StudioPress Theme Review
What is StudioPress?
StudioPress is a WordPress Theme development company focused on helping people build amazing WordPress sites with their Themes and Theme Framework called “Genesis”. They build themes exclusively for the WordPress CMS platform. Here are some stats on StudioPress today…
- 500,000 websites powered by the Genesis Theme Framework
- Over 213,000 customers
- Over 10,000 active community members
Brian Gardner, originally started StudioPress back in 2007 and has since grown it to the powerhouse that it is in the Premium WordPress today. StudioPress was recently acquired by WP Engine, a Managed WordPress Hosting company in June 2018.
How Much Does StudioPress Cost?
There are a number of pricing options for various types of customers from the full service customer looking for a WordPress theme they are going to customize to a developer who just wants the Genesis Theme Framework which they can develop themselves.
- If you have an All-In-One (Starting at $35/month) WP Engine plan the cost of StudioPress and Genesis is included in the WP Engine plan
- Genesis has a one time cost of $59.95
- Plus Pro Package costs $499.95
- Cost Per Theme is $129.95 (includes the Genesis Framework which you need to run all StudioPress themes)
How Many Themes Does StudioPress Currently Have and Do They Update Theme Regularly?
StudioPress currently has 35 various Premium WordPress themes that they regularly update as newer versions of WordPress and Genesis come available and the team is constantly improving the functionality of their themes and theme framework (Genesis). These themes cover various interests from bloggers to lifestyle websites that people run independently to more corporate/business minded themes.
What are the basics that you should know about developing a theme with StudioPress?
- Pretty much everything is customizable with clicks and not code – This is truth of a lot of Theme Development companies today but what I like about StudioPress is that they develop their own tutorials on how to setup their themes to look like everything you see in their demos.
- Big Community of active members and developers – There is a large active community of people around the world available to talk to when you run into problems through their “myStudioPress” community
- widgets, Widgets, WIDGETS – Know them, love them, get used to them if you are developing a site or blog with a StudioPress theme. StudioPress provides a lot of widgets right out of the box when you install a StudioPress theme into your WordPress site.
- You can extend the functionality with plugins – StudioPress has a healthy collection of plugins that can give you additional functionality for AgentPress, Genesis Connect for WooCommerce, Genesis Responsive Slider, Genesis Tabs, SEO Data Transporter and more. Check them out here.