If you’ve spent anytime on my website, you know that I’m a big fan of Genesis WordPress themes. I use them on my personal sites, client sites and pretty much recommend them anytime anyone asks me about WordPress ( check out this blog post to see why I love them so much.)

One of my favorite features about Genesis is that overtime there’s been an entire ecosystem of plugins specifically configured to work with the framework.

Why is that so great?

  1. It makes the process of sifting through the vast number of plugins in the WordPress repository significantly easier and
  2.  I don’t have to worry about the plugin having a conflict with my theme or potentially breaking my website. Because that’s happened before and it is so not fun or cool to deal with that.

Sooo….to make life easier for all of us, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite Genesis plugins below for your perusal. There are well over 200 Genesis plugins but these are my favorite and most frequently used plugins.

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For each plugin, I try to include a “See It In Action” screenshot with each plugin if I’m specifically using on my site or a client site.

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1. Simple Social Icons 

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This is what I use to create the social media icons in my sidebar, header or footer that will connect to my various social media accounts. Why I love this plugin:

  • You can adjust the icon size as needed to make the icons round, square or a transparent background if you choose.
  • You customize the colors to match your branding
  • There are several social media networks to choose from – including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram and Youtube.

*See It In Action 

Here’s this plugin on my Blog Page sidebar

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2.Genesis eNews Extended 

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I use this plugin for my email newsletter subscription service, which is through MailChimp. It creates a widget that allows you to collect email addresses and subscribers to your website. Currently works with MailChimp, Aweber, FeedBlitz, Constant Contact and Mad Mimi.

If you use any of these email service providers, check out this resource from the developer, Brandon Kraft, about how to connect and configure your account with the Genesis eNews Extender.

Side note: this plugin requires some coding if you’re trying to get a specific look. However a lot of the Genesis themes come packaged with this plugin pre-configured.

*See It In Action

Pretty much anywhere on my website, you’ll see I have this plugin coded to appear below my website headers. You can insert this plugin pretty much in any widget area of your website.

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3. Genesis Simple Edits 

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Want to modify the footer information of your website or change your post meta ( date and author information that shows up below your blog post title) ? This is the plugin I use  to modify the footer of any Genesis theme to replace the default information with copyright and attribution. This can be coded in, but if you’re not hip to code the Simple Edits plugin works beautifully.

*See It In Action

Take a scroll down to the bottom of my website and you’ll see what I’ve done with this plugin. Makes it super simple to modify the footer!

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4. Genesis Simple Sidebars 

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I like this plugin because it gives you the option of having a specific sidebar for certain pages and posts. For example, one of my clients who runs a food blog wanted a different side bar for each of his blog categories. Enter the Genesis Simple Sidebar plugin which allowed me to do this quite easily. So instead of having the default sidebar for everything, I was able to create multiple sidebars and assign them to the specific category that

*See It In Action

This is an example from my client’s website. He needed me to create multiple sidebars for different blog post categories as well as a sidebar for specific pages on his website. Using the Genesis Simple Sidebar plugin, I created the Recipe Sidebar, Drinks Sidebar, Restaurant Sidebar and the Newsletter Sidebar. Hello, awesomeness!


Once you’ve got your new sidebars created, then it’s just a matter of choosing which sidebar you want to display when you’re editing your page or blog post.




5. Genesis Layout Extras

Genesis Layout Extras

Most Genesis themes come pre-configured with the 3 basic layout options – content-sidebar, sidebar-content and full width content.  In your Genesis theme settings, those layout options look like this:

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Typically that will suffice for most people. But what if you’re one of those zany people that want more layout options? Are you ready for this?

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*Drops mic! 

You’re welcome. Go have fun :).


6. Genesis Grid Loop

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A great option if you want to change the default layout style of your blog page and blog categories to have more of a gallery style look.

*See It In Action

Here’s a screenshot from a blog category page of  my in-laws’ Christmas Tree Farm website:

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7. Genesis Connect for WooCommerce

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Genesis Connect for WooCommerce is a great option if you want to add an eCommerce store to your Genesis site website. This plugin has been configured to play nice with the WooCommerce plugin ( you would install this plugin first before Genesis Connect) so that everything functions smoothly and looks great for your online store.

*See It In Action

Here’s  a screenshot from another client site I built with eCommerce integrated.

Genesis Connect for WooCommerce

8. Genesis Extender

Genesis Extender

This is a premium plugin from CobaltApps.com,  and geared towards the intermediate and advanced Genesis user. Essentially what it does is “acts” as a developer and helps you to modify your website code and change structural elements. You can be logged into the back end or edit your website code in real-time.

The above screenshot example is one of many features that you can incorporate into your website.

To See It Action:

Check out the demo on the CobaltApps website or  this tutorial from Philip Gledhill on how to use the Genesis Extender. It was really helpful for me when I started using it.

Pricing Options:

  • Single Site – $39/year
  • Up to 3 Sites – $69/year
  • Unlimited Sites -$119/year


9. Genesis Design Palette Pro

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If you are not techie with the code, or the thought of editing any kind of website code makes you hyperventilate – this plugin is for you. This beauty allows you to customize the style elements of your website ( think fonts, links, colors, etc.) without having to touch your code.

If the Genesis Extender is like a “developer,” think of the Design Palette Pro as your website “designer.” The big difference between these two plugins is that the Genesis Extender allows you to edit both CSS & PHP code (style and structure), where the Design Palette Pro only modifies CSS (style.)

See It In Action

Below is an example of what you can change when you’ve got the Design Palette Pro plugin installed on your website. I just love how it gives you control of changing your style elements without having to touch your code. The best way to demonstrate how this works is playing around with the demo site here.

Genesis Design Palette Pro



I could have probably included more Genesis plugins in this post, but the ones I shared with you today are the ones that I have the most experience, the ones that are most geared towards DIY online business owners, and therefore worth mentioning.

Thanks for stopping by! What are some of your favorite Genesis plugins?