News 1.1 Child Theme Released

StudioPress is happy to announce the release of the News 1.1 child theme. This updated child theme works on the Genesis Theme Framework and can be downloaded by Pro Plus members in the support forum. All others can purchase the package here.

If you have already purchased the Genesis Theme Framework and any other child theme previously, you can simply purchase the child package by itself, otherwise you need the News + Genesis Theme package.

New Features

We are also very pleased to announce that the News theme has been updated with new features:

  • Support for Custom Background
  • Includes Footer Widgets
  • Minor Cosmetic Style Changes
  • Topnav Custom Menu

The News 1.1 child theme now has ID’s registered for the widget areas, so if you’re moving from 1.0 to 1.1, your widgets will get placed into the Inactive Widgets section in your dashboard. You’ll have to move them back into the appropriate areas, but you won’t actually lose them.

Take it for a test drive…

Here’s a screenshot of the News Child Theme:

News Child Theme


  1. Impressive one.

  2. Another masterpiece, keep them coming. Can you upload a header in the same way as you can on the church child theme in the dashboard or do you have to upload a png image via FTP? if that makes sense.

    • Yes, the News theme takes advantage of WordPress 3.0’s new Custom Header, Background, & Menus.

      No need to use FTP method.

  3. Gorgeous! Great overall layout of info.

  4. just what i needed right now thanks :))

  5. You’ve made some subtle, but welcome changes, particularly with the features picker – very impressive.

  6. Is there a way to automatically update the child theme? Or does that have to be done via FTP?

    • There is no automated update. You can update the theme manually by comparing the files or replace your current version with the new ones and then reapply any customizations.

  7. hi we are looking for a new theme but we need 3 column layout (sidebar-content-sidebar), can you make the changes in this theme?

  8. Very nice and very clean. Is there a German Version available?