Genesis Framework v1.4 Now Available

Since its conception over one year ago, Genesis has always been about offering valuable features, while at the same time allowing maximum control through the use of intelligent Theme Settings, liberal use of action hooks and filters, and semantic markup. This is our driving passion, and today, Genesis 1.4 proves yet again that it is the only framework you’ll ever need.

This release has a little something for everyone. It offers more control to developers who use Genesis to run their development business; it offers more SEO control for professional publishers; and it offers increased flexibility for bloggers and casual users too!

Ready to talk specifics? Let’s do it …

Import/Export Settings

This feature has been high on the demand list for quite some time now, and we’re SO happy we can finally offer this to our users.

Basically, the Genesis Theme and SEO settings are now completely portable, so you can back up, restore, and transfer settings from one install to another.

Genesis Import/Export

Why is this so awesome? Consider the following tasks …

  • Switching Hosts
  • Routine backups
  • Develop locally, transfer to live site

These are now dead-simple to accomplish with the new Import/Export feature in Genesis 1.4.

User Settings, More Control

We know that not all sites have a single author. And sometimes, you don’t want your authors messing around with Theme Settings, Layouts, and SEO. So, Genesis 1.4 introduces a user control system that will allow you, the site administrator, to turn off these features on a per-user basis, all from the user management page.

Genesis User Settings

Also, for those of you who manage sites for clients, this is a GREAT way of “locking” them out of features you don’t want them to change. Now YOU have control over what they have access to.

Even More SEO

Building on the outrageous success of the new SEO features we introduces in Genesis 1.3, and combining that with the user control we’re introducing in Genesis 1.4, you can now access the same types of SEO options for your author archives as you currently enjoy on your category and tag archives!

Genesis User SEO Settings

This is HUGE for multi-author blogs, where author pages need to rank well. You can now control a custom doctitle, META Description, Intro title and text, and other important SEO details for each and every author/user on your site!

Also, one of the requests we got quite often was for a character counter for our SEO fields. Again, Genesis 1.4 delivers.

Genesis SEO Character Count

Author Box, Now Per-User

Everyone loves the fact that Genesis allows you to place an “author box”, with information about the current post author and their Gravatar, at the end of each post. But maybe you don’t want to have that box at the bottom of EVERY author’s posts. Well, now you have that option!

You can also choose to display the author box at the top of the author’s archive page. Sweet!

Developers: You Can Now Register/Unregister Layouts!

We’ve all been there. You design and develop the perfect child theme, but your client decides to mess with the layout options. Which is fine, except they complain to you when one of the layouts doesn’t look quite right.

We’ve got you covered.

Instead of disabling the layout selector altogether, or locking them out of Theme Settings, use the new genesis_unregister_layout() function to unregister any of the default layouts that Genesis ships with.

OR, if the default layouts are insufficient for your needs, use the genesis_register_layout() function, along with your own custom CSS, to create any layout you want!

Lots of Minor Improvements

And of course, we take your feedback on the forums very seriously. We’ve been busy fixing small bugs and constantly improving performance with each new release. We sincerely hope you enjoy this new release.

Genesis customers should be seeing the notification to upgrade in their dashboards, or you can get the ZIP directly by visiting the forums. Everyone else, get your copy of Genesis 1.4 today! Enjoy design controls with our new Prose Theme, or take advantage of one of our many turnkey designs.


  1. Wow guys. Just about everything on my wishlist is included here. The import/export and the taxonomy controls were much needed, and pretty much no-brainers, but the user and author controls are AWESOME. Great work!

    • Glad to hear it Adam! We really do our best to hear feedback and implement requests from users, especially ones that make sense and would be useful across the board!

  2. Thanks so much for the import/export. The other changes sound great too. You fulfilled my wishlist before I even had one :)

  3. Wow, I didn’t even know I could already add meta description to categories in 1.3.1

    Thanks for the awesome theme framework!!!

  4. Looking forward to trying this out.

  5. One of the best investments I ever made – buying your theme package. 100% satisfaction. Keep it up guys.

  6. Import/Export … character counts … I’m in Heaven!

  7. Awesome update guys, and a great list of new features. Genesis never disappoints!

  8. Can you do something like the iThemes Builder theme which lets people do clever stuff with layouts?

    • Andrew,
      Our focus has always been on creating a quick, flexible framework that is as lightweight as possible. In order to achieve Builder-like functionality, we’d have to weigh Genesis down with lots of extraneous markup that would end up making your site load much slower.

      We’ve built in several layout options for you to choose from, either on a universal, or per-post/page basis, and with Genesis 1.4, you can register even more layouts programmatically. Tutorials coming soon …

      Hopefully that helps a bit …

      • I think so. Yes, I agree we don’t want the theme bogged down with a UI but I really look forward to the tutorials on how to modify layouts.

