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There is a special reason for writing this GeneratePress review.
You might be knowing that I’m quite obsessed with website speed and performance.
After Google announced the Speed Update, I started implementing the corrective measures to reduce the loading time for my sites.
Since the theme & plugins are the major elements that determine how fast your web page will load, I started testing different free as well as premium themes which can give me a faster loading time without compromising on aesthetics.
And, I found the GeneratePress as an absolutely fantastic choice with a ton of useful features.
GeneratePress is one of the most popular themes in the WordPress repository with over 300K active installs and 1000+ five-star ratings.
It’s perfectly lightweight (less than 15KB gzipped), 100% fluid responsive across all devices, and the best SEO-friendly WordPress theme.
Impressive loading time and unlimited possibilities for customization are another couple of features you’ll love.
However, with GeneratePress Premium, you will get 15 different modules to save a ton of time in the customization work.
Why I Switched to GeneratePress?
Although Google Speed update is a primary reason that made me switch my blog theme to GeneratePress, there are quite a few things I have taken into consideration.
Earlier I was using MTS Feminine theme (Premium) which was pretty solid too. However, I thought there is room for improvement.
MyThemeShop always rocks with its level of coding, SEO-readiness, and customer support, but lacks some essential features required in a conversion-focused WordPress theme.
After installing the GeneratePress theme, the loading time of my blog as well as overall performance is significantly better.
Features of GeneratePress WordPress Theme
The free version of the GeneratePress (the base theme), as well as the premium plugin that works on the top of it, comes with several useful features you can expect from an SEO-friendly WordPress theme.
Here are a few of the key areas where GeneratePress theme excels:
The base theme and the premium add-on pack for GeneratePress are coded well that make it feather-light.
You won’t believe it, but this theme is less than 1 MB (zipped) in size. This ensures that your website will load within a blink of the eye.
2. Mobile Responsive
Not having a mobile responsive site doesn’t make sense in the current date. Since mobile traffic is growing rapidly, adapting to the mobile is always the right choice for any blog or small business website.
With GeneratePresss WordPress theme, your site will be 100 mobile responsive across all devices. Plus, it’ll be cross-browser compatible.
3. Schema Microdata Integrated
Schema microdata helps Google easily understand the structure and contents of your site, which leads to better search ranking. The GeneratePress theme is fully schema microdata integrated, helping you achieve improved rankings in the SERP for your targeted keywords.
4. Modular Design
One of the reasons for using the MTS themes was their options panel. It’s completely noob-friendly, and anyone can customize the MTS theme himself without hiring a developer.
GeneratePress is slightly better than MTS and integrated all options in the default “Customize” menu itself. 15 add-on in the premium version will let you leverage the theme’s powerful customization abilities to create a beautiful website.
Most of the themes need a Child theme to preserve all the customization and settings you make. Otherwise, theme files get reset with the theme updates losing all hard-work and time you invested in the design of your site.
This won’t happen if you are using the GeneratePress WordPress theme.
It comes with options to add hooks and filters to introduce more functionalities without altering the theme files. And you need not worry about losing the changes you’ve made.
6. Design Possibilities
GeneratePress features five navigation positions, nine widget areas, five sidebar layouts, drop-down menus (either click or hover) and a Back to top button.
The Premium add-on like layout, Colors & Typography, etc. create unlimited design possibilities. All these options are available in the native WordPress Customizer, meaning that you can preview every minor change you make to your site’s design before hitting the publish button.
You can improve your website’s look even more by combining the page-builder plugins like Elementor, Beaver Builder or Thrive-Architect, etc. with the GeneratePress theme.
It works perfectly fine with all well-coded WordPress plugins without a single issue.
GeneratePress is a freemium theme, and you can install the free version (the base) from the WordPress admin dashboard itself by navigating WP-Admin > Appearance > Themes > Add New > GeneratePress.
The free version of GeneratePress is more than enough:
- If you are looking for a simple design without any advanced customization.
- You know HTML/CSS to tweak some settings yourself to create an intricate design.
Apart from the common features mentioned above, GeneratePress has some essential elements required for a high-performance WordPress theme.
Being a product of the WordPress theme library, GeneratePress has undergone a strict review process by the world-class developers.
Plus, the theme follows the latest and most stable code standards that ensure the secure WordPress experience.
See the following images to decide whether GeneratePress is safe for use or not.
1. VirusTotal Scan of WPSteam.me
I’m using GeneratePress Premium on this blog because I didn’t find any virus or malware in it.
2. ThemeCheck Analysis
Also Read: Neve WordPress Theme Review
3. Top Tier Speed
Page speed is the most important element of SEO. And, GeneratePress performs well on this front too.
The clean code and tiny footprints ensure that your website will load very fast.
Here is an example.
You may ask, “Does it really work, as stated by the developer?”
Here is a snap of the Google PageSpeed Insights report for my website’s actual speed.
The search engines are the primary source of free traffic for almost every website. Optimizing your site according to webmaster guidelines, helps you improve your site visibility in the SERP.
