I figured it was time to write a post again on the Genesis Simple Edits plugin that I have used on my own site, as well as on countless numbers of clients’ sites over the years. Since its release, there have been other plugins that have done the same thing, but only as a small part of their features. For example, page builders.
But then there are many times you just need something simple and quick, a solution that doesn’t take hours going through all the features to find that one gem. Something that can help you:
Remove the number of comments that show in the blog meta
Remove the dates in your blog meta
Customize you meta entries
Customize your footer
The Genesis Simple Edits Plugin for WordPress
It’s usually promising when you find the word simple attached to a plugin, although sometimes what is considered simple in the mind of the plugin developer is not always as simple to the user. But in this case, it’s true to its word.
As you can see, once it’s activated the, content is typically the default content that you will see you your post.
In the plugin settings:
Editing the Blog Post Meta
Let’s start with this. If we take a closer look, these are the settings for Entry Meta above content and below content:
And if you look on the blog post, this is where we find them on this particular Genesis child theme:
For example, if we wanted to remove the comments, we would just delete this in the settings:
And it would look like this on the front end:
We could do the same with the name or date. Of course, always be careful removing dates from your posts. Most posts need dates, as it gives readers a better idea of the time a post was written, especially if it is news- or tech-related.
You can also add several other meta shortcodes:
Editing the Footer Credits
This is probably where I have found this plugin to be the most useful with past clients: the text in the footer. Now to clarify, I mean the footer, not your footer widgets. The text at the very bottom of every page:
If we look at the plugin settings you will see you have a couple of choices here. The first one lets you edit the footer credit with shortcodes.
And you can see the shortcodes you can use here:
If I wanted to simplify that footer text with just my site name and copyright, I would do this:
And it would look like this:
This also gives you the chance to change your copyright to a range, like BobWP Copyright © 2010-2017.
The other option you have is to completely overwrite your footer text with markup or formatted text. I will use our site for this example. I have much more info I want in our text, so I used this option. You will want to check the box, so this overrides your other Footer Credits Text.
Which looks like this on our site (you can see it at the bottom of this page as well):
As I said, this is pretty darn simple.
How About Updated Post Dates?
You may have a site where you update posts and feel it is important to show the updated date vs. the published date. If you want to learn more about that, check out this post: How to Display the Last Updated Date of Your Posts on Your WordPress Site.
So whether you are using Genesis and a child theme to run your personal, business or eCommerce site, the Genesis Simple Edits plugin will help you with some small, yet significant customizations.