Why I Left the Genesis Framework for a Newspaper Template

By Ian Fernando

Having the need to tailor your website theme based on what your business needs are the major reason why you have to hire a brilliant web developer and a creative web designer.

But what if customization for your website doesn’t have to be expensive?

What if you can do it yourself without writing any single code?

Here’s the story..

I once again put my blog through another redesign. The best part about this redesign is it wasn’t really graphically designed. But It made me more flexible in designing my website to make it speak accurately for my business.

The features of Newspaper Theme make designing more customizable. Therefore, I have more freedom to tailor my web pages to my needs. This, in turn, makes my web page clearly exhibit its purpose.

I have enjoyed Genesis Framework for a very long time. The themes gave my website a speed that’s good and light on loading. It was the very first WordPress frameworks built for WordPress. Actually, it’s the strongest framework.

..Those are the memories..

Recently, I switched to a more flexible theme. That is called Newspaper. This WordPress theme is very powerful and user-friendly.

Here are some features that Newspaper template has:

  • Custom auto scaling content blocks — A block changes its structure as you move it to work perfectly in sidebar, full width or pages with sidebar)
  • Responsive Google AdSense support via our custom admin panel – the scripts loads a different Google AdSense spot for each screen size. Once it’s loaded it doesn’t modify it in order to be 100% compliant with Google AdSense TOS.
  • Responsive ads support – for ad networks that allow multiple ad spots on the same div or if you want to show your own ads on different devices. This option will change the ad spot on the fly, for example when a tablet is changed from landscape to portrait. The header banner from the demo site is using this system.
  • Inline Google AdSense or other ads after a predefined number of paragraphs.
  • Auto YouTube, Dailymotion, and Vimeo thumb downloader – just paste a YouTube URL and the site will download the largest image available from the clip automatically and it will set it as a featured image. Very easy to add videos to articles.
  • Built-in review system (stars, percents, points).
  • SEO: Schema with rich snippet microdata for articles and reviews.
  • Built-in translation support from our admin panel. No more .po .mo files, you just get a form with all the strings from the theme and the corresponding translations.
  • Multi-Language site support via the free qTranslate plugin. All from wp-admin.
  • Google fonts – change the fonts easy from the Theme panel.

The feature that I found highly beneficial is the loading of templates with content which I can fully customize the look and feel. Thus, creating a website is easy as well as loading and editing it without having to touch any single code.

Newspaper template provides lots of demos to install. These can help you customize the look and feel of your new blog or website. In my blog posts, I chose a more personal brand style and feel. So I used one of the demos that’s tailored to my needs while removing the excess design sections.

It is easy to add and remove sections of your design for your different web pages because you have this Visual Composer — the one that controls each section.

Another feature that I find really useful is full control of a blog post. It allows me to customize the look and feel on a per post level. So I can have the video above the post to make it as a feature or just within the post. See these layouts available within the post section itself..

Versatility is the reason why I decided to change my framework to Newspaper. Using this allows me to be flexible to the core so I can make any design or template on my own styles with the purpose of each of my web page in mind.

You can do almost anything you want to customize your website by using this powerful template.

The only drawback is the learning curve. But it also looks positive. Because this drawback is based on the confusion that you’ll experience as you encounter lots of amazing options on what you need to do.
Isn’t is a good problem to solve?

..Having lots of beautiful options to choose from for designing your web page? From customizing your theme header to choosing the colors and size of fonts, to how you want your sidebar to act. And the list goes on..

The flexibility of this template is limitless.

Take a look at the font section of this template, so much power, but a bit confusing at a first glance.

Given these lots of amazing options, it will take you a while to know which one is best for you.

On the other hand, they have exceptional customer support. I get a response within a day when I would ask a question in their TagDiv forum.

You’ll definitely get a response within a day. They even have a reliable peer to peer support where you can get answers right away.

I experienced being given a support ticket in the form of a video. My concern was I wanted to do something that’s more customized. And the video they sent me accurately taught me how to do it. Excellent customer support, indeed.

Now, I use the Newspaper Template on several websites that I currently run. It allows me to save money, time, and effort. Because I don’t have to hire expensive web designers and developers to create a website that’s customized for my needs. I can now do it on my own and manage everything with this high-quality template.

This specific template by TagDiv is highly versatile for me to customize my web pages depending on my needs. With this, I have access to various theme styles without having to get a redesign every time. So, the time and other resources I saved from that work allow me to focus more on my business and grow it even more.

Ian Fernando
Involved in the internet space since 2002 and have been through the ups and downs of this online industry. I am a traveling digital nomad, media buyer, online strategist, and many more online titles.

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