Genesis Framework v1.7 Now Available

With the release of WordPress 3.2, we’re happy to announce the follow-up release of Genesis v1.7. This update isn’t packed with features, but does have a few cool things to mention. (read the full list)

Genesis v1.7 requires WordPress 3.2, so anyone running an older version of WordPress will not receive the automatic update notice in their dashboard.

Updated Theme/SEO Settings

It’s no secret that one of the biggest changes in WordPress 3.2 is the design of the UI. It’s also no coincidence that the biggest change in Genesis v1.7 is the same thing – the design of the UI. In our case, we’ve updated the Theme/SEO Settings pages to match the new styling of WordPress.

Here’s an example of the new design style for the Genesis Theme Settings page, which integrates seamlessly with the default admin UI styles of WordPress:

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Genesis v1.7 Theme Settings

Updated Security Audit

Aside from a few other bug fixes here and there is the other “big” thing to mention regarding Genesis v.1.7 – WordPress Lead Developer Mark Jaquith has performed a full review of code for security as he’s done in the past.

From 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 1.7. They were very responsive to my suggestions, and the result is a 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 1.7 is at the top of its class.

What’s to Come in Genesis v1.8

With all that we’ve done with the Genesis Framework to date, there’s not a ton left that we plan to do. Our focus will be on extending Genesis by way of child themes and plugins.

One thing that will probably take place in Genesis v1.8 is a slight redesign of the parent style sheet. This will include the use of Google Fonts to update the look, but primarily serve as a way to show developers how to implement them.

We have a few other “treats” that we plan to add as well… so for now, enjoy the lovely new UI of the Genesis Theme/SEO Settings pages, and let us know what you think!

Special Thanks to Our Community

We’d like to thank the following developers for their contributions with the update to Genesis v1.7: Gary Jones, Ron Rennick, Bill Erickson, Mark Jaquith and Charles Clarkson.