If your blog currently run on Genesis Framework 1.8.0 or older, I highly recommend that you upgrade to 1.8.1 now.
Speaking of framework, it is a robust WordPress theme that can be utilized out of the box – as is – or also easily extended with child themes and hooks (customized code). Not only do they provide a number of enhancements above and beyond a typical WordPress theme, they also serve as a platform on which to build added functionality.
The Genesis Framework for WordPress is much more than a mere WordPress theme. It’s an underlying framework of immaculate code that’s been built to achieve three important objectives.
The version 1.8.1 is a security release and the following are specific changes made in this update.
- Added new SEO options to term archives. You can now specify your own headline and intro text.
- Added new option to display breadcrumbs on Attachment pages.
- Added page link text option to the User Profile widget.
- Better integration with the WordPress SEO plugin.
- New extendable Genesis_Admin classes make building Genesis admin pages dead simple.
- Added ability to disable primary or secondary menus completely via the “theme support” method.
- New genesis_widget_area() function to output widget areas without having to build markup or use conditional logic.
- Native color selector that child themes can use to create multiple color schemes.
- Improved settings UI to work better with non-English languages.
- Genesis post options can now be enabled/disable using the “post type support” method.
- Sanitize some options on save, instead of output, for performance benefits.
- Admin scripts now loaded only when needed.
- All code now follows the WordPress coding standards.
- Comprehensive inline documentation.
- Various bug fixes and enhancements.
For a more comprehensive list of changes, see this page.
Using the Automatic Upgrader
- Click the “upgrade now” link in the update notification at the top your your dashboard page.
- Confirm the upgrade.
- After the new version is installed, click the link to complete the upgrade.
- Before you upgrade anything, make sure you have backup copies of your child theme.
- Delete the old genesis folder from your wp-content/themes directory
- Unzip and upload the new genesis folder to your wp-content/themes directory
- Log into the dashboard to complete the upgrade process.