Why I Switch from Thesis to Genesis Theme?


After a long time of consideration, testing and reading several reviews about Genesis theme framework especially the comprehensive comparison by Art of Blog, I decided to make a switch from Thesis to Genesis and it seems a right decision at least with my blog.

Looking at this design, you will see a lot of changes in terms of posts arrangement, ads…and many other things. AZBlogTips from what I have heard now loads much faster and looks more and more elegant. I have tested speed with YSlow 2.0 and surprised when my blog gets 85/100 (B).

I am a non-tech blogger and not good at coding and design. I just want to make my blog load faster and faster to drive more traffic and keep my readers stay longer and Genesis seems to serve this strategy from my personal viewpoint. You can test my blog to see whether it is faster or slower compared to Thesis and old design.

Personally, I will not say Genesis is better than Thesis as there are a lot of things that make a blog loading fast or slow and I would recommend you guys to read the review on Thesis vs Genesis theme to have better understanding of this and hear creators and experts debating about these frameworks.

So, Why did I make this switch?

It is very simple that Genesis has fulfilled my needs in terms of site speed. I am still using HostGator on this blog then it is not because of hosting quality, it must be from either Thesis framework or child theme. It is the first but the most important reason that leads to this change.

There are several reasons that also contribute to this switch and I think most of you would love to know just in case you want to do the same thing:

  • Genesis ($59.95) is much more affordable than Thesis ($87 & $164)
  • Genesis support unlimited sites for one price but Thesis support one site for personal ($87) and ($164) for unlimited sites.
  • Genesis has a lot of ready-made child themes by StudioPress while Thesis does not (its own skins marketplace)
  • Genesis child themes price scheme is usually cheaper than thesis skins. Ex. the child theme I am using is a great one for less than $30 while many of my friends said that it would cost more than $100 if it is Thesis skin icon smile Why I Switch from Thesis to Genesis Theme?
  • Genesis is 100% compliant with GPL while Thesis is partially compliant.
  • Much more that I can not tell you as it seems very technical. You can read more at Art of Blog review.

It is just my personal opinion from what I have experienced with Thesis and Genesis on all of my sites and frankly I love Genesis now as it make my blog load much faster and traffic increased since I switched to Genesis. Most of them said that they love my blog as they do not have to wait each time visiting and commenting on my articles.

I will not recommend you to go with either Thesis or Genesis as it is your own decision and investment. I have made my own decision and I am now rather happy with my current theme and design.

Your comments and feedbacks are always welcome!

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  • If you have Thesis license, please dont switch because it is very good. But if you dont have any best framework theme, you should buy Genesis.

    • Tinh Tran

      I have Thesis license for a long time and I am still using Thesis theme for other sites then it is fine. Good to try both framework at the same time :-)

  • i dont have framework so it better choose genesis rather than thesis

    • Tinh Tran

      That can be your choice and price can be considered with newbie bloggers :-)

  • Yeah, your blog’s load time is surely faster than before. :)

    • Tinh Tran

      Thanks @Dana. I am happy as you see it loading faster :-)

  • I love this design.. It look elegant.. and i think your blog load faster..

  • A faster loading blog is a key metric in Google’s pageranking algorithm and I have been thinking about switching for a while but don’t want to lose all the manual coding elements I already added :roll:

    • Thanks @caleb, yes, since Google Caffeine was released, site performance is really important to any blogs :-)

  • want to buy theme thesis can be found anywhere .. i want to try this . will buy it if i will have that much amount .

    • Genesis is not expensive and you just to pay less than $60 town its license for unlimited use :-)

  • Genesis WordPress Theme is pretty good. recently got pro version and now checking out.
    With me i have already have Thesis, Headway, Catalyst, xScape, WooThemes and Genesis WordPress Theme collection.
    Only left with few of them will get them pretty soon

    • Wow, so you own most of powerful theme framework now. What is your most favorite one now?

      • Can’t say which one is favorite but like to add few cents of very theme
        Thesis – most popular one, easy to customize a simple layout without any knowledge of CSS and PHP

        Catalyst = most powerful wordpress theme, comes with 900 options and offer you to create your own skin in no time

        Headway – Too good to resis, widget ready leaf offer you customize like a pro

        Genesis – Widget ready sidebar too good and child themes are too good

        WooThemes and xScape These framewoks i have not started yet will let you know my feedback on these

  • kuldeep singh

    hi friend which genisis skin you are using please

    tell me where to download best genisis skins and how can i customize them

  • Is Genesis easier to customize than Thesis theme? Right now, I am experiencing some problem with Thesis theme.

    • It is hard to say which is better, however, Genesis is fully compliant with GPL and recommended by Matt of WordPress.org :-)

  • Nice one,

    I love genesis too and that is what I am using in my blog.

    Thank you for sharing with us.


  • Maham

    Thanks for a great post which really worth for a new bloggers googling for best themes and framework to start a blog.
    I have a question can we use free genesis or thesis framework without licence?
    (I have found on some file sharing sites).
    Please help…

    • Well, as a genuine blogger, I would not recommend this. As you said, there are a lot of pirate products out there that bloggers can use without pay and we have to accept the fact :-)

      My advice for you is “do with your own risks”!

  • All the bloggers , after experience of 3 months and lots of experiments , i announce GENESIS IS TRUE winner , worlds high class SEO and SPEED.

    Studiopress is not only a company they behave with me as family even i not purchased personal genesis theme , support is very good guys

  • Currently using the Thesis theme on my site. But I’m finding that more and more bloggers are switching to the Genesis framework. After reading this post, I’ll think I’ll make the switch too!

  • I’m a Thesis theme man myself. Never used the Genesis theme and will wait till my next blog project before doing so. If it’s not broke don’t fix it is my motto and Thesis has been great for me

  • Thanks for the useful suggestions. I was undecided about which one to choose. Your write-up has helped me reach a decision.

  • Thanks for such a Wonderful article. It is very helpful!

  • I agree with you, very good decision Tinh.

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