I have worked with many clients over the years, from setting up their Genesis child themes to helping them understand the settings and how to manage their own sites. Most catch on quickly once they understand how widgets play such an important role on the homepage of many Genesis child themes.
But there is a couple of small settings I have found that, over and over again, people either don’t pay attention to or simply don’t understand.
The Problem with Duplicate Posts on the Genesis Homepage
Consider this scenario. Someone has set up their homepage using the Featured Post widget. They are pulling several blog categories into different widget areas. They likely have a latest post, as well other categories.
Here’s the deal. When they publish that post, depending on their layout, they might be staring at the same post in the Latest Post area as well as in its category area.
For example, here is my homepage where you see this happening. I am using the News Pro Theme.
Now I’m fine with this as that’s how I want it to work. But it drives some people nuts. For example, in that screenshot, they might not want it showing under Plugins and Widgets. Instead, maybe they want it there after it drops off the What’s New listing.
Back to That Misunderstood Setting
So let’s return to the settings I referred to above, the ones most people understand.
Exclude Previously Displayed
If you want to solve the issue, simply click Exclude Previously Displayed Posts? It will work like a charm.
Number of Posts to Offset
Now if you want even more control and that doesn’t do the trick, you can offset a post. For example if I was the put 3 in the offset post box, it would display that specific post, it being the third one from the most recent post. You may just find a use for that.
In the first case, it will not appear under Plugins and Widgets until you do a new post and assign it to that category. So if that isn’t something that will happen right away and you publish other posts in other categories, it will be replaced immediately in the What’s New section, but won’t appear under Plugins and Widgets until you assign your next post to that category.
So now you know what they do. You know the pros and cons. It’s your decision from here on out. Hope this helped.