I have to give the Studiopress team a lot of credit, they made me fall in love with a freaking WordPress Theme/Framework. Nope, that’s not an affiliate link. You can take a look at their stuff if you want. They have a great selection of child themes as well and it’s even better now compared to the last version. Personally, I got over Thesis pretty quickly because of this.
Anyway, most of the blogs I run use Genesis and it’s no surprise that I recommend it to most clients that are starting online. It’s easier for us to tweak for clients and it’s already great out of the box.
Genesis comes with a great SEO ready framework but using an SEO plugin to take it further is usually a preferred choice. One of the more popular plugins used with Genesis is Yoast’s SEO Plugin. Once the plugin is turned on, Genesis turns it’s own SEO settings off so it doesn’t get in the way. Pretty awesome.
The problem with SEO plugins, is that it changes a lot of code. Couple that with a child theme and a few other plugins – you just increased your chances to have some code get tangled up with each other.
One of the problems I saw recently with a new client who was already using Genesis, was that it was missing the rel=”next” and rel=”prev” codes for pagination which (normally) automatically shows up with either Genesis or with Yoast. What’s it for? Just basic SEO you need to do. Check more about it here and here. Moz has an old article about it, too.