Trying out the Genesis theme framework

After all the fallout about Thesis, the premium WordPress theme that everyone loved so much, this past July and everyone’s mass exodus to the Genesis theme framework by StudioPress, I decided it was time I checked it out for myself.

Right off the bat, I’m pleased that Genesis is GPL’ed, it means I have the freedom to take it and do what I please with it, including building child themes that depend on it, and sell them.

So, how did I decide to give Genesis a try? By converting the theme for my own blog,, to use it. Yup, might as well really live and breathe it and see how it wears, right?


It took me about 2 hours to rewrite my theme using Genesis, which was really pleasant to use and flexible enough to suit my needs. Of course, my theme isn’t really elaborate and doesn’t have a lot of functionality, but I do have some peculiar bits that weren’t hard to reproduce in a way that would fit in with Genesis’s way of doing things.

If you’re looking to switch from Thesis or otherwise have a custom WP theme built using Genesis, this is definitely a service that Panoptic will now be offering. Lets talk and discuss how I can help you.

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