Genesis 2.0

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What’s New in Genesis 2.0

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 we build in the future will be developed on HTML5.


If you’re using a theme with HTML5 enabled, Genesis will also output your markup using microdata.. Not sure what that is? We don’t blame you. Take a look atthis explanation. Still confused? Don’t worry. That’s why you’re using a framework. We did all the research and modified the markup to serve search engines the Microdata they’re looking for, so you don’t have to. It’s good to be a Genesis user.

A Brand New Design

Genesis is sporting a fresh new look. And we’ve taken advantage of the new HTML5 markup, as well as some snazzy CSS3. We think you’re gonna love this.

Removing Features

We want to keep Genesis as lightweight as possible for you, nobody wants to use bloated software. So we’ve removed the Latest Tweets widget, eNews widget, and the “post templates” feature. But fear not! If you want those features back, click below to install the handy plugins we created for you.

Boring, but important

We’re always improving. Call it a sickness, but we like to make things work really, really well. Here’s a list of the technical changes in this latest release.

  • 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.

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