One great thing about StudioPress Genesis Framework is that it’s been designed to be extended to almost any need you might have through the use of plugins.
To install a plugin, Go to Plugins > Add New to search for and install plugins through your WordPress Dashboard. Use the Search feature to search for a plugin by title.
When you locate a plugin you’d like to use, click the Install Now button and follow the on-screen instructions to install the plugin.
The Best Plugins for StudioPress Genesis Framework!
Here’s a list of very user-friendly plugins they have developed to help you customize your WordPress site. Below is brief description of what each one can do for your site.
The AgentPress Listings plugin uses custom post types, custom taxonomies, and widgets to create a listings management system for AgentPress. You can use the taxonomy creation tool to create your own way of categorizing listings, and use those taxonomies to allow users to search for listings.
Genesis Simple Edits
The Genesis Simple Edits plugin creates a new Genesis settings page that allows you to modify the post-info (byline), post-meta, and footer area on any Genesis theme. Using text, shortcodes, and HTML in the textboxes provided in the admin screen, these three commonly modified areas are easily editable, without having to learn PHP or write functions, filters, or hooks.
Genesis Simple Hooks
This plugin creates a new Genesis settings page that allows you to insert code and attach it to any of the action hooks throughout the Genesis Framework. Instead of the sometimes tedious and unfamiliar process of creating functions in your theme files, this plugin gives you an attractive, easy-to-use interface for modifying your Genesis theme via the hook system.
Genesis Simple Sidebars
This plugin allows you to create multiple, dynamic widget areas, and assign those widget areas to sidebar locations within the Genesis Framework on a per post, per page, or per tag/category archive basis. Creating widget areas programmatically, then using conditional logic to properly assign them to sidebar locations can be a complex task for a beginner.
The Genesis Tabs plugin allows you to create a tabbed section, via a widget, that can display the featured image, along with the title and excerpt from each post. Choose which categories you want to feature in the tabbed section, which post elements you want to show, and save the widget. Place the widget in the feature section of a Genesis child theme.
SEO Data Transporter
This plugin allows you to transfer the SEO data (such as title tags and meta descriptions) you’ve entered in one WordPress theme/plugin to another. We all know how difficult it can be to switch themes or dump plugins, and the fact that themes and plugins store their inputted SEO data differently makes it even harder. This plugin remedies that.
Social Profiles Widget
The Social Profiles Widget plugin allows you to insert icon links to your social profiles in any widget area. By simply dragging this widget into your sidebar or any widgetized area, you can easily place icon links to your various social profiles such as Feedburner, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, YouTube, Flickr, Myspace, and more!
Simple Social Icons
The Simple Social Icons plugin is an easy to use, customizable way to display icons that link visitors to your various social profiles. With it, you can easily choose which profiles to link to, customize the color and size of your icons, as well as align them to the left or right, all from the widget form (no settings page necessary!).
The Genesis Slider plugin includes options for auto-progress and the dimensions of your slideshow. It also allows you to choose to display posts or pages, what category to pull from, and even the specific post IDs of the posts you want to display. Finally, you can place the slider into a widget area.
Genesis Simple Menus
The Genesis Simple Menus plugin allows you to assign WordPress navigation menus to the secondary navigation menu within the Genesis Framework on a per post, per page, or per tag/category
Genesis Author Pro
The Genesis Author Pro plugin uses custom post types and widget to add a book library to any Genesis Framework child theme to attractively display book details in single and archive views.
Genesis Beta Tester
The Genesis Beta Tester plugin hooks into the data sent to the Genesis API servers and lets them know that you’d like to update to the latest version of Genesis Theme, even if it’s still in beta.
Genesis Responsive Slider
The Genesis Responsive Slider plugin allows you to create a simple responsive slider that displays the featured image, along with the title and excerpt from each post on your Genesis Theme.
It is a simple widget that allows you to place links to your social media accounts. Instead of icons, each link is a circle using text (in various fonts) to indicate the site being linked to.
The Simple URLs plugin is a URL management system that allows you create, manage, and track outbound links from your site by using custom post types and 301 redirects.
Genesis Simple Share
The Genesis Simple Share plugin allows you to easily add beautiful share buttons to your site using a Genesis child theme.
The Best Third Party Genesis Framework Plugins
In addition to the plugins they have developed at StudioPress, there are many Genesis-specific plugins that have been developed by others in the community.
These third party plugins are not supported or maintained by StudioPress.
Genesis eNews Extended
The Genesis eNews Extended plugin creates a new widget that allows you to easily add mailing list integration to a Genesis website. It works with FeedBurner, MailChimp, AWeber, FeedBlitz and more.
Genesis Connect for WooCommerce
The Genesis Connect for WooCommerce plugin allows you to seamlessly integrate WooCommerce with the Genesis Framework and Genesis child themes.
Genesis Design Palette Pro
The Genesis Design Palette Pro plugin allows you to quickly and easily modify the look of each area of your site without touching any code.
And so many more…
There are so many more Genesis plugins available for you to try out. Just do a search for “Genesis” in the WordPress plugins repository and you will get 200+ results (as on the time of publishing this post).