Business Pro: Recommended Plugins

Business Profile

This plugin generates contact information for your business. It also implements schema microdata which tells search engines about your business. This is great for SEO. The contact information can be displayed with either a widget (as seen in the demo footer) or a shortcode.

You can update your business details from the admin under the Business Profile menu item on the left menu. Please note that a logo is required, but will not be displayed on the front end of the site. This ensures there are no errors when search engines read the schema microdata.

More information and setup instructions can be found  here

Display Posts Shortcode

The Display Posts Shortcode plugin is used in the theme demo to display Portfolio Items in the Front Page 5 widget area. Below is the shortcode used in the Custom HTML Widget in the Front Page 5 widget area of the theme demo:

[display-posts post_type="portfolio" image_size="portfolio" posts_per_page="6" columns="3"]

Here is a link to the full list of available shortcode parameters   https://github.com/billerickson/display-posts-shortcode/wiki

Business Pro also comes bundled with the Display Posts Shortcode Column Extension which allows you to display posts in 2-6 columns. Simply change the 'columns' parameter to the number of columns you would like. Default is 3. It is also worth noting that the theme's CSS changes the columns into 2 columns on small screens and 1 column on extra small screens.

Genesis Connect for WooCommerce

This plugin is only recommended if using WooCommerce. After installing and activating WooCommerce, a notice will be shown in the admin with instructions to install and activate this plugin. The plugin has only one setting that can be found by navigating to WooCommerce > Settings > Genesis Connect Addons. This setting allows you to choose the number of products to display on the Shop page.

Genesis eNews Extended

The Genesis eNews Extended plugin creates a new widget. Installation instructions can be found  here

The theme demo uses this plugin in the Footer 4 widget area.

Genesis Portfolio Pro

The Genesis Portfolio Pro plugin is required to display a portfolio like the demo. Any portfolio item you create will be displayed on the portfolio page. If a portfolio item has no featured image it won't be displayed. To create a new portfolio item navigate to Portfolio > Add New Item. Add a title, description and featured image. To enable the portfolio filter functionality simply assign a category to a portfolio item. Any categories will then be displayed on the portfolio page which will act as filters for the portfolio items. To change the title of the portfolio page, navigate to Portfolio > Archive Settings and update the archive headline. From here you can also add an archive description. For more information about this plugin please visit  https://wordpress.org/plugins/genesis-portfolio-pro/

Genesis Simple Share

This plugin adds social sharing icons to single blog posts (or any custom post type). You can change the settings by navigating to Genesis > Simple Share from the admin.

Genesis Testimonial Slider

The Genesis Testimonial Slider will create a new custom post type called Testimonials. Once installed and activated, a new menu item will appear in the WordPress admin area for 'Testimonials'. When you add a new testimonial it will automatically be displayed where ever the Testimonials widget or shortcode is placed. It also adds a new menu item under the 'Genesis' menu item called 'Testimonials'. To setup your site the same as the theme demo, navigate to Genesis → Testimonials and ensure your settings match the following:

  • Effect: slide
  • Auto play: yes
  • Show controls: yes
  • Pause on hover: no
  • Loop: yes
  • Speed: 6000
  • Columns: two

Genesis Widget Column Classes

Adds extra settings to widgets to control the layout. For example, the Front Page 2 widget area contains 3 Custom HTML widget. To display these widgets in 3 columns (on larger screens, change the 'Width' to 'one-third'. If it is the first widget of the row, check the 'First' checkbox, like so:

Icon Widget

Displays a Font Awesome, Line Awesome or Ionicons icon in a widget area. Used in the Front Page 2 widget area of the theme.

Ninja Forms

Ninja Forms is used in the theme demo for the contact form on the contact page but it is not required. Business Pro will work with most popular contact form plugins.

Simple Social Icons

Simple Social Icons creates a new widget for displaying icons. To add Simple Social Icons to a widget area, navigate to Appearance > Widgets and drag the Simple Social Icons widget into the desired widget area. The theme demo has 2 locations, Header Right and Before Footer widget areas.

Widget Importer & Exporter

Imports the theme demo widget content. Demo widget content can be imported from Tools > Widget Importer & Exporter.

WordPress Importer

Imports the theme sample content. Please note that images are not currently imported, so if you see a 'Failed to import' notice don't worry, that is normal. This is a limitation of the WordPress Importer plugin. Theme demo images are available upon request.

WP Featherlight

WP Featherlight requires no configuration after it has been installed and activated. It automatically adds a jQuery lightbox to any image in the WordPress gallery shortcode. (Images need to link to the media file for the lightbox to work).

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