Is it Christmas yet?
It feels like Christmas because I’ve just had a fabulous present from Eric Hamm… the Genesis Extender plugin and I love it.
This is the plugin that all “non coder” Genesis users have been waiting for.
With this plugin you now have a developer right there in your dashboard and you can use it with any Genesis child theme.
Eric has produced three short videos to show you how to get started with the plugin so let’s take a look at the first one:
Once you activate the plugin you get two additional options under the Genesis options… Extender Settings and Extender Custom.
This is what’s covered under each:
Genesis extender Settings – the basics
- Plugin Info – version information, basic resource information.
- General Settings – set a customised EZ static homepage, remove page titles, custom post types, WordPress post formats, content encoding / enable gzip and custom thumbnail sizes.
- Import / Export – full import / export capabilities of all your various options in the Genesis extender plugin.
Genesis extender Custom – the meat of the Extender plugin
- Custom CSS builder – add CSS on the fly – work in the dashboard or on your page.
- Custom functions – type or paste your functions directly in to the text-field area.
- Custom conditionals – allows you to set up WordPress conditional tags, which gives you the ability to display content selectively using for instance is_home() or is_page().
- Custom Widget areas – create multiple custom widget areas, without coding, and hook-in and create conditional. Add content to the widget areas via “appearance-widgets”.
- Custom Hook boxes – like Custom Widget areas but you add content directly in to the text-field area instead of going to “appearance-widgets”.
- Image uploader – upload images that you will be working on and add them to your design.
That’s a whistle stop overview… if you’re still with me, take a deep breath and we’ll take a look at a few of the functions in a little more detail.
Genesis Extender – the Custom CSS builder
I love the CSS builder – I’ve been playing around with the look of WM Web Design using it, adding shadows, rounded corners, changing fonts and all done whilst you’re on the page.
Take a look at Eric’s second video where he demonstrates just how versatile and powerful the CSS builder is.
Not bad eh?
CSS on the fly, written, formatted and set out nicely in the text field area and the results shown instantly.
And all without any of that nasty ftp’ing.
Genesis Extender – Custom Conditionals, Widget Areas and Hook Boxes
Final video time folks and in this one Eric demonstrates the use of Custom Conditionals, Widget Areas and Hook Boxes.
He finishes by setting up a “Genesis Box” using the Genesis Box code provided by studiopress.
He adds the code to a Custom Hook box, uses a Custom Conditional to make it appear only on single posts and he hooks it in to “after post content” and finally… he styles it with the Custom CSS builder.
There you go, a real world example of using a Custom Hook box with Custom Conditionals and Hooks – and all done without touching your functions.php file.
Genesis visual hook guide plugin by Christopher Cochran
If you’re not familiar with “hooking in” and you’re not sure where the various hook locations are, we suggest installing the Genesis visual hook guide by Christopher Cochran.
The plugin shows you exactly where the hook locations are on your site and then you can decide where to insert your content.
We’ve tried it with the Genesis Extender plugin and they play together really well.
A word of caution – don’t enable gzip Compression – that causes problems.
Pick up your copy of the Genesis Extender Plugin and start customising today
If you work with Genesis and Genesis child themes and you would like to be able to customise both layout and appearance and create a customised static homepage then the Extender plugin is for you.
The Extender Plugin allows you to do some pretty awesome things, but its real beauty lies in the fact that you can do everything from within the dashboard or even on-page, no need to use ftp to download files, edit and upload to see results.
This plugin saves you both time and energy and makes editing a joy.
You get the Genesis Extender plugin for a one-off payment, you can use it on as many sites as you like, you get full support and it comes with a rock solid 30 day money-back guarantee.
And one final point, if you think that this plugin will slow down your site read this article to see why the Genesis Extender plugin is Heavy On Features, Light On Your Server.