Are you looking for the fastest, lightweight and SEO-friendly WordPress theme?
You have come at the right place.
Today, in this review, I am going to tell you about one such theme that can be used to create any type of website.
When I started Technicalwall.com in November 2019, Soledad WordPress theme that I bought from codecanyon.net was my first choice.
It was a nice theme with pre-loaded features like 1000+ home page demos and 1000+ sliders. It was also compatible to popular page builders like Elementor & WP Bakery, and forum builders like bbPress and BuddyPress.
Then what make me leave Soledad and move to GeneratePress?
I was looking for a theme that is very light weight, clean coded and not preloaded with lots of fancy stuff like sliders that makes a theme heavy and slow to load.
Google has already stated that speed of a website is also one of the important factor to rank high on its search engine.
The search for a lightweight theme ended with GeneratePress.
GeneratePress is the best theme I have come across in my blogging career.
It powers more than 200000+ websites all over the world and is one of the most popular WordPress premium themes.
Tom Usborne, the creator of GeneratePress, has kept the theme so lightweight that your website will load amazingly fast under 3 seconds.
It is made possible because the size of default GeneratePress theme is kept at less than 30 kb.
In this GeneratePress review, I will explain what are its important features and benefits that make this theme so much popular among bloggers.
I will also share who should use GeneratePress theme and how to install it on your WordPress website.
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The size of the entire basic theme is under 30 kb. Thus, your site will load blazingly fast under 3 seconds.
Ease of Use
You can easily access and customize all the features under WordPress customizer.
Customer support is very fast in replying and resolving all your issues.
You can download the GeneratePress theme for free. However, the premium version of the theme is very competitively priced at $59 and with a single license, you can use it on unlimited websites.
Overall rating : 4.7 / 5
I was so much impressed that I replaced themes of all my other websites with the GeneratePress theme.
If you take a look at this blog, Technicalwall.com, you will find that it also uses the GeneratePress Premium theme.
If you compare the price with its features and benefits you would see that it's absolutely a bargain. Not to forget that with a single license you can use GeneratePress on unlimited number of your websites.
Let's get started with the GeneratePress review where I have described what are its features, benefits, ease of use, price and pros & cons.
As a user of this theme myself, I am providing here an honest and unbiased GeneratePress theme review so that you can make an informed decision yourself.
GeneratePress Review: A Quick Introduction
GeneratePress is a multipurpose WordPress theme. Whatever may be your website niche you can use this theme and customize it according to your niche.
The theme developer, Tom Usborne, always makes sure to update the theme by adding new features and functionality to it regularly.
GeneratePress is active on over 200,000 sites and has also managed to maintain an incredible 1000 plus 5-star rating.
GeneratePress comes with both the FREE and the PREMIUM version. To try GeneratePress you can download the free version and use it on your website but it comes with limited customization options.
So, if you want to add more customization features and functionality along with some demo site library then you would need to install the PREMIUM version alongside the FREE one.
Who Should Use GeneratePress theme?
GeneratePress has more than 200,000+ active installs.
Before you consider buying this theme, you must ask yourself whether this theme is right for you or not?
If you are a performance-focused user who is looking for an SEO-optimized WordPress theme that is also easy to customize and control then GeneratePress could be a perfect choice for you.
GeneratePress is so feature-rich that you can do pretty much anything. Also, as the developer of this theme laid more emphasis to keep the theme lightweight, the site that you build will be perfectly optimized for SEO and Speed.
Who Should Not Use GeneratePress theme?
If you are not comfortable doing all the customization in a WordPress theme and instead want something that will instantly look perfect out of the box for your website then GeneratePress may not a perfect fit for you.
There are many WordPress themes available online that are designed specifically for some particular niche.
Let's say, you want to create a blog related to fitness then you may opt for theme dedicated to this niche only.
GeneratePress Premium comes with demo websites called Site Library but you can't use it straight away. You are required to do some customization to use its features and functionality.
However, GeneratePress is super simple to customize and you just need to do some learning and go through the easy to follow documentation to do all the customization stuff.
If you get stuck at something, you can reach out to their excellent customer executives to resolve all your queries.
I have also seen that the developer, Tom, himself answer many queries on the GeneratePress forum.
GeneratePress Free Theme Review
Let's get started with a review of GeneratePress free theme.
GeneratePress theme is free to use. You can download the free theme from the official website of GeneratePress. However, if you want premium features like Site Library, Element Module, and others, you would have to buy GeneratePress Premium which is a plugin.
We will discuss more about the plugin later in this article.
To download the free theme, click here to go to the GeneratePress website.
