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  1. I was quick to get in there and tinker around especially with the primary category, “blog”.

    Most of us have installed the Yoast WP SEO plugin, should that be filled in too or does that just override Genesis? I’m assuming it overrides it.

  2. Hello Carrie. Thanks for this post. I’ve been following your blog for some time now. I always enjoyed your articles.

  3. adding a unique photo or graphic to the header of each diff archive page…how to? Didn’t you write a tut on that? I can’t find it on your site. But my rat’s patootie benefited from this post–even so. Thanks Cuz ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey Sarah, yes. SP should role out Genesis 2.2.1 soon to fix that. In the mean time, using the Genesis Accessible plugin will bring back those archive titles/descriptions. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hi Carrie,

    This is a bit late, but I just noticed it. When you have more than 1 category pages, the description repeats itself on every category page (i,e, category/page-1, category/page-2, and so on). Is there anyway to display the category description only on the first page to avoid this duplicate content issue?

    Although I have them set to no-index, I still would rather hide the description on subsequent category pagination pages.

    I had this actually working, but with the last 2 genesis updates, it seems like they made some changes that somehow messed up category description thing.

    Thanks in advance.

  5. Yeah, I was surprised as to why they did that. I mean, Genesis is known for being SEO friendly out of the box.

    I did a lot of digging around for weeks and they closest I have come to finding a solution was a clue I found on one of Bill Erickson’s comment on his blog where he was talking about archive pages (this is before the last 2 updates).

    He said:
    “The archive intro Genesis provides is hardcoded to only work on the first page. If you look in /genesis/lib/structure/archive.php, line 39-40 is this:

    if ( get_query_var( โ€˜pagedโ€™ ) >= 2 )

    I looked in that file and sure enough that is what’s missing after the last few Genesis updates. But my coding skills aren’t that great to figure out what to do. I hope you can find a way.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Ok, so after a bit of digging, this change was the result of a discussion on accessibility and whether that title/description should be available on every page of the archive. I don’t necessarily agree with the implementation, but… check out line 131 in genesis/lib/structure/archive.php. You can remove that function and add your own, or maybe use the filter on 130 to just replace the intro text.

  6. Thanks for taking time to look into it, Carrie.

    I played around with it for a while and after breaking the site a few times and not being able to figure it out, I gave up.

    Thankfully the no-index thing is there, so I don’t have to worry about the dup content issue.

    Thank you again.

      • Hi Carrie,

        Sorry that THIS response is… time-delayed.

        Thanks so much for taking the time to dig in and find a solution. I really appreciate what you do for the community.

        I tried the code. While it does work, it unfortunately removes the description from the first page as well.

        Either way thank you so much. I’ll keep looking. An if I find a solution, I’ll make sure to comment here in case other people are having the same problem.

        Happy holidays!

  7. Perfect timing as I was working on my Archive descriptions today. I did try the function you provided Satrap on Git Hub. It works but my first page is missing the description now. Left a message on Git Hub so I can follow up on this.

    Keep on rocking your posts.

  8. The important point here-

    Iโ€™ve added description to every categories on my blog and each categories have lots of posts so therefore more that one page. Is there a way I can make the category description only appear on the first page of the category archive?

  9. Thank you Carrie for this article and for your site that helped me a lot while customizing my Genesis Theme.

    I tried the code you give to remove description from archive pages 2 and more and it didn’t work. So I tried other things and I finally found something that seems to work (I just played with the code you gave) :

    add_filter( ‘genesis_term_intro_text_output’, ‘bby_do_archive_term_description’ );

    function bby_do_archive_term_description( $intro_text ) {
    if ( ! is_paged() ) {
    return $intro_text;

    I hope it could help other people ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Hello!

    This is such a great article. I am just setting up my blog now and struggling with this concept just a little and wondering if you could kindly advise. Heres where I am stuck:

    I use Yoast; I wrote my title name and description for my category and got all green lights on the Yoast plugin. If I replicate this content into “archive intro” (i.e. I essentially leave 2 descriptions and 2 titles on the category edit page) will I get dinged for duplicate content?

    Thank you

    • Hey Pip,
      The easiest thing to do is to look to view the source code for the category page. Does the content show up 2x? If so, remove one instance – there’s no need for the duplication. Just my two cents, but Yoast might have another recommendation.



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