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[resolved] Posts page on a static site (28 posts)

  1. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    [Moderator Note: Topic title modified. When you start a new topic, use a good topic title. "New to WP and Stupid is not a good topic title - mainly because we all started out from there. :-) ]

    Hi all, please forgive me if this has been answered elsewhere but for the life of me I cannot seem to find the correct search string to find what im looking for.

    I think I may just be describing this wrong but ill try and explain clearly....

    I installed WP on my server and built my site by removing all pages that were there as examples and starting fresh, I now have EVERYT page on my site that is basically static content but I wanted a News page on my site which I can post to when I want but without accepting comments etc. (hope this makes sence so far)

    So basically rather than every page created being a blog allowing posts and comments, I just want 1 page for me as site admin to post any news updates to. I cant sem to work out how to do this.

    im using the customizr theme by the way if that helps.

    sorry if im just being and this is something really insignificant that im over looking but really appreciate any help.

    thanks all

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    First, have you reviewed creating a static front page?

  3. Oizuled
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Create two new pages - call one of them Home, and the other one Blog, or News. (There's no need to add any content to these pages other than a title).

    Then go to Settings > Reading in the Dashboard. Click the option to have your Front Page display a Static Page. From the drop down menu, select the new Home page for the Front Page option, and select the new Blog/News page you created for the Posts Page option.

    Your website should now display the static home page (blank if you didn't add any content to it yet). It also should show all your posts in the Blog/News page that you created.

    To get these pages to show up in the menu, click Appearance > Menus. Click create a new menu, then check off the pages you want to display in the menu from the left. Click the Add to Menu button, and you should be all set. You can also reorder them by dragging the pages around the Menu Structure section of that screen.

  4. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Ive got a static front page which works exactly as I want it to, my site is here.

    All im looking to do is make the "News" Page found here my only "Blog" page, where I only can add news and updates.

    thank you

  5. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Your site is not using a static front page.

  6. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    you are of course absolutely correct and I realised what I had typed in that post after I had typed it and so was expecting someone to point that out haha. as I said in my first post "stupid" regardless to that mistake, I still need to be able to make the News page a blog page to add site news and updates to but cant work out how this is achieved. thanks again

  7. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Did you review the page at the link I posted above?

  8. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    I did but I still don't understand what I need to do with my site as it is now to get a single page that I can add news to, it doesn't need to be displayed anywhere else just on the news page .

  9. Oizuled
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    I'm using the same theme as you are - if you follow the steps I wrote above, you should get what you're looking for.

    Also - to keep from possibly chasing our tails - do you have any posts written yet that you would expect to show up on the News page?

    Your site's RSS feed doesn't appear to have anything in it, so I'm wondering if that's the issue...

  10. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    ive never used WP before and this is the first time ive tried to build a site with it.i have no idea how to do the rss feed and no I have no posts written yet as I have no where to write them.
    what I mean is, the general pages of the site are not for posting on or commenting on, just site content. I thought I could have just one page.. "NEWS" where I would access to write any news or updates for the site. does this make sense?

  11. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    When I follow the instructions in the above post, I lose my current front page (comes with Customizr) and still not able to find where I can add news updates to the News page.

  12. Oizuled
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    For the News page, in order for anything to show up there (news or updates for the site), you need to add "posts" that will show up on the News page.

    As for the RSS feed, there's nothing you really need to do with it - I was only stating that it didn't look like you had written anything that should show up on the News page yet.

    Since that seems to be the case, go to Posts > Add New in your Dashboard, and write some News updates. They should then appear on the News page.

  13. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Ok, I went to posts> Add New in the dashboard but I still cant seem to keep the current front page if I do this, isn't there a way to just allow posts to be shown on the news page? ive tried to follow the steps outlined in the link above but I just cant seem to get it to work how I need.

    thanks

  14. Oizuled
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    With one exception I think you want your site to be set up in a similar fashion to my site. That exception being that I don't use a slider on the front page or blog page.

    So, if that is the case, go to the screen to customize Customizer (http://www.supplyswitch.co.uk/csmuk/wp-admin/customize.php)

    On the left side click on "Front Page" - the settings should look like this:

    • Posts page - set to your News page
    • Front page displays - A static page
    • Front page - set to your Home page (also, by the looks of your site right now, this Home page does not need to have any content - we'll get to formatting the rest later)
    • Set up the front page layout - No sidebars : full width layout
    • Slider Options - select the slider you wish to use on the front page if it isn't already selected, and select the options for it (full width, delay between slides, etc.)
    • Featured Pages Options
      • Display home featured pages area - Enable
      • Show images - checked (yes)
      • Button text - Find out more ยป
      • Home featured page one - FREE Solar PV*
      • Home featured page two - Free Insulation
      • Home featured page three - Free Boilers
      • Featured text one - Established due to the ever increasing need for people to find ways to save money on their utility bills. With the ever increasing costs of energy, the rapidly depleting supplies of fuel.....
      • Featured text two - If your home was built after 1920 it is likely that your property has a cavity wall and Almost 25% of all properties in the UK do not have a wall cavity so require External insulation...
      • Featured text three - Boilers can account for up to 60% of your energy spend. A more efficient boiler, you can dramatically reduce your utility bill. With current funding, you may be entitled to receive an A-Rated boiler completely ...

