A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the Dynamik Theme for Genesis. It’s aptly described as a website builder because it’s basically a do-it-yourself Genesis child theme for non-developers. Cobalt Apps, the company behind this product, have just let us know that they will be dropping their own framework and focusing on Dynamik for Genesis solely from now on. Great move in my opinion.
Today though I want to talk about the Genesis Extender, which in my opinion is even more useful than the Dynamik Theme.
First of all, what’s the difference between these two products (both from the same company)?
The Dynamik Website Builder is a Child Theme for the Genesis Framework. Because it’s a Child Theme it can not be used with other Genesis Child Themes. So if you plan on using only non-Dynamik Child Themes then Dynamik would not be for you.
But if your needs are for a powerful “Blank Canvas” Genesis Child Theme that provides you with not only everything that Genesis Extender provides, but hundreds of no-coding design options and the ability to import Dynamik Skins, then Dynamik is totally the way to go.
The Genesis Extender Plugin is a WordPress Plugin that can only be used with the Genesis Framework, but unlike Dynamik, it can be used with ALL Genesis Child Themes. So if you plan on using only non-Dynamik Child Themes then this would be the way to go.
Just keep in mind that Genesis Extender does not provide you with the same hundreds of no-coding design options that Dynamik does. The main purpose of Genesis Extender, unlike Dynamik, is to help you enhance and add to your current Genesis Child Theme, not completely re-invent it (though this is certainly possible with Genesis Extender).
Using “versus” to compare these two products is probably not the best way to go about it as it indicates some kind of competition, but this couldn’t be further from the case. I would say that the vast majority of Dynamik Website Builder users also own and use Genesis Extender. Though there are certainly die hard Dynamik fans who would never use a non-Dynamik Child Theme for any web design project put in front of them, the rest of the Genesis users enjoy both Dynamik and non-Dynamik Child Themes and find the Genesis Extender Plugin to be the perfect tool to bridge the gap between them.
Here’s a video I recorded that shows you how Genesis Extender works:
And this is my previous video where I show the Dynamik Theme in action: