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Separate home page for blog | remove/change sidebar in Pages (9 posts)

  1. Dion
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi, thanks for reading.

    I'm creating a website in WordPress to advertise myself and my services. As such, a blog isn't really required and I'm only considering having one since I was advised to use WordPress to create and manage the website. Perhaps I'll do away with it, if I can.

    So, I've specified that the homepage be a sort of general Welcome/About Me page, but if I'm to have a blog I want it to have a tab in the top navigation bar (I'm using the vSlider2 theme), which when selected will show the most recent posts etc. like a normal blog homepage. How do I do that?

    The other thing is, I don't want blog-type stuff (eg. Categories, Tags, Blogroll etc.) to clog up the sidebar in the rest of the website (ie. my Pages - About Me and so on). In fact all I want in my Pages sidebar is a Log In link, maybe some contact details and a Google Calendar if possible. I'm thinking I'll create a separate template file for this sidebar, but I don't know how to call that in PHP, or if there's an easier, simpler way of doing that. How do I do that?

    Thanks for responding!

  2. outthere
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Go to sidebar php in your theme and delete the ones you don't want. As usual, make a copy and save somewhere else so you still have the original backup. Take notes.

  3. Dion
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Oh thanks, I thought of that (and tried it) but won't it remove those elements from the sidebar across the site? I'd like them to be there in the blog (in Posts) but not in my Pages, if that's possible. Thanks anyway!

  4. ClaytonJames
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Before you spend a lot of time on theme mods, there are new versions of vSlider available if you want it. vSlider 3 for WordPress.

    but I don't know how to call that in PHP

    <?php get_sidebar('two'); ?>

    assuming that the name of your new sidebar was "sidebar-two.php"

    ...someone jump in if that is incorrect please.

  5. Dion
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    thanks! that's great! I'll try it now...

  6. Dion
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi all, I've stopped using vSlider because it's incompatible with WP2.6. I'm now using Barthelme, but that should be irrelevant since I'd rather use techniques that could work with any theme, since I'm liable to carry on searching for one that fits my needs.

    I would like to know how to have an "Introduction" as my home page and have the blog (my Posts) accessible via link in the navigation bar. Help much appreciated! :)

  7. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi,

    I would like to know how to change the text and placement of the sidebars? I am a beginner and this is my first time using WordPress. So if you have any other suggestions of beginner forums, etc. that are helpful, let me know!
    Thanks!

  8. Don
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I can't seem to get the Blog (postings page) to become a link in the menu either. I have no problems in changing the home page, just in making the blog itself available once I do!

  9. nanetteiris
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm having the same problem. When I change the home page to a static page how do I list the blog as just "blog" and create a link to it in the menu?

    Thanks!

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