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  • OK, so i originally downloaded a theme and then swapped out my own graphic and changed the colors etc etc.

    It was pointed out to me that the theme i chose doesn’t allow for anyone to post once they have been assigned a username and password, they can only reply to posts that have originated with me. I would like to change it so that anyone can obtain a username and password upon my permission and be able to post their own stories etc etc.

    How do I change this? I’m a noob and not a web designer so talk to me like I don’t know anything (because i dont).

    Also, if I want to upgrade WordPress, will that cancel out any customization I have done to my blog?


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  • give your users “contributor” or “editor” permission. and/or add a link to the wp-admin/ section so they can log in and post.

    as long as you keep your customisations inside the wp-content folder, they should be protected against harm for upgrades. since learning not to mess with the core files, i’ve been a happy upgrader every time, even from 1.5 to 2, 2.1, 2.2. (i look after a number of sites.)

    your logo design is beautiful! i like the colours of the site too. i think that you could easily make the logo twice the size – please bust it out of that black box – and pull back the black borders, i feel they are overpowering an otherwise really lovely site look. 2c for free 🙂

    whoops, i should say “Role”, not “Permission”. edit their user accounts under the users tab.

    some boxes you might need to tick:

    /wp-admin/options-general.php – “anyone can register”, “new user default role” => contributor

    this will let them contribute content, but you’ll need to move the people you trust up to “editor” to let them publish their own stuff. don’t let just anyone sign up and post articles, unless you want to be minneapolis’s “Gold Medal Viagra” resource.

    you may need to add a link to the login page in your theme. edit sidebar.php in your theme dir to do this, that’s where you want it to be.

    have a look and see if the theme has some options (presentation menu). it may let you turn on these facilities.

    Thanks xurizaemon

    Sounds easy enough, but as you can tell I am a designer, not a programmer so this is challenge for me. I know html (sort of), but no css and no php so it’s like a treasure hunt going through all the code trying to decipher what is what.


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