Genesis Widgetized Not Found & 404 Wordpress Plugin - Rating, Reviews, Demo & Download

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Plugin Description

New Flexibility plus Enhanced User Experience

We all know that sometimes 404 Errors happen on our sites. And sometimes users search but get no results. I believe it’s better to serve users some highly customized and maintained pages/content areas for these cases. What better to do that with Widgets in WordPress? — In my opinion Genesis Framework could improve here so that’s why I just made this little plugin to FINALLY have these two cases maintainable EASILY via your widgets admin. Just place in a search widget, your last blog posts, an image widget, some explanation via text widget, some galleries… You got it. The possibilities are endless. Finally.

A great helper tool for Genesis Child Themes!

Please note: The plugin requires the Genesis Theme Framework, a paid premium product released by StudioPress/ Copyblogger Media LLC (via

Advantages & Benefits

  • Helps users stay longer on your site because you can give options like search form, recent posts, introductory text, image(s) etc.
  • Hugely improved user experience! (Helps decrease the “Oops, I broke the internet…” experiences…)
  • Easily customizeable for any webmaster!
  • Works across Genesis child themes – so you can switch your “skin” but not loosing this tool 🙂
  • Provides extra Search Form Widget with more options than the default WordPress core widget.
  • Handy search form Shortcode!
  • Ideal for multilingual websites (for example with “WPML”): Much better handling of 404/Not found content for different languages. — See bottom of FAQ section here for more info on that.

General Features

  • Small & lightweight plugin tool: Just activate plugin, place your widgets and you’re done!
  • Adds a new widget area (Sidebar) for the “404 Error Page”
  • Adds a new widget area (Sidebar) for the “Search not found” page (if there no results on search)
  • Adds a new Search Form Widget – which gives you more options than the default WordPress “Search” widget! (Search text, Submit text etc.)
  • Adds 2 Shortcodes: a customizeable Search form to place anywhere Shortcodes are supported, plus Shortcode for this plugin’s widget areas.
  • Special Bonus for bbPress 2.3+: make the forum search not found content/status widgetized – take full control!
  • Adds a few CSS styles for the content area to properly divide widgets with some more space (all other styling is recommended via your child theme)
  • Included are two handy helper functions (via child theme) for applying the Genesis ‘Full-Width’ layout option for one or both ‘not found’ cases! — See the FAQ section for more info on that!
  • For developers & advanced users: plugin provides lots of filter and acton hooks throughout for easy customization if ever needed.
  • All markup is fully compatible with Genesis 2.0+, that means for HTML5 if the child theme supports it (is done all automatically & conditionally under the surface!).
  • Integrated default Genesis filters genesis_search_text and genesis_search_button_text for default strings :-).
  • Fully internationalized! Real-life tested and developed with international users in mind!
  • Fully WPML compatible!
  • Fully Multisite compatible, you can also network-enable it if ever needed (per site use is recommended).
  • Tested with WordPress versions 3.4 branch (plus former 3.3 branch) – also in debug mode (no stuff there, ok? 🙂


  • English (default) – always included
  • German (de_DE) – always included
  • Spanish (es_ES) – user-submitted – currently 37% complete for v1.5.0
  • .pot file (genesis-widgetized-notfound.pot) for translators is also always included 🙂
  • Easy plugin translation platform with GlotPress tool: Translate “Genesis Widgetized Not Found & 404″…
  • Your translation? – Just send it in

A plugin from and GenesisThemes


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  1. genesis-widgetized-notfound screenshot 1

    Genesis Widgetized Not Found & 404: two additional Widget areas/ sidebars – here with some example widgets placed in… (Click here for larger version of screenshot)

  2. genesis-widgetized-notfound screenshot 2

    Genesis Widgetized Not Found & 404: the plugin in action on a live site – displaying here the “Search not found” case – three widgets placed in (Text widget, Search Form widget, recent Posts widget). (Click here for larger version of screenshot)

  3. genesis-widgetized-notfound screenshot 3

    Genesis Widgetized Not Found & 404: plugin’s own search widget called “Genesis – Search Form” with way more options than the WordPress core search widget! (Click here for larger version of screenshot)

  4. genesis-widgetized-notfound screenshot 4

    Genesis Widgetized Not Found & 404: plugin’s optional Shortcodes in action for a post. (Click here for larger version of screenshot)

  5. genesis-widgetized-notfound screenshot 5

    Genesis Widgetized Not Found & 404: plugin’s help tab. (Click here for larger version of screenshot)

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