Good Bye Genesis!
Every journey comes to an end, and so has mine with the Genesis theme.
This article is all about why I shifted away from Genesis to Beaver Builder theme.
If you are planning to buy Genesis theme or Beaver Builder theme, then this article will help you decide which one you should buy.
But let me be very clear before we begin.
This article is not a rant, nor is it an attempt to show Genesis theme in a bad light. Genesis is an excellent theme, and I continue to use it on some sites.
But my experiences with Genesis theme over the last 4–5 years have led me to the conclusion that Genesis is just not right for me.
Can it be right for you?
Is Genesis Theme Right For You?
A few years back, when I was searching for a good theme, many bloggers recommended Genesis saying that it is the most flexible theme and it will give me full control over every element of the website
But these bloggers never actually thought about the wide spectrum of people that were about to use the Genesis theme based on their recommendation.
What do I mean by that?
Over the years, I have learned that you can categorize people that use WordPress into three groups:
- People who can write code and know how to work with PHP and CSS. Let us call this group Coders.
- People who cannot write code. Let us call this group Non-Coders.
- People who can hack their way around in WordPress by reading some tutorials that are written by Coders and feel proud of themselves. Let us call this group Hackers.
The majority of the people I have come across belong to the third group, Hackers. I belong to this group too!
The rest of the people that I have come across are either Non-Coders or Coders.
Why am I telling you all of this?
Because, it is important that you understand in which group you belong to before you go and buy Genesis.
If you belong to the Non-Coders or Hackers group, then you are going to find it difficult to use Genesis theme.
Because to do any small tweaks to a Genesis child theme, you will have to write code or find one that Coders have written?
If you cannot write code, then buy a theme that will not force you to go and look for code snippets around the internet just because you want to tweak a few elements of the theme.
I got tired of looking for code snippets around the world, and so I had to say goodbye to Genesis and welcome to Beaver Builder theme.
Yes, I chose Beaver Builder theme over Genesis and here’s why…
9 Reasons Why I Shifted Away From Genesis
1.Anything and Everything Needs To Be Coded
Do you want to do small changes to your Genesis child theme like changing the font or tweaking the link color?
Then be ready to write some code.
Don’t get me wrong. Genesis has some beautiful child themes that you can purchase and just install to get a good looking website.
But if you want to tweak small things like fonts, colors, layout, etc. then just forget about doing it without writing code. More on this later.
But the bottom line is, you need to write that code yourself or go code hunting across the internet to find the piece of code that will help you make the changes that you want to make.
Just imagine, there are people who have built businesses around teaching other people how to code various things in Genesis themes.
Nothing wrong with that. But it is you who need to decide if you want to go code hunting.
I have done my share of code hunting, and now I am tired of it. Besides that, Beaver Builder theme combined with Beaver Builder plugin allows me to build my website by just dragging-and-dropping various elements.
That brings me to my second point.
2. Same Theme, Same Layout for Everyone
I remember the day when I activated my first Genesis child theme. I was so happy that I had a professional looking website.
A few days later I found another website that looked exactly like mine.
You might think this is a trivial point. But as your website grows, you will want it to look different from other websites.
And if you do decide to tweak a few things in your Genesis child theme; so that it looks different from other sites, then be ready for some code bashing.
This is the point when you will start to hate Genesis.
This is also the point where you will appreciate Beaver Builder theme for letting you design your website as you want it.
3. You Cannot Design Your Home Page Easily
Most of the Genesis child themes come with good looking home pages.
If you like the home page provided by your Genesis child theme, then all is good.
If you want to change certain parts of your home page, best of luck!
Even if you try to build your homepage using a page builder plugin like Beaver Builder or Elementor, you will still face many nagging issues.
This is where the Beaver Builder theme works seamlessly with the Beaver Builder plugin to give you full control while designing your home page.
Here are some page templates that come bundled with Beaver Builder – Beaver Builder Templates.
By the way, if you are confused between Beaver Builder and Elementor, then you should read these articles:
- Beaver Builder vs Elementor – The One Thing That Matters The Most
- Beaver Builder Review – What I Think After Using It For More Than 4 Years
- Elementor Review – Only One Thing Matters In Elementor, Nothing Else!
4. You Cannot Change The Header Layout Easily
Every Genesis child theme comes with a set Header layout. If you cannot code on your own, then you are out of luck customizing this header.
You will have to find some good tutorial on the internet that will give you the necessary code to change the header layout. Or you need to pay someone to write that piece of code for you.
In contrast to the Genesis theme, Beaver Builder theme lets you change the header layout with the click of a button.
5. You Cannot Change Font, Font Sizes, and Line Height Easily
This one is a biggie. I have pulled my hair many times over fonts.
There is no way to change the default Font, Font Size and Line Height of a Genesis child theme without touching the code.
One more time, you need to take a trip around the internet just to change a font.
Beaver Builder theme (and almost all other themes) makes it easy to change the font from WordPress Theme Customizer.
