Genesis 3.1.0 came out August 21 2019. Themes from Feast Design Co. prior to 4.2.0 are not compatible with this change.
This update introduces a new method of editing the footer, by going to Customize > Theme Settings > Footer.
Unfortunately, it also came with a breaking change to all child themes (and custom child themes).
This makes the website look unmaintained and insecure. As a visitor, this is a signal to BOUNCE from the website. Search engines pick up on these negative signals over time and rank websites displaying errors lower in search results.
Even if your site is not displaying this issue, the error is being written to error logs, which can slow down your server, and fill it up with excessive files. Everybody needs to update their theme to fix this, whether there’s an error showing or not.
This kind of breakage is exactly what we’ve built the Feast Plugin to fix. We were able to release a fix for it within 24 hours of the Genesis 3.1.0 release, keeping food blogs trouble-free and compliant with changes.
Solution: Feast Plugin
The Feast Plugin 2.4.0 has been released August 22 2019, which resolves the breaking footer issue. This does not require updating the theme, and is the easiest way to resolve this.
Please update the Feast Plugin first, then update to Genesis 3.1.0.
Solution: Update Themes
All themes version 4.2.0 were released September 2nd 2019 with compatibility for Genesis 3.1.1.
When you’re ready to update, first update Genesis (3.1.0+), then update the child theme (4.2.0+).
Studiopress customers who purchased a theme at Studiopress can request access here.
How to change your footer text
Moving forward, you now edit your footer text in Customize > Theme Settings > Footer
If you don’t see the “Footer” page, you likely have the Genesis Simple Edits plugin installed and need to disable + uninstall it.