SEO, front-end web development, and product creation are some of the interests I have for online business. In this post, I’m exploring more about front-end web development.
Front-end web development refers to what a website looks like when you visit. Although it does deal with some technical matters, I feel it’s not as intensive as the back-end development of a website. In this article, I’ll update you about some of the modern frameworks that people use with WordPress to build websites. Specifically, I’m looking at Genesis and Divi Frameworks. There were also other theme frameworks I’ve looked at like Headway, Thesis, Beaver Builder, Cherry Framework, and Gantry. For this post, I’m only seriously considering Divi and Genesis due to various factors which these other themes don’t offer. You can read more reviews about other frameworks online so I will not be going into it here.
Genesis by Studiopress is the most popular framework for its simplicity, cost, and SEO benefits. The following are things I’ve heard about it, not from experience. Genesis is an established framework with a developed community and great support. The ability to future-proof by not being affected by framework updates via child themes makes it very attractive. For the price of the framework and child theme of $100, you get a developer license to use your themes on as many websites as a you want, including unlimited future updates and support. Think of it like a lifetime membership without the monthly payments. The framework is also highly rated for SEO attributed to solid coding and SEO options.
Divi Frameworks by Elegant Themes sports a module based website builder, attractive plugins, and supportive community. Divi is a newer theme but still relatively includes the same robust features as Genesis. I’ve just bought this framework over the weekend for the developer’s license for $70 for a discount as part one of their special offers. Divi uses Divi Builder to use a boxes that can be plugged with pre-made modules like slideshow, social media follow, mapping locations. The pure speed of building a website is undeniable for a non-developer. Some of Divi’s most attractive plugins include Bloom and Monarch, included with the developer’s package, helping you establish an audience effortlessly. I’ve also had a chance to search the forums for help pertaining a logo and menu issue. As I was searching, I found the forum staffs frequent and knowledgeable.
Bottom line, the Divi Framework is for artistic non-developers who wants to build websites quickly and the Genesis Framework is tailored more for developers who have hot hands for coding and looking for an established, stable, and supportive platform. Divi framework is like an artist’s palette where all the tools are placed before you to paint where as Genesis is learning about art techniques before starting to paint but you walk away with more knowledge for application. Either way, both are great frameworks but Divi is geared more for beginners it seems. At some point, I will also pick up Genesis but Divi is working fantastically for me at the moment.
Some interesting articles influenced my decision include Genesis Framework vs Divi Theme:Pros and Cons by Kevin Muldoon, Genesis or Divi – How To Choose Between The Two… by Joe Fylan, Divi VS. Genesis: Which is Better? with Superfastbusiness, Cheating on Genesis With The Divi Theme by Chris Ford. Thank you so much for their insight because I’m REALLY enjoying web development even more with Divi Theme.