Genesis is a renowned name in the WordPress community for being lightweight, super-fast, and standard code quality while delivering feature-rich solutions. It includes Genesis Framework, Genesis themes, Genesis Block, Genesis Custom Blocks, and more.
Genesis theme & framework is developed by StudioPress which is acquired by WP Engine. Later, other products like Atomic Blocks, Array’s themes are also added to the Genesis family after acquisition from WP Engine.
So, you may get Genesis products on the WP Engine website and you can get many Genesis themes as an additional benefit for WP Engine Hosting users.
While looking at Genesis’s official website StudioPress, you may have wondered about different products with the almost same name and confusing pricing.
(After the acquisition of different WordPress products/brands by WP Engine, they sell all premium themes & plugins in a single suite subscription, as Genesis Pro).
So, let’s understand each Genesis product; theme, plugin, framework, pricing, and how to get it in detail.
Genesis Framework is one of the most popular WordPress frameworks in the WordPress Community developed by StudioPress. It is used as a parent theme for another child theme. This framework contains all core features required for a fully functioning theme and is fast, secure, and search engine friendly.
Genesis Framework maintains amazing coding standards and all code throughout the system is very clean. So, it’s very easy to extend its feature from the child theme.
Initially, it used to cost $59.95 for the framework only and $99.95 when purchasing in a bundle with a child theme.
After the acquisition of StudioPress by WP Engine they made several changes. Among which pricing of the Genesis framework is one of them. Thanks to them, it’s free now.
Genesis theme is a child WordPress theme based on Genesis Framework. All Genesis themes required Genesis framework installed on WordPress as they act as a parent theme for Genesis theme. Genesis themes are one of the best WordPress themes for performance and speed.
Genesis theme is a premium theme available through StudioPress. Each theme costs $75 when purchasing individually. However, all themes are not available to purchase individually. You have to buy a Genesis Pro subscription to get access to all Genesis Premium WordPress themes.
There is one free genesis theme from StudioPress, called Genesis Sample Theme.
You can also find other free and premium Genesis themes from other authors.
You can get access to 10 premium genesis themes from StudioPress when using WP Engine or Flywheel hosting.
How to set up Genesis theme and Framework for free?
Installing Genesis framework and theme is as simple as installing two themes. You can follow the below step-by-step process to set up the Genesis theme.
- Download Genesis Framework from here.
- Download Genesis free child theme, Genesis Sample Theme:
This free theme is hosted on Github, download the latest release from StudioPress Github Repo here. Select releases like genesis-sample.3.4.1.zip from the assets section instead of source code to directly use in WordPress.
- Now, log in to WordPress and install Genesis Framework like other themes.
- Then, Install Genesis Sample Theme.
- Now, activate Genesis Sample Theme. This will automatically use Genesis Framework as the parent theme and it will start working.
Genesis Block Plugin is a WordPress Gutenburg block library of pre-made page building blocks, sections, patterns, and layouts.
These provide additional options to create a different design in the WordPress block editor without writing any code.
It was initially developed by Array’s themes and called Atomic Blocks. They joined the Genesis Team after being acquired from WP Engine.
It has both free and paid versions. The free version has a number of amazing blocks like Section & Layout Block, Newsletter Block, Pricing Block, Share Icon Block, Post Grid Block, Testimonials Block, Author Profile Block, and more.
The paid version, Genesis Blocks Pro has additional advanced blocks like Device Mockup block, Portfolio block, reusable blocks, and more. You can get Genesis Blocks Pro by subscribing to the Genesis Pro suite.
Genesis Custom Block
Genesis Custom Block (formerly Block Lab) is a WordPress plugin that provides an easy option to create custom blocks for WordPress block editor (Gutenberg). This plugin is for WordPress Developer who already have some knowledge about WordPress coding. It has free and pro versions.
The free version provides most of the fields required for common cases like Text Field, Image Field, URL Field, Email Field, and more.
Genesis Custom Block Pro is available with Genesis Pro subscription and provides advanced fields like Repeater Field, Taxonomy Field, Post Field, and more.
Genesis Pro is a Genesis Product suite subscription plan from WP Engine. It includes access and support to Genesis Blocks Pro, Genesis Custom Blocks Pro, and all Genesis Premium Theme from StudioPress.
It costs $360 per year. You can use all these themes and plugins on unlimited sites of any hosting.
Genesis Product Suite Pricing Summary
- Genesis Framework is available for Free and there is no pro version.
- Genesis Sample theme is the only free theme from StudioPresss. You can also find many different free Genesis themes from other authors.
- Each Genesis premium theme costs $75, you can get access to all themes when purchasing a Genesis Pro subscription.
- Genesis Blocks is available for free and it has a premium version, Genesis Block Pro, which we can get only when purchasing Genesis Pro Subscription.
- Genesis Custom Block is available for free and it also has a premium version called Genesis Custom Block Pro which we can buy only through Genesis Pro subscription.
- Genesis Pro cost $360/year and it includes access and support to all StudioPres product like Genesis Premium themes, Genesis Block Pro, Genesis Custom Block Pro.
- You can get accessed to 10 premium genesis themes from StudioPress when using WP Engine or Flywheel hosting.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) About Genesis Product
What is WordPress Framework?
WordPress Framework is a WordPress theme designed to serve as a parent theme for another child theme. This framework contains all core features required for a fully functioning theme and easy ways to extend its feature from the child theme.
What is Genesis Framework?
Genesis Framework is basically a fast, secure, feature-rich, and high-quality WordPress theme developed by StudioPresss which is used as a parent theme for another Genesis child theme.
What is Genesis Theme?
Genesis theme is a child WordPress theme developed based on Genesis Framework as a parent theme.
What is Genesis Block?
Genesis Block is a WordPress plugin that provides a library of different page-building blocks, sections, and full-page layouts for the WordPress block editor (Gutenberg editor).
What is Genesis Custom Block?
Genesis Custom Block is a WordPress plugin that provides the option to build custom blocks for the WordPress block editor within WordPress Admin Section.
What is Genesis Pro?
Genesis Pro is a Genesis Product suite subscription plan from WP Engine. It includes Genesis Blocks Pro, Genesis Custom Blocks Pro, Genesis Premium Theme from StudioPress.
How much does the Genesis framework cost?
Genesis Framework is free now. It used to cost $ 59.95.
Is the Genesis Framework Free?
Yes, it is free. You can also get a sample child theme for free to get started. But, you may need to buy a child theme if you want a premium look.
How much does the Genesis theme cost?
Genesis Premium theme costs $75 for a single theme. You can get all Genesis Premium WordPress themes when you purchase a Genesis Pro subscription.
How to get Genesis premium theme for free?
You can get 10 Genesis premium themes for free when you use WP Engine and Flywheel hosting here. They both are speed and security optimized managed WordPress hosting.
Do I have to use WP Engine hosting to use Genesis theme and plugin?
You can use all Genesis themes and plugins on any site whether it is hosting on WP Engine or not.