Genesis eNews 0.1.6 and Genesis Minimum Images Extended

Two new releases in the plugin department.

I released Genesis eNews Extended 0.1.6 over the weekend. This enables, for all users, the ability to add fields for first or last name. If you downloaded the beta version (0.2-beta1 or similar) there are no changes. I downgraded the version number as my roadmap for 0.2 was too heavy given a desire to release new code often. The plan for 0.2 is to release near the Genesis 2.0 drop date in Spring or Summer and include HTML5 functionality, like e-mail field validation.

This site uses the new field, so subscribe to my site and tell me your name!

Check out the plugin’s page for more details or follow development on GitHub.

Additionally, Jesse Petersen had the great idea for a new plugin for those using the Genesis Minimum theme. The Minimum theme has a huge banner image at the top, which previously the Featured Image uploaded to your post determined the banner image. This works great except that same image would be what gets pinned on Pinterest or thumbnailed on Facebook or shown in the “grid” on the page. It is rare that an image looks great as the banner and as a thumbnail.

Jesse, along with myself and Robert Neu with contributions from Nick the Geek and Bill Erickson, put together Genesis Minimum Images Extended. This adds a new metabox to the post editor for you to upload a banner image. The traditional Featured Image would be used in all other featured ways. It’s a simple idea, but can greatly help you fine-tune your Minimum-powered site’s visuals.

The roadmap is to extend this concept to other Genesis themes. We may even have a mostly functional version that works with the Streamline theme…

Follow the fun on GitHub!


9 responses to “Genesis eNews 0.1.6 and Genesis Minimum Images Extended

  1. Keith Davis Avatar

    Many thanks to all you plugin devs.
    Would be great to have the ability to overlay text on the Minimum 2.0 large image.
    I cheated and created an image with the text in it – no good for SEO.

    1. Robert Neu Avatar

      That’s a cool idea. It would be pretty easy to add. Only issue is that it would require either outputting inline css (which I hate) or adding an extra stylesheet to the front end, which I also kinda hate…

      1. Keith Davis Avatar

        Or asking people to cut and paste a little CSS into the child theme, which most Genesis users can do.
        Would be the icing on the SEO cake.
        Thanks guys.

    2. Jesse Petersen Avatar

      I know Brian Gardner was for a while – like for the 3 weeks he used Minimum 2.0. Perhaps he’ll share that code with you. I saw on Twitter today that he is going to use backstretch for the image so the banner is filled regardless of image size/aspect ratio, so we’ll see how that affects the plugin.

    3. Brandon Kraft Avatar

      I don’t know if this would be best in the plugin or a good tutorial. I think it is an often-asked request.

  2. Carrie Dils Avatar

    Nice! I’ve been wondering what you all were up to. 🙂 Looking forward to giving the Minimum plugin a go. Thanks!

    1. Keith Davis Avatar

      Carrie I’m not discounting your coding for text overlay on Minimum 2.0 image, but thought I’d mention it to these guys.

  3. Amit Kolambikar (@Amit_Kolambikar) Avatar

    Sir I have one question though, in my theme.
    What is the image under the header ? its located in the assets file and i don’t know what it is ? how should i remove it ? Please suggest me a way to remove it

    /** Add new image sizes */
    add_image_size( ‘header’, 0, 0, TRUE);
    //add_image_size( ‘portfolio’, 330, 230, TRUE );

    /** Add support for custom background */
    add_theme_support( ‘custom-background’ );

    /** Add support for custom header */
    add_theme_support( ‘genesis-custom-header’, array(
    ‘width’ => 1423,
    ‘height’ => 59
    ) );
    It has something with the code in functions.php ? what could it be ? I had installed this plugin set a banner image and then deleted the plugin because the image was not full scaled and it looked pathetic so maybe because of that something is going wrong ?

    1. Brandon Kraft Avatar
      Brandon Kraft

      Are you referring to the image on the home page? That is hardcoded in functions.php line 70. Look for: echo ‘<div id=”featured-image”><img src=”‘. get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . ‘/images/sample.jpg” /…

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