Plugin / Genesis Widgetized Archive

David Decker - DECKERWEB



New Flexibility plus Enhanced User Experience

Take control over Your Archive Pages in Genesis again! Use the ever popular way of Widgets to build your own archive listing or sitemap-like content. Use up to three columns that are responsive and enable automatically. Don’t lose your archive/sitemap creations if you ever switch the Genesis child theme.

A great helper tool for Genesis Child Themes!

Please note: The plugin requires the Genesis Theme Framework (GPL-2.0+), a paid premium product released by StudioPress/ Copyblogger Media LLC (via

Plus: A premium PRO Version of this plugin will be released in the future…! 🙂

Advantages & Benefits

  • Avoids long pages & blog posts listings that seem to happen a lot with the default template…
  • Far more possibilities for your archive pages: different listings of site menus, various site content, authors – plus search form, images etc.
  • Make sitemap-like pages very easily – use widgets by WordPress, Genesis or third-party plugins
  • Easily customizeable for any webmaster!
  • Works across all Genesis child themes – so you can switch your “skin” but not loosing this tool 🙂
  • Support Genesis 2.0+ and HTML5 enabled child themes!
  • Ideal for multilingual websites (for example with “WPML”): Much better handling of archive-/ sitemap-like pages for different languages. — See bottom of FAQ section here for more info on that.

General Features

  • Small & lightweight plugin tool: Just activate plugin, place your widgets and you’re done!
  • Adds up to three new widget areas (Sidebars) for the “Archive Page Template”
  • Adds very few CSS styles for the content area to properly divide widgets with some more space (all other styling is recommended via your child theme) and to enable responsive content columns (if more than one widget area is active)
  • Customizeable via 2 action hooks: if ever needed you can add content before and after the widgetized section
  • Customizeable via 6 filters: if ever needed you can customize the widget titles and descriptions
  • Fully internationalized! Real-life tested and developed with international users in mind!
  • Fully WPML compatible!
  • Fully Multisite compatible, you can also network-enable it if ever needed (per site use is recommended).
  • Tested with WordPress versions 3.4 branch and new 3.5 branch – also in debug mode (no stuff there, ok? 🙂

Please note: The plugin requires the Genesis Theme Framework.


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  • English – default, always included
  • German (de_DE): Deutsch – immer dabei! Download auch via
  • For custom and update-secure language files please upload them to /wp-content/languages/genesis-widgetized-archive/ (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 to achieve that.

Easy plugin translation platform with GlotPress tool: Translate “Genesis Widgetized Archive”…

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 I recommend the awesome “Codestyling Localization” plugin and for validating the “Poedit Editor”, which works fine on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Idea Behind / Philosophy

I never really enjoyed the bundled “Archive” page template in Genesis. So I always wanted this template/ area a bit more easily customizeable since I first worked with Genesis! Widgets in WordPress are powerful and allow for adding really diverse and custom stuff – all in a very simple and user-friendly way. The approach of this plugin is to bring more power to the webmasters and users and help avoid other “archive” or “sitemaps” plugins and instead use the powerful tools from WordPress and Genesis that are already there. This plugin here works primarily as a ‘helper’ or ‘bridge’ plugin to just do that :).


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