Genesis is one of the best SEO optimized and beautiful theme framework. I am using Genesis in this website with Eleven40 child theme. The reason I like Genesis is Flexibility, enhanced customer support, much customization options, dedicated users group etc. Previously I have used Thesis. It is a great theme too. I have shared a lot of Genesis tips to build and customize Genesis powered websites. Today I will share with you Some free Genesis Child themes that I liked. Genesis is a Premium theme by StudioPress which will cost you $44.96. You can buy premium child theme then and use it with your Genesis. You should not use the Core Genesis framework to modify your theme and design. Because when an updates comes the modification will be lost. So better to use an child theme and make all customization there.
What Is a Child Theme?
Child theme is really child who needs guides from parents theme. Updates is a regular thing if you are using Default WordPress theme. When you update the theme, you will loss the stylesheet.css made in the parent theme. But if you use a child theme you will get rid of this problem. You can do whatever you want in child theme. Modifications made in child theme does not affect the parent theme. So updating the parent theme also does not affect the child theme.
How to Create a Child Theme?
Free Genesis Child Themes By StudioPress
StudioPress is the creator of Genesis. So they have some responsibility to publish some free child themes. Also they have premium theme. I think they are more concentrating on Premium theme than free theme. The last was CopyBlogger theme which was released in NOVEMBER 17, 2011. Below are the SIX genesis free child themes.
So Which one is best? If you ask me this question, I will go for Sample and Copy Blogger.
Bigg: A free Responsive Child Theme
Bigg is introduced by Opendesigns.org. Bigg is one of the latest and it is the powered by helps from Genesis Sandbox, Bill Erickson, Geoffrey Rickaby and Orman Clark. This stated by the developer.
Genesis Awesome Free Genesis Child Themes
Genesis Awesome has three beautiful themes. Among them I like the Dedicated most. I have used dedicated before. And believe me with the proper customization, you don’t need any premium theme. If you are not too much serious blogger, then you can choose this.
Genesis Sandbox Free Genesis Child Theme
Genesis Sandbox is a starter theme created by Jonathan Perez and developed by Travis Smith. It’s meant to be a base for all of your custom theme development, whether it’s for a client, theme building, or personal sites.
Bill Erickson Base Theme
Base – Base from Bill Erickson is a starter theme that is the foundation for nearly all of the child themes that Bill creates.
WPStuffs Free Genesis Child Themes
Copyblogger 2 is a premium quality Free Genesis 2 Child theme suitable for Professional bloggers, Marketers and Personal bloggers. Free doesn’t means cheap, You are a getting a premium quality WordPress theme without any cost. It is the updated and modified version of original copyblogger theme from studiopress theme.
Features of Copy Blogger 2
- HTML 5 Markup and CSS3
- Mobile Responsive Design
- 6 Page Layouts
- Clean Typography (Google Fonts)
- Post Navigation and Breadcrumb Style and many more
If you are fan of minimalistic theme like me, then you should go for Just Read. Another great theme from WPStuffs.