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Genesis Simple Hooks


This plugin creates a new Genesis settings page that allows you to insert code (HTML, Shortcodes, and PHP), and attach it to any of the 50+ action hooks throughout the Genesis Theme Framework, from StudioPress.

Instead of the sometimes tedious and unfamiliar process of creating functions in your theme files, this plugin gives you an attractive, easy to use interface for modifying your Genesis theme via the hook system. The plugin accepts HTML, Shortcodes, and PHP and gives you access to all 50+ hooks built into the Genesis theme, and a few built-in WordPress hooks as well.

Code Snippets

The most common request from Genesis users is how to properly modify their footer, post-info, and post-meta text. Here are some code snippets that might prove helpful in doing this:

Modifying the post-info

<div class="post-info">
    <span class="time"><?php the_time('F j, Y'); ?></span> <span class="author">by <?php the_author_posts_link(); ?></span> <span class="post-comments"><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>#respond"><?php comments_number('Leave a Comment', '1 Comment', '% Comments'); ?></a></span> <a class="post-edit-link"><?php edit_post_link('(Edit)', '', ''); ?></a>

Modifying the post-meta

<div class="post-meta">
    <span class="categories">Filed under: <?php the_category(', ') ?></span>  <span class="tags">Tagged with <?php the_tags('') ?></span>

Modifying the Footer

<div class="gototop">
    <p><a href="#wrap" rel="nofollow">Return to top of page</a></p>
<div class="creds">
    <p>Copyright &copy; <?php echo date('Y'); ?> &middot; <a href="" title="Genesis Theme Framework">Genesis Theme Framework</a> by <a href="">StudioPress</a> &middot; <a href="" title="WordPress">WordPress</a> &middot; <?php wp_loginout(); ?></p>

Note: You must have the Execute PHP on this hook option selected in order to use template tags


  1. Upload the entire genesis-simple-hooks folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. DO NOT change the name of the genesis-simple-hooks folder
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  4. Find a hook that you’d like to use (they’re grouped together logically)
  5. Insert the code you’d like to execute on that hook
  6. Choose whether or not to execute Shortcodes and PHP on that hook
  7. Save the changes


What are Shortcodes?

Check out the Shortcodes API for an explanation.

My PHP isn’t working

Make sure the checkbox that says “Execute PHP on this hook” is checked.

If so, be sure to wrap any PHP code in <?php ?> tags. That’s how the system recognizes code that needs to be executed as PHP.

The plugin won’t activate

You must have Genesis or a Genesis child theme installed and activated on your site.


April 14, 2020
I’m really disappointed to find out that this plugin is not compatible with my recipe plugin which is a huge problem since I write a food blog. Now, all of my recipes appear twice. It’s the same with my social media buttons. This plugin was extraordinarily helpful in creating a second menu that I actually liked the look of. But now, it’s messed up things that are essential.
December 6, 2016
Love this plugin, allows ease of use in footers, headers and anywhere else I need it. Make my Genesis site work the way I thought it should. [link removed]
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Contributors & Developers

“Genesis Simple Hooks” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Genesis Simple Hooks” has been translated into 4 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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  • Reorganize plugin based on our standard boilerplate.
  • Update to match WordPress PHP standards.
  • Fix bug where plugin name was empty in the minimum version warning.
  • Increase minimum Genesis version to 2.5.0.


  • Genesis 2.6+ compatibility (prevents white screen).
  • Remove reference to deprecated function.


  • Rewrite plugin based on new plugin boilerplate.
  • Added new hooks.
  • Require unfiltered_html capability to execute PHP.
  • Better Genesis dependency handling.
  • Change activation hook to conditional admin notice.
  • Allow hooks to be de-registered via filter.


  • Load textdomain
  • Add plugin header i18n


  • Generate POT file.


  • Increased requirement to Genesis 2.1.0.
  • Site title and description hooks.
  • Fixed outdated hook descriptions.


  • Genesis 2.0 favicon unhook location fix.


  • Updated to use new entry hooks in Genesis 2.0.
  • Remove unused boxes.php file.

  • Fixed yet another fatal error but for people using less than Genesis 1.8.0. It should now deactivate gracefully.

  • Removed an unnecessary version compare check that was causing some fatal errors.


  • Increased requirement to Genesis 1.8.0.
  • Switched over to the Genesis 1.8 admin menu class to build admin menu.


  • Increased requirement to Genesis 1.7.1
  • Fixed display issues in the admin screen
  • Added new hooks to the defaults array
  • Whitespace, standards, and documentation


  • Increased requirement to Genesis 1.6
  • Fixed bug with things not unhooking


  • Increased requirement to Genesis 1.4
  • Fixed undefined index bug in functions.php

  • Reduce requirement to Genesis 1.3
  • Increase requirement to WordPress 3.0


  • Bump to match Genesis version
  • Require Genesis 1.3.1
  • Added new unhook options
  • Fixed bug with foreign language compatibility


  • Bump to match Genesis version
  • Require Genesis 1.2.1
  • Update hooks for Genesis 1.2.1


  • Add new hooks, remove deprecated hooks
  • Fix textarea bug with HTML entities
  • Bump to pre-release 0.9 branch


  • Initial Release