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pages.... how do they work (23 posts)

  1. cheeko3d
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    want to setup different pages.. like a photo page then just update links on that page... am i missing something, how do i work with pages, looked everywhere and can't get a straight answer, hear the community was the best so thought I would try here! Thanks in advance

  2. ccf
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hope somebody answers this one, because I'd love to know.

  3. somefool
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Im not sure how you mean, you can set up a static 'page' in WP1.3+ and add photos, text, links whatever on that then edit it ad nauseam.

  4. rvblog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I had a hard time understanding the concept as well at first. I believe this is how it works:

    Pages in WordPress are virtual. They are not some file that can be found in a directory on your server like an *.html file.

    When using html, you could have hundreds of *.html files all over the place.

    Your "pages" in WordPress however, are stored as entries in your database.

    In WordPress, you can create 1 page template, and have fifty virtual pages use that same template.

    When you click on a page link wordpress goes to the database, gets the text that is stored for that page, and sends it to the template to be displayed.

    Once you understand that, everything else starts to fall in place.

    At least it did for me.

  5. rvblog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    A page for photos is something different. I'm still trying to get my gallery working.

    A photo page can work 2 ways:

    Using some photo program that creates html files that are "dressed up" to look like your website and linked to from within your website. (I've noticed that almost all WordPress sites that have galleries are done this way)

    Or,

    Integrating you photo album directly into your website (something that I'm trying to figure out now). What you need to do in this situation is create a page template in WordPress as you would normally, and then have the page "include" the file from the photo program or have the photo program "include" the header and footer files from wordpress.

    Creating photo galleries in WordPress is not at all about how WordPress functions but how the photo program that you are using is designed to function. Most are not written in a way that is easy to intergrate into your website. They do that I guess so that they can be used generically with all types of websites, and not just created with WordPress.

    Once I figure out how to truly integrate a certain photo program I will write a page on my site about how I did it.

  6. rvblog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    @cheeko3d:

    Try this link to get an idea of what I'm talking about:

    http://coppermine.sourceforge.net
    /board/index.php?topic=13514.0

  7. rvblog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    @cheeko3d:

    and here:

    http://coppermine.sourceforge.net
    /demo/index.php?theme=kubrick

  8. ccf
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I understand the idea of the template as it is what works for the blog page, but the concept of the virtual page is incomprehensible to me. How do you add stuff on a virtual page? It's probably a dumb question, but I have no idea about php... I added stuff on the left column of my page, but it didn't seem virtual to me. It was html...

  9. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    ccf,
    Within the admin panel is a section on managing Pages. It is from there that all content is added to the virtual pages. You could code everything in HTML using whatever tool you like, then just copy/paste it into the Pages section and it stores all that in the database.

  10. ccf
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I can't figure out where this section is, or what you call the admin panel. You mean the page that I edit when I post? Or do I have to open something in the wp-admin file. I feel stupider and stupider ;) (even ashamed of asking)...

  11. somefool
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    you are using 1.3/1.5 arent you?

  12. ccf
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I am using 1.2.1

  13. lawtai
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    yea, there's no pages function in 1.2.1 you'd have to upgrade to a nightly in order to get it.

  14. ccf
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Then I guess I'll wait. I'm too much of a newbie to fiddle with nightlies... ;) Thanks for the feedback anyway

  15. iand
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    NM - am I right in thinking then that there is no way to display 'normal' posts on a created page? So the content of a page would just be one long post?

    Part of me logically thinks that pages should work like categories - write a post, then pick which cat and page you want it to appear on. Is this possible yet or is it just wishful thinking?

  16. somefool
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    "I am using 1.2.1"

    lol, that explains the confusion then

  17. ccf
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Should I upgrade to 1.2.2? Or am I risking ruining my blog?

  18. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    @ccf
    1.2.2 has some important fixes. No, you won't be ruining your blog as unlike 1.5, it is a stable release, and not a beta.
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Upgrading
    BACKUP YOUR FILES FIRST

    @Ian D
    The whole concept of pages is to use them for content that is "static" and basically unchanging, like a colophon, an "about me" page and the like. What you are talking about can already be done without using the pages structure. Pages were brought in because so many people wanted the ability to have a few pages on their site that didn't require The Loop to display information.

  19. iand
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks NM, that is what I thought, and I think that was what was asked at the start of the thread.

  20. debwire
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    The original poster of this thread may be looking for something like this to include in his pages so that he can "seamlessly" show gallery pages (or pages from some other application) in his WP pages:

    http://dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex17/iframessi2.htm

    I've incorporated it into some of my unpublished/soon-to-be published pages and it works fine.

  21. kickass
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Here are links to a couple css thumnail gallery methods that would be pretty easy to incorporate into a theme. This may not be a bells-and-whistles way of doing it, but it works and is easy to add to a theme simply by defining the html and css.

    http://more.ericmeyeroncss.com/dloads/
    http://www.maxdesign.com.au/presentation/definition/dl-image-gallery.htm

    Always helps to have more than one way to go . . .

  22. splunk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Is there a simple way to create a WP page that will pull all thumbnail files from a gallery directory and link them to the resized gallery pages?

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