Change default from Status Update to Blog Post (2 posts)

  1. Sheila
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm setting this up for non-tech folks on a non-profit board. I want folks to either start a new thread or comment on one. There's NO reason anyone should ever just post a Status Update. I'm a techie designer not really a coder/developer so if you give me code editing you'll have to be VERY clear and specific.

    I hope this is possible. I just set it up but it's already confused THE most techie member of the team. Thanks.

  2. designsimply
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Changing how that works is not something supported by the theme. You can add custom code to make a change like that though. You could take out that whole post format selector part at the top all together, and I think that would solve the problem for you. To do it, you will need to get your hands dirty and dig into the code, but it sounds like you're willing to give it a go!

    1. First, you will need to create a child theme. You should follow the instructions at http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes first and get a child theme copy working and tested before continuing.

    2. Once you have a child theme setup, copy the post-format.php file from the original theme to your child theme folder.

    3. Open the copied post-format.php file from your child theme and remove lines 31 to 36 — which are the ones starting with <ul id="post-types"> and ending with </ul>

    4. Save changes and test adding a new post to make sure everything works properly.

    Note that these instructions are based on version 1.5.4 of the P2 theme and may not work for other versions.

    What the change effectively does is remove the option to set any post format on the front page prompt box and that way the posts will always default to the standard post format. It's a bit of a hack, but I think it will work for your use case.

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