Child themes and a framework are the only way you should build your WordPress site and Genesis has great support for child themes and other WordPress functionality. Matt Mullenweg (WordPress founder)
If you’re searching for a world class WordPress framework to create your website or blog with, the Genesis theme framework is an excellent choice.
Once you install Genesis, you also get access to a range of plugins created especially for the Genesis framework and Studiopress themes.
Genesis plugins add even more functions to your Genesis powered WordPress site for easier customization.
Installing Genesis plugins enables you to add a huge range of custom functions to any Studiopress theme as they are all built on the Genesis framework.
You are no longer limited to the individual design and site options of your Studiopress theme and chances are, you won’t need any coding skills.