So I have been seeing some posts that Genesis 2.0 was released recently by StudioPress and specifically the new theme Sixteen Nine, which has all kinds of nifty features like HTML5 and Mobile responsive, I also liked the very clean look which I know Brian Gardner is a big fan of from his tweets. I have had my old theme up for awhile so I figured why not try the upgrade and see what happens.
The upgrade from the Genesis framework point of view went pretty quickly, I never had a lot of custom hooks so I didn’t foresee any big issues. I then went in and switched out the child theme and I was able to do the basic setup pretty quickly so all in all I had everything switched out in just a few minutes. I almost didn’t do the switch because it was already pretty late but I figured the worse that could happen is that I could back out to the old theme.
Faster Load Times!
I decided to test out the load times for the old theme compared to the new theme. The first test was run using Genesis 1.x along with the Freelance them.
The next test I ran was on the Genesis 2.o and Sixteen Nine theme:
End result I went from a 3.06s load time to 1.32s load time, which is super fast, especially with the page actually being a bit larger than the older theme.
All in all I really like the new Genesis and Sixteen Nine theme, and with a few more tweaks I think I will have it up for quite awhile.