Genesis theme framework is an extremely popular and powerful framework designed for WordPress, as if you didn’t already know that. One of the many benefits of empowering your blog or website with Genesis is the expandability options that it gives you, and one of which I’d like to share with you today are a selection of plugins available for Genesis, both official ones and third party plugins.
If you want to find out more about Genesis check out our insightful full Genesis Theme Framework review.
OK, here are six free plugins designed for Genesis framework that I’ve tried out, some of these I’m still currently using on this blog and are definitely worth checking out.
Genesis Simple Hooks
The SimpleHooks plugin is an official StudioPress plugin, and is a genius piece of technology, designed to actually save you time and energy in further extending the capabilities of your Genesis powered website. The plugin makes it possible for you to hook HTML, PHP and shortcodes to any of the existing hooks within Genesis.
Download the plugin here: http://www.studiopress.com/plugins/simple-hooks
Genesis Hooks is a nifty plugin that displays the Genesis structural hook names automatically in your browser for all the pages. As well as this it also lets you place any hooks that you may have already added to various other pages such as templates or your home page.
Download the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/genesis-hooks/
This is one of my favourite plugins for Genesis, this cool plugin will allow users to easily create a tabbed section, using a widget, it will display the featured image with the title and excerpt from each post in any category you want to add to the tab. It’s a cool plugin to add more menu options to the homepage of your site, and I’d recommend using it over a dynamic content gallery, but that’s personal preference.
Download the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/genesis-tabs/
Genesis Favicon Uploader
One of the most challenging things I’ve found in the past with Genesis is the ability to easily upload and display your own Favicon icon. You can of course do this by uploading an icon to your WordPress files via FTP, but to be honest that’s not exactly a user-friendly way of doing it. This plugin saves you from having to do all the nit gritty tasks of uploading your own Favicon. You can see it in action on this blog.
Download the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/genesis-favicon-uploader/
Genesis Social Profiles
A lightweight plugin designed for Genesis framework, by adding a style sheet to your WordPress blog you can easily assign social profiles to various locations within your site.
Download the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/genesis-social-profiles-menu/
Genesis Single Post Navigation
This is another useful lightweight navigational plugin that adds a simple next & previous navigation links on single posts within your blog. This can encourage your blog visitors to check out the next or previous posts within a few clicks without having to head back to the homepage to check out your latest posts. It’s a great plugin to also help reduce your site’s bounce rate.
Download the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/genesis-single-post-navigation/
So there you have it folks, six cool plugins for you to check out and remember, they work only with WordPress powered blog running on Genesis framework and child themes, so enjoy.
If you know of any other useful plugins for Genesis you wish to add to the list, please feel free to add a link to them in the comment section below.