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Genesis Widget Setup

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The WordPres Genesis framework includes several handy widgets. This tutorial covers the general setup of these widgets.

 

* Not all widget/sidebar areas may contain proper styling for proper display of all widgets.

 

Genesis Widgets Include:

  • Genesis - Featured Page: Feature a page from your blog including thumbnail, excerpt and read more
  • Genesis - Featured Posts: Feature a post or posts including thumbnail, meta, excerpt and read more
  • Genesis - User Profile:An About Me profile widget.

 

Genesis - Featured Page

The Genesis Featured Page widget is used to display a featured image and a page excerpt of a single page. It can be used in any widget area, such as a sidebar or a footer.

1. Grad-and-drop the Genesis - Featured Page widget into a sidebar area.

2. To configure the widget, click on the title bar to open it and configure the settings as described below:

  1. Title: Enter the title you wish to display for this widget, if desired.
  2. Page: Use the drop down to select which page you’d like to feature.
  3. Show Featured Image: Check the box to enable the featured image.
  4. Image Size: Select the desired image size for your featured image.
  5. Image Alignment: Select the image alignment (None, Left, Right or Center).
  6. Show Page Title: Check the box to display the featured page title under the featured image.
  7. Show Page Content: Check the box to display the content from the featured page.
  8. Content Character Limit: Enter the number of characters to display in the widget.
  9. More Text: Enter the more text you’d like to use, such as Continue Reading. This text will automatically be linked to the featured page.

3. Once you have completed the widget configuration, be sure to click Save at the bottom of the widget to preserve your settings.

 

Genesis - Featured Posts

The Genesis Featured Posts widget is used to display one or more blog posts and can be used to show featured images and excerpts of posts from selected categories.

It can be used in any widget area, such as a sidebar or a footer.

1. Drag-and-drop the Genesis - Featured Posts widget into a sidebar area.

2. To configure the widget, click on the title bar to open it and configure the settings as described below:

  1. Title: Enter the title you wish to display for this widget, such as Latest from Our Blog.
  2. Category: Select which category you’d like to feature.
  3. Number of Posts to Show: Enter the number of posts you’d like to display in this area.
  4. Number of Posts to Offset: Enter the number of posts to offset (or skip). Offset is used when you have Featured Posts appearing elsewhere and you don’t want to repeat posts in those areas. Offsetting by 1 will show the next most recent post.
  5. Order by: Select the order in which the posts should be displayed.
  6. Sort Order: Select whether the order should be descending or ascending.
  7. Exclude Previously Displayed Posts?: Check the box to exclude posts that have already been displayed. This is useful when a post has been assigned to more than one category.
  8. Exclude Sticky Posts: Check the box to prevent sticky posts from being displayed.
  9. Show Author Gravatar: Check to display the post author’s gravatar.
  10. Gravatar Size: Select the size of the gravatar to display.
  11. Gravatar Alignment: Select the gravatar image alignment (Left, Right or None).
  12. Show Featured Image: Check the box to enable the featured image.
  13. Image Size: Select the desired image size for your featured image.
  14. Image Alignment: Select the image alignment (Left, Right, Center or None).
  15. Show Post Title: Check the box to display the featured post title under the featured image.
  16. Show Post Info: Check the box to display the post info including the post date, author and comment link. You can then customize as desired.
  17. Content Type: Choose whether to display the Excerpt, Content, a Content Limit or No Content.
  18. Limit Content: If you choose to display a Content Limit, enter the number of characters to display.
  19. More Text (if applicable): If you choose to display a Content Limit, enter the desired more text, such as [Read More…]. This text will automatically be linked to the post.
  20. Title: If you would like to display an unordered list of more posts from the selected category, you may add a Title, for example More Posts from this Category.
  21. Number of Posts to Show: If you would like to display an unordered list of more posts from the selected category, enter the number of posts to show.
  22. Show Category Archive Link: If you have selected a single category to display in this widget, check the box to display a link to the rest of the posts in this category. Note: If you have the widget set to show All Categories, this link will not be displayed.
  23. Link Text: Enter the text you’d like to display in the link, for example More Posts from this Category.

3. Once you have completed the widget configuration, be sure to click Save at the bottom of the widget to preserve your settings.

 

Genesis - User Profile

The Genesis User Profile widget is used to display a user’s gravatar and short bio with a link to more information.

Note: Users must have an account at http://gravatar.com with an image uploaded before their custom gravatar will be displayed in this widget.

1. Drag-and-drop the Genesis - User Profile widget into a sidebar widget area.

2. To configure the widget, click on the title bar to open it and configure the settings as described below:

  1. Title: Add a title, if desired (example: About Me or About the Author).
  2. Select a user: Select the user whose profile will be displayed in the widget.
  3. Gravatar Size: Select the desired image size for the Gravatar image.
  4. Gravatar Alignment: Select the image alignment (None, Left, or Right).
  5. Author Description: You may use the author bio text from the user profile (located in Users > Your Profile) or you may add custom text in the box.
  6. Extended About Me page: If you’d like to display a link to a page with more information, select the page here.
  7. Extended page link text: If you chose to display a link to a page to display more information (above), enter the text for that link here.
  8. Show Author Archive Link: Check the box if you also wish to add a link to the user’s archive page.

 

3. Click Save to preserve your settings.

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