I’m writing this little guide for setting up Genesis News Child Theme for those who are stuck and not able to setup their news child theme as they want. I’ve just display random posts, recent post, popular posts by comments separately on homepage. I got many feedbacks from my readers and they want me to write a little tutorial about it. Okay, in this way I’m going to write this guide for them and those who are already familiar about setting up Genesis news child theme can read the other stuff on my site.

Setting Up Genesis News Child

Let me clear this out that you owned a Genesis Framework because without Genesis Framework (Parent Theme) the News (Child Theme) will not work. Let’s start:

1. All you have to do is to install the Genesis Framework and News Child Theme in your blog to begin
2. Secondly, Go to Genesis > Theme Settings, select the color of the theme

Genesis Theme Settings WordPress 3. Go to Appearance > Widgets where we will add the widgets in the widgets areas and customize them. You can see that after installing Genesis News child theme, we got 6 additional widget areas in the admin area listed below:

Additional Widget Areas in Genesis News Child Theme

  1. Home Top
  2. Home Middle Left
  3. Home Middle Right
  4. Home Bottom
  5. After Post Ad
  6. After Content Ad

Now, as we know that by default Genesis adds some widgets and one of them I’m going to use in this article to make the Genesis News child theme awesome is Genesis – Featured Posts. It’s the widget which gives me the complete control and the ability to display recent posts, random posts, popular posts by comments, etc. Let me describe a little bit more about how to configure and use the widget areas with  ‘Genesis – Featured Posts‘ correctly.

How to Configure Genesis – Featured Posts Widget?

To display random posts on the homepage top simply drag and drop the Genesis – Featured Posts widget in the Home Top widget area and configure the widget settings as you want:

How to display random post with featured posts genesis widget

To display advertisement in the middle left on homepage, just add a blank text widget on Home Middle Left widget area and give a title to the widget and add your ad code in the text widget.

To display three simple posts in the middle right on homepage, drag and drop the featured posts Genesis widget in the Home Middle Right widget area and configure it right away.

Home Middle Right widget area

To display the recent articles on the homepage at the bottom, drag and drop the featured posts Genesis widget in the Home Bottom widget area and do the following settings:

Home bottom widget area homepage

That’s it. Leave a comment if you want help.