Building A New Site
I’m in the middle of putting a new website together for our web design business, and I got to the part where I wanted to use the Featured Post Widget to place post extracts on the home page.
You know the kind of thing. Something like the screenshot below where you have say, three featured posts extracts :
Genesis Club Pro Plugin’s Feature Post Widget
In the Genesis Club Pro plugin we already have an extra Featured Post Widget that offers more options than the standard Genesis featured post widget.
The Genesis Club featured post widget applies not just to posts but also custom post types, taxonomies and tags. It also allows simple HTML in the title for more flexibility.
Further it allows you to label the widget itself which means you can see a reminder of what the widget contains when you’re glancing at your dashboard.
I’m sure you know what it’s like to be confronted by a sea of widgets and not be able to tell (without opening each one up), what they contain.
All useful stuff. So of course, at first I was going to use the Genesis Club featured post widget.
Icons Instead Of Images
So I was planning to display some post extracts on the homepage to highlight the services we’re offering.
But then I realised I wanted to use a Font Awesome icon, and not the post’s featured image at the top of the post extract because,
- looks cleaner and simpler than an image, and
- It’s quicker to use a Font Awesome character rather than have to draw something in Photoshop, or buy an icon image and upload it
Font Awesome Is Already There
The Genesis Club Pro plugin already has a facility that adds the Font Awesome font to your site with one button click.
So it seemed like a good idea to create a new widget for Genesis Club Pro to let me display Font Awesome icons instead of featured images.
New Post Icon Widget For Genesis Club Pro
So I asked Russell to add a new widget to Genesis Club Pro to do this. He did it straight away!
This means that in the next release (V4.29) you will still be able to use a featured image on a post as usual.
But if you prefer a post widget to display a Font Awesome icon, you can use the new Genesis Post Icon widget instead.
You’ll be able to choose the icon, its size and color on a per post basis if you wish.
So you could use different icons with the same color, or have different icons in different colours. See examples below.
With hundreds of Font Awesome icons to choose from, you’re sure to find something to fit your messaging.
But What About Pages?
The Genesis Post Icon widget also works for pages!