March 25, 2017

Genesis Version 2.2.0 Now Available

Genesis Version 2.2 was released August 28th, and includes the following¬†changes”

  • Allow child themes to enable accessibility features for web users with disabilities.
  • Improvements to the Schema.org microdata Genesis outputs.
  • Compatibility with WordPress’s generated Title Tag output.
  • Compatibility with WordPress’s new Site Icon feature.
  • Allow entry meta to be turned off on a per post type level.
  • Many other improvements and bug fixes.

Upgrading

NOTE: If you have made any changes directly to files in the /genesis/ folder, upgrading will overwrite these changes. Therefore, we recommend that you NEVER make changes this way. Alternatively, use the CSS in the child theme folder to make stylistic modifications, and use the proper PHP files in the child theme folder, along with the Genesis Hook system, to make functional/output modifications.

Using the Automatic Upgrader

  1. Click the “upgrade now” link in the update notification at the top your your dashboard page.
  2. Confirm the upgrade.
  3. After the new version is installed, click the link to complete the upgrade.
  4. All done!

Upgrading Manually

  1. Before you upgrade anything, make sure you have backup copies of your child theme.
  2. Delete the old genesis folder from your wp-content/themes directory
  3. Unzip and upload the new genesis folder to your wp-content/themes directory
  4. Log into the dashboard to complete the upgrade process.

WordPress Extend Themes Directory

Following the success of the offical WordPress Extend Plugins Directory the WordPress Extend Themes Directory has just been added.¬† As this takes off the WordPress Extend Themes Directory will give WordPress.org users easy access to numerous WordPress themes that are open source (GPL) and that are free of “link bait” (this has been a huge problem in the past).

WordPress Theme Viewer 3.0

Anyone who uses the WordPress Theme Viewer to find themes to use for WordPress may have been surprised recently when a few thousand themes started to disappear from the site. Apparently there has been a problem with “sponsored” and “spam” themes, thus they have been removed as version 3.0 of the WordPress Theme Viewer has been started.

Matt Mullenweg explains this in a little more detail on his blog.