March 20, 2021 at 9:59 am #503527
I've been searching around to find information on what, exactly, the new Block Theme is going to be like, especially in concerns with existing Genesis stuff.
For example, will the new Block Theme need the Genesis Framework? There seems to be some conflict in the blogosphere about that and I don't see any clarification from StudioPress/Wp-Engine on any blogs or documentation.
It sounds like it might not, so, what does that mean for Genesis specific plugins/functions? Will there be a bridge of some kind to allow things like the Author Pro Plugin to work? What about One Click Set Up? And then there are things like "Blox Lite/Blox" which I use a lot on sites - how will something like that work without the underlying Genesis Framework?
If anyone in the community has any information at all about the actual future of Genesis, besides saying "blocks", I would appreciate it. I'm excited about blocks and going more block based, but I really do need to start having some understanding of what is going to happen to the actual Genesis Framework/Platform. There are several migration/tech/conceptual issues I need to plan for if the Genesis Framework is truly going to undergo a significant sea change.
Will it even still be a platform, or will it just be a brand name going forward with everything dependent on the Genesis Blocks plugin? The documentation and marketing I keep seeing makes it sound like Genesis is changing to just a modernized version of Elementor?
Any help, insights, or direction appreciated. I've tried contacting WP-Engine support and they are especially unhelpful on this topic.
Rob McMarch 21, 2021 at 6:42 am #503531
Victor FontModeratorMarch 21, 2021 at 6:09 pm #503542
With the Block template, you will not need to use the Genesis Framework, but also note... the Genesis Framework is not going anywhere. It will still be updated and the child themes will still be updated as well. I do know they are working on updating themes for Core Web Vitals and Cumulative Layout Shift. So not to worry about the framework and child themes. From what I know, the framework is going to be around for some years.
As for the Block Theme Template, it's the equivalent of the Genesis Sample for the framework. It will be the "Sample" for Genesis Blocks and Genesis Blocks Pro.
Keep in mind though, that Genesis Blocks and Genesis Blocks Pro will work with any theme and not just Genesis. I tried it with the Twenty Twenty and it worked fine.
And they are also working on Full Site Editing. I'll have David V. chime in here for more specifics. Maybe there should be better communication about how all the pieces parts will be working.
March 23, 2021 at 1:53 am #503549
Thank you, Anita. I'll keep an eye out for David V and, yes, more communication would be good.
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