Choosing the right theme is very, very important. A good theme should make your content look good, and keep it responsive across all devices while loading at lightning speed. Since there are countless themes out there the choice might not be so easy.
GenereatePress is a lightweight WordPress theme that comes in a combination of a free and a premium version. It is one of the most popular WordPress themes at the moment, and one of the highest 5-star ratings in the WordPress repository.
GeneratePress WordPress theme was created by Tom Usborne, a known developer from Canada. This Theme has 3+ million downloads, 300,000+ active users, and 1000+ 5-star rating. So obviously, Tom has done a great job.
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The most common place people a WordPress theme is used is a shared hosting environment. So, normally all the tests must be done there to see its performance.
The first impression you get when you install GeneratePress is the lightweight, and if you activate it, how fast it loads the page.
These are the results of our test. For us, the base install of the GeneratePress theme has scored a very impressive, almost perfect score. After we installed the theme, crated some random pages, and put some text to test it out. And the default GeneraPress theme demo loaded within 639 ms a page of 69,2 KB and 11HTTP requests.
GeneratePress theme is blazing fast. Even after we activated some of the modules the results didn’t change much. This theme has an excellent performance, which makes it super solid and gives it a clear advantage over other competitors.
GeneratePress themes provide a huge range of customization options which are included even in the free version. Those customization options make it more flexible, highly responsive, and easy to customize.
With GeneratePress you have full control of anything, you can enable/disable features you don’t want to run. And one of their big advantages is that the theme has an incredible integration and synergy with the WordPress Customizer.
As mentioned earlier the theme is completely responsive to all devices. And it’s compatible with all the most know popular WordPress plugins like Yoast Seo, WooCoomerce, Contact Form 7, and many more.
Worth also to mention that it’s fully compatible with page builders like Elementor, or Beaver Builder, which are becoming a necessity nowadays. They provide tons of hooks and filters ready to be used for more detailed customization or from the developers. And you will have the page translation ready in 25 languages.
Their Premium module “GP Premium” comes at $49.95, and 40% off yearly renewal. They also offer a refund policy, so you can try it out without worrying for 30 days and get your money back if you don’t get what you were expecting. No question will be asked. And you can install the GP Premium on all your websites.
GeneratePress has knowledgeable customer support ready to help anyone. And doesn’t matter if you are using the free version, you will get the same quality of service as the premium users.
GeneratePress customer support is unique because they will help even if you don’t have issues that are directly related to their service. At their support forum, you will be see listed all the responses from them and Tom included.
So in case, you get stuck with anything at GeneratePress theme, you won’t be alone but only a few clicks away to get the help you need.
Their documentation is very large, and you probably can find anything you need from the basic tasks like installing or updating the theme to more advanced tasks like adding custom CSS and PHP.
Every topic and module is fully comprehensive and explained in every detail. The documentation is divided into four parts, which make it easier to navigate and to find the GeneratePress tutorials within their knowledge database.
GENERATEPRESS GP PREMIUM MODULES
If you think that you need more customization options and purchase the “GP Premium”, you will get all the premium modules like Backgrounds, Blog, Colors, Copyright, Disable, Elements, Menu Plus, Secondary Nav, Sections, Site Library, Spacing, Topography.
After you have installed the plugin, go to Appearance > GeneratePress > Modules to activate them.
Below we have listed some functions on which module can help you out:
- Backgrounds will help you manage the background images of your website.
- Blog module will help you customize archive, images, columns using this module in the Customizer section.
- Colors will help you controlling and customizing the color in every single detail of your site.
- The Copyright module will help you edit your website copyright in the footer section.
- Disable Elements will turn off elements in different areas of your site.
- Elements will add advanced hooks and dynamic heroes to customize the theme even further (only this module may worth the price).
- Menu Plus will help you customize the menu making it sticky, mobile header, etc.
- Secondary Nav will add an extra menu with layout, colors, etc.
- Site Library will add 46+ libraries to your site to help you launch your site quickly.
- Spacing will give you an extra hand to manage the padding, margin, and control the size.
- Topography will add 70+ most used Google fonts.
GENERATEPRESS THEME CUSTOMIZATION
Probably as you have been used in other themes the GeneratePress customizer also is built into WordPress’s default customizer. You will see that this theme is really powerful as it takes full advantage of this customizer. And if you go for GeneratePress Premium you will enable more options on the WordPress customizer for more detailed customization.
