From the BlogSubscribe Now

Genesis Extender plugin – Create an EZ Static Homepage

genesis extender plugin ez static homepage

When I wrote my review of the Genesis Extender plugin I briefly mentioned the “set a customised EZ static homepage” option.
I didn’t go in to much detail because this feature deserves a post of its own.

The EZ static homepage feature allows you to take over the homepage of your Genesis Child theme, override the default layout and gives you complete control over the structure and layout.
It allows you to add a CMS style static homepage that is completely customised and all with just a few mouse clicks.

To demonstrate the EZ static homepage feature, Eric Hamm the Genesis Extender plugin developer has created a great video which sets out the steps involved using the Genesis Lifestyle child theme.

Wow! It’s easy to see why this is called an EZ static homepage.
And if you aren’t satisfied with your first layout, you’ve got plenty of others to choose from.


Using the Genesis Extender plugin to create an EZ Static Homepage

The best way to become familiar with creating your customised homepage is to run through the video a few times, but just to remind you, these are the main points covered:

  1. From the Genesis section of your WordPress Dashboard click “Extender Settings” and then “General Settings”.
  2. In “General Settings” go to the “Static Homepage” section and check the box next to “Activate the Genesis Extender Static Homepage”.
    This will drop-down a set of options, including the “EZ Home Widget Area Structure” drop-down menu.
  3. Click that menu and select the layout you want for your Static Homepage – the naming convention for each layout refers to the number of columns and rows offered by each selection.
    Tip – you can use the tooltip to see what each layout looks like.
  4. Once you’ve selected your Static Homepage layout click the “Save Changes” button at the top-right of the page and then refresh your homepage.
    You should now see the EZ Home Widget Areas complete with filler content.
  5. To fill the widget areas with your own content go to Appearance > Widgets in your WordPress Dashboard and drag Widgets into the “EZ Home…” Widget Areas.
    You can use Genesis featured post and page widgets, text widgets, in fact any widgets that take your fancy.

And that’s about it folk, pretty easy eh?

All you have to do now is style your new widget areas with the Extender Custom CSS Builder and watch the changes happen in real time.

You can also create custom thumbnails to match the size of your widget areas under “Extender Settings” > “Custom Thumbnail Sizes”.


Create and style your own EZ Static Homepages with the Genesis Extender plugin

The Genesis Extender plugin was produced for anyone who wants to modify their Genesis Child themes without playing around with the code.

The Extender gives you the power to take any Genesis child theme and modify your homepage with just a few mouse clicks to give you the layout that is perfect for your site.

The Genesis Extender plugin is an incredibly powerful, yet surprisingly lightweight, time saving Plugin that will benefit any Genesis user, whether they know how to code or not, whether they have a big, important project or a small “play” website to knock out, and regardless of your overall skill level or knowledge of WordPress web design.
If you use the Genesis Framework then the Genesis Extender Plugin should be at the top of your list of must-have Plugins…period!
Eric HammGenesis Extender developer

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.


Genesis Child themes: Extended!

Genesis Framework The Extender Plugin for Genesis allows you to add content (like this affiliate box) anywhere you like, without hiring a developer. Best of all, the extender plugin works with ANY Genesis Child Theme!

Now with one-click HTML5 markup activation


  1. Alrighty, Mr. Keith, just bought the plugin through your link. This better work, dammit! 😉

  2. Does this plugin work the same with Pro versons?