OceanWP Vs GeneratePress

OceanWP Vs GeneratePress

Here is my comparison post on OceanWP Vs GeneratePress based on performance, support, features, and page builder support.

OceanWP is an extremely popular WordPress theme among the developers and hobby-users with over 2,397,100 downloads. 

What makes OceanWP such a popular theme is the fact that it's extremely light and can be used for any kind of website including online stores. Further, OceanWP creative demos help users create professional websites in no time.

The WordPress theme, GeneratePress has over 200,000 active websites using it and is pretty lightweight too. The theme is page builder-friendly, secure & stable and comes with Site Library, Hooks & Filters,  and Layout Control. 

OceanWP vs. GeneratePress Overview

Being an existing user of both the themes, here is my quick summary in terms of performance, support and other important parameters like page builder support, starter sites, etc.

OceanWP vs. GeneratePress Features

1. Pre-made Templates

OceanWP keeps things extremely convenient for the users by providing them with a wide range of Free as well as Pro demos to import from and use. This eventually helps users build their websites in the quickest time. Importing a demo is not at all a tedious job. 

For that, you will first need to activate the Ocean Demo Import WordPress plugin. You then need to get to the install Demos tab under Theme Panel and pick the demo of your choice. 

As you do this, you will see a pop up with the additional plugins that would be required for this demo to work. You could install them and click on Next. The next best thing you can do is click on yes to import the demo.

GeneratePress provides its users with a Site Library containing a wide range of demo sites that they can use to build professional looking sites in no time. Using one such demo site for your project will surely speed up your work drastically. 

To use this feature, you have to first activate the theme from your WordPress Dashboard Themes section Under Appearance. However, the Site Library is a premium feature and you must have the GP Premium membership to use it. 

After you buy the GP Premium membership, you have to download the zipped plugin file and upload the same from your WordPress install plugin tab. Wait for the plugin to install. After it's done, get to the GP Premium plugin, check all the modules and activate.

After that, it is time to choose a suitable template from the Site Library. Click on the details and have the JSON file backed up. You can then click on the import option to import the demo site.

2. Loading Time

Most of the themes these days claim to have extremely fast loading times but since we are looking for the best, it is always wise to test it before buying one’s promising words. To test it, I set up two demo sites; one with the OceanWP theme and another with the GeneratePress. 

As I monitored the loading times of the sites, the OceanWP site recorded a speed of 910ms and the GeneratePress site recorded a loading time of 820ms. This makes GeneratePress the clear winner. 

If we look into the reasons behind its performance, the theme is about just 30KB in size and uses Vanilla Javascript instead of jQuery to avoid render-blocking. I even wrote a comparison of Astra Vs GeneratePress Vs OceanWP where GeneratePress possessed greater site speeds.

3. WooCommerce

WooCommerce Integration with OceanWP is unimaginably simple. With OceanWP WooCommerce integration, customers can certainly build amazing online stores for generating brilliant sales. 

OceanWP Native Cart Popup
Native Cart Popup
OceanWP Quick View

One salient feature that makes OceanWP WooCommerce integration a lot different from the others is that there is no need to activate extra WooCommerce plugins. 

In GeneratePress, WooCommerce integration is only available in GP Premium. Users can use the WooCommerce add-on, WC alongside using the WooCommerce plugin to modify the layout, color, and typography according to your requirement.

When it comes to WooCommerce, OceanWP is the clear winner when combines with Best WooCommerce Hosting of 2020.

4. Page Builder

Using your favorite page builder alongside using a good theme would always make web designing extremely convenient and fast for you. 

OceanWP supports you as many as 9 drag-and-drop page builders to select from that include Elementor, Brizy, Visual Composer, Divi, Thrive Architect, Beaver Builder, King Composer, and SiteOrigin.

GeneratePress offers only two page builders options to choose from and that includes Beaver Builder and Elementor.

5. Support

OceanWP offers a good customer support service and helps customers with their technical difficulties through tickets. Support is available for both Free and Paid customers. However, response to tickets is comparatively faster for the paid customers.

GeneratePress also has a decent support forum and a good knowledge base to help the users. With GP Premium, customers can have priority support and that way, have a response to their queries and issues faster.

6. Pricing

OceanWP is available in 3 different premium plans; Personal for $59, Business for $79, and Agency for $129. Personal includes 1 site support, 12 Months of Updates, Support 8 Free Extensions, 13 Premium Extensions, 13 Free Demos, and 60 Pro Demos.

The business includes 3 site support and all the other features that are included in the Personal plan. Agency comes with 25 sites support and all the important features of the former plans. Customers can also buy any of the OceanWP plans for a lifetime by paying a one time charge.

GeneratePress is available in both Free and Premium versions. However, to have the important features like Full Access to Site Library, WooComerce integration, and Priority Support, you must consider choosing the GP Premium for $49.95. 

GP Premium is covered by a 30-day money-back guarantee and includes 40% OFF on renewal. Most importantly, GeneratePress never renews your subscription automatically and you would need to do it manually every time.

Conclusion

I have covered some important aspects of both the WordPress Themes in this content and also explained as to how they differ. I found GeneratePress pretty affordable with reasonably good features. GeneratePress also loads faster. OceanWP, on the other hand, has decent features too, but it is a little pricey. 

However, OceanWP WooCommerce integration is comparatively simpler and advanced. Another huge advantage that OceanWP has over GeneratePress is that it offers 9 different page builders to choose from while GeneratePress offers only two page builder options.