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A general overview of wordpress. (12 posts)

  1. DaveForum
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Could someone point me to a website or video etc which gives a general explanation of how the mechanics of wordpress works? I don't mean the dashboard. I mean what is doing what, and why, like what the files do, what the database is doing, what is it that refers to the theme, and when you install wordpress where are you actually installing it and so on. Just the general structure of what it is doing in a very basic block diagram sort of way.

    I have a problem in that I migrated my website from a subfolder to the root folder and the header image is missing. But because I don't understand what is doing what, or the overall concept, I have no idea what I have broken, or what link or file is missing etc.
    So if anyone can explain an overview of what does what, I'd be grateful.

  2. Christiaan Conover
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    First off, what theme are you using? It's likely a theme issue, but in order to start troubleshooting that we'd need to know the theme in use. Also, what is the URL to your site?

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Could someone point me to a website or video etc which gives a general explanation of how the mechanics of wordpress works?

    Why do you need to know this level of detail?

  4. DaveForum
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    The theme is 2011.

    I need to know this level of detail (or maybe not) because I not only want to learn to drive but know what the engine is doing. It is not working, therefore to understand why it isn't working it would help me if I knew what it was supposed to do in the first place.
    If that makes sense.
    I am presuming that the way to understand wordpress, use it properly and maybe even one day tinker with it, is to know what it does and why.
    My website is at http://www.flemingpress.co.uk

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Have you tried reading through the Codex?

  6. kmessinger
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I have a problem in that I migrated my website from a subfolder to the root folder and the header image is missing.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress

  7. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    WordPress is the go-fetch-and-make-it-happen sitting between a database (where posts and pages are stored) and the wp-content folder (containing uploads and) where a theme or "skin" and plugins (also calling on the database) display what WordPress reports and/or hands them or commands after a browser has requested a link respond...or something close to that.

  8. DaveForum
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    That's the sort of idea lee but maybe a bit more specific about what is stored where,etc.
    I have looked at the Moving WordPress information and think I followed it, but obviously there is some snag.
    Ok let me break it down a bit then.

    Something is requesting a header image, which is then displayed on the main page. Or should do, but it isn't.
    So what is requesting the image? (maybe the address in that file is wrong so it can't find an image).
    Where should the image be?.(maybe it is missing).
    Activating another theme does not resolve the problem. So the theme itself isn't where the 'glitch' is.

    Looks like I am going to have to read the Codex all the way through until I crack it.

  9. DaveForum
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Blimey I think I cracked it :)
    Must be something to do with the 2011 theme. I changed the theme and the header was still missing, so uploaded a new picture to use as a header rather than the ones in Media folder and it worked.
    I then changed it to 2011 and it didn't have a header.
    Then I changed it back to the other theme and it worked fine.
    So I suppose I now uninstall 2011 and install it again and see if that fixes it.

  10. DaveForum
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hmm. I fixed it but not quite sure what did it. Oh well :)

  11. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I have looked at the Moving WordPress information...

    When you move WordPress, you use something like phpMyAdmin to move the database that holds the user data and theme settings and anything else that exists as text. Then, you use something like FileZilla to move the wp-contents folder where all plugins, themes and uploads (and anything more you might have added there, such as database backups). Then, you will also need the wp-config.php file from "root" to bring along so WordPress in the new location will be able to again find and access the database. Other than that (and possibly some or all of your htaccess file in "root"), you can leave everything else behind and just add what you have taken to a new (or possibly to another) WordPress installation.

    Something is requesting a header image...
    So what is requesting the image? (maybe the address in that file is wrong so it can't find an image).
    Where should the image be?.(maybe it is missing).

    Some themes store images inside a folder such as "images" inside the specific theme's folder, and some load header images from one folder or another inside the wp-contents folder.

    Activating another theme does not resolve the problem. So the theme itself isn't where the 'glitch' is.

    My own experience is limited here, but WordPress uses the database to store all Dashboard > Appearance > ~~~~~ settings that must first be set for each theme and/or Child Theme. So if you have already checked all of those settings and a header image is not showing up, then yes, there is likely something wrong somewhere...and the best thing to do is to make a post with as many specifics as possible so the troubleshooters here can offer specific suggestions.

    Edit:

    Hmm. I fixed it but not quite sure what did it. Oh well :)

    Been there and done that too!

  12. DaveForum
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Well thanks for the reply lee. I think the problem is/was something to do with the files in the media folder. They appear in the folder in dashboard but were missing from the pages themselves. I uploaded a new picture from my computer for the header (rather than one from the media folder) and it seemed to work.
    And then I went back and manually inserted all the images which were missing and that seems to have worked too.
    So I don't know what I did but it works now anyway. Thanks.
    .

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