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I love StudioPress Themes & the Genesis Framework, that is no secret. Their framework is SOLID and they stand behind their products 100%. I’ve worked with Genesis & StudioPress themes for the last 5 years and they’ll always be my go-to resource/starting point for WordPress design. I’ve purchased several other types of themes and frameworks over the years and I always mosey back to Genesis– I love the flexibility and my clients love the end products.

If you like to tinker with your Genesis/StudioPress theme but you’re not up for modifications through templates, .php files or .css files you’re like a lot of other people out there. Not everyone has the time to learn how to do that properly and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

For those of you who love to DIY your way around your website here are 5 Awesome Genesis WordPress Plugins you should at least consider. :) I assure you that if you run Genesis/StudioPress products these will make your DIY adventures run a lot smoother and with a lot less frustration.

5 Awesome Genesis Plugins to Make Your Life Easier

GenesisPlugins-pluginscreenshotsPlease note that these plugins ALL required the Genesis Framework and will not work with other themes.

Genesis Title Toggle
Ever write a Page in WordPress and wish you could just get rid of the title? I mean, who really wants their home page to say ‘Home’?  You dont want to remove the title from the space or you have a page that shows up on stats as blank or you go to edit it and takes you a bit to find the darn page.  Problem solved! This handy plugin gives you a box on your editing page where you can simply check a box to hide the page title.

Genesis Simple Edits
Ever want to change your post info, meta info (at the bottom of your post) or your footer? No need to find and edit the footer file or page files! This plugin makes it as easy as

Genesis Simple Sidebars 
Want particular widgets to show on just your blog but different ones on your pages? Check out this awesome plugin.  It allows you to customize multiple sets of sidebars then assign those sidebars to the different pages of your website.

Genesis Hooks
Forget about having to pull those .php files to hook into your frame work.  Never again worry about deleting the wrong line of code or messing with FTP. Install this plugin and you can access and edit your hooks right in your WordPress Genesis admin area. The ability to hook into the genesis framework and add things like optin boxes, announcements, images, etc is awesome but if you’re not sure which hook you need for the particular spot your hoping too modify this plugin, The Visual Hook Guide, will save you. :)

Genesis Widgetized Not Found & 404
Tired of having a 404 Error page that does nothing for you? Put yours to work! Using this plugin you can customize your error pages and you’ll never have to see that list of pages/posts again. Click here to check out my current 404 Error page. :)

BeginnersGuide-Genesis-StackedIf your website has been setup on Genesis Framework and you haven’t seen this guide yet be sure to download it today and read up. Chances are you’ll learn a lot more about how powerful your framework/theme really are.

Just click on the image to the right to get your copy —>

What about you? Does your website run on Genesis framework with a StudioPress theme? Do you have any favorite plugins or tricks, if so feel free to share them in the comments are below!


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Melissa Barham

Web & Graphics Designer, Virtual Assistant at MelissaBarham.com
Work at home mom, wife and social media junkie. I Provide small businesses with WordPress and Graphics Design along with DIY WordPress Tips & Training.
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About Melissa Barham

Work at home mom, wife and social media junkie. I Provide small businesses with WordPress and Graphics Design along with DIY WordPress Tips & Training.


  1. The widgetized 404 is a headache saver for sure, makes it so easy to give purpose to your error page (though, hopefully no one ever sees it)
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