How to use Genesis hooks and filters

Hooks are the most powerful feature of any WordPress theme or WordPress based framework like Genesis Framework. They will give you an unlimited scope of customization of the core functionality of a theme. So, we have to know how to use genesis hooks and filters for more benefits.

So, hooks based themes provide a better user experience to the theme developer and make easy to build an expected theme without any pressure. They save their times and energy.

Benefits of using hooks and filters

Hooks provide powerful customization of any features of a theme without editing the core functionalities or core codes of the theme. In this case, You can easily add, edit or remove any hook based feature without editing or removing the main codes.

For this case, in case of development of parent theme, hooks are so much important so that any features of the parent theme can be edited or removed from the child theme without editing or removing the main codes from the parent theme.

The Genesis Framework has done an excellent job. Because it has built with a number of hooks, as a result, a theme developer can easily customize the features of the theme without any change in parent theme I mean Genesis Framework.

Types of hooks

A hook is a function to execute an event to modify the default functionality. In WordPress based websites, hooks are two types depending on their activity. They are called action hooks and filter hooks.

Action Hooks: Action hooks play an action which doesn’t edit or modify a feature let alone it executes something.
Filter Hooks: Filter hooks are used to edit an existing feature. Filter hooks work like as a filtration to execute an event.

What should know to use hooks and filters

We have already understood using hooks like action and filter hooks. So, before starting to use these hooks, you have to know the names of these hooks and their specific uses.

If you have a solid understanding of the hooks of any parent theme, you will be able to edit the theme easily using a child theme with the help of these hooks. As a result, you will provide better customization and user experience to the customer.

In the case of the Genesis child theme, you also should have knowledge about the various Genesis hooks. You will find a clear concept of hooks and their position after visiting this link.

If you are looking for a complete list of all genesis hooks, in the case, this link can satisfy you as per your expectation.

However, before start working with genesis custom theme, you should also have a concept of starting the development of custom Genesis child theme development. You may read this article to get starter guideline.

How to use Genesis hooks and filters?

Now, I will share some examples of using Genesis hooks both action and filter hooks. As a result, you will also be able to use these hooks as per your need.
Example 01: Look at the first picture, it is showing the site title on the left side. Now I want to add some content like the text at the below of the site title.

genesis hook
Before without using any genesis hook

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How to use genesis hooks and filters

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Now, without editing the core functionality, we will do this job with an action hook. To do this particular job, the name of the action hook is genesis_site_title. Now simply add the following codes in the functions.php file –

<?php 
function wpq_add_text_below_site_title(){
	echo "Text below site title";
}
add_action('genesis_site_title','wpq_add_text_below_site_title');
genesis hook
After using genesis hook

So, we can see, easily we have added the above text at the below of the site title using hooks.

Example 02: Look another image at the below, this a picture of the right sidebar of genesis sample child theme. Suppose, we want to add a button at the top of the sidebar.

genesis hook
Before using genesis hook

In the case, we need an action hook which is known as genesis_before_sidebar-widget_area . Now, add the following codes in the functions.php file. As a result, you will get the following button at the top of the sidebar.

<?php 

function wpq_text_before_sidebar(){
	$input = "<input type='submit' value='Button'>";
	echo $input;
}
add_action('genesis_before_sidebar_widget_area','wpq_text_before_sidebar');
genesis-hook
After using genesis hook

So, here I have shared two simple examples of using Genesis hooks. Similarly, you can use any action and filter hook as per your need. If you need to know how to use genesis hooks and filters, you should keep in touch with my posts.

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