March 12, 2011

Adding a Customized Footer in Genesis Child Theme using Simple Hooks!

If you’re looking for a real simple way to create a customised footer to install in your Genesis child theme then look no further, as a matter of fact this method should work across most of the Genesis themes.

If you’re not too sure what Genesis is all about, then let me brief you, if you do know then skip this piece.

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.

The framework is real simple to use and no other coding is required, what’s more, Genesis offer a range of themes also known as skins or templates that are professionally designed by a small team of passionate web designers, which you can purchase and use to transform your blog or website.

This blog runs on Genesis Framework using a Freelance Child theme in which I’ve added some of my own customization.

Footer Code

Ok back to the topic of the day, creating and installing a customized footer. Below I’ve written for you a basic code in which you can use to install in your blog’s footer and I’ll show you how to do this the easiest way ever next.

<div align=center>
© Content rights reserved. <b>YourBlogTitle</b> is powered by: © <a href=””>Genesis Theme Framework</a> for <a href=””> WordPress! <a href=””>Admin</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 prefer to use Genesis above the rest. 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 add items to customise 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…)

footer code

Paste your customised 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.

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 customisation, you can simply remove the code from the hook and return your blog back to how it looked before.

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.

Recommended Reading

1. How to Add Custom Header Logo to StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes

2. How to Install Genesis Theme Framework & Church Child Theme into WordPress

About Fabrizio Van Marciano

Fabrizio Van Marciano is a successful artist and blogger working from his home in North Cornwall, UK. His insight into online business marketing, web design and self-promotion has lead him to become one of the UK's biggest selling modern contemporary artists with over 3,000 original canvas paintings sold worldwide. Fabrizio now shares his tips, advice and tutorials on all aspects of internet business marketing, blogging tips, WordPress, internet tech reviews and much more. You can follow Fabrizio on Twitter & Facebook.


  1. Sidneyeve says:

    Hello and thank you for this code. Really helpful. Should “aligh” be “align” ?

  2. Fabrizio Van Marciano says:

    Hi Sidneyeve you’re most welcome. Yes ‘aligh’ should be spelt ‘align’ I’ve rectified this now thanks for noticing. runs on the Genesis Framework

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