Top Genesis Plugins That Provide Easy Customizations & Extensions
Today, there are many plugins available for WordPress themes, but when you own a Genesis theme you might prefer to use Genesis plugins for your website because their coding is compatible; as such, you'll have peace of mind knowing that you won't experience any incompatibility issues.
One thing that I love about Genesis themes is that they are very well coded so you know you'll be buying an awesome theme. I've been recommending Genesis for years now because I love everything they offer. Of course, I am not shy to disclose to you that I use them and Thrive Themes, in fact, this website currently uses the Thrive Themes Minus should you want to take a look at my review.
getting started with the Genesis plugins checklist
The majority of these plugins require the Genesis Framework and a Genesis theme for them to function. All the Genesis plugins below are compatible with any Genesis child theme whether created by StudioPress or third party developers.
Today, there are many plugins specific for Genesis themes that many people never thought existed. And, because this website is dedicated to Genesis themes, I felt is was a good idea to introduce to you the top Genesis plugins that you could use to enhance your blogging experience.
Genesis Author Pro
Genesis Author Pro was developed by Nick the Geek, StudioPress, Lauren Mancke and Jen Baumann. As the name suggests this plugin is for authors. If you don't own a theme with inbuilt author options, then this plugin will be worth it's weight in gold.
If you're interested in a specific theme with author options, then checkout my review Genesis Author Pro theme by StudioPress Pro.
This plugin offers authors an attractive dedicated space for books in single and archive views. Your books can have custom information added such as feature text, price, ISBN, publisher, editor, editions, date published and much more.
Genesis Columns Advanced
Genesis Columns Advanced was developed by Nick Diego, as the name suggests it easily adds columns. If you unable to code columns for your Genesis theme, then this plugin will be a welcome relief.
It is an easy plugin to use, which in essence is capable of adding up to 42 different column layouts. This plugin can be used with or without a Genesis theme and shortcodes can be easily added using a custom button in your WordPress editor. Plus, it offers its own CSS styling, which can be disabled should you not need it.
Genesis Custom Footer
Genesis Custom Footer was developed by Andrea Whitmer. If your unfamiliar of how to edit the footer credits in a Genesis Theme, then this plugin will be extremely helpful.
Once this plugin is installed, you will need to head over to the Genesis settings to modify or replace the default Genesis footer credits. One good thing about this plugin is that you don't need to be savvy with HTML, CSS or shortcoding. You can use the existing Genesis shortcodes, your own HTML or just simple text.
Genesis Design Palette Pro - price starts from $49
The Genesis Design Palette Pro is the perfect accompaniment for most Genesis themes, and anyone can use it whether you’re a beginner or advanced. This plugin is a no-brainer for those who wish to change their theme without having to use fancy coding. I believe this plugin could add extra simplicity to designing your theme and make your sites look and feel more how you'd like it.
Check out my review What’s So Cool About The Genesis Design Palette Pro Plugin?
If coding isn’t your specialty, then the Design Palette Pro would be a mega bonus if you’re looking for a change without having to alter your theme.
Genesis Dynamik Website Builder - price starts from $39
Even though this plugin was developed for developers, you don't need to be a developer to use the Genesis Dynamik Website Builder. This is because HTML or CSS coding isn't required.
What I love the most about this plugin is that it isn't expensive, you can modify a multitude of things that would otherwise require many Genesis plugins that are listed on this post.
Genesis Portfolio Pro
Genesis Portfolio Pro was developed by Nathan Rice, StudioPress, Ron Rennick, Nick the Geek, and Brian Gardner. As the name suggests, it will add a new Portfolio post type to your theme, which is particularly handy if your theme doesn't have one built-in.
What's so awesome about this plugin, is that, the default portfolio template will always remain no matter how many times you change your theme. You will always be able to control the content including text, images, and even galleries.
Genesis Responsive Slider
Genesis Responsive Slider was developed by Nathan Rice, StudioPress, and Ron Rennick. This simple Genesis plugin is familiar to almost everyone, and if you own a Genesis theme then you might want to install it.
It allows you to create a simple responsive slider that displays the featured image, along with the option to add a title and excerpt from each post on to your homepage or sidebar.
Want to know how easily I designed this post which is compatible with all Genesis themes, then check out my Thrive Content Builder Review: The #1 WYSIWYG Editor.
Genesis Simple Edits
Genesis Simple Edits was developed by Nathan Rice, StudioPress and Ron Rennick. It allows you to modify the three areas in any Genesis theme: the post-info (byline), the post-meta information for your pages and posts, and to customize the footer area. If you're just looking to edit your footer credits, then you might want to check out the Genesis Custom Footer plugin.
Once this plugin is installed, you need to head over to the Genesis settings to modify or replace the default settings. One good thing about this plugin is that you don't need to be savvy with HTML, CSS, shortcoding, PHP or write functions, filters, or mess with hooks. You can use the existing Genesis shortcodes, your own code or just simply add text.
Genesis Simple Hooks
Genesis Simple Hooks was developed by Nathan Rice and StudioPress. This is another great plugin to consider because you can easily create new page and post settings, add snippets and modify your theme without any coding experience.
This is another plugin that offers you complete control; because it's not built into a Genesis Theme any changes you make will not be affected should you ever change your theme.
Genesis Simple Share
Genesis Simple Share was developed by Nathan Rice, StudioPress, Ron Rennick, Nick the Geek, and Brian Gardner. This plugin is a great solution to easily add social media sharing icons for your site that can be customized to suit your theme colors.
Genesis Simple Social Icons
Genesis Simple Social Icons was developed by Nathan Rice, StudioPress, Lauren Mancke and Brian Gardner. This plugin is very easy to use and is customizable by color and size. Plus, you can align the icons right, left or center without using a setting page.
This is an awesome plugin to have installed because it allows you to display your social media profiles and activity with the use of icons inside your widgets.
Genesis Simple URLs
Genesis Simple URLs was developed by Nathan Rice and StudioPress. Of all the Genesis plugins this one is the least known; though it is a very good plugin, I believe it favors comparably with the Pretty Links plugin which I use and love.
As both plugin names suggest, they make your permalinks look very pretty, plus they show you how many people have clicked on your links. In essence, a pretty link masks long ugly affiliate links, which by the way help you to get more visitor clicks.
Genesis Title Toggle
Genesis Title Toggle was developed by Bill Erickson, it offers the option to turn on or off your page titles per page basis or on all sitewide pages. Once the plugin is installed, it adds an additional box to your pages for you to make easy modifications.
You can edit any page or post individually or if your interested in using the sitewide page option, then this can be done via the Genesis theme settings.