First off, these are 2 great themes for different reasons. For quality code and experience, GeneratePress wins out. Tom, the GeneratePress developer, is a very talented and experienced developer who is passionate about every line of code in his theme. I have never experienced anyone more committed to making a quality theme than him. OceanWP is a more feature rich theme, more options, but more complexity to it. If you were only going to use the free versions of either, OceanWP is what you should choose. Its strength is WooCommerce integration. Both themes have very good and fast support. If you were going to be purchasing one of them, GeneratePress offers more value at a much better price tag. So I can really pick a winner here, but can suggest you make your decision based on what your plan is.
GeneratePress is a lightweight theme that can be extended with a premium pack of extensions. It will work with most page builders and has the most extensive documentation of any theme.
OceanWP is a WordPress theme with innovative features and is the most generous free theme I have ever seen. There is a suite of extensions that can be purchased which will extend the theme even further.
GeneratePress Key Features
- Page Builder Compatibility
- Many Customizer Options
- Supportive Developer
- Extensive Documentation
- Large Userbase
- Actively Developed
OceanWP Key Features
- Fully Responsive
- eCommerce Ready
- Fully Customizable
- Advanced Mega Menu
- RTL Support
- Free Templates
GeneratePress Things To Consider
GeneratePress has been around for quite some time, and with that, there will be some things that don't make sense in the customizer. Mostly the way options are organized.
Also, it was not initially designed to be a theme that works with any page builder, so with that there are options that you will not be using.
My long-term concern is that the developer is not really a fan of page builders despite it being the main driver of sales. There are many things that would just be easier for the theme to have a setting for, but I fear the developer is overly conservative in what he will implement.
OceanWP Things To Consider
OceanWP is a young theme and is not created by a developer with a long track record. Since the framework of the theme was a GPL fork from another theme, in my opinion, the options are not as intuitive as I would like to see.
That being said, the developer is very fast to resolve any issue that may come up which shows his dedication to OceanWP.
Also, many of the theme options are reliant upon option boxes in posts & pages which become cumbersome and will be confusing to people new to WordPress.
GeneratePress Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active GeneratePress Coupon or GeneratePress Discounts available.
OceanWP Coupon / Discount
There are currently no active OceanWP Coupon or OceanWP Discounts available. However, sometimes there are promotions on their website to save you 10% or so.
GeneratePress Review Summary
GeneratePress is a rock solid choice for you to build your website on. Many highly experienced developers use GeneratePress for all of their projects. Pair that with the amazing support that Tom delivers and you have the perfect theme for just about any website project.
OceanWP Review Summary
OceanWP is the most feature-packed free theme that is available.
For a theme that work with any page builder, it has some innovative features that I have never seen in a theme. Primarily it's strength is with e-commerce websites and has all the feature that you would normally expect to pay for.
If you are new to WordPress, the customizer options and the option boxes found in each post/page can be overwhelming and hard to make sense of at times.
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