WordPress 3.4 Update and Genesis

WordPress 3.3As many of you know, WordPress 3.4 was officially released. We wanted to let you know that we’ve updated the StudioPress site and all of the Genesis child theme demo sites — and all is well.

This is our way of saying “Go for it, you should safely be able to update to WordPress 3.4!”

Updating WordPress for Genesis Users

The development team here at StudioPress is always working with the bleeding version of WordPress. As a result, we can confidently say that there aren’t any major issues with WordPress 3.4 and Genesis 1.8.1.

There is a minor issue we are aware of that occurs on the Theme Editor page, which results in some warnings being display at the top of the page. This will be addressed in an update, but you should be fine to keep running Genesis.

If you notice anything else, please let us know. As always, it’s safe to do a database and theme backup before updating WordPress.

Now that WordPress 3.4 is out, we’ll begin Genesis 1.9 development. This should include support for HTML5 among other enhancements and bug fixes.

What’s New in WordPress 3.4

The biggest change in 3.4 is the theme customizer which allows you to play around with various looks and settings for your current theme or one you’re thinking about switching to without publishing those changes to the whole world.

For themes that support it, you can change colors, backgrounds, and of course custom image headers. They have more planned for the customizer down the road.

Throughout the rest of the admin you’ll notice tweaks to make your everyday life easier. For example, if you have lots of themes they’ve made it quicker to browse them all at once without paging.

It’s possible to use images from your media library to populate custom headers, and for you to choose the height and width of your header images.

They’ve expanded their embed support to include tweets: just put a Twitter permalink on its own line in the post editor and it will turn it into a beautiful embedded Tweet.

All good stuff, right? Happy updating!


  1. Thanks for the info.

    Always a good feeling when a rollout or update goes smoothly.

  2. Cheers Brian
    Updated a local install using Minimum theme with no issues.
    Will start on live sites this weekend.

    Fingers crossed.

  3. Does agentpress support the use of the theme customiser in wordpress 3.4? ie can you change colors, backgrounds, and custom image headers?

  4. I just updated a IDX site Im working on Genesis 1.8.1 and agentpress..
    I saw no errors at all in theme editor page area so far and things are running smooth..
    If this helps..

  5. After updating to WordPress 3.4, there was some problem in the display of News theme. The Genesis Tabbed widget did not display properly. But disabling W3 Total Cache plugin made the theme display properly. I enabled W3TC again and changed the minify settings a little. Everything is working smoothly again.

  6. Whats new on WP 3.4 mr? 😉

  7. Sweet, I love Genesis, just finished my custom site using it a a base. Solid coding, and always great support. I recommend it to my clients as a great framework as well.

  8. Thanks, Brian. I’ve updated all my sites and everything was seamless. Once again, Genesis has made me happy.

  9. If you are reluctant to upgrade out of fear of it ruining your site, try backing up your site for free with CodeGuard first. http://www.codeguard.com lets you restore previous versions of your site with a click, so if something goes wrong while upgrading, it is easier than ever to undo.

  10. I can confirm that the theme changer works beautifully with the Associate theme. 😉

  11. Updated all my client sites and no problems at all, all because Genesis is the best framework out there. Thanks to you, Brian, and the StudioPress team.

  12. Thanks for the heads up! WordPress + Genesis makes an excellent setup.

  13. All went smoothly here. Also, as mentioned by Sebastian, the new theme changer / preview functionality works a treat. One question though – does anyone know if using this feature adds the CSS to the webpage as opposed to editing the theme’s ‘style.css’ file? I’m guessing it would.

  14. Rick Duncan :

    Has anyone seen this error? I’ve updated many sites and this is the first one with an error.
    preg_grep() expects parameter 2 to be array, null given in /bbb/bbb/bbb/bbb.com/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/admin/editor.php on line 39

    Warning: Illegal offset type in /bbb/bbb/bbb/bbb.com/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/admin/editor.php on line 40

    Ignore the three b’s for each folder name. Just removing it for anonymity.

