With the recent release of WordPress 3.6, the geniuses behind Studiopress also released Genesis 2.0, a major leap forward for the framework. What makes it different?
Cosmetically, all Genesis themes will now be completely mobile responsive. That’s right. No more paying extra for mobile responsive coding, or ordering a mobile version of your website. All of their future child themes, and all updates to current themes will adapt to any device you’re on. Isn’t that great?!
But that’s not all. Genesis 2.0 now uses HTML5 markup. What does this mean? In the words of Brian Gardner:
- It makes your website future compatible
- It improves cross-browser compatibility
- It makes your site truly mobile-friendly
- It allows for extensible design and supports video and audio like no other markup language.
- It is cleaner and more efficient in terms of storage, API interaction, and other ways impact user experience.
SEO geeks will love it too. Why? It has built-in support for schema.org. That means, it “allows you to enhance your site’s search engine optimization and results display through proper classification of the most important and defining elements on your pages.” I’m no SEO expert (yet), but whatever gets your site on top of search engine results sure sounds great! And you don’t even have to pay extra for it!
Another bonus? Security has been enhanced. That makes your site more difficult to hack. Not only that, it is now even more stable and has all these improvements that will make your site load even faster. All in all, your Genesis-powered site will be better looking, faster, and more secure.
Oh, and yes, I’ve already upgraded this site. Now it’s your turn! 🙂
P.S. Genesis 2.0 is backward compatible, so your current theme will still work without problems. But should you wish to change it to be html5 compatible, I can re-code your Fancy Girl-designed theme for a small fee. Email me! =)