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Genesis child theme main feature comparison table

This post is for: anyone trying to decide which of StudioPress’ child themes to use as a starting point for their own website.

Every time I start a new Genesis-based WordPress design for a client, I go to the list of child themes at http://my.studiopress.com/themes/ to try to decide which one will be the best starting point for the customizations that we have in mind for that particular client.  But I always find myself having to re-open and re-test-drive each theme’s demo, to remind myself which one has which specific features, like a portfolio section or a fixed (“sticky”) top menu or a full-width layout or a good mobile menu.

I know that most Genesis-based child themes can be modified to have almost any of these main features, but it is more convenient to begin a new web design project with as many desired features as possible already “built-in” to the child theme before we start customizing it. It saves us some time and gets our clients on the web more quickly.

So, I’ve started a table to remind myself of some of those main features at a glance, and hopefully to speed up that decision-making process for future jobs.

I’m posting it here in the hopes that others might also find it useful.  If you do, and/or if you have any questions or suggestions for improving it, please let me know in the comments area below. Thanks!

Genesis child theme comparison table

Theme nameMain selling feature in marketing blurbFull site or one-pagerFull- or fixed-width designMain menu locationSticky menu?Mobile menuHome page carousel?Huge home page image?Portfolio page?Other features; notes
Altitude Pro"parallax effects ... flexibility"One-pagerFullBeside logoYes, shrinks to stickyVertical, no sub-menu items shownNoYesNoSub-pages exist but can only be accessed through footer menu.
Parallax Pro"tell a story"FullFullBeside logoYesGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoYesNoNarrow content area (huge page margins). Very sparse design. Choice of 5 colours.
Modern Studio Pro"highlighting imagery"FullFixedOn either side of central logoNo. Sticky message option.Good, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoNoNoLooks blog-oriented.
Café Pro"combines Parallax and Foodie ... captivating ... simple widgets"Full, but mostly one-pager links in main menuFullOn its own row that starts low, then scrolls up to stickyYesGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoYesNoOn sticky menu, logo appears on top and far left side of page
Theme nameMain selling feature in marketing blurbFull site or one-pagerFull- or fixed-width designMain menu locationSticky menu?Mobile menuHome page carousel?Huge home page image?Portfolio page?Other features; notes
Daily Dish Pro"present your content like it's the most appetizing dish"FullFixedOn its own row below logoNoGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoNoNoBlog-style home page layout
Whitespace Pro"Minimal ... gorgeous organization"FullFixedBeside logoNoGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoYesNoHome page grid of posts. Narrow content area (huge page margins).
News Pro"News theme"FullFixedOn its own row, above logo & bannerNoGood, vertical list with + signs that expand sub-menu itemsKind of. Images change with clicks.NoNoTwo rows of top menus and more links in the footer. Choice of 5 colours. Space for an ad in the header.
AgentPress Pro"real estate agents"FullFixedBeside logoNoGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoYesKind of. Set up for properties but could be used for other types of posts.Blog-type setup. Choice of 4 colours.
Theme nameMain selling feature in marketing blurbFull site or one-pagerFull- or fixed-width designMain menu locationSticky menu?Mobile menuHome page carousel?Huge home page image?Portfolio page?Other features; notes
Sixteen Nine Pro"lets your verbal and visual personality shine through"FullFixed with full width background imageSide menu onlyYes, but to the side not the topGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoNoNoMagazine or blog style side-menu layout.
Beautiful Pro"your canvas"FullFullBeside logoNoGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoKind of. This and wide, on all pages.NoClean design, good for a blog layout.
Agency Pro"the face of your Agency"FullFullBeside logo, at very topYesGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoYes, very.Kind of. Has grid on home page of "work posts".Main content areas are in fixed-width boxes in front of parallax background images. Header and footer are full-width.
Metro Pro"magazine-style layout ... sleek social features"FullFixed content on full background imageOwn row at very top, and a second menu under logoNoNo, full menus just reflowNoNo, just large image on first "featured story"NoVery magazine-looking. Choice of 5 colours.
Theme nameMain selling feature in marketing blurbFull site or one-pagerFull- or fixed-width designMain menu locationSticky menu?Mobile menuHome page carousel?Huge home page image?Portfolio page?Other features; notes
Lifestyle Pro"magazine-style"FullFixedOwn row at the top, and a second menu under main headerNoGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoNo, just large image on first "featured post"NoChoice of 6 colours
eleven40 Pro"intelligent design"FullFullBeside logo, at very topYesGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoNo, just large image on first "featured post"NoBlog-style look with sidebar/content/sidebar. Choice of 4 colours.
Centric Pro"draws readers in"FullFullBeside logo, at very topYes, shrinks to stickyNo, full menus just reflowNoNo, just huge hero statementNoMenu expands to full viewport width. Choice of 7 colours. Large footer area.
Magazine Pro"versatile layouts and media-ready design"FullFixed main area, full header and footerOwn row at very topYesGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoNo, just large image on first "featured article"NoMagazine look. Place for a banner ad on all pages. Choice of 4 colours. Big footer area.
Theme nameMain selling feature in marketing blurbFull site or one-pagerFull- or fixed-width designMain menu locationSticky menu?Mobile menuHome page carousel?Huge home page image?Portfolio page?Other features; notes
Executive Pro"your most important projects ... front and center"FullFixedBeside logoNoGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsYes, contains excerpts and photos of postsNoYes, imagesChoice of 7 theme colours
Enterprise Pro"for your business venture or services "FullFixedOwn row, beneath logoNoGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoYesNoChoice of 6 colours
Remobile Pro"The typeface"FullFixed main area, full header and footerOwn row at very top but collapsed by defaultNoGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoYes, with huge background image as wellNoNarrow content area (huge page margins). Always-collapsed menu requires extra clicks, could annoy.
Minimum Pro"Clean ... uncluttered"Full FullBeside logoYesOnly goes vertical when forced; sub-menu items are superimposedNoYesYes, images
Theme nameMain selling feature in marketing blurbFull site or one-pagerFull- or fixed-width designMain menu locationSticky menu?Mobile menuHome page carousel?Huge home page image?Portfolio page?Other features; notes
Generate Pro"generate more and better email leads"FullFixedOwn row, below menuNoGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsNoNoNoChoice of 4 colours.
Ambiance Pro"a private conversation with you"FullFullBeside logo but collapsed by default; no sub-menu itemsYes, transparentOnly goes vertical when forced; no sub-menu itemsNoNoNoNarrow content area (huge page margins). Always-collapsed menu requires extra clicks, could annoy.
Modern Portfolio Pro"smart minimalism"Full, but mostly one-pager links in main menuFullBeside logoNoSeems good, vertical list. No sub-menu items on main page, but 2nd menu on Contact page does have arrows that expand sub-menu items.NoNoYes, images
Outreach Pro"A church is one of the most information intensive organizations"FullFullOwn row, below menuNoGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsYesNoNoChoice of 5 colours.
Education Pro"Help students, faculty and press find what they need"FullFullBeside logo. Second menu in own row at very top.NoGood, vertical list with arrows that expand sub-menu itemsYes, posts.NoNoChoice of 5 colours.
This post was written by: Frank Herr

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