As I discussed here, the Genesis Framework by StudioPress is a wonderful tool for WordPress website development and my personal favorite way to build sites. It offers a ton of features and options right out of the box and is infinitely customizable. And, if there is a situation where you need Genesis to do something beyond its ready-made capabilities, there are a bunch of great Genesis plugins available that can take the Genesis Framework even further.
Here are 10 of My Favorite Genesis Plugins
1. Genesis Simple Sidebars
This plugin is great for customizing what widgets visitors see on each page of your website. Want a different sidebar on the About Page than appears on the Blog? You can accomplish that very easily with this plugin. Learn more.
2. Genesis Simple Menus
Much like the Simple Sidebars plugin, this plugin allows you to display a different secondary menu on different pages, posts, and archives. Learn more.
3. Genesis Mobile and Sticky Menu
This plugin enables you to quickly and easily transform your website navigation menu into a mobile-friendly “hamburger” menu. You can also make your menus “sticky” so that they stay visible at the top of the screen no matter how far a visitor scrolls down on a page. Very handy! Learn more.
4. Genesis Layout Extras
Genesis comes with a number of page layout options (think, full-width, one or two sidebars, sidebars to the left or right), but this plugin offers even more layout options, which can be used on your homepage, pages, posts, archives, and more. Learn more.
5. Genesis Simple Share
Add social sharing buttons to your pages and posts, with options to customize the look and size of the share icons. Learn more.
6. Genesis Simple Edits
Easily edit important but over “overlooked” details on your site, like footer content, post entry “meta” (think: author name, post date, etc.), etc. with this plugin. Learn more.
7. Genesis Title Toggle
By default, WordPress displays the titles of your posts and pages, but sometimes having a visible title will throw off your design. Genesis Title Toggle places a little checkbox option on your post and page editor, which you can check to easily remove the title of that particular entry. Learn more.
8. Genesis Simple Hooks
This plugin creates a new options page in the Genesis framework that allows you to insert code and attach it to any of the 50+ action hooks throughout the Genesis Framework. This enables you to make customizations without having to edit the theme’s Functions file. Learn more.
9. Display Featured Image for Genesis
This plugin allows you to easily and dynamically display featured images on pages and posts, without having to mess with code. Learn more.
10. Genesis Portfolio Pro
Need to put together an attractive portfolio page on your site? The Genesis Portfolio Pro plugin is a great tool for displaying your past work. You can see an example of it on my own portfolio page. Learn more.