Useful Plugins

WP Foundation Shortcodes

This plugin is mandatory for all sites built with Foundation framework.

WP Foundation Shortcodes Plugin makes your ZURB Foundation website to the most powerful framework by styling your content with shortcode, it has a lot of useful shortcodes for your convenience.

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Adding Support for Google Fonts

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Typecase is a web font management plugin that allows you to browse, search, and embed over 650 fonts from Google Web Fonts.
The Foundation Starter Theme uses Noto Serif and Noto Sans, two great fonts available from Google Fonts.

Regretfully, there is no built-in way to customize the font family, however a plugin named Typecase solves all that. WP Tavern explains in detail how the process works.

Once you download and install Typecase you will be able to select a number of fonts you want to make available to the theme customizer. Next, visit the Theme Customizer and use the options to set the fonts to use for the body copy and headings.

Typecase also allows you to add custom selectors to tailor your fonts to specific elements. This is an extremely powerful way of adding fonts to themes without modifying the themes themselves.

Adding a Twitter Feed

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Adding a Twitter feed to the sidebar is probably one of the best things you can do to get people interacting with you.
Setup is as easy as pasting a widget ID, and it allows you to extensively customize the look of the feed.

Tiled Galleries, Sharing Links And More

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With a download count nearing 14 million, Jetpack is one of the most popular plugins available. It is made by Automattic and includes a huge number of features which can be turned on or off selectively.

Tiled galleries are one such feature I like, creating a masonry style gallery from your gallery shortcodes automatically. The beauty of this is that you don’t need to do anything special when inserting your galleries, just turn the feature on.

Another often used module is the sharing section which can be added to the bottom of posts automatically. Here is how it looks in the Foundation Starter Theme:
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Conclusion

As you can see, there are numerous ways to customize the Foundation Starter Theme to make it just right for you. The built-in customization gives you control over some basic settings, while plugins can do a lot to extend what is already an awesome theme.

If you need more fundamental changes almost anything can be achieved via a child theme. You can remove elements, add your own and customize the style of everything in a modular way.

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