6. You Cannot Change Link Color Easily
This one is another biggie. Most of the Genesis child themes come with a set of link colors.
If you want to use some other link color, then you need one more trip around the internet to find a code snippet that will let you do this.
In the Beaver Builder theme, you can easily do this. Again, with the click of a button.
7. You Cannot Design The Footer Easily
If you want one of those fancy footers that you see on other sites, then select a Genesis child theme that already has one built into it.
Otherwise, be ready to go code hunting over the internet.
Beaver Builder theme has footer options built into the Theme Customizer settings.
I agree that there aren’t too many options in the Beaver Builder theme for this. But hey, at least Beaver Builder theme does not ask me to write code.
Pro Tip: Design the footer elements with Beaver Builder plugin and insert them into the Footer widgets using the Beaver Builder shortcode.
8. You Cannot Set A Page To Be Full Width Easily
I am not talking about the full width layout option that comes with Genesis. I am talking about stretching the content width end-to-end as shown in the below image.
To set a page to full width in Genesis, you need to use a plugin like Genesis Dambuster.
But in Beaver Builder theme, you can just select the Default Template while creating a page and your content will go full width. Isn’t that convenient?
9. You Cannot Change The Width Of The Page Easily
Displaying an article in a narrow column without any sidebar is a recent trend that you will see on most blogs, including mine.
It gives a very pleasant reading experience.
If you want to have such a design and want to control the width of the page so that the content displays properly in it, then you cannot do that in Genesis theme.
Well, at least not without writing a piece of code. The best way is to find a Genesis child theme that gives you the control over setting the width of the content.
Again, in the Beaver Builder theme, you can set the width of the content by adjusting one single setting.
But, But, But…
Isn’t Genesis Optimized For Speed?
Let me tell you something; site speed is a vast topic. There are hundreds of things that affect site speed, and your theme is just one of them.
Yes, Genesis is an extremely well-coded theme and might load a few microseconds faster than other themes.
But is that what you want? Do you want to sacrifice the flexibility in building your website just so that it can load a little faster?
I don’t want to sacrifice flexibility.
Besides that, I haven’t seen any impact on site loading speed since I started using Beaver Builder theme.
Isn’t Genesis SEO Friendly?
Again, SEO is a huge topic on its own.
But to put it in simple words, do you think your website is going to rank high in search engines only because your theme is well-coded?
This is a misconception.
I haven’t seen any negative impact in Search Engine Rankings since I moved away from Genesis.
What About Security?
Yes, this one is a valid concern. That is why you need to stick with well-coded themes.
But if you are not a coder, then it is difficult to figure out if a theme is well-coded or not.
I don’t understand this either.
So instead of trying to figure out the code, I look at the team behind the themes and how actively the theme is being developed.
Both Genesis and Beaver Builder have fantastic people behind them who know how to code a theme. I am sure it is the case with other good themes too.
As long as the theme is actively developed, you should not worry about theme security at all.
Can We Not Use Beaver Builder Plugin with Genesis Theme?
Yes, you can. In fact, many people do. I too did it.
You can use the Beaver Builder plugin with Genesis theme instead of Beaver Builder theme.
Then why should you not do it?
Because, Beaver Builder plugin inherits the styling of the installed theme. And as I have been saying so far, styling a Genesis theme is not so easy without touching code.
So there are always occasions where you will not get the desired results with Beaver Builder plugin if you are using Genesis theme.
Is Genesis So Bad?
I never said Genesis is a bad theme. It just makes it difficult to do things that you can so easily do in other themes.
If you are just starting out with your website and want a professional looking website without many efforts, then Genesis is a very good choice.
Also, if you want to get a custom theme developed from someone who can code very well, then Genesis is a good choice.
But if you want to design your website on your own then Genesis is not a good choice if you cannot code.
That is my point.
Is Beaver Builder Theme Better Than Genesis?
Again, I never said that. Beaver Builder has its place, and Genesis has its place.
If you want a professional looking website right out of the box, then Genesis should be your choice.
But, if you want to design your website all by yourself then Beaver Builder theme should be your choice. If you cannot code, then you will find Beaver Builder theme to be a lifesaver.
However, do keep in mind that there is no theme that will not make you touch code, including Beaver Builder. At some point, to get the exact look that you want for your website, you might have to touch code even if you use Beaver Builder theme.
It’s just that while using Beaver Builder theme, you will not need to touch code as frequently as you will have to while using Genesis theme.
So far I have just talked about the Beaver Builder theme. I have not even started with the endless design possibilities that Beaver Builder plugin gives you when you sit down to build your website.
But that is a topic for discussion at some other time.
For now, go check out the Beaver Builder theme.
It comes in the Beaver Builder Pro Package which contains the Beaver Builder theme as well as the Beaver Builder plugin.
I am sure you will like it.
And as always, please share this article with anyone you think will benefit from it. I would appreciate that.