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Need a semi-static home page : Plug-in? Template? (2 posts)

  1. BeemerMonkey
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I need to have a homepage/index page that is different from the regular blog pages. Here's what I'm looking for:

    ---------------
    Static Content
    blah blah blah
    blah blah blah
    blah blah blah
    ---------------
    1. Most recent
    "featured" post
    ---------------
    2. most recent post

    I'd like the static area to be editable from within WP's editor (that is I don't want to have to manually edit a php file and FTP it when I need to change the "static" content)

    I'd like section 1 to have the last post (excerpt) that I write that I give a category of "Featured"

    I'd like section 2 to have the most recent post (excerpt)

    I'm still pretty new at WP, but I have done some work with templates, etc. I'm just not groking how to combine everything to get the page I need.

    Ideas, leads, samples, etc.?

    Thanks!
    I see soem plugins that kind of address this, but I have a feeling that there's something to do with a custom page template.

  2. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 6 years ago #

    The answer is template. Mainly this sort:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages#Page_Templates

    You'd first want to set up a Page (Write > Write Page) to provide your "Static Content." You can then assign it as your home page under Options > Reading, Front Page. That takes care of the initial "static" part.

    With a copy of the standard page.php template (if your theme sports one) you can work in additional custom queries after the default post loop. An example of that looks like:

    http://wordpress.pastebin.ca/915874

    That is based on the Default theme's page.php. You may need to move things around, but the main element is the additional loops initialized through new WP_Query objects.

    References:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/WP_Query
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/query_posts
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages
    http://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop

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