Genesis Layout Extras – Default Layouts in Genesis for WordPress

Description

Among the Top 10 most downloaded Genesis plugins ever πŸ™‚ Thank you!

πŸ‘‰ Set Default Layots in Genesis

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 admin settings page. Just look for it at the submenu: Genesis > Layout Extras.

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/ WPEngine, Inc. (via studiopress.com).

🎬 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” Pages (default singular post views)
  • “Page” Pages (default singular page views)
  • Attachment Page (default singular attachment views)
  • Author Page (default singular author views)
  • Date Archive Page (optional with setting for Year, Month, Day) (default views for date archives)
  • Category Page (default category archive views)
  • Tag Page (default tag archive views)
  • Taxonomy Page (default custom taxonomy views)

πŸ”Œ Plugins: Supported Custom Post Types set by Plugins

  • Genesis Portfolio Pro: Archive Page for post type “Portfolio” – plus taxonomy “(Portfolio) Type”
  • Genesis Author Pro: Archive Page for post type “Book” – plus taxonomy pages for “(Book) Authors”, “(Book) Series” and “(Book) Tags”
  • AgentPress Listings: Archive Page for post type “Listings” – plus taxonomy “(Listing) Features”
  • Simple Listings for Genesis: Archive Page for post type “Listings” – plus taxonomy “(Listing) Status”
  • bbPress 2.x Forum: all Forums (all areas) – plus “Topics” – Integration plugin recommended: bbPress Genesis Extend
  • WooCommerce: for all taxonomy pages for “Product Categories” and “Product Tags” – Integration plugin recommended: Genesis Connect for WooCommerce
  • 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
  • Jigoshop: for all taxonomy pages for “Product Categories” and “Product Tags” – Integration plugin recommended: Genesis Connect for Jigoshop
  • Sugar Events Calendar: Archive Page for Custom Type “Events” – plus taxonomy “Event Categories”
  • (Legacy) Genesis Media Project: Archive Page for Custom Type “Video” – plus taxonomies “SlideShows”, “Video Categories”, “Video Tags”
  • Note: Even more plugins and/ or custom post types (CPTs) may be added in future plugin versions

🀠 Child Themes: Supported Custom Post Types set by Child Themes

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

🌎 Translations

πŸš€ Personal Note from Developer (2018)

Please note, this plugin lives on, it is far from “dead”! I could not maintain it the last 5 years (August 2013 until August 2018), as I had personal issues keeping me from it. However, the plugin worked very well in almost all cases over the years, that is due to the super stable Genesis Framework.

UPDATE Is Out! Yes, the update v2.1.0 is finally out (you are on its readme just now). The plugin will get further maintenance and development.

🌟 Be a Contributor

If you want to translate, go to the Translation Portal at translate.wordpress.org.

You can also contribute code-wise via our Genesis Layout Extras GitHub Repository – and see where you can help.

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β™₯ This Plugin …

  • … scratches my own itch!
  • … is Quality Made in Germany
  • … was created with β™₯ love (plus some β˜•οΈ coffee) πŸ™‚ – if you like it consider donating

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Screenshots

  • Plugin settings page - introductory section

  • Settings meta box for additional layout options - up to nine (9!) are possible! πŸ™‚

  • Settings meta box for additional post type support - for public post types and/or ones with 'archive' support

  • Select a default layout option for various sections, CPTs etc. -- via the drop-down menu

  • Set a default layout option for lots of WordPress' default cases/ pages/ views

  • Supported custom post types by plugins -- just an example with Easy Digital Downloads and bbPress 2.x (there are many more included, see 'Description'!)

  • Supported custom post types by child themes -- just an example for "Executive 2.0" child theme (there are many more included, see 'Description'!)

  • Plugin settings are hooked into the Genesis Exporter feature for easy export & import of plugin settings! πŸ™‚

  • Manage the display of the settings page meta boxes via "Screen options" tab on top right corner

  • Help tab system included on the plugin's settings page - tab on top right corner

  • Example of activated alternate layout options - that are also hooked into the inpost edit screens layout options meta box! πŸ™‚ (The same on Genesis Theme Settings!)

