Genesis Theme Framework v1.3 Now Available

Genesis Theme Framework – version 1.3 is now available! We’ve been working on this release for over a month, and we’re so excited to release it because there are so many great things about it. Below you will see a list of what’s new with Genesis…

Genesis v1.3 Security Audit

With all of the security issues that are occurring in the web publishing world these days, we knew it was crucial to ensure that Genesis was as secure as possible. So we contacted Mark Jaquith once again to perform an up-to-date security audit.

From Mark Jaquith, WordPress Lead Developer:

Mark Jaquith, WordPress Lead Developer“StudioPress reached out to me to do a security review before Genesis was even released, and I did another review for Genesis 1.3. They were very responsive to my suggestions, and the result is a theme framework that follows all the WordPress security best practices. It’s clear StudioPress made security a priority when developing Genesis and from a security standpoint, Genesis 1.3 is at the top of its class.”

Genesis v1.3 Enhanced SEO Options

Genesis 1.3 is all about the SEO (search engine optimization). In fact, it’s such a giant leap forward in this space that some things had to be entirely rewritten. Special thanks goes out to Greg Boser, one of the most well known and respected SEO experts in the field. When we approached him about doing an independent Genesis SEO audit, he was more than willing to help out. His input and feedback proved to be invaluable in taking Genesis SEO to the next level. We’re confident that his suggestions have made Genesis 1.3 into the best option in search engine optimized WordPress themes.

Below is a list of some of these enhancements: (a more detailed post with explanations will follow)

  • More Doctitle Control
  • Document Head Control
  • Page Speed
  • Robots Meta Control
  • Canonical Control
  • Archives and noindex
  • Link nofollow Settings
  • 3rd Party Feed Links

How to Update to Genesis v1.3

Assuming you haven’t made any changes to the core Genesis files, updating to the latest version of the Genesis Theme Framework is very easy. If you are running an earlier version of Genesis you will see a notification in your dashboard that there is a new version of Genesis available. Just follow the instructions and you will be able to update in seconds. This is the main reason we’ve encouraged everyone to make changes through the child theme, as updating the Genesis Theme Framework is THAT easy.

What’s New In Genesis v1.3

  • Extensive SEO controls/flexibility added
  • Complete security audit from Mark Jaquith, lead developer WordPress
  • Fixed featured posts bug
  • Fixed settings reset bug
  • Fixed SEO problem. H1 isn’t used on homepage if AIOSEO is active
  • Fixed Genesis menu icon issue
  • Fixed a rare upgrade bug
  • Allow author box title to be filtered
  • Fixed bug in genesis_get_image()
  • Abstracted the doctype and opening and elements
  • Reduced linebreaks/indentations in various locations to cut load time
  • Added .widget-area css class to sidebars
  • Removed unnecessary rel code that WordPress adds to the
  • Made index/follow logic function output nothing, unless we’re supposed to noindex or nofollow
  • Discontinued “post tags” being used for META keywords
  • Term SEO options now work automatically with custom taxonomies
  • We now allow auto-updates to be disabled programmatically using remove_theme_support().
  • Abstracted index.php. Created genesis() function to serve up the HTML framework.
  • Added option to display breadcrumbs on the 404 page
  • Genesis SEO and Layout can now easily be used with custom post types
  • Add Genesis README menu item in dashboard for child themes with the README.txt content on that page
  • User Profile widget now allows limited formatting HTML, while still filtering out potentially harmful code
  • Localize the “Read More” text in the Featured Post widget


  1. Hello

    With all the SEO enhancements done to Genesis do we still need a 3rd party SEO plugin like All-In-One SEO or SEO Friendly Images? And where do I go in Genesis to control SEO?

  2. Fantastic – this is quite a release from an SEO standpoint! I’ve been playing around with 1.3 beta and look forward to an upgrade across my network.

    I hate to sound so entitled but…any new themes in the works that we can get a preview of?

  3. Wow, there are a lot of things new with v1.3.

    With regards to SEO, is it good to have AIOSEO enabled with Genesis or is it really necessary with all the SEO additions in v1.3?

    • I think with this release you will be fine retiring AIOSEO. The only issue you will run into initially is porting the data from AIOSEO into Genesis. I’m pretty sure Nathan is working on something to handle that, so you might not want to switch it off until that’s done unless you are cool with redoing all of your title info.

    • Josh – IMO, I find the AIOSEO pack pretty redundant when it comes to the new updates with Genesis 1.3. I love AIOSEO, but realistically, Genesis has the most important SEO functionality built in, with the flexibility to really customize the vital parts. I’m no longer using AIO on my client’s sites, and I’m confident I can continue to rank them exceptionally well with just Genesis.

    • Thanks for the feedback Greg, Brian, and Kris. I make an attempt to use as few plugins as possible and v1.3 eliminates one more plugin from my arsenal. Thanks for making this possible!

  4. I’m looking forward for the final release of Genesis 1.3 and here it is. Great theme and really love it. Thanks developer team especially you Brian.

  5. Wow… you mean I can actually plan for upgrading most of my sites and not having to use the separate AIO and Greg’s HPSEO plugins anymore?

    The prospect of eventually cleaning up redundant plugins makes me giddy!

    • Hey Summer – that is one of the primary reasons (among many) we spent so much time with SEO, and connected with Greg Boser to work with us. Sometimes less (I’m referring to plugins) is better.

  6. Count me in on the excitement and thanks to StudioPress for fantastic work in this release and great support to your existing customers!

  7. Does happy dance, move aside people.

  8. Wow, there are a lot of things new with v1.3.

    With regards to SEO, is it good to have AIOSEO enabled with Genesis or is it really necessary with all the SEO additions in v1.3?

    • With all of the additions of SEO in Genesis v1.3, AIOSEO isn’t necessary – that’s not to say don’t use it, because it is a really good plugin. At this point, it’s more a matter of which interface you prefer better.

      • Do we need to disable the AIOSEO in order to see the genesis seo? Because, currently I don’t see it as an option. Also, once you disable AIOSEO, do I loose all the SEO data previously entered for previous post?