Earlier this month, premium WordPress theme company StudioPress and its Chief Executive Officer Brian Gardner released the new Genesis Framework 2.0 Beta for public use. As with all beta versions, Gardner strongly advised developers and website owners against using the the software on a production site – but rather encouraged its use for testing purposes until a commercial release (expected some time in the month of June) is released.
“We are very pleased to announce that Genesis 2.0 Beta is now available,” wrote Gardner. Genesis 2.0 utilizes HTML5 to provide a number of features that we’re very excited to share with you, so can get testing. Genesis is sporting a fresh new look. We’ve taken advantage of the new HTML5 markup, as well as some snazzy CSS3, and we think you’re gonna love this. [It] 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.”
The Genesis Framework
If you are a developer who has downloaded a wide variety of premium WordPress themes or simply a customer of StudioPress, chances are you’ve heard of the Genesis Framework, which serves as the backbone for the company’s downloads as well as other themes marketed by independent firms. With Genesis, beginning webmasters have the luxury of designing a website and performing major changes without ever having to go into the Editor and work with code. Everything from custom page templates, layouts, widgets and more is available and can be manipulated with a few strokes of the keyboard and clicks of a mouse.
There are currently more than 40 premium themes available on the StudioPress website; ranging from niche products that serve the medical and education industry to templates that focus more on corporate structure or personal blogs. Downloads can be purchased individually or customers can opt for an All In One package that includes full access to all themes.
Genesis 2.0 Improvements
There are a lot of new features included in the new beta release, as well as some tools which will be going by the wayside completely once the commercial product is out. Gardner explained, “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, the eNews and Updates widget, the post templates feature, and the fancy dropdowns setting. There are some good plugins you can grab and install, if you want to continue using those functionalities. If you’re using a theme with HTML5 enabled, Genesis will also output your markup using microdata. 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.”
If you would like to see how the beta version of Genesis 2.0 looks, you can click on the following link to go directly to the Genesis Framework 2.0 Demo Site. You can also perform an automatic update of your website to the latest version by downloading the Genesis Beta Tester plugin from WordPress.org. Those who are running the Beta Tester and would like to report a bug can visit the StudioPress Help Page.