GeneratePress Review: #1 Best WordPress Theme (With Social Proof)

When I started this blog I was looking for a simple and clean theme. My top priority was speed because nobody likes a slow website, including Google.

Google’s John Mueller actually gave a legit number, which he normally doesn’t do, around site speed. He said on Twitter that he’d recommend you keep your HTTP load speed less than 2 – 3 seconds.

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While searching I came across GeneratePress and heard good things about it so I gave it a try. And I must say, it’s by far the best WordPress theme I’ve used in years. I’ll show you exactly why in my in-depth GeneratePress review below.

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GeneratePress Introduction

GeneratePress is a freemium WordPress theme. With 1.8+ million downloads, 100.000+ active installations and 700+ 5-star ratings you must admit that this theme is a big player in a huge pool of available themes.

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Developer Background

GeneratePress is created by a developer from Vancouver Island, Canada named Tom Usborne. He has been working with WordPress for over 10 years, and has been creating websites since he was only 11 years old.

Before GeneratePress, Tom was a freelance web designer/developer creating websites for small to medium-sized businesses. Now, he spends all of his non-family time developing and supporting GeneratePress.

In the years since GeneratePress was launched, we’ve proven to be one of the most stable, best supported WordPress themes available. We look forward to continuing that well into the future!

– Tom Usborne

Why I choose GeneratePress

I have tried many themes over the years for personal projects and most of the themes were bloated with all kind of features I did not need.

Many of the bloated themes come from TemplateMonster or ThemeForest. While they do look really good, they are also slow as hell.

When I started Empire Hive as a business I was sure to do it the right way from the ground up as best as I can. And it started with finding a quality theme.

This is when GeneratePress popped up in Google’s search results.

After installing the free version of the theme and fiddling around with it for a few days, it was quite clear to me that GeneratePress was the theme for Empire Hive. Purchasing the premium version was a quickly made decision. It gives you 14 extra modules to fit your needs. All can be enabled or disabled individually.

The theme

GeneratePress Features

Let’s sum up some of the features of this amazing theme. I will be reviewing the premium version of the theme to give you a taste of what this theme can do for you.

  • Super lightweight, simple and fast – Small footprint and clean code.
  • Modular design – Enable or disable modules you don’t need.
  • Search Engine Optimized – Built in schema.org structured data.
  • Pagebuilder friendly – Works great with Elementor, Divi or Beaver Builder.
  • Gutenberg ready – Fully integrated to work with the new Gutenberg editor.
  • Responsive Layout Control – Full control for desktop and mobile layout.
  • Hooks & Filters – Extend everything that doesn’t have an option available.
  • Active Developer Support – All questions I had were solved fast.
  • Plugin CompatibilityYoast SEO, WooCommerce, WPML and many more.
  • Translation – Over 20 languages and counting. RTL languages supported.
  • Colors & Typography – Styling options for nearly every visible element.
  • Good Documentation – All topics are well documented and covered in detail.

Pricing

GeneratePress is free to use but to unleash its full potential (and you should, you won’t regret it) there is a premium version which comes with additional add-ons which make developing your website allot easier.

This website is made with the premium version and without the use of a page builder.

The premium version comes with all 14 add-ons and is available for only $49.95, free to use on unlimited websites, either for yourself or your clientsh.

You get one year of priority support and updates. After 1 year you can renew your license with a 40% discount on the current price.

Let’s explore all 14 premium modules shall we?

site library

Site Library

In the site library, you will find importable demo sites for you to use on your next project. Some of them are built with a page builder.

colors

Colors

With over 60 color options across the wordpress customizer, you can take control of your site’s appearance.

typography

Typography

Over 70 typography options give you complete control over your site text for desktop and mobile screens.

elements

Elements

Dynamic page heros, an advanced hook system, and custom theme layouts.

woocommerce

WooCommerce

Add more color, typography and layout options to your WooCommerce store.

menu plus

Menu Plus

Sticky navigation, off canvas navigation, mobile header and more!

spacing

Spacing

Control the sizes, padding & margin of your site elements.

blog

Blog

Featured image controls, columns & masonry, infinite scroll & more.

secondary nav

Secondary Nav

Add a second navigation with all the same options as the primary navigation.

backgrounds

Backgrounds

Add background images and options throughout your site elements.

sections

Sections

Our own tiny page builder. Break out of the content area with Sections.

disable elements

Disable Elements

Turn off various theme elements on specific pages throughout your site.

copyright

Copyright

Replace the copyright message at the bottom of your site.

import / export

Import / Export

Import & export your theme options with only a couple of clicks.

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