The Genesis framework is going to be releasing their massive and much-anticipated update to version 2.0 any day now. When that happens, you can take advantage of very valuable SEO updates to the child themes, but only if the child themes have the new HTML5 markup enabled.
The StudioPress crew, in their vast wisdom, made it clear that you don’t have to enable HTML5 to update your Genesis parent theme to 2.0. Updating Genesis is not the same as updating your child theme to be 2.0 markup-compatible (What is markup? Read on.) Everything will still work if you upgrade, but without enabling HTML5 in your child theme, you won’t benefit from many things V2.0 includes.
All of a sudden, if you enable HTML5, the entire site design breaks because of the markup of the new code. Markup are the design bits that your design files look for in order to apply styles, layout, and other behavioral modifications or appearance. Without the proper “addresses” in your design, things break.
If you’ve made any alterations to your child theme over the months or years and don’t want to lose those by downloading a new HTML5 child theme, then you need to update your theme. StudioPress has said they’ve been sitting on for months waiting for everyone to get WordPress 3.6 and Genesis 2.0 in order to release a bunch of new and updated themes.
I’ve already updated the StudioPress child themes and several community themes, so you can have them now.
I’ve worked out a way to convert any child theme, no matter how much it’s been modified by another developer. This is not something you want to throw at your developer with a request if they’ve not yet done one. You’ll spend a lot of money if this is their first rodeo with V2.0.
My conversion service is $248 for the first child theme and $150 for each one after that. By telling me why you love using Genesis, WordPress, or just generally participating in the comments with something nice, new, or celebrating life, you’ll be entered into a random draw the day after Genesis 2.0 releases to receive a FREE conversion.