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Genesis What's New Info


Easy access of the Genesis What’s New Admin overview page – not only on updates but everytime. Makes sense, heh? 🙂

Get Access to Genesis What’s New Admin Page

This simple & lightweight plugin has currently only one task: bring you access to the “What’s New” page for Genesis Framework. You can access it everytime in the left-hand admin menu under “Genesis > What’s New”. (Before this plugin it did only show up when you did an auto update of Genesis.)

Please note: The plugin requires the Genesis Theme Framework, a paid premium product released by StudioPress/ WPEngine, Inc. (via

Video of Plugin’s Live Demo and Walkthrough:

original video link by plugin developer David Decker


  • Genesis version 2.6.x or higher (obviously :).
  • At least capability of edit_theme_options for the user.
  • …and the user must have any of the default Genesis admin pages activated in the user profile.

Future Roadmap

  • Maybe further info/ features will be added to this plugin from time to time.
  • Suggestions can be made via contact info below.


  • English (default) – always included
  • German (de_DE) – always included
  • German formal (de_DE_formal) – always included
  • .pot file (genesis-whats-new-info.pot) for translators is also always included 🙂
  • Easy plugin translation platform: Translate “Genesis What’s New Info”…

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Idea Behind / Philosophy

Really simple stuff: bring a link to an already existing Genesis admin page to the left-hand admin menu. Result: “Genesis > What’s New”


  • Thanks to Gary Jones @garyj for initial idea to create this plugin! Follow him and support his work.

Last but not least

Special Thanks go out to my family for allowing me to do such spare time projects (aka free plugins) and supporting me in every possible way!



NOTE: Only works with Genesis Framework as the parent theme. This is a paid premium product by StudioPress/ WPEngine, Inc., available via

Installation of Plugin:

  1. Installing alternatives:
    • via Admin Dashboard: Go to Plugins > Add New, search for “Genesis What’s New Info”, click “install”
    • OR via direct ZIP upload: Upload the ZIP package via Plugins > Add New > Upload in your WP Admin
    • OR via FTP upload: Upload genesis-whats-new-info folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Go to the “Genesis” admin page and you’ll see a new sub menu item “What’s New” – which shows you the recent updates for your installed version branch of Genesis Framework.

Note: The “Genesis Framework” is required for this plugin in order to work. If you don’t own a copy it yet, this premium parent theme has to be bought. More info about that you’ll find here:


Where does the content come from?

The content of the “What’s New” page comes straight from Genesis core! This plugin only hooks in a few links to this already existing admin page.

Why a new meta box on Genesis Settings?

The existing “Information” meta box from Genesis core has not much useful info. The new “At a Glance” box brings more info and links, also for the active child theme.

More info on Translations?
  • English – default, always included
  • German (de_DE): Deutsch – immer dabei! 🙂
  • For custom and update-secure language files please upload them to /wp-content/languages/genesis-whats-new-info/ (just create this folder) – This enables you to use fully custom translations that won’t be overridden on plugin updates. Also, complete custom English wording is possible with that as well, just use a language file like to achieve that (for creating one see the following tools).

Easy plugin translation platform with GlotPress platform: Translate “Genesis What’s New Info”…

Note: All my plugins are internationalized/ translateable by default. This is very important for all users worldwide. So please contribute your language to the plugin to make it even more useful. For translating and validating I recommend the awesome “Poedit Editor”, which works fine on Windows, macOS and Linux.


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Contributors & Developers

“Genesis What's New Info” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Genesis What's New Info” has been translated into 1 locale. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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⚡ 1.3.4 – 2019-05-07

  • New: Successfully tested with WordPress 5.2
  • New: Integrated with WordPress 5.2+ new Site Health feature: Genesis What’s New Info now has an extra section on the Debug Info tab – this is especially helpful for support requests
  • New: Added Genesis Developer Docs to Metabox
  • Tweak: Updated Genesis Changelog URL
  • Tweak: Updated bundled library DDWlib Plugin Installer Recommendations to latest version (v1.4.1) – feature updates
  • Tweak: Updated .pot file plus all German translations (formal, informal) and language packs
  • New: Join my newsletter for DECKERWEB WordPress Plugins – insider info, plus tutorials and more useful stuff

⚡ 1.3.3 – 2018-11-03

  • New: Video of plugin walkthrough and live demo
  • Tweak: Updated bundled library DDWlib Plugin Installer Recommendations to latest version (v1.2.0) – which brings enhanced CSS styles, including for the “Dark Mode” plugin
  • Tweak: Few internal code tweaks and improvements

⚡ 1.3.2 – 2018-10-01

  • New: Added plugin update message also to Plugins page (overview table)
  • New: Created special Facebook Group for user community support for all plugins from me (David Decker – DECKERWEB), this one here included! 😉 – please join at facebook!
  • Tweak: Updated bundled library DDWlib Plugin Installer Recommendations to latest version (v1.1.0) – which brings smaller additions and enhancements, like CSS styles to the upload areas and plugin cards, plus plugin version number on plugin cards
  • Tweak: Small internal code improvements
  • Tweak: Updated .pot file plus all German translations (formal, informal) and language packs

⚡ 1.3.1 – 2018-08-24

  • Fix: Bug with wrong constant

🎉 1.3.0 – 2018-08-24

  • New: Added extra “At a Glance” meta box on Genesis Theme Settings with proper version info, and links to: What’s New page, Changelog website, StudioPress Blog, #GenesisWP Facebook Group, #GenesisWP Slack Channel, #GenesisWP Tweets — Note: this is fully optional, meta box can be removed via “Screen Options”, and also via our filter/ WP Core function
  • New: Added composer.json file to the plugin’s root folder – this is great for developers using Composer
  • New: Added file for plugin’s repository to make it more readable there
  • Tweak: Simplied rendering of What’s New Page again, hooray! 🙂
  • Tweak: Changed all of the plugin’s filter hook tags to new format!
  • Tweak: Added plugins recommendations library by deckerweb to improve the plugin installer tips (old filter function got removed)
  • Tweak: Updated .pot file plus all German translations (formal, informal) and language packs
  • Tweak: Enhanced, improved and corrected Readme.txt file here – also tweaked FAQ entry

🎉 1.2.0 – 2018-04-20

  • New: Release on as well (for issues, development etc.), see here:
  • New: New plugin banner and icon on
  • Fix: Make it work again, requires the newest Genesis version 2.6.0 or higher.
  • Tweak: A few subtle tweaks here and there.
  • Tweak: Updated translations and .pot file.

⚡ 1.1.1 – 2014-02-02

  • Fix: Fixed PHP notice.

🎉 1.1.0 – 2014-01-27

  • New: Added Toolbar integration.
  • Update: Improved translation loading.
  • Update: Minor code and readme adjustments :).
  • Update: Updated German translations and also the .pot file for all translators.

🎉 1.0.0 – 2013-07-16

  • Initial release
  • NOTE: This plugin is only for Genesis Version 1.9.x or higher!