  • Example of activated "Genesis Archive Settings" for a post type - for "Portfolio" in this example here

Installation

πŸš€ Minimum Requirements

  • WordPress version 4.7 or higher
  • NOTE: Only works with Genesis Framework (GPL-2.0+) as the parent theme. This is a paid premium product by StudioPress/ WPEngine, Inc., available via studiopress.com
  • PHP version 5.6 or higher
  • MySQL version 5.0 or higher
  • For plugin settings: Administrator user with capabilities manage_options and edit_theme_options who is logged-in

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  • PHP version 7.2 or higher
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πŸš€ Installation

  1. Install using the WordPress built-in Plugin installer (via Plugins > Add New – search for genesis layout extras), or extract the ZIP file and drop the contents in the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. In your left-hand Genesis Theme Settings > Layout Extras, setup your default layouts and you’re good to go :).
  4. General usage: Set layout options DIFFERENT from the Genesis default for special sections.

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


original video link by plugin developer David Decker

Choose from one of the following layouts

1) Up to 6 default layouts of Genesis – when registered:

  • Genesis Default (your default setting from Genesis Theme settings)
  • Content-Sidebar
  • Sidebar-Content
  • Content-Sidebar-Sidebar
  • Sidebar-Sidebar-Content
  • Sidebar-Content-Sidebar
  • Full Width Content

2) Currently up to 9 additional layouts of this plugin (Genesis Layout Extras):

  • Sidebars below Content *)
  • Primary below Content
  • Primary above Content
  • Header+Nav/Content/Sidebar (experimental!)
  • Content/Sidebar-Alt *)
  • Sidebar-Alt/Content *)
  • Content/Sidebar-Alt/Sidebar
  • Sidebar/Sidebar-Alt/Content
  • Sidebar/Content/Sidebar-Alt

*) = Not with my “Genesis Prose Extras” plugin – that brings those layouts on its own, but with more optimized CSS πŸ™‚

PLEASE NOTE: These 9 additional layouts were added in 2013 under a different situation of the overall market and Genesis. Looking back it was a mistake to do that, as the whole CSS for Child Themes is just unmanageable! Therefore the support for these layouts cannot and will not be given any longer! But rest assured: for backwards compatibility and for the users that somehow used them, I will keep their registering functions and their CSS in the plugin for as long as possible.

However, I might be hide the options from the settings page in the future (again this will not affect your usage!). To be clear: I will NOT remove features that were in it for 5 years and of course are used in the wild. I serve my users and the community. But please understand that I cannot longer offer support in any way for THESE ADDITIONAL layout options. You can always register your own options and maintain the CSS for your special use case. No problem at all! πŸ™‚ — Thanks for your support!

Additional Post Type Support:

  • For public custom post types, enable Genesis Inpost Options (Layouts, SEO, Scripts)
  • For public custom post types with archive support, enable Genesis Archive Settings

FAQ

2018: Still Support for the additional layout options?

PLEASE NOTE: These 9 additional layouts were added in 2013 under a different situation of the overall market and Genesis. Looking back, it was a mistake to do that, as the whole CSS for Child Themes is just unmanageable! Therefore the support for these layouts cannot and will not be given any longer after December 18th, 2018 (which is the release date of v2.1.0 the “back to life” version)! But rest assured: for backwards compatibility and for the users that somehow used them, I will keep their registering functions and their CSS in the plugin for as long as possible.

However, I might be hide the options from the settings page at some point in the future (again this will not affect your usage!). To be clear: I will NOT remove features that were in it for 5 years and of course are used in the wild. I serve my users and the community. But please understand that I cannot longer offer support in any way for THESE ADDITIONAL layout options. You can always register your own options and maintain the CSS for your special use case. No problem at all! πŸ™‚ — Thanks for your support!

Why up to 9 new layout options, aren’t the default one’s enough?

Good question, hehe πŸ™‚ — Since you are absolutely not forced to use the new options you can disable all and set the settings meta box to not display (via “Screen options” tab on top right corner), so you won’t even see them on the plugin’s settings page.

