Date of publication: 2017-07-08 17:18
I agree, James. I 8767 m never comfortable guaranteeing a certain ROI to a client and so much is out of our control, especially once the site is handed over. Also, brand new sites don 8767 t have anything to benchmark against.
First of all, let me congratulate you on one of the most balanced framework comparisons I 8767 ve read. I know that probably wasn 8767 t easy, given your history with Thesis, so I truly commend you.
I think we are guilty of assuming that people WANT to design their own site. They don 8767 t. Regular people generally suck at design. And the people that CAN design generally don 8767 t have much of an issue learning how to translate that design into CSS (quite possibly the easiest programming language to learn. In fact, most programmers would punch me for calling CSS 8775 programming 8776 ).
All this said, sometimes the goals of a new website design or redesign are related to things that can 8767 t be easily measured like increasing awareness of a brand, spreading a message, or increasing authority.
I 8767 m not going to give you a grade for each criteria or anything like that, but this type of thing has to have some structure, or I 8767 ll end up writing a book. Thus, I 8767 ve laid out a set of criteria that I think are crucial in determining which framework is best for you. This is by no means exhaustive, but it should get you started.
Great article, Naomi (per usual), and a super checklist for designers, as well so they can see if they are offering all the services they should be offering or get clear on which ones they are not willing to offer.
From what I gather from here is that both framework have their strengths and weakness and they are just going to be more awesome with each new and upcoming version. I look forward to utilizing both framework in future frameworks.
This is why you should develop on a framework like Thesis. The site stuff is built in by default. It no longer needs to be a question it 8767 s just assumed.
8775 In a technical sense, the frameworks load almost 655% differently. Genesis more or less uses the traditional WordPress method of using different templates for the header, sidebar, footer, index, etc. Thesis almost completely ignores this structure. 8776
Right now, the biggest win for me is the community of people that grew up coding up thesis. That 8767 s the most compelling reason that it 8767 s usable. You can get help because someone has done it before.
I was just reading over the article again, and its amazing that a 9,555 word article can miss so many key features of each theme. Thesis is absolutely amazing, and, now that I 8767 ve used genesis on a couple more sites, I 8767 m starting to realize I really didn 8767 t do either theme justice here. Here 8767 s to both teams for kicking out a couple of awesome products.