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Creating Pages Outside of the Dashboard (8 posts)

  1. tuckwilli
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have recently inherited a partially built wordpress site at work, and I need to finish it. I have a lot of experience building websites, but zero experience with wordpress.

    With what I've been given, posting new pages via the dashboard mangles the styling, and I need a greater degree of control over the page content. Is there any way to build a page from scratch, i.e. open up a text editor and physically type everything in, but still use wordpress php functions (such as get_header and the like)?

    Thanks for any and all help, I'm kinda under the gun and I'm lost in the world of wordpress.

  2. fonglh
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Creating separate files for the content defeats the whole purpose of using WordPress.

    What kind of control do you need? Have you tried using HTML view and editing the theme's stylesheet to get the look you want?

  3. davejampole
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am an 'old-hand' (three weeks) with WP. I decided to switch to it after hand-coding websites in Dreamweaver. Kinda' scared the hell out of me to begin with but, based on my experience and decision to never go back to Dreamweaver, I can honestly tell you that you will love it!!

    First thing you probably want to do is create a theme within WP, find either a free or at-cost theme, or use something like Artisteer (free). Then, after you have installed WP, you upload the Artisteer theme to WP, copy and paste your html code into WP.

    Within WP, you can also access what looks to me to be an unlimited number of widgets (or plugins) to get the website looking however you want.

    If you'd like to see my three week effort, take a look at . Not the best, not the worst, but it was a hell of a lot quicker than hand-coding html.

    Hope this helps.

  4. davejampole
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sorry, I screwed up the link.

    It should read 'If you'd like to see my three week effort, take a look at <www.arklatexmoaa.org>. Not the best, not the worst, but it was a hell of a lot quicker than hand-coding html.

    Hope this helps.'

    You might also want to take a look at <CrashCourseTraining.com>. They have a good down and dirty WordPress training package.

  5. kmessinger
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If you are talking about static content then pasting html into a Word Press Page should work with no errors.

    If you are talking about dynamic content, like the blog part, etc. then the suggestions above are great.

    BTW, I use DW for site-backup, ftp, and php and trouble-shooting html from wp sites. Works great for that.

  6. tuckwilli
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the responses!

    I actually hand code all my websites outside of dreamweaver, using eclipse or visual studio, so the 'one page for everything' approach is definitely outside of my comfort zone.

    The reason we are using wordpress is because there is a blog portion to the site that will be updated by people with no coding experience, so we want to offer them the user friendly wordpress interface for posting.

    However, there are many pages to the site, and several have formatting that is unique to the specific page. This results in the theme only working on some of the pages.

    Should I should create regular html pages for the pages that aren't congruent with the theme? Is there a way to utilize multiple themes? The only reason we are using wordpress is for the easy to use blog, so maybe it would be better to abandon wordpress altogether.

  7. davejampole
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'll have to pass on the blog question. My (only) experience with WP is website design, no blog included. I'm using WP to strictly replace and upgrade websites.

  8. fonglh
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    several have formatting that is unique to the specific page

    Use page templates.
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages#Page_Templates

    The closest you can get to multiple themes is multisite. See http://codex.wordpress.org/Create_A_Network

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