I for one, have been waiting for a long time for Genesis 2.0, because of the new features it will be offering.
The next generation of the default Genesis framework looks beautiful. It’s crisp, clean, and flexible.
Let’s dive into the features that Genesis 2.0 will offer.
- HTML5 Markup
- Microdata – this is SEO bread and butter
- Removing Features – wait, how is this a “feature”? Cleaning up some bloat that previous versions of Genesis acquired over time such as “Latest Tweets,” “eNews and Updates” and “fancy dropdowns”
- 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.
- 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 am I looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to HTML5 being baked into the core, microdata, and having Genesis track which posts are already being displayed. I think that is something that Genesis does a poor job with right now, so that will be great to have.
I reached out to Brian Gardner, founder of StudioPress and now Chief Product Officer of Copyblogger Media, and he gave me a few stats about Genesis 2.0 Beta 2.
Genesis 2.0 Beta 2 has, so far, had 4 employees and around 8-10 community members involved in the making. “Internally we’ve been working on it for months,” said Brian.
Brian was not ready to share any numbers around active installations of Genesis because he felt that the metrics that would be provided would likely be inaccurate.