Premium theme company StudioPress has released its latest version of the Genesis Framework, which is the driving force behind its paid download catalog. Version 1.9 has been independently audited to ensure it is a secure product, and includes a new design, authorship support and removal of some widgets.
Updates To The Genesis Framework
In a blog post published by StudioPress last week, the firm’s founder Brian Gardner (pictured) wrote, “We are very pleased to announce that Genesis 1.9 is now available. The default look for Genesis has been updated. The style sheet has been condensed and completely rewritten, with an emphasis on flexibility for mobile responsive design. Note that in Genesis 1.9, we are also utilizing the rem unit of measurement and will use a pixel fallback for browsers that don’t support rems.”
Google’s added ability to associate writers’ and developers’ work with their Google+ profile has been included to the new version of Genesis by StudioPress. All you have to do on the back-end is edit your profile, and enter the URL of your Google+ account in the corresponding field. Genesis will then take care of the rest for you.
Authors can be associated with homepages through the SEO Settings tab of the control panel.
The Genesis Framework allows premium themes offered by StudioPress to boast a fully responsive design. The templates you purchase from the firm will automatically alter content when a website is being visited by a tablet computer or smart phone; providing a customized view that reduces the need for pinching and thumb-scrolling.
Having a design that requires no additional extensions to cater to the mobile device market is a significant asset for themes today, as there are a growing amount of individuals who browse the Internet from their iPads, iPhones, Androids, etc.
Independent Security Audit
Having new products independently audited is catching on as premium template businesses aim to ensure the new releases don’t come with unexpected security obstacles that could cause complications upon installation. WordPress Lead Developer Mark Jaquith (pictured) was hired by StudioPress to review Genesis’ code with a fine-tooth comb. Upon reviewing the Genesis 1.9 code, Jaquith stated that “it’s clear StudioPress made security a priority when developing Genesis and from a security standpoint, Genesis 1.9 is at the top of its class.”
Widgets Ported To Plugins
In an effort to allow authors to release more frequent updates, some of the Genesis widgets have been ported to plugins. “Genesis has always included some useful widgets to help you build your sites faster and easier. We realized that some of these widgets should really be plugins, so authors can push out updates more frequently. With that said, the ‘eNews & Updates’ and ‘Latest Tweets’ widgets are being ported to plugins, and will eventually be removed from Genesis,” Gardner said in his blog post.
The StudioPress founder added that the company “deprecated the Category and Page menu widgets a few releases ago, and as of this release, we’ve completely removed them from the framework. If you were still using either of these widgets, you will notice that your menu is no longer showing. You will need to build a custom menu and add the custom menu widget to the Header Right widget area.”
Looking Ahead To Genesis 2.0
A new markup structure is in the works for the upcoming Genesis Framework Version 2.0. The ability to turn on HTML5 support will be added, as will mobile device design support. Gardner expected the 2.0 release to be made public during the Spring or Summer of this year.
If you would like to take a closer look at the updated Genesis Framework, consult the Genesis Version 1.9 Demo.