One of my all-time favourite plugins to use is Nick the Geeks’ Genesis Featured Widget Amplified plugin. I must have used it on every site I designed for the past month. Nick is a genius! This is one awesome plugin that’s extremely useful and works like a charm.
What does it do?
It adds functionality to the Genesis Featured Posts Widget. You know that widget on the homepage where you can feature latest posts or post categories magazine-style? That’s the one. This plugin allows you to choose not just what categories to feature, but how to show the featured posts. You can even control the way the post titles are shown vis a vis your featured image (Before? After? Aligned to the left? Right? Centered?); arrange posts by comment count or date posted; set a limit to post title length, etc. Specifically, the plugin –
- Supports Custom Post Types
- Supports Custom Taxonomies
- Exclude Term by ID field
- Supports Pagination
- Supports Meta Key Values
- Supports Sorting by Meta Key
- Multiple Hooks and Filters for adding additional content
How do you install it?
- On your dashboard, go to plugins.
- Add New.
- Search for the Genesis Featured Widget Amplified.
- Click install and activate.
- Go to widgets, find it among the list of active widgets, and drag it into a widget area.
- Set it up the way you want it.
How do you set it up?
Once you have it in a widget area, you will see this
As you can see, there are a myriad of options available to you. Setup the image and content options however you want. Now you have 100% control over which posts show up in your “Featured Posts” without an extra tag, category, or other taxonomy and you can sort the order of the posts in this widget without changing the date, so your archives display in the order you wrote my posts, but this widget displays in the order you want. If you want it to show your top posts, you can choose Order By Comment Count, and it will show the posts with the highest number of comments.
Additional controls show up once you click on some of the options. For example, in one of the themes I recently installed, the client wanted to show a grid of post thumbnails and titles but no content. Here is a screenshot of the settings:
Note that the size of the featured image options available to you will depend on the theme currently installed. Don’t forget to save your settings!
I hope you found that helpful! Let me know in the comments if there are any other tips and tricks you want me to feature. I’d love to help you learn how to manage your own Genesis-powered sites.