in the comments below and I will be back with you very shortly.
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