Last week I wrote about the three main types of WordPress themes you can use for your photo blogs (free themes, themes generated with a software tool like Artisteer, and premium WP themes). In the past, I’ve used both free themes and some generated from Artisteer. Both of these types have worked well for me. But recently, I was having difficulty finding the right theme for one of my WordPress sites.
In searching the free themes, some would have certain features I wanted but lacked some other things I needed. When I located a free theme that satisfied the second criteria, I found that theme didn’t have the other features I needed. Even using a tool like Artisteer wouldn’t really have worked in this case. While you can vary the appearance of your Artisteer themes somewhat, there is still a bit of a cookie cutter look to the themes you can create—and those themes still lacked some features I needed.
I could have “geeked” it up and modified the program code to one of the above themes to get what I wanted. As someone who has been a web developer in the past, I do like to dabble on that side of things. However, I really need to spend my time working on the content for my sites. So, I decided to try out one of the premium themes from StudioPress based on the Genesis Framework.
I’ve found the Genesis Theme very easy to work with and I feel that it was well worth spending the money to purchase it. You get plenty of online tutorials and help to get you started. And, working with the StudioPress Genesis theme is very straight-forward and intuitive if you’re used to working in the WordPress dashboard environment. I especially like the increased customization possible to the theme layout through widgets and plugins.
For photo bloggers, StudioPress has a number of Genesis themes available. You can take a look at some demoes of these photo blog themes and get more information by checking out my Genesis Framework review.