If, however, you want some new – simplyfied or tweaked – flavors of existing layouts, then you might try one of the new options. So for example, the “Primary below Content” layout option is perfect for minimalistic one-column sites. Or the “Sidebars below Content” is great for content-oriented blogs and/or sites that want to drop the bloat from the SIDEbar and only offer a bit more stuff below the main content – in a nice 2-column outfit.

I don’t see the new layout options in the plugin settings, what’s up?

This could only be the case if your child theme (or another plugin or some code snippet…) has un-registered both Genesis default sidebars. Those two are needed for the layout options, so, if they are not there, you just cannot see and use my plugin’s layout options.

Are the alternate layouts responsive?

Yes, they are! All is working like it should with minimal additions on CSS style rules (only what’s really needed).

Help, the new layouts look not good on my site (CSS…), what can I do?

This may depend on the used CSS rules loaded via the plugin. Those rules are NOT based on specific child themes but use a “middle-of-the-road” general concept that is based on percentage CSS values. This way I can save a lot of (child theme specific) overhead.

This approach may work with a lot of the official child themes by StudioPress. Sure, not all! Just try, and if needed, add additional CSS rules to your child theme style sheet to tweak the plugin styles.

Also, you are free to not load the plugin styles at all (see plugin settings!). In that case you might add completely custom CSS styles to your child theme (or wherever, via another plugin or what…).

I only see 3 layouts in the select drop-down where are the others?

This means that your current active Child Theme or a plugin (or even some code snippet…) has unregistered some layouts. The select drop-down field of this plugin only represents what was registered before – this being the case via Genesis itself or a Child Theme or plugins.

Note: The most recent “Sample” Child Theme from StudioPress, and many other newer Child Themes, only come with three (or even 2 only) layout options.

You can modify the layout of the plugin’s AgentPress Listings post type. What does this mean?

Nothing spectacular, you just can set the layout option for the archive pages of the “listings” post type, plus for all terms of its built-in “features” taxonomy. – Of course, the plugin (and so the setting in there) could be used with the AgentPress child theme and also with any other Genesis child theme, so this setting might come in really handy ;-).

I noticed that some (layout section) settings have no effect at all, what happens here?

This has to do with priorities. In general, if there’s a template for a specific page (archive) type, for example image.php for image attachment display, then Genesis & WordPress will always use that first for the content output AS LONG AS there’s an layout setting function or filter in there. Only if there are no templates with layout settings found, the layout option settings will take full effect. So, if our example image.php has a layout filter set in this then has the higher priority. But if there’s no layout filter in there then the plugin’s layout setting will take effect! – Well, if you experience such cases just leave these fields on “Genesis Default” and you’re good to go :-). (You might call that a limitation of the plugin or whatever but that’s the intended behavior of WordPress & Genesis.)

What does the Additional Post Type support do?

Nothing spectacular…

a) It just would add the inpost metaboxes of Genesis for layouts (whoa!), SEO (only if no SEO plugin is used) and Scripts (since Genesis 2.0+). — That only works for post types that are “public” which means, viewable on the frontend!

b) Also possible, is the activation of the new Genesis Archive Settings (for post types; since Genesis 2.0+). So you can for example, edit the Archive Page Title, SEO Options and Layout Options for a ‘download’ archive page (or a ‘books’ archive, ‘portfolio’ archive…). — That only works for post types that are “public” which means, viewable on the frontend AND have support enabled for 'has_archive' => true in their post type registration!

Note: The layout settings for archives done via these Genesis Archive settings and/or the content archive settings of THIS plugin do just the same. So you decide which one you use. Nothing could break, and it does no harm. So, enjoy your content archives (settings)!

What means Reset of settings?

a) Layouts: Actually it just restores the default layout setting which is always defined in regular layout settings on the Genesis Theme Settings page.

b) All other settings are set to their default state.

Which settings are effected when doing a reset?

ALL available options are resetted to their defaults!
So if you for example only want to reset one option and leave all other as they are then only change this one section and then click the SAVE button and you’re done.

Is this plugin Multisite compatible?