    Once this is set up, you should be able to start adding news and updates to your News page.

  15. Oizuled
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    It looks OK now - is this what you wanted?

  16. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Thank you Oizuled,

    that seems to be what I am and have been looking to achieve however there is just one small issue, that im sure you can answer for me...

    On every page of my site at the very bottom above the footer is the options to Like and Share the page, BUT on the NEWS page there doesn't seem to be this option, id like for people to be able to share individual news updates or like them but I cant find the option for this.

    Will the process you outlined above give me an RSS page for people to follow should they want to too??

    Thank you

  17. Oizuled
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    No problem.

    On the edit screen of your News page, there should be a checkbox towards the bottom that says something like "Show sharing buttons on this post."

    If not, at the top of the edit screen of your News page, click the "Screen Options" tab, then check the "Sharing" checkbox. Scroll down to the bottom again, and make sure the "Show sharing buttons on this post" box is checked.

    It looks like you already have the RSS feed linked in the footer (the icon next to the link to your Facebook page) - let me know if you were looking for something else?

  18. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    I managed to figure out the rss question through other posts on this site after doing some searching, ill check the "sharing" steps you have just given me and see if I can manage to get that right haha.

    Thank you for your assistance

  19. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Followed those steps and the sharing buttons as you described are checked but on the news page its just not showing any like or share options. Im looking for people to be able to share individual posts on the news page,the share and like buttons are showing on all of my other pages but just don't seem to show on that one "news" page

  20. Oizuled
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Do you know what plugin you are using to generate the sharing buttons? I'm sure it's as simple as selecting an option to have it display on that particular page.
    I can probably help more if I know which plugin you are using...

  21. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    I havent got any plugins specifically for sharing buttons, from what I can see from using WP, there seems to be standard buttons appear on each page anyway for sharing between FB, Twitter etc, however if you go to my front page and look at the bottom of the page above the footer it shows the word "like this" with a button with a star and it says "loading", yesterday on every page there was a full bar of sharing options which have now dissapeard.

    id obviously like to get them back but cant find the setting for it in dashboard PLUS id really like a similer bar beneath every post I make on my news page so people can share individual stories rather than the whole page.

    hope you can help with this and again thank you so far for the assistance you have given me with my problems, ive never used WP before this site but I am deffo a convert now I just need to work out some of these niggly little issues.

    thanks

  22. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    @Oizuled
    it would appear that (without changing anything) the sharing buttons have returned on each of the pages YAY haha. and even though there is NO sharing buttons for each of the exerpts on my news page, when clicked to view the full article, there are sharing buttons on there which is absolutely what I needed.

    I only have one issue now...... ive looked and in dashboard its not ticked to show or allow comments, but on the full page articles from the news page, there is the opportunity for people to comment on the posts and this is not what I am after. How can I stop the comments being applied to these pages? Thanks

  23. Oizuled
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    I'm glad the sharing buttons are working now!

    As for your comments issue, in your Dashboard, click Settings > Discussion. Deselect the box next to "Allow people to post comments on new articles". This will prevent the "Leave a comment" section from automatically appearing at the end of any new articles (although you can override this when creating new posts on a case by case basis if desired).

    As for the existing articles, in your Dashboard, click on Posts. Hover your mouse over the existing article, and click on the Quick Edit link that appears. Somewhere off to the right there should be a check box for "Allow Comments". Deselect that box and click the Update button.
    Rinse and Repeat as needed :-)

  24. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    You Oizuled, are a very knowledgeable person and have helped me no end these last couple days, thank you so much for your help. I may be in touch again soon as I will need to move my site from the folder its on on my server to the main directory so will need some assistance no doubt with that but thank you again for your help.

  25. Oizuled
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Not a problem, glad I could help.
    When you move your site, you may want to watch out for a few issues that may arise (like broken links) - you can use a plugin that might help with that Broken Link Checker.

    Also, be sure to back everything up before you move things. Murphy's Law might peek it's ugly head during the process. I like WordPress Backup to Dropbox for backing up the whole site's files and database.

    Let me know if you need anything else.

  26. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    @Oizuled: Please do not use these forums to solicit email contact from other users. All support here happens here.

  27. danelliott
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    @esmi don't worry ill post all my requests for assistance here, I think Oizuled was just being friendly and didn't mean to upset the balance of things.

  28. Oizuled
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    My intention wasn't to solicit contact from anyone - @danelliott did say he may wish to get in touch with me for additional assistance. Since I was somewhat familiar with his situation already, I was only providing a link to my contact info as a courtesy in case he couldn't find help elsewhere.

    Please feel free to remove the link if it is inappropriate to list here.

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