So under site identity, you will find as usual your site title, tagline, and the option to upload your logo.
In the Layout options, there are many things you can do. There is a panel to edit the Container width, space, layout, etc. Similar panels to edit the Header, Sidebars, Blog, Featured Images, and Content.
In the Colors options, you can customize the colors of every single element through their panels like Body, Header, Content, etc. Also in the Typography section, there are many options to change the typography on the body, header, widgets, etc.
Under General, you can change the CSS and the structure of your website.
Usually, every time your theme is updated you can lose all your header.php files or functions.php if you haven’t created a child version of your theme before. With the Elements module, you don’t even need the GeneratePress child (but you are still able to make one if you want) theme and you can update your theme without losing anything of your customization.
GeneratePress provides four element types: Block, Header, Hook, and Layout.
The Block element is the most advanced feature here and it’s used by developers. You can take the customization to another level by using this element instead of HTML. With the combination of GeneratePress and Block elements, you can create a separate header, footer, sidebars, and more.
The Header element is used to build the header of the website with many more features than usual. You can add a background image, text, and customize it.
The Hook element is what we were talking about a moment before about losing the PHP customization on the theme updates. This is probably GeneratePress’s most powerful feature, that will help you make advanced customization in the blog without needing to make a child version of your theme.
The Layout element is used to help to control the layout in various pages, posts, categories, and everywhere else.
GENERATEPRESS SITE LIBRARY
With GeneratePress GP Premium you will gain access to one of the biggest theme Site Library that you will ever use. These libraries are pre-made GeneratePress templates that can be used to start your website quickly since they provide all basics and demo content.
So to import a Site Library, first, you need to activate it for the Premium Modules. To do this on your WordPress dashboard go to Appearance > GeneratePress > Site Library > Activate. After you you have activated it, click on the Site Library tab at the top and choose the temple that you find more adequate for your website.
There are 46+ Site Templates ready to import. Probably some of the most used are:
- The Prime template, which is a good choice for an e-commerce site and looks similar to amazon.
- The Volume template, which is beautiful and clean for a blog.
- The Head On template in case you want a good landing page.
GeneratePress theme is free, but if you want to unlock the premium modules, you need to buy a license for the “GP Premium” plugin. Once you make the purchase you can use all the premium modules and you get access to the Site Library also. GeneratePress Site Library contains stunning pre-built sites to help you built your site in no time.
You can purchase the “GP Premium” for $49.95, you will get all 14 modules for one year. This license can be used on all your websites. You’ll get access to a priority support forum and free updates. They offer a refund policy, so you can try it out for 30 days and get your money back if you don’t get what you were expecting. No question asked. And if you like this service there is a 40% discount on renewals.
GENERATE PRESS THEME SUMMARY
Thanks to so many Site Templates, GeneratePress is a lightweight multipurpose WordPress theme that can be downloaded and installed for free. In the WordPress community is one of the most popular themes with more than 300,000 active users, and 1000+ 5-star rating.
GeneratePress has a knowledgeable customer service ready to help anyone, free and premium users. And you can find anything you need in their documentation from some basic tasks to more advanced ones.
Their GP Premium modules will get your customization options to another level. You will get tons of modules like Backgrounds, Blog, Colors, Copyright, Disable, Elements, Menu Plus, Secondary Nav, Sections, Site Library, Spacing, Topography.
The GP Premium costs $49.95 for one year and you get all the modules. This license can be used on unlimited websites. They also have are refund policy, which gives you 30 days to try the theme and get your money back with no question asked.
GeneratePress theme has an excellent solid performance, and when it’s combined with tons of extra features gives them a clear advantage over the competitors. Among their strongest rivals, we can mention Astra theme which is a free WordPress theme and a good alternative, or you may check this article also.
GENERATEPRESS THEME FAQ
What is WordPress GeneratePress?
GeneratePress is a multipurpose WordPress theme focused on speed and usability. This lightweight theme is responsive, easy to WordPress theme available for free.
Is GeneratePress free?
Yes, GeneratePress is a free WordPress theme. But for more advanced customization options GeneratePress has a companion premium plugin called “GP Premium”.
How to install GeneratePress premium?
After you visit www.generatepress.com click the “Premium” menu on the top right. Then click “Get it now” and make the purchase (30 days many back guarantee). Return to your WordPress dashboard install the plugin and go to Appearance > GeneratePress > Modules to activate it.