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Best WordPress Plugins for the Genesis Framework Customization
The Genesis Framework is one of the best selling and popular frameworks for WordPress. Its lightweight code makes it perfect for better page load speeds. This famous WordPress framework is well known for providing a secure foundation for high quality WordPress websites that are easy to setup (and maintain), and also SEO friendly.
The Genesis Framework empowers you to quickly and easily build incredible websites with WordPress. Whether you’re a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides the secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that takes WordPress to places you never thought it could go.
For this popular framework, there are a variety of plugins that have been built to extend upon Genesis. In this article, we will discuss about some of the most popular Genesis plugins are available to make it more effective.
WordPress Plugins for the Genesis Framework
- Genesis Simple Edits This is my number one plugin that goes on almost every Genesis site. Use this plugin to edit the footer credits text and the blog post author info & blog post meta info (categories and tags).
- Genesis Widgetized Footer This plugin is a more robust option for customizing the footer of Genesis child themes using widgets. It still supports all of the Genesis shortcodes, but with widgets you can add additional items like menus, search boxes, etc.
- Genesis Slider This is a simple featured content/image slider plugin that is easily added to any widgeted area of a theme. There are multiple options and configuration possibilities available.
- Genesis Responsive Slider This plugin is very similar to Genesis Slider but has a few different options and most importantly; it works with responsive (mobile friendly) themes by resizing itself to the screen size.
- Genesis Simple Sidebars This plugin allows you to create multiple sidebars and assign them on each post, page, category, or tag page. This one is great for displaying one sidebar on your main WordPress pages and a different sidebar on your blog.
- Genesis Simple Menus Similar to Simple Sidebars, this plugin allows you to create multiple secondary navigation menus and assign them on different pages, posts, etc.
Genesis eNews Extended Genesis eNews Extended is a simple, third-party plugin, which greatly extends the capabilities of the Genesis framework. Although it was removed in version 2.0, it’s still compatible with all the later versions. The plugin creates a widget, which integrates with mailing list service providers such as FeedBlitz, FeedBurner, Aweber, MailChimp, and several others. It’s quite easy to use. All you have to do is to select the service provider, enter the user credentials, and you’re all set.
- Genesis Subpages As Secondary Menu Another plugin for managing the secondary menu by replacing the manually managed secondary menu with one that automatically lists the current section’s subpages.
Genesis Connect for WooCommerce Genesis Connect for WooCommerce enables you to incorporate WooCommerce functionality and features in the Genesis child themes and framework. You can easily use customized designs for tag archives, products and their categories, and the main shop pages.
- Genesis Title Toggle By default the title of your page or post will automatically be inserted at the top of your content. This plugin allows you toggle the automatic title on or off and set site-wide defaults.
- Genesis Tabs This plugin allows you to create a tabbed section within a widget, that can display the featured image, along with the title and excerpt from each post. It functions similarly to Genesis’ built-in featured post widget.
Genesis Layout Extras Genesis Framework somewhat lacks in the variety of page layouts, which is why installing the Genesis Layout Extra plugin is the best option for adding extra layouts. It’s a very lightweight plugin, that enables you to easily change and modify default layouts for archive sections, singular pages, search results pages, homepage, attachment pages, author pages, and the 404 pages. You can give the website a completely new look by selecting creative layouts from a wide range of options for the aforementioned pages.
- Genesis Simple Hooks This plugin creates a new Genesis settings page that allows you to insert code (HTML, shortcodes, and PHP), and attach it to any of the 50+ action hooks throughout the Genesis Framework.
- Genesis Visual Hook Guide Once installed this plugin adds a drop down menu to the admin bar to select between three views (Hook, Filter, and Markup). Select an option or all three to see the hooks in their actual locations on your current theme. This can help you see if you are adding code to right spot using Genesis Simple Hooks.
- Genesis Printstyle Plus If you Want to make sure your content is readable when printed? Just install the Genesis Printstyle Plus plugin. You can even add custom print styles by adding a CSS file to your child theme’s root directory. Make sure you read the plugin documentation for more info.
- Genesis Simple Comments This plugin allows you to easily make changes the comments section and comment form, including changing the size of the comments Gravatar. It’s simple to use and works great.
- Genesis 404 Page Genesis themes have a default 404 page (not found) that displays a loop of archives to your pages and posts when a bad URL is requested. This is fine most of the time, but often you may have hidden pages or posts that you don’t want to be found this way or simply want control over your 404 page. This plugin adds the WordPress editor to its settings to allow you add any content you need.
- Genesis Custom Post Type Archives If your site or theme utilizes custom post types, this plugin extends the Genesis SEO, layout settings, and more to your custom post type archives.
- SEO Data Transporter This plugin isn’t Genesis specific but it will help with transferring your existing SEO data from your current theme or plugin into a form that can be used with Genesis (with Genesis, an SEO plugin isn’t necessary).
There are even a quite a few more Genesis-specific plugins listed in the WordPress plugin repository … I just haven’t had the chance or the need to try them out yet.
Remember: Only use the plugins you need and deactivate and uninstall any you are not using. Always make sure you backup your site before installing new plugins.