Genesis and Updating to WordPress 3.5

WordPress 3.3As many of you know, WordPress 3.5 was officially released. We wanted to let you know that we’ve updated all of the Genesis child theme demo sites — and everything is well.

This is our way of saying “Go for it, you should safely be able to update to WordPress 3.5!”

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 3.5 and Genesis 1.8.2.

As always, it’s usually good practice to do a database and theme backup before updating to the latest version of WordPress.

Now that WordPress 3.5 is out, we are wrapping up the development of Genesis 1.9 and will be making a beta version available. If you’d like access to this, please download the Genesis Beta Tester plugin and wait for our announcement.

What’s New in WordPress 3.5

Here’s what’s new, according to the official WordPress announcement:

1. You can now put your (or anyone’s) username on the plugins page and see your favorite tagged ones, to make it easy to install them again when setting up a new site.

2. There’s a new Tumblr importer.

3. New installs no longer show the links manager.

4. Finally for multisite developers switch_to_blog() is way faster and you can now install MS in a sub-directory. The Underscore and Backbone JavaScript libraries are now available.

All good stuff, right? Happy updating!