I have recently been searching for new looks and functionality in Genesis Child Themes, particularly examining the appearance, features and quality of many, many free Genesis child theme offerings. Having been a strong StudioPress proponent from even before Genesis I wanted to explore what was available and what are some “in-the-wild” innovations.
What I found is that some of the free child themes are the equal or better of some of StudioPress’ own offerings or the StudioPress Community themes. It was a very pleasant surprise to find these free theme treasures. And I hope that if you have any favorite free Genesis child themes you will add them in the comments.
* Please note that Genesis child themes require the Genesis Framework.
So now, in no particular order,below are what I feel are the top five free free Genesis child themes:
The free mobile responsive Pin It Pinterest style Genesis child theme by MediaCarin emulates everyone’s favorite content-sharing website … Pinterest! It is one of the most innovative, fun, engaging Genesis themes I have ever seen. Beyond sublime! I think it would be ideal for a Photography, Jewelery, Clothing, Craft, Food and Recipes and other similar high image website or blog uses.
Often first efforts are not as well done as what Mónica Guerra Leiria has shared with her first Genesis child theme Nameless , but it is beautiful. And mobile responsive! Monica’s talent and attention to web design shows in many elements of this superb theme. This is simply a great looking Genesis WordPress theme, very usable for many businesses and suits Photographers ideally well for both a website and blog. To learn more and download, click here.
It feels like Len Kutchma of WPCANADA has reacquainted me with an old friend, only reinvented and better than ever. One of my favorite StudioPress themes was the first generation Streamline. It was an ideal layout for a number of small businesses which benefited from having a blog area on the home page. BlogNews Genesis child theme includes a lot of the old Streamline goodies plus the great elements and features of current WordPress + Genesis AND is mobile responsive. It even has a widget for a call to action. To learn more and download click here.
With the free Winfield Genesis child theme, Len Kutchma has created an ideal theme upon which to base almost any type of small businesses’ web presence. The features are many and the sections are well laid out and plentiful. Great full width slider, call to action area and three nicely styled widget areas below for different services and products. It can provide a small business a strong corporate appearance. Winfield is even mobile responsive, great of marketing. To learn more and download, click here.
David Decker’s free Autobahn Genesis child theme was on of the first free themes for Genesis and it is still one of the best. Autobhan had loads and loads of features which make it very east to adapt to any use. Autobahn also pioneered widgetized easily customized 404 pages and the use of many included shortcode functions in a Genesis child theme, making lots of useful, desired elements a snap to include for the regular casual WordPress user. Even though it currently lacks mobile responsiveness, Autobahn deserves respect and serious consideration. To learn more and download, click here.
Please realize that while the child themes above are free they do require the Genesis Framework which is a premium “parent” theme. Fortunately Genesis is low cost and just one purchase allows you to use it on as many sites, business and personal, as you want at no additional expense. Plus you gain the excellent technical support and knowledge base of StudioPress.
If you have any questions about using the themes above, other child themes or Genesis. Including how to customize them or adapt them to your use, please feel free to comment below or email or call. I would be pleased to assist you.