If you have visited our site before, then you probably know that Genesis is by far the number one WordPress theme in our Top WordPress Themes reports, regarding both the number of times we detect this framework and the number of different WordPress sites using it (close to 5% of the analysed WordPress sites, more than double than its follower Thesis).
The new Genesis 2.0 is a major step forward for this framework, and it it includes compliance with web standards such as HTML5 and schema.org. It is also fully responsive, and not just the framework itself, since StudioPress said that the release of Genesis 2.0 is a milestone for them in that all new themes that they release, as well as all updates to existing themes, will be mobile responsive.
Genesis 2.0 can be used as a parent theme for any of the child themes available from StudioPress, as a parent for your own child theme, or as a stand-alone theme. Its default design has has been completely revamped to improve its use in any of these later cases.
The benefits of HTML5
All new themes and the ones to be updated by StudioPress will now be HTML5-ready out of the box, the main benefits of it being:
- It makes your website future compatible
- It improves cross-browser compatibility
- It makes your site truly mobile-friendly
- It allows for extensible design and supports video and audio like no other markup language.
- It is cleaner and more efficient in terms of storage, API interaction, and other ways impact user experience.
The benefits of schemas
Acording to Schema.org, their site “provides a collection of schemas, i.e., html tags, that webmasters can use to markup their pages in ways recognized by major search providers. Search engines including Bing, Google, Yahoo! and Yandex rely on this markup to improve the display of search results, making it easier for people to find the right web pages”.
This means that with its built-in support for schema.org, Genesis 2.0 will allow you to enhance your site’s search engine optimization and to show better search results through proper classification of the most important and defining elements on your pages, because all major search engine are currently using schema.org.
New child themes
With the release of the new version of the framework, two themes have been simultaneously introduced to take advantage of Genesis’ newest features.
One of them is a brand new theme, the other a new version of a successful one:
Sixteen Nine lets your verbal and visual personality shine through while proving that design can be simple and stunning. A custom background, mobile responsiveness, and HTML5 are the base on which you can build a look for your site that rises above all others.
With the new updated version of the eleven40 theme, form and function converge to create a look that will draw your readers in no matter what device they are on. The intelligent design of eleven40 incorporates mobile-responsive flexibility and HTML5 to deliver the right look at the right time. The previous version of this theme has been really successful: at the moment of writing this post it is in the twelfth position of our Top WordPress Themes report.