When I decided to start designing WordPress themes for the Genesis Framework, I knew there was one decision I would definitely have to make: whether or not to include a “free” copy of the Genesis Framework with each theme sale.
I decided “no” and here’s a couple reasons why.
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Keeping your WordPress site, including themes and plugins is super important. Not only can updating give you access to new features but it helps keep your site secure. Many, many updates are issued to fix security issues found.
If you don’t purchase your own copy of Genesis, you can’t activate or receive the updates and update notices.
Studiopress, the team behind Genesis is hypervigilant about keeping their framework updated so you should take advantage of their hard work and keep your site updated and secure.
Most likely you’ll primarily rely on your Child Theme developer for support but what if something happens and you need help with the Genesis Framework that you need help with? Support is available via Studiopress’s website to customers who have purchased their own copy of the Framework.
This makes sense from their perspective. As a business owner, would you be eager to provide support for customers who didn’t pay for your product?
It would bug the bejesus out of me if someone was giving away my product for free. And the folks at Studiopress have poured years and years of sweat and tears into their product to make it one of the best out there. There’s a reason it’s so popular and so many WordPress users are absolute Genesis fanatics.
And frankly, a one-time $59.95 fee for lifetime updates and support is a screaming deal. You even get a hefty discount at their Premium Theme shop when you purchase the framework.
Many systems out there charge you a yearly fee of $75 or more to keep getting updates for their framework or themes. Genesis…is…a…steal.