When you click the above link, you will be taken to the home page of GeneratePress where you can download the free theme.
On selecting the Install button, you will be taken to the download page. Select the Download button to download the free theme in a zip file.
After downloading the zip file of GeneratePress free theme, now it's time to install the theme on your website or blog.
Let's see how to install the free GeneratePress theme on a blog.
Login to your WordPress Dashboard and select Appearance >> Themes >> Add New.
Now, select Upload Theme and click on Choose File and select the zip file of the GeneratePress free theme.
Now select Install Now.
After successful installation, select Activate to set GeneratePress as your current theme for your website.
You can see in the above image that the GeneratePress free theme has replaced the Twenty Twenty theme as the current theme of your website.
That's it, you have now successfully installed the GeneratePress free theme on your site.
The free version comes with very limited customization options. You can do all the customization under Appearance >> Customize.
Here, you will have the following option to customize your blog:
- Site Identity
- Home Page Settings
- Additional CSS
However, all these options are very limited in function. Unless you upgrade to the premium version you will not have much choice to customize your blog.
GeneratePress Premium Review
Let's see some of the specific features that explain why GeneratePress theme is so much popular among bloggers around the world.
1. Optimized For Speed and Performance
GeneratePress theme has been coded with focus on providing excellent performance. The code is clean and the default theme is just 30 Kb in size. Your website on default theme will load under 2 seconds. It would be really difficult for you to find any popular WordPress theme that is as small in size as GeneratePress.
All these features make GeneratePress truly optimized for speed and performance.
Let's now check how fast a website gets on GeneratePress.
To compare the loading speed, I first loaded a random WordPress.org theme (Adventure Travelling) on a blank website and tested its loading speed on the Pingdom speed test tool.
Let' see the result.
Now, let's check the speed performance of the same site when GeneratePress theme is activated on it.
You can see that when GeneratePress theme is activated, the performance of the site increased significantly, both in terms of speed and performance.
Let's compare these figures in tabular form.
|Load Time||2.10 sec||381 ms|
Thus, you can see from the above comparison table that GeneratePress site's performance was way ahead of Adventure Travelling one in terms of Page Size, Request and more importantly Load Time.
The site loaded in just 382 ms.
Thus, the GeneratePress theme is perfectly optimized for Performance with impressive Page Load Times.
2. Mobile Responsive
Currently, over 50% of Google searches are performed on mobile devices. You can also check your Google Analytics stats to confirm that more than 50% of users of your website are coming from mobile devices.
Lately, websites that are not using mobile responsive themes are seeing a drop in rankings on Google search.
No wonder that more and more developers have already switched their themes to be mobile responsive.
GeneratePress theme is perfectly optimized for mobile devices.
Sites made on this theme are mobile responsive and looks amazingly great.
Thus, you get one more reason to choose GeneratePress theme if your site with your current theme does not look good on mobile devices.
3. Real-Time WordPress Customizer
So far I have discussed the performance and mobile responsiveness, now let's talk about its customization options.
GeneratePress uses WordPress Customizer for all your customization needs. This works great because you can see all the changes that you make in real-time.
In the free version, the customization option is limited, however, if you are on GeneratePress Premium, you’ll be able to customize pretty much everything about your site.
To customize your website log in to your WordPress Dashboard and select Appearance >> Customize.
Now you will see the following customization options.
- Site Identity
- Home Page Settings
- Additional CSS
You can customize each of these options and see the changes in real-time.
4. Premium Modules, Use The Features That You Want, Ignore Others
Once you install the GeneratePress Premium plugin you get access to all the premium modules.
You can activate all or just activate those that you need.
To activate the modules, go to Appearance >> GeneratePress, and select the modules and activate them.
Once you activate the modules, you can customize all the options under Appearance >> Customization.
5. Pre-Made Demo Site Library
Once you activate the Site Library module under Appearance >> GeneratePress, you get 30+ pre-built demo sites that you can easily import with a single click.
Under the Standard tab, there are 30+ pre-built demo sites created under the standard WordPress Editor.
Under Elementor tab, there are 10+ demo sites created using Elementor page builder and under Beaver Builder tab, there are 6 demo sites built with Beaver Builder page builder.
Just select any demo site of your choice and import it.
Your site will look exactly like the demo site imported, saving you lots of time and effort in creating your site from scratch.
Please Note: The demo content should only be imported on fresh websites that has no content. If you already have an established website, you should not import the demo content.
6. Use On Unlimited Websites
You can use GeneratePress theme for free on your website but it doesn't provide many customization features as explained above and also the pre-built demo websites (Site Library).