Yes, it is! πŸ™‚ Works really fine in Multisite invironment – here I just recommend to activate on a per site basis so to load things only where and when needed.

In Multisite, could I “network activate” this plugin?

Yes, you could. — Still, a per site use is recommended. — Network activation makes the most sense if all sub sites are using Genesis! On the other hand, if your Multisite install has 10 sites and only 3 may run with Genesis, network activation is not recommended!

How could I add my own layout option to the select drop-down menu?

That’s possible since plugin version 2.0.0! Handy feature for custom child theme development as well as for plugin developers, hehe πŸ™‚

Just use this sample code and modify/ enhance to your needs:

/**
 * Adding additional custom layouts to the layout select drop-down for plugin
 *    "Genesis Layout Extras".
 *
 * NOTE: This requires the Genesis Framework, plus the plugin "Genesis Layout
 *       Extras" (available via: https://wordpress.org/plugins/genesis-layout-extras/)
 *
 * @author David Decker - DECKERWEB.de
 * @link   https://deckerweb.de/twitter
 */
if ( defined( 'GLE_SETTINGS_FIELD' ) && function_exists( 'genesis_get_layout' ) ) {

    add_action( 'gle_layouts_drop_down', 'custom_gle_select_layout_option', 10, 1 );
    /**
     * Helper function to add additional <option> markup to select drop-down.
     *
     * @uses ddw_gle_layout_select_option()
     *
     * param string $gle_layout_option
     */
    function custom_gle_select_layout_option( $gle_layout_option ) {

        ddw_gle_layout_select_option(
            'my-custom-layout-type-id',                         // layout ID
            __( 'My Custom Layout Name', 'your-text-domain' ),  // layout label name
            '#990000',                                          // background color in drop-down
            $gle_layout_option                                  // internal variable - DO NOT delete!
        );

    }  // end function

}  // end if
How can I remove the Export/ Import Info meta box?

Just add this line of code to your child theme’s functions.php file, a functionality plugin or snippet management plugin:

/** Genesis Layout Extras: Remove Export/ Import Info meta box */
define( 'GLE_NO_EXPORT_IMPORT_INFO', TRUE );
How can I completely remove the ‘Header+Nav/Content/Sidebar’ layout option?

It’s possible, yes, just add this line of code to your child theme’s functions.php file, a functionality plugin or snippet management plugin:

/** Genesis Layout Extras: Remove HNCS layout option */
define( 'GLE_NO_HNCS_LAYOUT_OPTION', TRUE );

All the custom & branding stuff code above can also be found as a Gist on GitHub: https://gist.github.com/deckerweb/6151740 (you can also add your questions/ feedback there πŸ™‚

More info on Translations?
  • English – default, always included
  • German (de_DE): Deutsch – immer dabei! πŸ™‚
  • All other user-submitted translation see at language packs overview page
  • For custom and update-safe 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 genesis-layout-extras-en_US.mo/.po to achieve that (for creating one see the following tools).

Easy plugin translation platform with GlotPress platform: 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 and validating I recommend the awesome “Poedit Editor”, which works fine on Windows, macOS and Linux.

Additional Info

Stay in the Loop: Join our thriving community of Site Builders – My Newsletter will bring you insider infos for Genesis Layout Extras plugin, as well as my other Genesis/ WordPress plugins, plus tutorials and other useful stuff.

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.

Credits

Among the Top 7 most downloaded Genesis plugins ever πŸ™‚ (For many years it was even in the Top 7!) Thank you all users for using it over all these years and all translators to make the plugin accessible for a bigger audience!

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 (licensed under GPLv2 or later). Now, more than seven (7!) and a dozen updates later the basic function is still there but the code totally refactored…! πŸ™‚

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!

Reviews

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This is a very useful plugin for multiple layout manage in your theme Thanks
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Contributors & Developers

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Changelog

NOTE: This plugin lives on, it is far from “dead”! I could not maintain it the last years, as I had personal issues keeping me from it. The plugin worked very well in almost all cases over the years, that is due to the super stable Genesis Framework.

