So Genesis is awesome and out of the box it comes with your Genesis-Featured Post and Genesis- Featured Page widgets. However, what about linking to a featured category?! That’s the question we get asked all the time through our support desk, so I wanted to write up a tutorial to help you through this process!
Let’s get started
Step 1: Setting up your category page
- Create a new page and title this page whatever you’d like but most likely you’ll use the name of your category.
- On the right side of the page editor you’ll see a Page Attributes box. Choose the blog page template from the drop down under template.
- Next, click the Screen Options tab at the very top of your screen. This is easily missed but it’s right next to the Help button at the very top right of your screen.
- When that drops down, be sure that the Custom Fields is check marked.
- Now scroll down the page a bit until you see the Custom Fields box.
- Where it says “Add New Custom Field” you’ll hit the blue Add New button there.
- Add the text query_args to this box for the name.
- Then enter cat=1 into the value box. You’ll replace the 1 with your own category ID. I recommend installing the Reveal IDs plugin to help you find your unique category ID number.
Step 2: Set the featured image for your category
Once you have this page created, you’ll want to set a featured image for this page. You’ll see the Featured Image box on the right side of your post editor with a blue Set Featured Image link. Click this and then upload or select the image you’d like to be your featured image.
Step 3: Place your widgets
Navigate to Appearance>Widgets and drag a Genesis- Featured Page widget into the place you’d like this widget to appear. Now you’ll just be sure you have the Show Featured Image box checked.
That’s it! See, that wasn’t so bad?!
One little note on doing this… if your theme has custom archives that are tiled, this new page that you create will look like your blog page now instead of your default categories.
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