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Genesis Framework VS Beans Framework

Genesis Framework VS Beans Framework

It comes down to a serious debate when considering which framework one should or shouldn’t use for their WordPress sites, as the visual aspects of a website can make & break a business online. And if you are a WordPress developer handling one or more clients then you know exactly what I mean. Every client has a different set of requirements for their WordPress site. So it seems like a smart idea to build a custom & flexible theme for every client using a robust framework. That’s where Genesis Framework by StudioPress comes into the picture. But there’s a new kid on the block – the Beans Framework developed by Thierry Muller. Let’s have a quick comparison between a popular premium framework (Genesis) & a new free framework (Beans).

Before we begin: a brief look at the two frameworks

Genesis Framework:

Genesis Framework by StudioPress

Developed by StudioPress. Premium WordPress themes framework. Backed by a strong group of celebrities including Matt Mullenweg (founder of WordPress), Darren Rowse, Chris Brogan, Mark Jaquith, etc.

Beans Framework:

Developed by Thierry Muller

Developed by Thierry Muller, a developer in the WordPress community. FREE WordPress themes framework. Uses UIkit, which is an open-source lightweight and modular front-end framework.

Genesis Framework Vs Beans Framework


Being integrated with UIkit (the best front-end framework on the market) the Beans Framework loads only those components which you need on a per page basis. As compared to the Genesis Framework, the sites built using Beans Framework are lightweight since all assets are combined into one file & you don’t use unwanted scripts & components.

Winner: Beans Framework

Support And Documentation

Being a popular WordPress framework the Genesis Framework has an extensive & massive support & documentation library along with loads of hooks & filters reference. Being a popular & premium theme framework has its own perks. The Beans Framework is relatively new, so the support & documentation sections keep improving & regularly updating as developers explore it daily. Don’t get me wrong but the Beans Framework is well-documented as well with a decent number of tutorials, code snippets & code references to help you get started if you want to take it for a spin.

Winner: Genesis Framework

User Base

As mentioned before Genesis Framework is backed by a strong group of celebrities including Matt Mullenweg (founder of WordPress), Darren Rowse, Chris Brogan, Mark Jaquith, etc. It powers some the most influential websites in the WordPress community including WP Beginner.

Winner: Genesis Framework

Child Themes

Genesis Framework offers 50+ child themes (StudioPress + Third Party) that you can buy at a specific price if you want to.

The Beans Framework currently provides one starter child theme & 3 third party child themes, which you can download for free. One thing worth mentioning here is that the Beans Framework team lets you submit your custom developed child themes into their collection.

Beans Framework - Easily build professional WordPress websites!

Winner: Genesis Framework

Learning Curve

Both the frameworks have a slight learning curve & you need to have some coding experience if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty to create stunning & unique WordPress themes. Beans Framework requires you to have a working knowledge of UIkit though. Genesis Framework has loads of plugins that you can use to add out-of-the-box functionalities to the themes.

Also, both frameworks have loads of tried & tested hooks and code snippet samples that you can use if you want your development to be done quickly & efficiently.

Winner: Tie


The Beans Framework powered by UIkit (an open-source lightweight and modular front-end framework) is absolutely FREE.

Genesis Framework has two simple pricing plans both of which include a one-time purchase fee: Genesis Framework for $59.95 & Pro Plus Membership for $499.95. For $59.95 you get only the framework, but if you buy the Pro Plus Membership, then you get to download StudioPress’ entire theme collection along with access to all future themes & updates. The Pro Plus Membership is a great option for professional designers and developers if you seriously mean business.

Winner: Beans Framework

Genesis Framework Vs Beans Framework – The Verdict

Genesis Framework is a clear winner today. But with its growing user base, Beans Framework has some great potential in the coming future.

So which framework is your favorite? Genesis or Beans? Do let us know in the comments below.

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