Creating a customized footer code in WordPress - If you’re looking for a real simple way to create a customized footer to install in your Genesis child theme then here is a cool little how to for you, this method should work on most Genesis themes, but I’m not promising anything.
If you don’t know what Genesis theme Framework is and you’ve perhaps just stumbled upon this post, then here’s a brief description of what it is…
A Little Bit About Genesis Framework
Genesis is a powerful framework, or in more simplistic terms, it is a powerful theme builder that allows you to create stunning professional looking websites and blogs that provides an array of features and solidarity including search engine optimization tools, security against malicious activity to name a few, in WordPress.
The framework is created to give publishers and web builders ease of use, if you’re a complete newbie you’ll love Genesis, there’s no need to get involved in coding what so ever, more over Genesis offer a wide range of premium themes also known as skins or templates that are professionally designed to work with Genesis theme framework. you can find out more from the StudioPress (Affiliate link) website.
This blog currently runs on Genesis 1.8.1 with the News Child theme (Affiliate link).
Customized Footer Code
OK back to the topic of the day, creating and installing a customized footer. Below I’ve written for you a very basic piece of code in which you can use to install into your blog’s footer and I’ll show you how to do this the easiest way ever next.
© Content rights reserved. <b>YourBlogTitle</b> is powered by: © <a href=”http://www.studiopress.com”>Genesis Theme Framework</a> for <a href=”http://www.wordpress.org”> WordPress! <a href=”http://www.yourblogtitle.com/wp-login”>Login</a></p>
The text marked in red are for you to change and add your own title and URL.
OK, this is very simple and is one of the main reasons why I love to use Genesis. First of all you need to download and install the Simple Hooks plugin. You can find it here.
After logging into your admin area; upload the plugin and then activate it. Once complete, go to Genesis in your menu and click on Simple Hooks.
On this page you will be blessed with an array of hooks in which you can use to add all sorts of scripts and codes to customize your blog even further.
Scroll all the way down until you reach the Footer Hooks section. Find the one that’s titled (Genesis_Footer Hook, this hook by default outputs the content of the footer…)
Paste your customized footer code into this box and check the boxes as circled in the illustration below. Hit the Save Changes button below and you’re done. Refresh your blog a few times to ensure the changes have gone to plan, if you’re using WP Super Cache plugin or similar, don’t forget to clear this first.
One of the best things about using the Simple Hooks plugin for Genesis is that if you don’t like the way anything looks after your customization, you can simply remove the code from the hook and return your blog back to how it looked before, or make minor alterations.
Update: There is now a simple plugin that eliminates the whole process of using customized codes and the Simple Scripts plugin. You can find out more about changing the footer credits in the following post
Note: This tutorial is merely a suggestion in which I’ve found to work effectively for my own personal blog. For a more elaborate tutorial and support visit the support page on the StudioPress website.