The validated HTML, inbuilt schema microdata integration, and lightning-fast loading speed of GeneratePress themes give you the perfect head start with search engine optimization (SEO) before you even start adding the contents.
5. Accessibility Ready
Accessibility is a crucial part of any website. Thus, GeneratePress follows the WCAG 2.0 standards (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines by W3.org) to ensure no one is left out when browsing the website.
Here is another great news!
This theme is translated into over 20 different languages so that maximum people can use it on their website.
GeneratePress Premium (Add-on Plugin)
If you need more features to customize your website like a pro, getting the GeneratePress premium add-on pack of 15 modules would be the best option.
Explore the GeneratePress premium modules below to know how they can save a ton of time designing your website, which makes this purchase more valuable.
1. Site Library
Many people decide to build a website but are confused about where to start. However, if you have a GP premium, then you can import one of the demo sites (with or w/o page builder) to give you a headstart on your next web development project.
This module lets you change the color of almost any visual element using over 60 color options built in the native WordPress customizer.
You can change the colors for website content, navigation, headings, links, buttons, widgets, and footer very quickly.
Not all people prefer the system font. Especially the publishers from fashion & lifestyle blogs, food blogs, and portfolio sites want modern & creative fonts to impress their audience.
The typography module of GP Premium lets you customize your website fonts, their sizes, and other visual aspects with over 70 different combinations.
This module lets you customize the visual aspects of your WooCommerce store, including the colors, typography, and layout, etc.
Obviously, you need to have WooCommerce WordPress plugin installed on your website to make this module work.
Do you want a customized look for your blog section?
GP premium’s Blog module will help you control the featured image, columns & masonry, infinite scroll & much more.
Almost every theme contains the copyright text in the footer area with the developer’s name and backlink to their site.
It’s a better opportunity to promote their products to a broader audience.
However, many people think that it does not look professional.
The copyright module is the perfect choice for them to replace the default copyright text with a customized message or an affiliate link.
Sections module is convenient for the people who don’t want to use separate page builders to design their site (s). Most of the business websites, web portfolios, as well as the affiliate blogs, can activate this feature to present their site more attractively.
Once you have installed the GP Premium plugin and activated the Sections module, you can start using this feature by using a toggle button in your WordPress visual editor.
You can edit each section by clicking on the pencil icon to add the Section Label and Contents. Plus, you can tweak the different settings for a particular section, including the layout, colors, and background, etc.
How to Install GeneratePress Premium?
I have already explained the easiest method to install the GeneratePress theme (the base/free version). You can also download it from the developer site and upload it to your WordPress site.
And, if you have decided to purchase the GeneratePress premium to access all 15 modules, then simply follow the process mentioned here.
- Browse https://generatepress.com/premium
- Purchase the GP premium
- Download the .zip file to the local storage.
- Upload this file to the plugin section of your website.
- Activate the plugin.
- Navigate to WP admin >> Appearance >> Themes >> GeneratePress and activate the premium modules you need.
- Now, you can see these features are enabled in the native WordPress customizer where you can change the look of your site.
Like many other popular themes in the market, GeneratePress also supports the Child theme. However, I’m not using this feature.
GeneratePress Pricing and Support
GeneratePress is a free theme, but purchasing the premium version will get access to their add-on modules, one year of free updates, and priority support.
GP premium is available at an affordable price of $49.95.
And, the best part is that you can use it on unlimited sites even after your theme license expires (Lifetime usage) or avail 40% renewal discount from the next year.
If you compared the GeneratePress with other popular themes, you’d find that it’s far cheaper and completely VFM.
Is GeneratePress Premium Worth Its Price?
And, the answer is “YES!”
GeneratePress Premium is an add-on for a base theme with additional features to customize any blog or business website powered by WordPress.
Since the free version of the GeneratePress theme comes with limited customization options and you need to be an expert to build a professional-looking site.
However, the features, performance, and customer support of GP premium definitely worth its price, and you’ll understand it once you start using the GP Premium.
1. How do I activate my GeneratePress premium?
Once you purchase the GP Premium, download it to the local storage. Upload the .zip file to the Plugins section. Add license key under WP-admin > Plugins > GP Premium > Configure > Updates to activate GeneratePress Premium.
2. How to update the GeneratePress theme?
GeneratePress releases regular updates for its theme. You can update your theme by going to Appearance > Themes. To update the GP Premium plugin, you need to navigate to the Plugins > GP Premium. However, you must purchase a license to receive automatic updates.
3. How many sites can I use GP Premium on?
You can use GP premium on unlimited websites, including your client’s websites.
4. What happens if I don’t renew the GP Premium license?
You can use it for as long as you want. However, you can renew it to receive future updates and premium support. You’ll receive a 40% discount on GP Premium renewal.
5. What do you think is the best page builder for the GeneratePress theme?
Beaver Builder, Elementor, and Thrive Architect work well with GeneratePress. You can pick any page builder that suits your requirements.
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