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The next thing I did after customizing the sidebar was to edit the footer text. It had the theme and WordPress branding on it including other texts that came in as default.
Here’s a screenshot of what it looked like…
I wanted to edit it so I can put more relevant links right down the bottom of the page to make it more useful like social media links and legal pages but I didn’t know any coding of some sort.
Good thing there was this free Genesis tutorial on Brian Gardner’s website where I initially got the theme from. All I had to do was to download a plugin for WordPress called Genesis Simple Edits and modify the entire footer text from there.
Genesis Simple Edits
Genesis Simple Edits is a free plugin that creates a new Genesis settings page that allows you to easily modify post-info (byline), post-meta, and footer area on any Genesis theme.
- Entry Meta (above content) – This is where you can see post date, author, comments, and edit links.
- Entry Meta (below content) – This is where it shows things like post categories and tags.
- Footer Credits Text – This is what I’m talking about! It usually includes items such as copyright text, year, domain name, theme, and WordPress branding.
All the above areas can be easily modified by simply editing the text boxes provided on the Genesis settings page using text, shortcodes, and HTML. So if you’re using a Genesis theme like me, this plugin can be quite useful.
And by using this free plugin, I didn’t have to learn any PHP or write functions, filters, or mess with any hooks which I knew nothing about.
What I did was to simply copy the raw HTML from the tutorial and tweaked it based on my preference. There was a bit of a learning curve involved but it was all worth it.
And the reason I said that is because I learned a little bit of HTML coding which is quite useful when creating links on my site.
Here’s how I customized the entire footer text on my site.
- Download and install the Genesis Simple Edits plugin.
- Enable “Modify Entire Footer Text (including mark up)?”
- Edit footer credits text.
Step 1. Download and install the Genesis Simple Edits plugin.
Here, you have two options…
You can download the plugin directly from WordPress.org and then upload it to your website.
Another option is to go straight to your WordPress dashboard. Search for the plugin under the Plugins section. Then install and activate from there.
Step 2. Enable “Modify Entire Footer Text (including mark up)?”
After installing the plugin, go to Genesis > Simple Edits and locate the footer output area.
Make sure to tick the “Modify Entire Footer Text (including mark up)?” option so it will use the content on the box below instead of the default Footer Credits Text.
Step 3. Edit footer credits text.
On the text box, you can delete the entire text or just modify it the way you want the text to appear on the footer. Go ahead and tweak as many times as you like.
Don’t worry about messing it up. You can simply reset the settings and it would go back to the default footer credits text.
Initially, I had removed everything except for the copyright text, year, and my domain name.
If you noticed, I made use of the HTML coding <a href=”https://aldwinzalameda.com/”>Aldwin Zalameda</a> to make sure that the text (my name) is clickable and linked to a source (domain name).
You can use <a href=”source“>text</a> to create a link.
Now I can’t tell you exactly what to put in there but what I would suggest is to show only relevant information or links on your site like what I did to mine.
And here’s the markup for that…
It looks complicated, right?
Well, at least for me who knows nothing much about HTML and that kind of stuff. To be honest, I still don’t know how to write that whole thing down from scratch.
As I said, I just copied the raw HTML from the free tutorial and tweaked it to my preference. I might change it later on. But right now, it seems to be working just fine.
If you want, you can also visit other websites and see exactly what they’ve done at the bottom of their page. Do some experiment and see what works for you.
That’s it! I hope you learned from this tutorial. If you have some questions, please feel free to drop me a comment below.
Thanks for reading!