genesisWe love Genesis here. For the last year, nearly every site we’ve developed has been using the Genesis Framework. What is Genesis? We call it a framework, but really it’s a very powerful, customizable theme. When used in conjunction with a child theme, you’ve got a great system where you can edit/customize as much as you want, but keep a solid infrastructure on your site.

One of the things I like about Genesis is that it has a plethora of plugins that work exclusively with it to expand it. A few of my favorites include:

  • Genesis Simple Share – Adds sharing buttons to posts and pages that look great and aren’t obnoxious.
  • Genesis Simple Edits – Allows you to change the meta info for your posts, such as the byline, and the comment line. Want to remove the post author? The date? This is how. Really handy.
  • Genesis eNews Extended – This is my favorite plugin now for setting up a newsletter subscription. Works with a variety of newsletter services, such as MailChimp, Feedburner, Constant Contact, Mad Mimi, Aweber, and Feedblitz.
  • Genesis Simple Hooks – Allows you to insert your code all over the page and in the loop.
  • Genesis Layout Extras – Want a few extra layout options besides what’s offered out of the box? Here’s the plugin for that! I like the ability to designate which layout goes on which kind of page too – because I often want full-width for pages and two-column for archives.

The great part about these plugins? They are all free and available in the WordPress repository! Go forth and enjoy.

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Amy Masson, Web Developer

Amy Masson

Amy is the co-owner, developer, and website strategist for Sumy Designs. She's been making websites with WordPress since 2006 and is passionate about making sure websites are as functional as they are beautiful.

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