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Adding new widget area to home page (5 posts)

  1. woodson02
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi, I'm trying to add a new widget area to my home page. - I can't even figure out how to edit my home page in the admin area - so I'm doing all my editing in dreamweaver.

    Basically I want to add a full page widget below the menu and above the content that is going to rotate pictures.

    Does anyone know how to add this type of functionality.. or how to edit the home page inside of wordpress admin?

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Assuming that your site’s front page shows a list of your most recent posts, it is not created in the same way as the other static Pages on your site. It is actually an archive page (which, in WordPress-speak, is a list of posts)and is generated “on demand”. So you cannot just go in and “edit” the page in the same the way that you can edit any of the other static Pages that you’ve created. You'll need to edit your theme’s index.php template file and add your widget ready area.

  3. woodson02
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the reply. I am not great with php and this is my first time using wordpress. I've been doing a bunch of reading and trying to learn from videos on vtc but obviously I'm not catching on too quick.

    From what I'm reading elsewhere maybe I should create a "static" front page?

    Either way - do you have any information on how to add the actual widget area? I've seen a few posts about how to add an extra widget area to the sidebar but I want this to be above sidebar/content and expanding the a set width much larger?

    Thanks again

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    do you have any information on how to add the actual widget area?

    Did you try reading the page at the link I posted above?

  5. woodson02
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sorry - I was reading on my phone - didn't even see the link. Thank you very much.

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