I cannot tell you how many years I have run a Genesis child theme here on BobWP—or how many I have run. Trust me, it’s been a lot.
When I look back on all the plugins I have used, there is one that has been a mainstay for me: the Genesis Simple Edits plugin. Why? Because no matter which theme I used, or what options it had for the post info, post meta and footer area, there never seemed to be one that met all my needs.
Let me share an example to show you exactly what this plugin does.
Watch this video or continue reading the post…
How to Have More Control Over Post Info, Post Meta and the Footer in Your Genesis Child Theme
First, let’s visually define the areas I am talking about.
First, there is the Post Info that shows above your content. In this example, I have highlighted the date.
Then there is the Post Meta below the content, if you choose to show it. Here I have placed the author’s name. For a lot of blogs, you might find categories and tags here.
And lastly, your footer credits or your footer area.
Your Child Theme Options
Each Genesis child theme will have different options in the customizer that allow you to control these areas. For example, I am using the Mai Pro Child Theme and under the content types for Single Entries, it allows me to remove the post info and post meta.
I didn’t really have an option of what to choose in those two areas, just to toggle it on and off for visibility. And I wasn’t able to change any of the footer content.
The Genesis Simple Edits Plugin
Once you have installed and activated the plugin, you will now find an option for it under your Genesis settings.
As shown, the Entry Meta above and below the content can both be customized in these options. The first one simply shows the post date and for the second, I’ve added my own text and the author name.
I can add any of these entry meta shortcodes to this area as well as any other simple text, or click the link for a more comprehensive list:
For the footer area, you have two options.
You can add simple text in the Footer Credit Text if you prefer just listing something, like your copyright.
But if you want to add markup in your footer—as links, bold text, etc.— you can override the Footer Credit Text and place that content here. You can see in the screenshot above what is in our footer.
And, as with the meta shortcodes, they provide you with a few footer shortcodes with a link to more of them to use in either the Footer Credits Text or the Footer Output.
Now some developers and designers will swear it’s better to customize the code for these vs. adding another plugin, but I disagree. Most of us don’t want to mess with cod—or have our designer do it— only to find out later that we would like to modify it, and have to go back to that person to make the change.
The Genesis Simple Edits plugin is aptly named because it truly is simple. And you can get it for free over on WordPress.org.