Genesis 2.0 Beta Now Available

My favourite WordPress theme framework Genesis has just been updated to version 2.0 Beta. Since it's a beta version, you would do well to test it out and get used to it, however it's not recommended that you use it on a live site yet.

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My favourite WordPress theme framework Genesis has just been updated to version 2.0 Beta. Since it’s a beta version, you would do well to test it out and get used to it, however it’s not recommended that you use it on a live site yet.

Genesis 2.0 utilizes HTML5 to provide a number of new features.

HTML5 Markup

Genesis has always been on the cutting edge of web technology, and Genesis 2.0 continues in that excellent tradition.

With a single line of code in a child theme, Genesis will now output HTML5 markup in place of the old XHTML tags. Also, every theme released in the future will be developed on HTML5.

Microdata

If you’re using a theme with HTML5 enabled, Genesis will also output your markup using microdata.

The markup has been modified to serve search engines the microdata they’re looking for, so you don’t have to. It’s good to be a Genesis user.

Removing Features

The “Latest Tweets” widget, the “eNews and Updates” widget, the “post templates” feature, and the “fancy dropdowns” setting have been removed. There are some good plugins you can grab and install, if you want to continue using those functionalities.

Further Improvements

Here’s a list of the technical changes in this latest release of Genesis:

  • Better named loop hooks for HTML5.
  • Network Upgrade now upgrades the Genesis database for all sites in a network when running WordPress in multisite mode.
  • Widget classes are now coded in PHP5 format.
  • Admin CSS and Javascript are now minified.
  • Inline HTML comments have been removed to reduce page size.
  • The Scripts option now has its own metabox when editing an entry.
  • Custom Post Type archive pages now have a settings page so you can control the output.
  • Genesis tracks displayed entry IDs so you can exclude entries from showing twice on a page.
  • Entries without titles now display a permalink after the post content.

What do you think of the new features?

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Jean Galea
Jean Galea
Jean Galea is an investor, entrepreneur, and blogger. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and Spotlight, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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2 Responses

  1. I’ve finally saw the light and made the move to Genesis. I did a quick Google but not sure what you mean by “The Scripts option now has its own metabox when editing an entry”. What is the Scripts option?

    1. Good to hear Brad. On the Edit Post screen scroll down and you will see a metabox named ‘Scripts’. It’s suitable for custom tracking, conversion or other page-specific scripts.

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