NOTE for the extra Layouts The up to nine additional layouts added with version 2.0.0 of the plugin back in 2013 are now deprecated as of December 2018. That means, they will NOT receive any more updates and also NO SUPPORT. You can still use them if you want but you need to care for the proper styling, displaying etc. yourself. Therefore it would make more sense for you to not use these option from the plugin but rather register custom layouts yourself and make use of our filters to bring them also into the settings drop-down field. Thanks for your understanding! – This note only regards the additional layouts, NOT the plugin itself of course, the plugin is alive and kickin’, hehe :-).

⚑️ 2.1.2 – 2019-05-03

  • New: Successfully tested with WordPress 5.2
  • New: Integrated with WordPress 5.2+ new Site Health feature: Genesis Layout Extras now has an extra section on the Debug Info tab – this is especially helpful for support requests
  • Tweak: Updated bundled library DDWlib Plugin Installer Recommendations to latest version (v1.4.0) – feature updates
  • Tweak: Updated .pot file plus all German translations (formal, informal) and language packs
  • New: Join my newsletter for DECKERWEB WordPress Plugins – insider info, plus tutorials and more useful stuff

πŸ”§ 2.1.1 – 2018-12-19

  • Tweak: Fixed Fatal error caused from setting field creation function – thanks to user Pete for reporting it!
  • Tweak: Fixed Admin styling glitches with Ninja Forms builder (and most likely other plugins) – Thanks to user feedback (Topic)

πŸŽ‰ 2.1.0 – 2018-12-18

  • New: Brought the plugin back to life after more than five years, yeah! πŸ™‚
  • New: Added plugin support for “Genesis Portfolio Pro” (free, by StudioPress)
  • New: Added plugin support for “Genesis Author Pro” (free, by StudioPress)
  • New: Added plugin support for “Simple Listings for Genesis” (free, by Robin Cornett)
  • New: Release on GitHub.com as well (for issues, development etc.), see here: https://github.com/deckerweb/genesis-layout-extras
  • New: Added composer.json file to the plugin’s root folder – this is great for developers using Composer
  • New: Added README.md file for plugin’s GitHub.com repository to make it more readable there
  • New: Added plugin update message also to Plugins page (overview table)
  • New: Added plugins recommendations library by deckerweb to add plugin installer tips
  • New: Added plugin recommendations meta box on settings page
  • New: Added setting option to optionally unload the plugin’s translations
  • Tweak: Updated all internal plugin links to current state, deleted the ones that were dead or no longer needed
  • Tweak: Refactored uninstall routine, added option to only delete data if enabled
  • Tweak: Improved registered layout logic, especially for the select drop-down field
  • Tweak: Lots of Dashicons, plus styling improvements for the admin settings page
  • Tweak: Enhanced security
  • Tweak: General code improvements and internal documentation updates
  • Tweak: Added inline translator comments for Gettext functions wherever possible
  • Tweak: Updated .pot file plus all German translations (formal, informal) and German language packs
  • Tweak: Removed all non-German translations from the plugin package, as those are already powered by WordPress.org language packs – the German translation files now serve as an example for community translators
  • Tweak: Overhauled and corrected Readme.txt file here
  • Tweak: Added new plugin icon and banner on WordPress.org
  • Trivia fact: this plugin is already 7 (seven!) years old. Whoa, that’s a lot. πŸ˜‰

