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    Among the Top 7 most downloaded Genesis plugins ever 🙂 Thank you!

    With this lightweight plugin for the popular Genesis Framework you can very easily modify the (registered) default layouts for homepage, singular pages (for posts and pages), various archive sections, author pages, attachment pages, search results pages, the 404 page – all done via a new theme options page. Just look for it at the submenu: Genesis > Layout Extras.

    Version 2.0.0 is a complete rewrite regarding code optimizations and also new features:
    The plugin now optionally adds up to nine (9!) additional layouts. Also, you can optionally add Layouts meta box support for post types inpost screens which don’t have it yet. Plus, Genesis Archive Settings for post types could be enabled as well.

    As a smart bonus the plugin also includes the layout setting for the bbPress 2.x forum plugin which itself is compatible to Genesis. Also added is the layout setting for other plugins from the Genesis ecosystem or other third-party authors: for example AgentPress Listings which includes the custom post type ‘listings’ and the taxonomy ‘features’. Just have a look on the below listings for full explanation.

    Please note: The plugin requires the Genesis Theme Framework (GPL-2.0+), a paid premium product released by StudioPress/ Rainmaker Digital LLC (former Copyblogger Media) (via

    WordPress 4.6+ Info If you update to WordPress 4.6 or higher, please make sure, you update BEFORE to Genesis 2.3.1 or higher! Otherwise you’ll get error — this has nothing to do with our plugin only with base Genesis but we want you to have safe update procedure of course. Layout extras plugin has been tested compat with WP 4.6.

    Video of Plugin’s Settings Walkthrough (v2.0.0):

    original video link by plugin developer David Decker

    Regular WordPress Sections for a Default Layout Setting

    • Home Page (works with home.php or static page as front page)
    • Search Results Page (if there are results)
    • Search not found Page (if there are NO results)
    • 404 Error Page
    • “Post” Page (singular post views)
    • “Page” Page (singular page views)
    • Attachment Page (singluar attachment views)
    • Author Page
    • Date Archive Page (optional with setting for Year, Month, Day)
    • Category Page
    • Tag Page
    • Taxonomy Page

    Plugins: Supported Custom Post Types set by Plugins

    • Plugin: AgentPress Listings: Archive Page for Custom Post Type “Listings” – plus taxonomy “Features”
    • Plugin: Genesis Media Project: Archive Page for Custom Type “Video” – plus taxonomies “SlideShows”, “Video Categories”, “Video Tags”
    • Plugin: bbPress 2.x Forum (all areas) – plus “Topics” – Integration plugin recommended: bbPress Genesis Extend
    • Plugin: WooCommerce: for all taxonomy pages for “Product Categories” and “Product Tags” – Integration plugin recommended: Genesis Connect for WooCommerce
    • Plugin: Jigoshop: for all taxonomy pages for “Product Categories” and “Product Tags” – Integration plugin recommended: Genesis Connect for Jigoshop
    • Plugin: Easy Digital Downloads: Archive Page for Custom Type “Downloads” – plus taxonomies “Download Categories” and “Download Tags” – Integration plugin recommended: Genesis Connect for Easy Digital Downloads
    • Plugin: Sugar Events Calendar: Archive Page for Custom Type “Events” – plus taxonomy “Event Categories”

    Child Themes: Supported Custom Post Types set by Child Themes

    • Child Theme: Minimum 2.0 by StudioPress: Archive Page for Custom Post Type “Portfolio”
    • Child Theme: Executive 2.0 by StudioPress: Archive Page for Custom Post Type “Portfolio”
    • These 10 Child Themes by ZigZagPress brand: Bijou, Engrave, Eshop, Megalithe, Neo, Prestige, Single, Solo, Tequila, Vanilla — Archive Page for Custom Post Type “Portfolio” – plus taxonomy “Portfolio Category” for all these.
    • Child Theme: Clip Cart by Themedy Themes: Archive Page for Custom Post Type “Products” – plus taxonomy “Product Categories”
    • Child Theme: Stage by Themedy Themes: Taxonomy “Photo Galleries”

