Dynamik, Extender & Essentials: Comparing Cobalt Apps Products


Please Note: Genesis Essentials is no longer for sale, but Genesis Extender, which has all that Essentials offered and much more, is still available.

Here at CobaltApps.com you’ll find three Premium Products that share the same DNA, but with different feature sets to accommodate the various levels of control our members need to tackle their latest WordPress/Genesis Web Design projects. These three products include Dynamik Website Builder, a Child Theme for the Genesis Framework, and both the Genesis Extender and Genesis Essentials Plugins.

ca-genesis-essentials-logoStarting with the most basic of the three products, the Genesis Essentials Plugin provides a kind of foundation for the others to build on. Providing some core features for the Genesis Child Theme user to harness when creating their Genesis powered websites, Essentials gives you the critical stuff and nothing else. From a Static Homepage feature that allows you to easily take control of your site’s homepage with a few clicks of your mouse to a Google Fonts option that allows you to add any of the hundreds of available Google Web Fonts, to the Front-end CSS Editor and code builder tools that make custom coding your site a breeze. Here’s a more detailed Genesis Essentials Plugin Features List. And here are screenshots of the Genesis Essentials options.

genesis-extender-promo-textMoving on to the Genesis Extender Plugin we basically have all that Genesis Essentials has to offer, plus a more robust Front-end CSS Builder tool and a powerful set of custom options that give you the ability to structure and add to your content in an intuitive way. These additional features include Custom WordPress and Page Templates, Custom Labels (something unique to Cobalt Apps products such as Dynamik and Extender), Custom WordPress Conditionals (that are used to conditionally displays your Custom Widget Areas and Hook Boxes), Custom Widget Areas, Custom Hook Boxes and an Image Uploader. Here’s a more detailed Genesis Extender Plugin Features List. And here are screenshots of the Genesis Extender options.

dynamik-promo-textFinally, Dynamik Website Builder, our Genesis Child Theme that houses all the features found in both Genesis Essentials and Genesis Extender, with the addition of a more robust Static Homepage/Featured Widget Area section and a Design Options admin section packed full of powerful no-coding design options. And it’s these Design Options that really sets Dynamik apart from not only Extender and Essentials, but from most other “design it yourself” kind of themes out there, Genesis Child Themes or not. From the hundreds of no-coding design options to full width controls to the ability to import and further customize Premium Dynamik Skins to the ability to Export your ENTIRE Dynamik design as a fully independent Genesis Child Theme, Dynamik is packed with highly refined and useful features. Here’s a more detailed Dynamik Website Builder Features List. And here are screenshots of the Dynamik Website Builder options.

So to sum it up, the Genesis Essentials Plugin provides those essential features many Genesis Child Theme users will want to include with all their future web design projects. Genesis Extender includes these same feature, but with the addition of a more robust Front-end CSS Building too and a powerful set of custom content and page structuring tools. And finally Dynamik, our “Flagship Product”, if you will, includes all that is found in both Genesis Essentials and Genesis Extender and then tops it off with a more robust Static Homepage and Feature Widget Area section, an entire admin section packed with no-coding design options and the ability to export your entire design as its own stand-alone Genesis Child Theme.

To see a detailed walkthrough of these differences be sure to watch the following screencast:

Please note that all three products hard code the majority of their custom functionality including stylesheets, functions, javascript, widget areas, templates, the static homepage, etc… for greatest possible efficiency on the front-end of your site.

As referenced in the screencast, you can find our product knowledge bases linked to below:

Genesis Essentials Knowledge Base

Genesis Extender Knowledge Base

Dynamik Website Builder Knowledge Base

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