Fashions in web design come and go. At the moment flat designs and parallax effects are all the rage.
But what happens when fashions change, when the style of your theme is no longer flavour of the month, when your website starts to look clichéd and dated?
Fortunately there are themes that are timeless and just like the Coco Chanel little black dress they rise above the mêlée and are not subject to the vagaries and whims of fashion.
These classic themes rely on perfectly proportioned layouts, gorgeous colour combinations and crisp clear fonts and just like that little black dress… they will always look good.
In this post I’m going to share my three favourite classic Genesis child themes, which look good now and will look good in the future.
Genesis 2.0 was released in August 2013 and since then StudioPress have been updating old themes and producing new themes to be HTML5 ready.
For a full list of HTML5 ready child themes check out All the latest Genesis child themes.
Minimum Pro – a stunning execution of “less is more”
It’s easy to take a WordPress theme and strip it down to its bare essentials… but it’s not easy to make it look good. In fact the more you strip a theme down the more the remaining elements have to work together perfectly.
Minimum Pro is a great example of how it should be done.
The homepage comprises a simple title and menu floating above a full width parallax graphic, large clear social media links in an ocean of whitespace, links to your posts and a minimal footer.
Minimum Pro is a blogging theme but on my web design website I’ve created a widgetised homepage using the Genesis Extender plugin and I’ve added a separate blog page.
If you’re looking for a minimalist theme that combines simplicity with elegance and perfect proportions then head over to Studiopress and see Minimum Pro in action.
A stunning execution of “less is more”, the Minimum child theme expresses everything you’re about, with very little effort.
Clean, elegant, powerful, unfettered, and uncluttered are a just few words that say… Minimum. – StudioPress
Executive Pro – an elegant layout providing the perfect business theme
Clean, bright and oh so easy on the eye, that was my first impression of the Executive Pro theme. It’s the sort of theme that lifts your spirits… just looking at it.
Executive Pro is the perfect theme for any business. You can easily add a blog to your site, but this theme emphasis pages not posts.
The homepage includes a wide top slider to grab attention, six featured page areas, a call to action banner and a deep three widget footer. More than enough real estate to show off all your content.
Executive Pro is the perfect WordPress theme for a business website, it comes with an easy to set up homepage, is designed with business websites in mind and it looks fabulous.
Executive is designed with the understanding that your most important projects needs to be front and centre, strategically and expertly displayed.
This elegant layout offers your clients and customers a premium experience to share your objectives and carry out your vision with authority. Show them you mean business. – StudioPress
Metro Pro – a gorgeous magazine-style layout for blogging or business
I love everything about Metro Pro. The way the background image fades-in slowly, the colours and the fonts, the proportions of the layout and the use of whitespace and I love the cheeky little gap between the content and the footer.
Metro Pro’s magazine-style layout gives you a homepage with a whopping twelve widget areas, but the clever use of margins, padding and whitespace means that it never looks cluttered.
The homepage is fully widgetised and is populated with Genesis Featured Post / Featured Page widgets. All you have to do is drag and drop widgets into widget areas, add a little typing and hit Save.
If you’re looking for a mobile responsive WordPress theme that allows you to display lots of content on your homepage, a theme that is easy to setup and has great CSS support for the various widget areas, then Metro Pro is the perfect theme for you.
Presenting Metro, a modern magazine-style layout built on an optimized mobile responsive platform.
The spacious 1152 pixel-wide frame highlights your online publishing for a wide-screen world, and the sleek social features will help to build your audience fast. – StudioPress
Head over to StudioPress and pick up your classic Genesis theme
I couldn’t find a definition of a classic WordPress theme, but to me it’s a theme that doesn’t follow the latest internet fashions, it relies on layout, proportions, colour combinations and font choice to produce a theme that looks good now and will continue to look good in the future.
These are my three timeless classics that StudioPress have kept, almost unaltered, throughout various revisions to the Genesis framework:
- Minimum Pro – a stunning execution of “less is more”, the Minimum child theme expresses everything you’re about, with very little effort.
- Executive Pro – is designed with the understanding that your most important projects needs to be front and centre, strategically and expertly displayed.
- Metro Pro – the spacious 1,152 pixel-wide frame highlights your online publishing for a wide-screen world, and the sleek social features will help to build your audience fast.
Now it’s your turn:
Do you agree with my choice or are there better classic Genesis themes out there?
Which themes would you include in your top three and why?
Hope you enjoyed the review and found it helpful and if you have any thoughts on WordPress themes in general or classic themes in particular, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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