HTML5 updates are rolling out! While all of our new WordPress themes are being coded in HTML5 at the start, we have well over twenty Genesis themes that were coded before the Genesis framework was capable of HTML5 coding.
Over the last few months we’ve been working very hard to upgrade all of our themes to HTML5. As of today, I’m happy to report that the following Genesis child themes have been converted to HTML5 and these themes are immediately available for purchase or download if you already own license.
Genesis Child Themes Converted to HTML5
What is HTML5 and Why Should You Care?
HTLM5 is the new standard for HTML. The previous version of HTML arrived back in 1999. In internet land that is forever ago! The internet has changed significantly since 1999 and there were a lot of things that needed a bit of sprucing up.
HTML5 themes offers:
- Accessibility via semantics and ARIA
- Video and audio support via tags
- Simple doctype
- Cleaner code (Genesis was already great)
- Better support for local storage
- More dynamic web applications
- Backwards compatibility with older browsers
- Mobile goodies
- SEO (yes HTML5 upgrades tend to increase traffic)
What if You Already Own a Child Theme?
HTML5 updates are provided for free to all existing customers. Just head on over to your account and download the new files.
But before you update, please make sure you visit the online support forum and read through the change log and conversion instructions. Our resident support guru, Chris Cree, has tried really hard to make sure you have all the details you need for upgrading to HTML5.
We will continue to upgrade our Genesis child themes and we are releasing more and more HTML5 updates each week. We are basing upgrades on demand, user requests, and any outdated plugin usage (aka our very first themes).