Genesis Simple FAQ


A simple plugin to handle FAQ layout and interaction with a shortcode.


This plugin is now deprecated and will no longer receive feature updates.

– Block Editor users: build an FAQ page with the Atomic Blocks plugin using the Accordion block.
– Classic Editor users: check out the wide range of other FAQ plugins.


Adding a FAQ is easy and relies on custom post types to organize and format your FAQs. To add an FAQ, do the following:

  1. Go to Genesis Simple FAQ > All FAQs.
  2. Enter a question in the Title box (required).
  3. Enter an answer into the Content Editor (required).
  4. Set a category, if applicable (optional).
  5. Click publish.

To find the shortcode for that specific FAQ:

  1. Go to Genesis Simple FAQ > All FAQs.
  2. The shortcode will be displayed in the table for each FAQ.

When using the shortcode to display your FAQs, you can either display all FAQs by adding the shortcode without any parameters:


Or you can customize the display of FAQs using the following parameters:

  • id: The FAQ ID, either singular or a comma-separated list.
  • cat: The FAQ category ID, either singular or a comma-separated list.
  • limit: The number of FAQs that should be displayed.

For example, FAQs can be displayed using one or more FAQ post type ID:

[gs_faq id="12, 24"]

Or by one or more category ID:

[gs_faq cat="10, 11"]

You can also specify how many FAQs will be displayed. For example:

[gs_faq cat="10, 11" limit="10"]

By default, the limit is set to the number of posts you’ve set to display in Settings > Reading.
Enter -1 to display an infinite number of FAQs.

NOTE: shortcodes should not be entered on consecutive lines, like so:

[gs_faq id="X"]
[gs_faq id="X"]

Instead, shortcodes should be separated by at least one blank line, like so:

[gs_faq id="X"]

[gs_faq id="X"]

You can also show FAQs by using the built in widget. Just go to the Appearance > Widgets screen and drag the Genesis Simple FAQ widget to the widget area where you would like it to display. Then, enter a title and select a category to display FAQs from, and click save.


Currently, there are three filters: one to toggle JS animation on or off, one to control critical CSS output, and one to control the default FAQ markup.

JS Animation (jQuery Only)

By default, animation is set to true. This will add a slide animation to showing/hiding the FAQ. To remove JS animation and rely on classes to do your state-changing, add the following to your functions.php file:

add_filter( 'gs_faq_js_animation', '__return_false' );

Critical CSS

You can modify the CSS output using the following filter (styles are minified on the front-end):

add_filter( 'gs_faq_critical_styles', 'your_custom_function' );
function your_custom_function( $styles ) {

    $styles =
        '.gs-faq {
            padding: 5px 0;

        .gs-faq__question {
            display: block;
            text-align: left;
            width: 100%%;

        .gs-faq__answer {
            display: none;
            padding: 5px;

    return $styles;


Default Markup

The following filter accepts 3 parameters:
$template: Full string of HTML to output.
$question: The title of the FAQ, usually a question.
$answer: The content of the FAQ, usually the answer.

add_filter( 'gs_faq_template', 'your_custom_function', 10, 3 );
function your_custom_function( $template, $question, $answer ) {

    $template = sprintf(
        'The question: %s, and the answer: %s.',

    return $template;



  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/plugin-name directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress


يناير 26, 2020
I assumed this plugin would work on its own. Unfortunately not. After installing, I saw a notification at the top of the dashboard: "Genesis Simple FAQ requires WordPress 4.8 and Genesis 2.5, or greater. Please install and activate the latest version of Genesis to use this plugin." And beside the actual plugin in the list of plugins in my dashboard it says "Genesis Simple FAQ - A plugin for the Genesis Framework to manage FAQ components via shortcodes." I went back to check the description page and installation page just in case I missed it, but I couldn't find any information about this prerequisite. It looks like a decent plugin from the description, but I think the prereq should be made clear in the description so people won't waste their time if they don't want to install a framework.
ماي 21, 2018
This plugin is extremely versatile, I have used it all across the website for things other than FAQs. It's basic, clean and lite so don't expect anything amazing. It does work as should though and that's all that matters to me, plus if you need to adjust some things on it they provide tutorials on the Studio Press website.
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Contributors & Developers

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Interested in development?

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  • Further testing on more recent versions of WordPress
  • Fix messaging issue when using non-Genesis theme
  • Update the code to comply with WordPress coding standards.
  • Add order attribute.
  • Add compatibility for taxonomy with Gutenberg.
  • Process shortcode in answers.


  • Add non-JS support.
  • Add CSS opt out filter.
  • Add category ID to taxonomy page.
  • Set default to show all FAQs.


  • Initial release