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How to restore default settings in a theme? (4 posts)

  1. Leofitz7
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm a newbie and have been reading everything I can to answer two questions. My guess is that the answer is know by 90% of the folks here so I'll appreciate your help.

    1.) Is there a way to restore a WP site to the original default settings from when the WP install was new, and the loaded/activated theme was fresh? As I'm learning now I play with many options and eventually make a mess of the site. Is the only way to start fresh, to delete the complete WP install and install the database and all files again? Or is there a box to check that restores to default? Going forward, is the best way to experiment but avoid complete reinstalls, to make a new child theme(s) whenever I start a new styling or content loading of a site?

    2.) I can't get my head around the workflow of how to start from scratch and build a new WP site. What's the 1,2,3 ? For example if starting with the 2010 theme, after I setup the header, footer, and sidebar widgets, is my only option is that those areas stay the same for all Pages views in the site? Then my remaining options are only to build multiple main content areas (pages) with different content. When I'm in the dashboard and select 'Posts' how do I know on which page these will be entered when I publish?

    If anyone has found a tutorial book, or videos that walk a newbie through actually building a site I'd welcome the information. From my review of online tutorials and all books published on WordPress 98% just go down a list explaining different tools, settings, or plugins, etc., but don't provide the start to finish workflow required to build a site.

    Thanks to anyone who can shine a light on these questions !!

  2. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    1) There is "restore to defaults" option in WordPress. What exactly did you change?

    is my only option is that those areas stay the same for all Pages views in the site?

    Yes.

    When I'm in the dashboard and select 'Posts' how do I know on which page these will be entered when I publish?

    All posts will be added to your main posts page and to their relevant category & archive pages.

  3. Leofitz7
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello esmi,
    Thanks for your response. Do you know where the restore to default option is located? I can't find it.

    By the time I get to the place where I'd like to start over in layout and content placement, the original theme has been changed in its background and header image, plugins applied, widgets placed, and CSS styles changed for colors, fonts, etc. Can the restore button you refer to erase all that?

    Concerning the Posts, how do I define a blog page versus a static page in the dashboard setup? I know that the default theme WP setup sets the entry/home page as the main blog posting target. So any post goes there. But imagine on the home entry page there are three articles linked to three category discussions on the site. How would I define and set up the three separate category posting pages?

    Thanks.

  4. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sorry - typo! That should have read "There is no "restore to defaults" option in WordPress."

    If these are just theme changes, try re-uploading a fresh copy of the theme via FTP.

    How would I define and set up the three separate category posting pages?

    Using a custom query in a static front page custom template.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/query_posts
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/WP_Query
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_a_Static_Front_Page
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages#Creating_Your_Own_Page_Templates

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