  15. Great overview and advice! Been loving 3.4 so far. Ran into a few problems when trying to update, here’s a blog post with tips to smooth out the process

  16. Hope there’ll be a fix for theme editor page soon since there are many things to do with this page

  17. Thanks for the update! The WordPress 3.4 update when smoothly for me. Any ETA for Genesis 1.9?

  18. Our site updated with the new version, and we are using the Genesis Focus child theme. A lot of it looks pretty nice, however, we noticed the header now bisects the top and bottom navigational bars. Previously, these were stuck together (they both appeared underneath the header), and we found that to be a much more intuitive placement. Is there some way we can change that back?

  19. Thanks for the info, now we can easily update WordPress on our client sites.

  20. This sounds good. Feel confident to update to WordPress 3.4 now. Really love the Genesis Framework by the way. Very good job!

  21. Life has been stress free since going with Genesis framework and theme (especially considering I am a non-techie). Worrying about upgrades is virtually non-existent. Thank you as always!

  22. Where on the site can we download the new version of Genesis?

  23. Upgraded to WP 3.4 with Magazine Child Theme no issues. Great. I noticed that Genesis is at 1.8.1 now but I am at Genesis 1.8.0 but my updates panel shows no notification to update Genesis. Shouldn’t Genesis automatically be displayed in my updates panel if an update is available?

  24. Alan Jerram :

    Developing a site using Associate as child and update to 3.4 shows no ill effects so far other than php error message at top of editor (as mentioned) and a php error at top of WP header page.

  25. Thanks Brian! You & the team are the best. We’ve upgraded and all looks good. Worked like a charm. Thanks for your excellent work, as always! :)


  26. Hi — I purchased Genesis when it was 1.7 is there a way to download the updated version so I have it when I install the themes and don’t need to update it in WP?
    (I purchased the Pro Plan a while back, when it was offered on special)


  27. This is really another cool feature for WordPress. I appreciate this update that you have shared. We would be upgrading our WordPress sites sooner this month.

    Thank you.

  28. Thanks Brian. I love what you’re doing with your development team. I already updated my site into WordPress 3.4. And yes, there’s a warning notification that showed up in Theme Editor area. But that’s ok, my genesis site is still working out.

    Once again, thanks for your great support.

  29. Hi,
    I use a Genesis Prose basis with dedicated theme, and use the WordPress version 3.3, I’ve create a staging area to see how my website will change with the WP version 3.4, I have some serious bug with some thumbnails.

    What must I do first? Genesis or WP 3.4 update?
    My website will be automatically update to WP 3.4 tomorrow, so if you can help me…
    Many thanks in advance.

  30. How does genesis 1.8.1 affect metric child theme 1.0.1 . Haven’t started my site yet but about to. Just want to make sure that these 2 versions will work properly together before I update Genesis. Please advise…

  31. How about the new 3.4.1 WordPress update/tweak? I’m assuming it’s fine but just want to be sure. (running AgentPress 2.0)

  32. Updated to 3.4.1 today and it ruined my Genesis theme “Outreach Child Theme”. Any help I can get? :l

    • Please post your question here:
      so that our technical staff can assist you as soon as possible.
      The Forum Access Instructions are provided on the Download Page, which you can access via the email link you received after purchasing your theme.

      It shows the steps you must take to register for a Forum USER Account and get the Account upgraded.

      If you have followed these instructions and still do not have access, please try clearing your cache and cookies and logging in again.

  33. Looking forward to Genesis 1.9 and HTML5 support!!!! We are starting to get increasing requests for this and we strongly prefer to build on Genesis when possible. Keep rocking it Brian :)

  34. Super keen for html5 in 1.9!

  35. I am having issues with the outreach theme and internet explorer moving site pieces around.

  36. Major issues: upgraded to 3.4, then tried to install the Corporate child. Am getting error messages like this: Notice: add_custom_background is deprecated since version 3.4! Use add_theme_support( ‘custom-background’, $args ) instead. in /hermes/bosweb26c/b2804/nf.iiresidence/public_html/neometrixconsulting.com/wp-includes/functions.php on line 2638

    I tried replacing add_theme_support with add_theme_support( ‘custom-background’, $args ), but now I get the error: undefined variable: args . I’m NOT a coder. How do I fix this short of hiring a programmer?