Not from a framework point of view – all three themes have proven how adaptable they are in the hands of coders.
No, for this, I wanted to see it from a non-coder angle. All of the theme developers – Headway, Thesis and Genesis – sell their products as perfect for both the novice and coder alike. That you can get a great blog running from out of the box, with no coding needed.
So I wanted to see how easy it would be to replicate my DannyBrown.me site on Genesis and Thesis (since it runs on Headway, obviously it poses no issue there). So here are the results.
A few notes:
- Every design is using the built-in options from the dashboard. No coding, no plug-ins.
- Each theme is running the latest version – Headway 1.7, Thesis 1.8 and Genesis 1.3.
- I just wanted to recreate the design and layout – no additional pages, posts, etc.
- This is a comparison post just to give you an idea of what’s available from out of the box with each theme, so no affiliate links anywhere.
You can see the sites “live” by clicking through the links at the bottom of each video. As you can see, there are some pretty drastic differences as to what you can and can’t do, especially with current darling Genesis.
So, on with the videos.
Video 1: Genesis
Video 2: Thesis
Video 3: Headway