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  1. WP_Dave
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I'm a newbie to WP and I've installed one of the free Genesis themes, but I'm not able to use it since you need the "framework(pay for)" to activate. All the other free themes allow you to activate to try the theme out. Am I missing something?

    Thanks!

    WP_D

  2. ClaytonJames
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Am I missing something?

    Yes. Like you said, the Genesis Framework is a commercially available theme from StudioPress. They also produce commercially available Child Themes for their framework. There are also theme developers who create free child themes for the Genesis Framework. ( A random reference ) But in any case, the theme framework will be required to run any child theme developed for it.

  3. IntegrityFinishes
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I purchased a theme from ThemeForest - here, but this one looks like you can do a lot more with it. I wish there was a way to try it before purchase.

  4. WP_Dave
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @ClaytonJames
    >> But in any case, the theme framework will be required to run any child theme developed for it. <<

    Seems to be a show stopper there..buying the framework in the other words. No such thing as a trial version of the framework I guess. What would be nice would be a video of the admin interface showing the options for menus, widgets, etc. Other theme companies (DIYthemes-thesis, iThemes) have these "look before you leap" videos. I'm checking out Hybrid and Thematic right now, but I would like to find a commercial version at some point.

    Thanks for the reply.

    @IntegrityFinishes
    >> I wish there was a way to try it before purchase. <<

    Agreed. I've spent way TOO much time on finding a theme. But, I've learned a little about WP in the process..so it's all good.

    Thanks for the reply too.

  5. ClaytonJames
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Seems to be a show stopper there

    I can't in any way, shape or form, imagine why it should be.

    There are literally hundreds of free themes (although, let the user beware of all of the unsavory tactics of some "free" theme licensing schemes), and then there are premium themes of the quality of StudioPress.

    The business model of any one theme developer is not necessarily related to that of another. I can tell you this; I personally, would not hesitate to purchase a premium theme with support from StudioPress. I wouldn't even bat an eye over it. Get a little experimentation under your belt first using a few good free themes, then make an informed decision based on what you read and what you need.

  6. WP_Dave
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @ClaytonJames
    >> I can't in any way, shape or form, imagine why it should be. <<
    Just the cost is all. $299.

    As far as the "unsavory tactics" go, I have so far chosen some of the folks Matt M. recommends which why I started with Hybrid and Thematic. Oh, and the starting cost too.

    I like Genesis, but I need to get at the theme and try things out with the admin on my own box.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

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