If you want more flexibility and customization feature in your site then you must consider buying the premium version.
Many popular WordPress themes cost around $60 to $100 and can be used on a single website only. This means that if you want to use the same theme on another website, you will have to purchase the same theme again.
But this is not the case with GeneratePress.
You just have to purchase the GeneratePress Premium once for use on unlimited number of websites.
GeneratePress Premium Price
Premium WordPress themes typically cost around $60 to $100 but you can buy GeneratePress at a fixed price of $59. It also gives you the license to use it on unlimited number of websites.
The price of GeneratePress Premium is quite affordable when you consider the fact that it can be used on unlimited websites.
If you wish to renew your license, you will get a 40% discount on renewal and also continue to receive support and updates.
Even if you don't renew the license of the GeneratePress premium theme, you can keep using it. You just won't get any support and updates after the expiry of the license.
Another reason to buy GeneratePress Premium is that you are supported with a 30-day money-back guarantee. After 30-days of use, if you feel that it is not working as you had wished for, you can always ask for a refund.
What is holding you back? Buy GeneratePress Premium today.
How To Purchase GeneratePress Premium?
Please note that to use GeneratePress Premium you must keep installed the free GeneratePress theme.
Also note that GeneratePress Premium is a plugin that provides additional customization features and flexibility to the GeneratePress theme.
Many users get confused between GeneratePress theme and GeneratePress Premium plugin. I hope that I am able to clear this confusion.
To buy the GeneratePress Premium, click here.
Select Premium option and in the following page, select the Get it now button.
On selecting the Get it now button, you will be presented with two plans offered by GeneratePress - Yearly ($59) and Lifetime ($249).
Go for Yearly Plan if you don't want to invest a huge amount upfront.
I would also advise you to not to go for Lifetime Plan as you would be paying almost 5 year price at a single go.
Select Get Started under Yearly Plan, make payment with your credit card or PayPal account. On successful payment you will be able to download the GeneratePress Premium plugin in a zip file.
Now install and activate the GeneratePress Premium plugin as you would do in case of any other plugins.
Go to Plugins >> Add New >> Upload Plugin.
Select the zip file of GP Premium plugin by selecting Choose File and choose Install Now. After successful installation, activate the plugin. That's it.
GeneratePress Premium is now successfully added with all the premium modules, demo site library and many other features.
Frequently Asked Questions
GeneratePress can be used on how many websites?
GeneratePress free theme can be used on as many sites as you wish. If you buy the GeneratePress Premium, it can also be installed on unlimited number of websites.
Does GeneratePress Premium comes with any money-back guarantee?
Yes, GeneratePress Premium comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. So, you can try GeneratePress Premium risk-free for 30-days. If you don't like the theme or it doesn't work as you may have liked, then you can ask for refund within 30-days from the date of purchase.
Do I need to renew my license every year?
Renewal of license is completely optional. If you renew the license, you would continue to get support and updates. You get a whopping 40% discount on renewal so, there is no obvious reason not to renew it. However, if you decide not to renew it, your GeneratePress theme will still be remain fully functional but you won't get any support or updates from GeneratePress.
Can GeneratePress be used with landing page builders?
Yes, GeneratePress can easily be used with popular page builders like Elementor or Thrive Architect. Even in my blog, technicalwall.com I am using Thrive Architect page builder along with GeneratePress and it is working wonderfully well.
Does the GeneratePress free theme contains premium modules and Site Library?
No, the GeneratePress free themes does not contain premium modules and Site Library. It is only available with GeneratePress Premium plugin. So, if you want to activate premium modules or use any demo site library in your blog you would have to buy the GeneratePress Premium.
Is GeneratePress compatible with Gutenberg / Block Editor?
If you don't want to use page builder such as Elementor or Thrive Architect to build your web pages, you would be happy to know that GeneratePress works wonderfully well with the WordPress Block Editor, formerly known as Gutenberg. So, yes, GeneratePress is 100% compatible with the Block Editor.
We have come to the concluding part of the GeneratePress review.
GeneratePress is one of the fastest loading WordPress themes that you will ever find.
If you want to create a performance-focused, SEO-optimized and responsive site that loads very fast then you can consider buying GeneratePress Premium to lay a great foundation for your site.
Just buy a single license and use it on unlimited number of websites. GeneratePress Premium is definitely worth the price considering it's performance, features, and customer support.
While customizing GeneratePress, if you get stuck anywhere, you can take the help of detailed documentation that available on its website.
If you're still unable to solve it, you can always contact their very supportive customer support to resolve your issues.
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