GeneratePress WordPress Theme Review
WordPress is a vast content management system and you will be lost with the huge number free and premium plugins and themes available. Some of the popular premium themes also combine plugins and sell as a package to attract customers. Though selecting a good theme depends on the features you needed for your website, there are few themes stand out from the crowd. GeneratePress is one such a theme that can help you create a super fast website. Here is a GeneratePress WordPress theme review based on usage in our sites.
Those packages themes can be attractive when you create initially creating your website. However, in long run, you may use very few features consistently like images and text. We run this website almost for 10 years in different platforms. One thing we can tell you is to choose a minimalist theme that offers few functions you need. If you don’t believe us, just find any WordPress website that exists 5+ years online. Drop an email to the website owner using the contact form on the site and ask what type of theme you can choose for you starter website. You will get the same answer to buy a simple theme with minimal features. Remember, not to ask the question to any affiliate website owner who will lead to buy a useless theme for their affiliate commission.
Now, go to WordPress theme repository and search for a minimalist theme. You will hardly find few themes that is popular and cope with your needs. GeneratePress is one such a popular minimalist theme you can rely on to create your website.
As per the WordPress.org theme page, the theme has 200K+ active installations with 800+ five star reviews. An independent developer, Tom Usborne owns the theme and offers a premium plugin for extending the free theme’s functionalities.
The premium version also has more than 50K customers indicating the popularity of the theme.
The theme offers following features:
- Custom theme options
- Gutenberg support
- Premium plugin
In this mobile world, speed is important than any other factors to retain the users on your site. The size of the download file from WordPress.org site is a mere 881KB. It adds 15KB to your file size when you serve the pages with GZIP compression.
Besides the smaller file size, it has all the basic functions you need.
You can get 100/100 in Google PageSpeed Insights tool with the base WordPress installation with GeneratePress theme. The score may be less depending upon the plugins you choose further.
Important part is that the theme does not have any impact on your speed. You can completely focus on optimizing other SEO factors.
Free Theme Options
Like any other default WordPress themes, you can go to “Appearance > Customize” and start customizing your site. GeneratePress will add custom theme options for the followings:
You can change the container width, customize header, arrange navigations, choose sidebar position or fullwidth layout and choose the columns for your footer. As we have mentioned, these are the basic features you need to setup the look of the website.
Remember that on the free version, you can’t remove the promotional footer link that will show “Powered by GeneratePress”.
Typography and Colors
You can customize the font size and family for each element of your site under “Typography” section. However, the free theme only allows you to customize up to H3 headings and you may need to purchase a premium plugin for more granular level customizations.
The “Colors” panel will allow you to choose your favorite colors for each element on your site.
The “General” section allows you to select the icons as fonts or SVG. You can also combine the CSS to reduce the size and enable caching of dynamic CSS files.
Layout, colors, typography and general are the options available in the free version.
Documents and Support
Frankly, you will not any support for using the free version. If you have purchased premium version, there are videos and forum support to get help.
Upselling Premium Version
One of the typical issues with the free version is upselling the premium version in every possible way. The only menu added by the theme “Appearance > GeneratePress” simply is a collection of all premium modules. The sidebar will show few options which will take you to the customizer. Again, the customizer will have a bold and first option for using premium version. In addition, you will also see the promoted links under colors and typography section with the footer by default includes the link to the developer’s site.
In our opinion, this is too much of upselling of the premium version which is already popular enough.
After installing the free theme, you can go to “Appearance > GeneratePress” menu to view the list of premium modules. Click on any of the link to go to the developer’s site and read more about that module.
Premium version comes as a separate plugin to enhance the free version. The features include custom backgrounds, remove copyright information on footer, additional typography, enhanced menu, site library and much more. It will cost you $49.95 for one year free updates and support.
Premium Site Library
The notable premium feature is the “Site Library” that offers pre-defined demo for the theme. You can simply choose one of the available demos and install quickly to start your site instead of customizing everything from scratch.
The premium site library includes the demos of standalone theme as well as with Elementor and Beaver page builder plugins.
GeneratePress WordPress Theme Review
- Free Features
- User Interface
- Premium Features
GeneratePress is definitely a choice to consider when you want to focus on building simple content website. The premium version of the theme also supports the page builder plugins and offers enhanced customization options. However, limiting the basic functions like typography in free version and showing too many promotional links may drive some of the users away.
- Upselling premium links
- Limiting basic typography and colors options
- Promotional footer link