If you use the Genesis framework and it child theme to run your wordpress blog just like this blog, there are some very useful wordpress plugins that you must know and if possible use them if you so desire. Some of the plugins add extra functionality to your blog, while others relieve you of the pain of coding and the danger of messing your theme files.
Below are ten(10) of some important Genesis framework wordpress plugin in no particular order.
- Genesis Grid Loop
This plugin easily display posts in a grid format. “Features” are full-width posts at the top of the listing. “Teasers” are the posts broken into columns. You can set the number of Features and Teasers for both the homepage and inner pages, and how many columns the teasers are broken into.
- Genesis Slider
This plugin allows you to create a simple slider that displays the featured image, along with the title and excerpt from each post.
- Genesis eNews Extended
Creates a new widget to easily add mailing lists to a Genesis website. Recommended plugin to replace the Genesis eNews Widget being depreciated in Genesis 1.9. The widget allows the site administrator to set the either the Feedburner ID or form action, e-mail form field and hidden fields to mimic the subscribe form of other mailing list services.
- Genesis Tab
This plugin allows you to create a tabbed section, via a widgets, that can display the featured image, along with the title and excerpt from each post. Choose which categories you want to feature in the tabbed section, which post elements you want to show, and save the widget. Place the widget in the feature section of a Genesis child theme.
- Genesis Widgetized Footer
With the help of this plugin, you will be able to change default genesis copyright and return to top. Also you can add footer widget to a theme without footer and lots more.
- Genesis Widgetized Not Found & 404
This plugin help reduce your site bounce rate by optimising your 404 page and search result not found page. It display list of recent topics, gallery or any widget of your choice when a 404 page and search result unknown page is viewed.
- Genesis Simple Hook
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 Theme Framework, from StudioPress. Instead of the sometimes tedious and unfamiliar process of creating functions in your theme files, this plugin gives you an attractive, easy to use interface for modifying your Genesis theme via the hook system. The plugin accepts HTML, Shortcodes, and PHP and gives you access to all 50+ hooks built into the Genesis theme, and a few built-in WordPress hooks as well.
- Genesis Social Profiles Menu
This plugin help in creating social icons linking to the various social network you belong to.
With it, you can assign social profiles to a lot of locations on your site and easily add your own links, change sorting, change size, tooltips and opening in a new window/tab.
- Genesis Hooks
Genesis Hooks automatically displays Genesis structual hook names in the browser for all pages. It also allows you to add any hooks that you may have added to various pages like templates or the home page.
- Genesis Simple Edit
This plugin creates a new Genesis settings page that allows you to modify the post- info (byline), post-meta, and footer area on any Genesis theme. Using text, shortcodes, and HTML in the textboxes provided in the admin screen, these three commonly modified areas are easily editable, without having to learn PHP or write functions, filters, or mess with hooks.
With the help of the above plugins, your wordpress blog powered by the genesis framework will be greatly enhanced. Why not give some of the plugins a try.