I’ve been asked on a number of occasions what is the best way to change the text that’s found in a site footer using the Genesis Framework. Depending on your comfort level, there’s a few ways to do this.
1. Use the Genesis Simple Edits plugin.
I’ll start with the easiest method to kick things off, and this one will allow you to customize your site footer without having to learn PHP or write functions, filters, or mess with hooks.
With over 200,000 active users, the Genesis Simple Edits plugin makes life easy for you. In just a few clicks, you can update the text in your site footer.
After you’ve installed and activated the plugin, go to the Genesis > Simple Edits page in your WordPress dashboard, check the “Modify Entire Footer Text” option and enter your HTML code.
2. Write a custom function.
If you’re like me and prefer not to use a plugin, another method for customizing your site footer in Genesis is to write a custom function.
Open up your theme’s functions.php file and place the following code:
You might notice that I’ve removed the site footer markup and contents and redefined it in my custom markup. I figured some folks may want to wrap their footer in additional code for styling purposes.
3. Use the Genesis Simple Hooks plugin.
An alternative to the Genesis Simple Edits plugin is the Genesis Simple Hooks plugin. If you are using it for another purpose, you can also use it to customize your site footer.
Go to the Genesis > Simple Hooks page in your WordPress dashboard, scroll down to the “genesis_footer Hook” section and be sure to check the “Unhook genesis_do_footer() function from this hook” option.
There you can enter your HTML code. Unlike the example of Genesis Simple Edits or the custom function listed above, you do not need to include the .site-footer and .wrap divs in the code.
Here’s some sample HTML that could be used in this case:
If you’re looking to jazz up your site footer, I wrote a simple tutorial that shows you how to customize your footer with a heart icon.
We have published additional Genesis Quick Tips for you, so feel free to use what you see to build something awesome.