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  1. rnewton
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You should have a newbee section on the forum.

  2. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Why? In what way would this other forum board be different from (say) Installation or HowTo & Troubleshooting?

  3. rnewton
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    When I posted on the How to... I think my question went under the heads of other forum users therefore, no help on my ?. Kind of like being on a plumbers' forum and asking where's the drain located. Plus I got my posts closed because I posted in the wrong place. Posted again got closed for multiple posts. Maybe a newbee forum would be more tolerant.

  4. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You originally posted about a theme 9 hours ago - providing only the theme's name. There are literally thousands of WordPress themes - which means that many people won't be familiar with your particular theme. So a link to your site where people can see the theme might result in more responses.

    Your second topic - also 9 hours ago - was simply a duplicate of the first. All duplicate topics are closed or deleted on sight.

    This has nothing to do with needing a newbie forum. There is information on how to get the best from the forums at Forum_Welcome. Did you read that before you posted? Did you try adding additional information to your original topic? Did you try waiting a few days (not hours) before posting again?

  5. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    And stop posting the same theme question again and again! All of your duplicate topics will be deleted on sight - including the one you just posted again.

  6. benbecula
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have yet to get anything to work as I wish, so I qualify as a newbie. (For background, my first computer was an IBM 704, MIT, 1960ish, so I'm not *that* much of a newbie.)

    You are too eager. I don't want to think about Akismet yet. I don't want to think about Jetpack yet. I don't know know or care what a tinymce editor is. I don't know or care what QR is. I don't want to know about the beta. I don't want a 'First Steps' with 157 choices. Remember the Macintosh 'Quick Start' approach of the 1980s? Worked beautifully. 3 pages and the compute was up and running--or walking, but one could thereafter experiment.

    Your concept of a '5-minute installation' breaks down at the 2nd step, when it sends me off to deal with creating a MySQL database. No idea how to do that! Fortunately, Powweb did it for me, after I gave up on MAMP and trying for a testbed blog on my MacBook Pro.

    But working with another ISP is a mixed bag, with everybody saying, 'Ask the other guy about that. We can't help you.'

    You throw 23 files at me, 2 of them called index.xxx. What I need to know, *right now*, is which of those is related to what I want to see on my blog page, and how what I do with it affects what I see. I don't need to know about adjusting php yet--not until I can see a blog page that is working, so that I know which parts are under my control, and figure out how to control them. Apparently wp-admin is important, but it takes a lot of fumbling to see why.

    'Pages' is interesting, and does many unexpected things--none of them what I was looking for, and no doubt they will be really useful next month. But it's all sort of Microsoftish--and as it happens, I have a perfectly good HTML page that I'd like to use in your system. There's probably a way to connect these. I can display it--but none of the blogstuff stays around. Call it a post that I want comments on: do I really have to retype it?

    That's a rhetorical question. My point is that your user interface was designed by people who already knew everything about how the system worked. What you need to do is what made Apple successful: watch what a naive user does wrong, *and keep fixing the GUI until no naive user does the wrong thing*. Good luck!

  7. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    But working with another ISP is a mixed bag, with everybody saying, 'Ask the other guy about that. We can't help you

    Unfortunately, that is by necessity. Each and everyhost has a different way of setting up a database. I've used 3 hosts in my internet days, plus a local install, and each process was vastly different.

    What I need to know, *right now*, is which of those is related to what I want to see on my blog page

    The index.php in your currently active theme is the one responsible for displaying your main blog page -- can be founf through the admin end by going to appearance -> editor -> index.php (Or through the files at wp-content -> themes -> your theme ->index.php

    I have a perfectly good HTML page that I'd like to use in your system.

    You can use your html, once you understand how to develop with WP, and how the php all fits in to call to content, and what is required
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy

    My point is that your user interface was designed by people who already knew everything about how the system worked.

    The interface has a team that works endlessly on developing it, and it works well. Don't be afraid to read the basics
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page

    Again, that is the interface - actually just posting and stuff. It is endlessly being developed and will continue to improve. But as soon as you begin looking at templates, and trying to add html, and changing code, you are no longer in 'interface' mode - you are in developer mode. And you have to have some level of understanding of WP as a system to develop for it.

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