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“Simple” Plugins Developed Specifically for Genesis by the StudioPress/Genesis Community

Besides the Genesis plugins that are listed by StudioPress, there are some excellent Genesis plugins in the larger community.

First and foremost is the one created by Nick_theGeek: Genesis Featured Widget Amplified. Simply I believe Nick’s widget does an excellent job. The other Genesis widgets are: Genesis Featured Grid by Heavy Digital and Enhanced Latest Tweets by Travis and Nick, which needs updating. However, we also fail to mention the Child Theme custom widgets that have not been developed into plugins.

Theme Settings
There are three plugins that add to the Theme Settings Page:

  1. WPChildThemes’s Genesis Layout Manager, which allows you to set the theme’s layout based on the simple conditionals (Home Page, 404 Page, Search Page, Date Archive Page, Author Page, Category Page, Tag Page, Taxonomy Page, “Post” Page, “Page” Page).
  2. Nick_theGeek’s Genesis Style Select, which allows you to easily change CSS files in the Child Theme (and will probably phased into Genesis core).
  3. Cochran’s Genesis Post Teasers, auto generates post teasers for Genesis blog style homepage.
  4. While this one doesn’t add to the Theme Settings Page, it appears at the same level under the Genesis heading. Cochran’s Genesis Favicon Uploader adds a theme option page to genesis to allow the user to upload a favicon without ftping into the themes folders.

Genesis Simple Plugins
In keeping with the Genesis Simple Sidebars, Ron Rennick created Simple Menus, which allows you to assign WordPress navigation menus to the secondary navigation menu within the Genesis Theme Framework on a per post, per page, or per tag/category archive basis.

And though only connected by name, Genesis Simple Headers by John Hawkins allows you to easily upload a header image (however, I haven’t been able to get this to work on any of my installs).

And Genesis – Comment Title allows you to change the default title on the comments area on WordPress posts and pages through a dashboard widget, that I couldn’t find.

WordPress Admin Bar
Two plugins essentially do the same thing: Remkus de Vries’s Genesis Admin Bar Addition and Gary Jones’s Genesis Admin Bar Plus. Gary admits that his plugin is a rewrite of DeFries “as a class to remove function pollution from the global scope.” If you like the Admin Bar and are a Genesis Developer/User, then you’ll love Gary’s plugin.

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  1. Glad to hear it wasn’t just me having trouble uploading a header w/ Genesis Simple Headers!

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