2.0.0 – 2013-08-05

  • The long-awaited, super-polished 2.0 plugin release with some new features also πŸ™‚
  • NEW: Plugin now registers up to 9 (nine!) additional layout options! Requirement for this feature: Primary Sidebar (ID sidebar) and/or Secondary Sidebar (Sidebar-Alt, ID sidebar-alt) may not have been unregistered!
  • NEW: Additional post type support, so you can add Genesis Layout support (plus SEO, plus Scripts) to all public custom post types; as well as the new “Archive Settings” pages (since Genesis 2.0+) for all public custom post types with archive support!
  • NEW: Plugin detects the registered (official) layout options (from the child theme, or other plugins) and displays only those in the layout select drop-down!
  • NEW: Added even more hooks & filters within the plugin. So for example, developers can now easily add more layout options to the select drop-down if needed! (see FAQ here for more info)
  • NEW: Plugin now leverages the Genesis Admin Class for improved security, performance, maintenance.
  • NEW: Added plugin support for “Genesis Prose Extras” for the layout select drop-down.
  • NEW: Added support for regular uninstall routine with WordPress standard. (So, if you delete the plugin via the button on the plugin listing page, then the plugin’s settings will be deletet from the options table!)
  • NEW: Added new – partly – Swedish (sv_SE) translation – user-submitted.
  • UPDATE: Improved translation loading, now only within the admin area, also improved for custom translations!
  • UPDATE: Reworked, improved and updated wording, help texts and overall user guidance.
  • UPDATE: Updated and improved readme.txt file here, especially with new FAQ entries and better installation instructions.
  • UPDATE: Updated all existing screenshots, added lots of new screenshots! πŸ™‚
  • UPDATE: Updated all existing translations plus the .pot file for all translators! –> Please help updating all translations for version 2.0.0 too – THANKS!
  • CODE: Major code/ documentation updates & improvements.
  • INFO: Where needed, the plugin now supports HTML5 markup/CSS styles with Genesis 2.0+. For example, all optional frontend CSS style sheets load automatically their HTML5 version if HTML5 is supported by your child theme.

1.7.0 – 2013-03-22

  • NEW: Added settings export (and therefore also import) to the Genesis Exporter/ Importer feature.
  • NEW: Added support for “Portfolio” Custom Post Type in these child themes by ZigZagPress brand: Bijou, Eshop, Single, Solo, Tequila.
  • NEW: Added new setting for all “Topics” for bbPress 2.x powered forums. Sometimes there are setups needed where a special layout for topics needs to be set. — Thanks to plugin user Romain for bringing this up! πŸ™‚
  • UPDATE: Improved Genesis check on plugin activation and also added a version check to make sure, users run the latest versions of Genesis Framework and WordPress. — This just prepares for next major update of Genesis Layout Extras which will be a refactoring and make use of the ‘Genesis Admin’ class. I’ll just will make sure as many users as possible have updated their Genesis install :).
  • UPDATE: Improved check for single posts and page to improve custom post type support at the same time. — Thanks to plugin user Romain for bringing my attention to this issue! πŸ™‚
  • CODE: Minor code/documentation updates & improvements.
  • UPDATE: Updated all existing translations plus the .pot file for all translators!
  • UPDATE: Moved screenshots to ‘assets’ folder in WP.org SVN to reduce plugin package size.

1.6.0 – 2012-11-15

  • Maintenance release
  • NEW: Added support for “Portfolio” Custom Post Type in “Minimum 2.0” and “Executive 2.0” child themes by StudioPress.
  • NEW: Added support for “Portfolio” Custom Post Type in child themes by ZigZagPress brand, “Megalithe”, “Engrave” and “Vanilla”.
  • CODE: Minor code/documentation updates & improvements.
  • UPDATE: Updated readme.txt file here.
  • UPDATE: Updated all existing translations plus the .pot file for all translators!
  • UPDATE: Initiated new three digits versioning, starting with this version.

1.5.0 – 2012-09-05

  • Maintenance release
  • NEW: Added plugin support for “Sugar Events Calendar” (premium, by Pippin Williamson).
  • CODE: Minor code/documentation updates & improvements.
  • UPDATE: Updated all existing translations plus the .pot file for all translators!

1.4.0 – 2012-06-16

  • Maintenance release
  • BUGFIX: Syntax errors – fixed option for general taxonomies layout option.
  • CODE: Minor code/documentation updates & improvements.
  • NEW: Added new Hindi translation by Love Chandel.
  • UPDATE: Updated all existing translations plus the .pot file for all translators!