    *Translations: Internationalization (i18n) / Localization (L10n)

    • English (default) – always included
    • German (de_DE) – always included
    • French (fr_FR) – user-submitted, thanks to Grégoire Noyelle – 50% complete for v2.0.0 🙂
    • Italian (it_IT) – user-submitted, thanks to Marco Rosselli – currently 36% complete for v2.0.0
    • Hindi (hi_IN – for India) – user-submitted, thanks to Love Chandel – currently 44% complete for v2.0.0
    • Spanish (es_ES) – user-submitted – currently 11% complete for v2.0.0
    • Swedish (sv_SE) – user-submitted – currently 11% complete for v2.0.0
    • .pot file (genesis-layout-extras.pot) for translators is also always included 🙂
    • Easy plugin translation platform with GlotPress tool: Translate “Genesis Layout Extras”…
    • Your translation? – Just send it in

    Please note: The plugin requires the Genesis Theme Framework
    The plugin has been tested with WordPress branches 3.6+ (and before with 3.5+, 3,4+, 3.3+…) without any issues. It also works within Multisite installs – single activated and also network activated. Running with latest versions of Genesis and WordPress is always recommended.

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    • English – default, always included
    • German (de_DE): Deutsch – immer dabei! Download auch via
    • French (fr_FR): Français – user-submitted by Grégoire Noyelle
    • Italian (it_IT): Italiano – user-submitted by Marco Rosselli
    • Hindi (hi_IN – for India): user-submitted by Love Chandel
    • Swedish (sv_SE): Svenska – user-submitted, only a few strings yet…
    • Spanish (es_ES): Español – user-submitted, only a few strings yet…
    • For custom and update-secure language files please upload them to /wp-content/languages/genesis-layout-extras/ (just create this folder) – This enables you to use fully custom translations that won’t be overridden on plugin updates. Also, complete custom English wording is possible with that as well, just use a language file like to achieve that.

    Easy plugin translation platform with GlotPress tool: Translate “Genesis Layout Extras”…

    Note: All my plugins are internationalized/ translateable by default. This is very important for all users worldwide. So please contribute your language to the plugin to make it even more useful. For translating I recommend the awesome “Codestyling Localization” plugin and for validating the “Poedit Editor”, which works fine on Windows, Mac and Linux.

    Future Roadmap for Genesis Layout Extras

    • Adding more supported plugins that come with post types
    • If it makes sense, maybe even add more layout options…
    • When needed, adding more supported child themes
    • In general, improving the code and overall user experience
    • Hopefully, I can even offer more translations in future 🙂

    Check out my other Genesis Plugins

    Additional Info

    Security: The plugin uses the Genesis Sanitization class for checking and filtering all custom inputs. Further, the plugin uses WordPress and Genesis Framework APIs and coding standards to the highest possible extend. Just to make sure you get a quality, future-proof product.

    Idea Behind / Philosophy: I had liked the general approach of the former plugin (I forked from) – which provided a simple and great way to set a few needed options. Since it seemed no longer to be developed and updated I just decided to make a fork of it and add some additional functionality like setting the layout setting for the (awesome!) bbPress 2.x forum plugin in Genesis. And, I wanted this all on an extra options page, divided from the general Genesis settings because that is much more user friendly IMHO. In addition I added full inline documentation including the contextual help function provided by WordPress itself to create a more seamless user experience.


    Among the Top 7 most downloaded Genesis plugins ever 🙂 Thank you all users and translators!

    Thanks for all user feedback that led to improvements in the plugin!

    Big thanks to all Genesis users, developers and bloggers who reviewed the plugin on their websites/ blogs!

    Credit where credit is due: This plugin here was first based on the work of WPChildThemes for the great “Genesis Layout Manager” plugin. Now, nearly two years and a dozen updates later the basic function is still there but the code totally refactored…! 🙂

    Last but not least

    Special Thanks go out to my family for allowing me to do such spare time projects (aka free plugins) and supporting me in every possible way!

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