Today I want to share with you with my top 10 “go-to” plugins for the Genesis Framework (read about why I only develop themes using the Genesis Framework here). These plugins can save endless hours of time when building a Genesis site on WordPress, especially if you are a beginner at developing Genesis themes. And the best part – they’re all FREE! If you have any questions about these plugins or need help integrating them into your Genesis theme, let me know!
This plugin allows you to insert code (HTML, Shortcodes, and PHP), and add it to any of the Genesis action hooks directly from the admin settings panel. If you’re new to coding this will be very helpful as there’s no need to even touch the function.php file, and even if you’re not new to coding, this can save a lot of time.
This plugin allows you remove the page title from being displayed on whichever pages you want. This comes in handy with custom page designs that need something more than the generic title – or even no title at all. I use this most often on client homepages to quickly remove the “Home” at the top of the content.
This plugin allows you to modify the post-info, post-meta, and footer area via settings text boxes, without having to learn PHP, write functions, filters, or mess with hooks. Again, if you’re new to coding this will be especially helpful!
04. Genesis 404 Page
This plugin allows you to customize the “404/Page Not Found” page without having to edit the 404.php template file. You can replace the generic content with whatever you prefer it to say, and even include links and photos. See my simple example here.
This plugin allows you to easily change your favicon through the Genesis admin panel. Simply upload your .ico file and save!
This plugin integrates 35 responsive column configurations for you to easily insert into the content.
This plugin offers some additional functionality to the “Geneisis Featured Page” widget and is an easy way to add linked teasers to your site. With this plugin, you can add a custom image, custom content, change the link targets, excerpt settings, etc.
This plugin allows you to create add new widget areas and assign them easily to specific locations on different pages/posts/categories using advanced conditional logic. Great tool for beginner Genesis developers!
09. Genesis Grid
This plugin allows you to easily display posts, archives, categories, etc in a grid format. You can set the number of teasers, how many columns they are broken into, and specify image sizes.
This plugin allows you to easily modify the default layouts for Genesis via a new theme options page. The plugin offers up to nine additional layouts to the standard Genesis Framework options.