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After editing my site’s identity, I went on to modify the footer text displayed on my site.
Here’s what it looked like…
As you can see above, there’s a copyright trademark/symbol, current year, the name of the theme installed, a link to WordPress dashboard (I guess), and an option to log out.
If you’re using a Genesis theme and looking for a way to customize your site footer, then continue reading…
Genesis Simple Edits
Initially, I didn’t know any coding of some sort or a way to at least change what was displayed on the footer text.
Good thing I found this tutorial from Brian Gardner – founder of StudioPress that allowed me to easily customize my site footer. According to him, the easiest method is by using a plugin called Genesis Simple Edits.
It’s a free plugin that will allow you to customize your site footer without having to learn PHP or write functions, filters, or mess with hooks (Ha…I don’t even know what these terms mean!)
Installing the Plugin
There are two ways to install the Genesis Simple Edits plugin.
- Download the plugin directly from WordPress and then upload it to your site (what I used to do).
- Or, install the plugin directly through the Plugins section of your WordPress dashboard (which I did and recommend).
Option 1. Download from WordPress and then upload to
To download it directly, here’s the link below for your convenience…
After downloading the plugin, upload it to your site using Plugins section from your WordPress dashboard.
Option 2. Install the plugin directly through your WordPress dashboard.
To install it directly from your WordPress dashboard, click on Plugins > Add New and search for Genesis Simple Edits.
Click on Install Now to continue. When it’s done, click on Activate to start using the plugin.
Customize the Site Footer
After installing the plugin, Go to Genesis > Simple Edits to start updating the footer text.
Genesis – Simple Edits Settings
On this page setting, you can modify the post-info (byline), post-meta, and footer area on any Genesis theme.
- Entry Meta (above content)
- Entry Meta (below content)
- Footer Credits Text
- Footer Output
To modify the footer text, just focus on the Footer Output section. Make sure to tick the Modify Entire Footer Text (including markup) so it will display the content on the box instead of the Footer Credits Text.
I’ll talk about creating those legal pages in my next posts. But for now, I just wanted to display the copyright symbol, current year, and a clickable link to my name/website.
Start modifying the text inside the box. You can also use an HTML code in this format <a href=”URL of the Link”>Link Title</a> to make a text clickable.
When you’re done, click on Save Changes and then visit your site to view the changes.
Here it is…
There you have it! I hope you learned from this tutorial. If you find this post useful, please share this to others so they can learn from it too.
If you have some questions, please leave them in the comments section below.
Thanks for reading!