A few questions about WP CMS before I start designing (6 posts)

  1. Blacksheep2010
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hello there all. I know that there are many threads out there about xhtml themes being converted over to WP for the use of a CMS but I needed to ask a few questions about my upcoming project that I just have not really found a clear answer too.

    I am going to start a css three column layout for a comedian. I want to make the design and then convert it into a WP theme so that it looks like a website not a blog. I want to have the control of WP in the background to update the news page along with other pages too. Basically I want to give an easy interface for the comedian to update his entire site easily without all the normal blog look or widgets. I don't want a linking archive on the news page, comment options or even a search. Really I want no sidebar functions on the news page. However, I would still like t give him a blog to work with too that would have all that control. This would give him easy control and give his news rss feed ability for getting the word out.

    Is it going to be possible to have the that back end control on his news page and on also on his blog page or even more? From what I have read, it looks as if the main content of the blog can only go on one page really. Everything else remains static. For example, if he used the news page as the way to publish his major news updates, would his blog page have the same content or could they be separate content entirely without being staic and also giving him the ability to archive it all as well

    are there any in depth tutorials on the subject and is there a good events plug-in that would allow him great control over his tour schedule? and the option to have his schedule on all his pages for easy access?

    I know it is a lot to take in, but your help is appreciated?


  2. @mercime
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    There are a variety of ways to show what you need for your client on the front page. You also need to learn about Templates in WordPress.
    Check out the source of different themes available in magazine format, e.g.
    - http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/antisnews
    - http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/mymag
    - http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/arras-theme
    All of which you can customize according to what you need or you can use as models if you want to create your theme from scratch.

    WordPress Codex is your friend - http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page

    The easier one, choose among events plugin which suits client requirements - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/events

  3. Blacksheep2010
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thank you for the references, I'll now go digging into it all.

  4. Blacksheep2010
    Posted 5 years ago #

    After doing extensive reading, I just have a simple question. Can the WP loop be put into more than one page and customized by calling up separate content for each page it is in? Or if you use the loop will it produce identical content?

    In my example, could I use the loop on the news page to bring up news updates while using the loop on the blog page to call up blog entries for whatever the author chooses?


  5. @mercime
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi Blacksheep,
    "The Loop is used by WordPress to display each of your posts" and can be customized.
    - http://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop

    Get to know template hierarchy
    - http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy

    Download a simple WordPress theme, unzip so you can see the different files included per Template Hierarchy.
    - http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/retromania
    It doesn't have theme options panel so code is basically as clean and customizable.

    There's a learning curve related to creating custom WordPress themes. Learning Template hierarchy and having HTML/CSS and some PHP skills goes a long way to lowering the learning curve.

  6. Blacksheep2010
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thank you very much for the resources, I've read the template hierarchy but not the loop.

    Thanks again

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