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Genesis Sandbox Featured Content Widget


Genesis Sandbox Featured Content Widget adds additional functionality to the Genesis Featured Posts Widget.  Specifically it:

  • Supports Custom Post Types
  • Supports Custom Taxonomies
  • Exclude Term by ID field
  • Supports Pagination
  • Supports Meta Key Values
  • Supports Sorting by Meta Key
  • Multiple Hooks and Filters for adding additional content

New features include:

  • More filters/actions
  • Everything in a single class
  • Addition of column classes (including option for fifths class) & custom classes
  • WP_Query optimization for speed including site transients and term cache updating
  • Pushed everything to a framework approach so it can all be removed easily
  • HTML5 & Genesis 2.0 updated
  • Excerpt length & cutoffs options added
  • White labeled naming option
  • Added remove displayed posts option (won’t display a post that already exists on the page)


Issues and development will be maintained in the Github repo:

Special Thanks

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the folks at StudioPress & Gary Jones, their themes make my life easier.


Extract the zip file and just drop the contents in the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation and then activate the Plugin from Plugins page.

  1. Upload the entire `genesis-sandbox-featured-content-widget` folder to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the \’Plugins\’ menu in WordPress
  3. Go Widget Screen
  4. Drag Widget to desired sidebar
  5. Fill in widget settings


Why a new version of GFWA?

Well, I bother Nick all the time to change things. He’s busy. I’m busy. So, instead of hassling with the plugin, convincing Nick or whomever, I decided it was time just to create my own.

What Hooks are available?
  1. gsfc_before_loop – before the query is formulated
  2. gsfc_before_post_content – before the content
  3. gsfc_post_content – standard content output
  4. gsfc_after_post_content – after content
  5. gsfc_endwhile – after the endwhile but before the endif
  6. gsfc_after_loop – after the loop endif
  7. gsfc_after_loop_reset – after the loop reset
  8. gsfc_before_list_items – before additional list item loop
  9. gsfc_list_items – within additional list item loop
  10. gsfc_after_list_items – after the additional list item loop, where list items are output
  11. gsfc_category_more – within the archive more link conditional block
  12. gsfc_taxonomy_more (alias of gsfc_category_more) – within the archive more link conditional block
  13. gsfc_[TAXONOMY]_more (alias of gsfc_category_more) – within the archive more link conditional block
  14. gsfc_after_category_more – after the archive more conditional block
  15. gsfc_after_taxonomy_more (alias of gsfc_after_category_more) – after the archive more conditional block
  16. gsfc_after_[TAXONOMY]_more (alias of gsfc_after_category_more) – after the archive more conditional block
  17. gsfc_show_content – create your own custom content block
  18. gsfc_debug – debug filter, deletes all transients.
What Filters are available?
  1. gsfc_widget_name – replace ‘Genesis Sandbox’ by returning a string with a new prefix name
  2. gsfc_query_args – filter the main query args
  3. gsfc_exclude_post_types – used to prevent post types from appearing in the post type list in the widget form
  4. gsfc_exclude_taxonomies – used to prevent taxonomies and related terms from appearing in the terms and taxonomies list in the widget form
  5. gsfc_extra_post_args – extra post args for the extra posts list
  6. gsfc_list_items – HTML markup for the list items
  7. gsfc_form_fields – Add custom fields to widget form



Thank you very much for your efforts to develop this plugin, what I was looking for.
Congratulations !!! ­čÖé

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Contributors & Developers

“Genesis Sandbox Featured Content Widget” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



1.1.8 (07/18/2014)
* Fixed post_info/post_meta issue #26, props BenFurfie.
* Fixed link_title_field issue, #27.
* Fixed conflict with Premise, which is their fault really, #18.
* Fix More from Category Custom Link, #24, #19.

1.1.7 (07/18/2014)
* Fixed include/exclude issue. #28

1.1.6 (07/18/2014)
* Fixed meta_value_numeric to show meta_key input. TY @4WardMotion.
* Fixed image link issue, #22.

1.1.2 (01/12/2013)
* Fixed column classes to ensure they over-ride child theme settings if selected.

1.1.1 (01/12/2013)
* Updated action/filters for consistency. DO NOT upgrade if you have used these hooks/filters without comparing.

1.1.0 (01/12/2013)
* First WordPress Repo Release

1.0.0 (09/04/2013)
* First Public Release