  9. Wow, this is great, my clients will stop asking me if they are supposed to buy new themes, and/or Why I have that link and can I get rid of it! Thanks!

  10. I first purchased an account with a different site, their designes are awesome yet so incredibly limited in comparison with StudioPress. The pro plus all theme package is one of the best investments i’ve made in a long time. Now about this update, more SEO is awesome. Reading the changelog I noticed there is a fix included to make things load faster, and no kidding; my site is dramatically faster to load now. Thanks alot to all of the developers here.

  11. I’d like to fulfill Brian’s stated goal of having users suggest improvements… but to tell the truth, ever since we got the ability to have different sidebars for different pages, I can’t hardly think of anything to improve Genesis and the wonderful child themes.

    It’s just soooo good these days around here.

    Thanks to the whole team, leaders, developers, and the terriffic support forum mods.


    • Hey Jim, that’s fantastic news that you’re so excited about the sidebar plugin we made… Nathan really hit a home run when he coded that one.

      Thanks as always for the great support as a user!

  12. Marco Pakoeningrat :

    thank you so much guys!

  13. Just upgrade one of my sites.That’s great

  14. I’ve just started using Genesis after being on Headway for the last year or so. I have to say, I’m seriously impressed. I’d heard good things about Genesis, but wasn’t too impressed by the basic framework. But then, that’s because I’m not a coder.

    But now? Child themes… excellent SEO… great support… and a ton of other things to boot! I’m switching to vanilla WordPress for my own blog, but Genesis will be the standard theme framework I’ll be checking out first moving forward for my other sites (currently using on one, more to come).

    Cheers, guys!

    • Hey Danny – thanks so much for taking the time to provide feedback. It really means a lot, coming from you, that you’d say such great things about Genesis. We realize that Genesis and Headway are created for different types of people, but we’re very proud of what we’ve built in Genesis. We also take a lot of pride in our support, as well as the incredible Development Site that is being populated by the Genesis community.

  15. A big *hell yes* for the custom category text via UI. That’s a dealbreaker right there.

  16. As usual, Studiopress Team always deliver. Thanks a lot for the Gen.. 1.4.

  17. Where can I find the download-link for 1.4?

  18. Brain, and the whole Genesis crew, thanks for the upgrade it was soooo timely. I am building a website for a town here in New England with 16 departments. There is a master blog, where all the comments of all 16 departments go. Just last night I was scratching my head trying to figure out how to manage accessibility to just the post section for each of these accounts.

    I wake up, read the news, problem solved!



  19. Wow, just upgraded. A true one click install. I wish more things in life were this easy. You guys/gals rock.

  20. Wow! Absolutely amazing. Thanks for the awesome, great new features. I can’t decide if I like the author customization or the character count for SEO better. Good stuff!

  21. Fantastic as always. I’ve upgraded 15 sites without a single issue and the new features are awesome. Man, I support you guys 100%. Thanks for doing such a great job with Genesis!

  22. Import/export (develop locally, transfer to live site) puts a smile on my face. The features look great, guys!

    Not sure if you were aware that “Current version: 1.3.1 ยท Updated: 9/15/10″ is displayed on

  23. You guys just keep on reminding me of the best investment I ever made online.

    I never hesitate to recommend you and this update pretty much shows why – great work!

  24. Hi I bought genesis framework before but I want this new version do I purchase it again or can I just update to the new version\


    • Holly,

      If you are using Genesis version 1.2 or 1.3, go to your dashboard > Genesis > Theme Settings … and click on the “Enable Automatic Updates” checkbox.

      You will then see an Upgrade nag at the top of the page including the auto-upgrade link. Just be sure to do a backup before upgrading … just in case.

      • Hi Craig Im using Genesis 1.0.2 I don’t see any enable automatic updates check box.. thanks!

        • Holly – since you have a version that didn’t have automatic updates, you’ll simply need to manually update this time. Just replace the wp-content/themes/genesis folder with the new version. (and hopefully any changes you made were via the child theme) in which case you won’t lose anything. Once you have 1.4 on your server, automatic updates will be yours!

  25. Say…
    Genesis is GREAT. One thing is missing though which i find would take it leaps ahead. You know right now WP3 has custom menus but we are bound to a certain structure. At least if you are not be able to code. Some websites have great menus, something like
    Is it possible to implement something like this into a future release of Genesis so we can turn on an option to use this kind of menu? And it would be pre-styled in Genesis or easy to edit? If one could add the category or post pictures (and/or combination of both) to this menu we could easily use genesis for even more different kinds of websites with a really cool appearence.
    What do you think? Or is there already a plugin to implement this and i’m missing it. Would like the addition into Genesis though. :)
    Thanks for taking the time. BR