There are a lot of choices today when it comes to WordPress themes. Picking the right theme can make a huge difference in site security, ease of customizing your blog or site, and can also favorably impact SEO.
One of the very best WordPress options available is the Genesis framework from StudioPress, which isn't a full-fledged theme, but rather the "parent" that provides structure to a Genesis "child" theme. Genesis is used by some of the top blogs in the world today. It is widely respected as a secure and strong foundation for any site, as well as being optimized for all-important SEO.
Although the Genesis framework is not free (sorry!), it is reasonably priced and the one-time purchase includes lifetime updates as well as unlimited site installations for the original purchaser, so you could literally install Genesis a thousand times if you wanted!
Once you acquire Genesis (click here to get yours), you then need to pick a child theme to run on the parent framework. While there are many child themes for sale, surprisingly there are also a number of totally free Genesis child themes available.
We recently did a search for free Genesis child themes and found them to be widely scattered across the Internet. While there may be a few other themes not listed here, we have gathered together in one place what we believe to be the very best free Genesis child themes. Most if not all of these free themes have a demo feature where you can try them out before downloading. You may end up downloading several of them to try out on your new Genesis framework installation.
Best Free Genesis Child Themes
Designed by Dutch developer Jan Hoek, the free Genesis child theme Jano is an attractive one-page theme that is fully responsive and would be a great choice for a photography blog or other featured showcase site.
Brian Gardner, founder of Studio Press (originator of Genesis framework), offers four free themes to choose from. Twenty Seven Pro offers a clean layout with a number of different options, while Minimalist Pro, as the name suggests, is a simple blog theme. Mobile First Theme is a great choice if you are focused on mobile-ready sites while the Endless Theme has a simple, basic layout.
Calving Koepke built three themes a few years ago. Although the themes may be out of date, they are nicely done and may be useful, particularly to those who are able to further develop them.
These are some of our top picks for free Genesis child themes. Leave a comment below if you have suggestions for other quality free Genesis child themes.