1.3.0 – 2012-05-01

  • New plugin features:
  • NEW: Performance optimization – restructuring and splitting of code into several files, loading only where and if needed. Plugin support stuff only appears now if one of the supported plugins is active!
  • NEW: Added new option for ‘Search not found’ page – when there are NO search results (for example very handy to set a full-width layout for this case…).
  • NEW: Added support for custom post type by child themes: “Clip Cart” and “Stage” both by Themedy Themes brand.
  • NEW: Added support for “Features” taxonomy of the already supported AgentPress Listings plugin.
  • NEW: Up to three meta boxes on options page – draggable and settings via “Screen options”
  • NEW: Added “Save” button to each section in a meta box for easier handling – I guess this is much more user friendly :).
  • UPDATE: Simplified Genesis detection on installation, making it much more future-proof and user-friendly.
  • UPDATE: Improved the language files a lot, by optimizing and re-using a lot of strings and especially by removing almost all markup from the strings!
  • UPDATE: Completely deprecated old contextual help system (from prior WordPress 3.3) – in favor of supporting the help tabs system, in a more extended form πŸ™‚
  • CODE: Beside new features, minor code/documentation tweaks and improvements.
  • CODE: Successfully tested against Genesis 1.8+ plus WordPress 3.3 branch and new 3.4 branch. Also successfully tested in WP_DEBUG mode (no notices or warnings).
  • UPDATE: Updated and optimized all screenshots, plus added some new ones.
  • UPDATE: Updated, corrected and improved readme.txt file, especially the FAQ section.
  • NEW: Added new French translation by GrΓ©goire Noyelle
  • UPDATE: Updated German and Italian translations and also the .pot file for all translators!
  • UPDATE: Extended GPL License info in readme.txt as well as main plugin file.
  • NEW: Easy plugin translation platform with GlotPress tool: Translate “Genesis Layout Extras”…

NEW: Added support for more custom post type by plugins:

  • –> “Genesis Media Project” by Nick Croft (free)
  • –> “Easy Digital Downloads” by Pippins Williamson at PippinsPlugins.com (free)
  • –> “WooCommerce” by WooThemes (free)
  • –> “Jigoshop” by Jigowatt Ltd. (free)

1.2.0 – 2011-12-22

  • Added new help tab system for WordPress 3.3 — this time the plugin is also still compatible with old contextual help prior WP 3.3 but PLEASE NOT that I will remove this soon and then the plugin will require WordPress 3.3+ so please update now your WordPress installation!
  • Bugfix: Wrapped conditional around genesis_get_option function to allow error-free theme changing (from Genesis to a non-Genesis theme) — Please note: this also fixes the Multisite errors when plugin is network activated! — Props to WP.org user “greghile” for reporting the Multisite issue!
  • Minor code and code documentation improvements
  • Wording: Changed strings “bbPress 2.0” to “bbPress 2.x” to reflect ongoing development & releases of that forum plugin
  • Added new Italian translation by Marco Rosselli
  • Updated German translation files
  • Updated included .pot file (genesis-layout-extras.pot) for translators
  • Added banner image on WordPress.org for better plugin branding πŸ™‚

1.1.0 – 2011-10-06

  • Improved homepage layout setting with adding the conditional statement is_front_page() so also static pages set as homepage (in WordPress: Settings > Reading) are now supported!
  • Added new specific date layout options for Year, Month, Day – please note, that the general date setting will overwrite the other three settings (these have lower priority) – so, when in doubt, only use the general setting or leave on default
  • Updated help texts where needed
  • Added new user questions to FAQ section here
  • Updated German translation files
  • Updated included .pot file (genesis-layout-extras.pot) for translators
  • Some more minor code tweaks and cosmetic changes πŸ™‚

1.0.0 – 2011-10-01

  • New and forked version of the plugin under new name and authorship by David Decker of deckerweb.de and GenesisThemes
  • Updated, improved and documented code
  • Added separate options page under the Genesis menu – no longer hooking in to regular Genesis settings – this is more user friendly and less confusing (See Genesis > Layout Extras)
  • Added new layout options for attachment page, bbPress Forum and AgentPress Listing custom post type
  • Added contextual help – tab on the top right corner of the options page
  • Added settings link to the plugin page section
  • Fully localized the plugin, working out of the box!
  • Added German translations (English included by default)
  • Improved and documented plugin code
  • Tested & proved compatibility with WordPress 3.3-aortic-dissection πŸ™‚