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Creating a front-page.php template

  • I am using the theme Grisaille. My front, static page has a side bar with blog post archives etc. I want to get rid of this side bar on this page only. I already
    1. created a child theme, and installed it
    2. was told to create a front-page.php template, deleting the sidebar, than add css to change the width of the main content.
    I have been digging everywhere on wordpress as well as any site that has info and am confused to say the least.

    What I understand is that I make a file with my text editor, call it front-page.php
    I put this code in it-
    Template Name: front-page
    At this point I download it to the child theme folder on my server. Now what?
    Do I copy the entire page I want to alter and paste it in the above file, and what page do I copy page.php or home.php? I would really appreciate some advice, since I feel I’ve made some progress but it doesn’t matter if the whole process isn’t done.
    thank you, Diane

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  • Christine Rondeau


    Volunteer Forum Moderator

    Hi Diane,

    Go and grab the entire content of page.php and paste it into your front-page.php.
    You actually don’t even need the php comment in there. Custom Templates need it, but not the front-page.php

    Once you have the code in, remove the mention of the_sidebar();
    and then save the front-page.php in your child theme.

    Upload that file in your child theme directory and because it has the name front-page.php it will automatically be used to display your front page.

    Good luck.

    Hi Christine,
    I’m getting there, but hit a road block since the page.php template for my theme Grisaille has no mention of sidebar… am I missing something? Here’s the copy-

    *@desc A page. See single.php is for a blog post layout.


    if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post();

    <div id=”post-<?php the_ID(); ?>” <?php post_class(); ?>>

    <h1 class=”postTitle”>” rel=”bookmark”><?php the_title(); ?></h1>
    <?php if ( comments_open() || have_comments() ) {?>
    <span class=”comments”><?php comments_popup_link(‘0’, ‘1 ‘, ‘%’); ?></span>
    <?php }?>
    <div class=”clearfix page-title-border-bottom”></div>

    <div class=”post-wrap”><?php the_content(); ?></div>
    <?php wp_link_pages(
    array( ‘before’ => ‘<p class=”pages-links”>’ . __(‘Pages:’,’grisaille’),
    ‘after’ => ‘</p>’,
    ‘next_or_number’ => ‘number’,
    ‘nextpagelink’ => __(‘Next page’,’grisaille’),
    ‘previouspagelink’ => __(‘Previous page’,’grisaille’),
    ‘pagelink’ => ‘%’)); ?>
    <p class=”postMeta”><?php edit_post_link(__(‘Edit’, ‘grisaille’), ”); ?></p>

    if ( comments_open() || have_comments() ) {


    endwhile; else: ?>

    <p>Sorry, no pages matched your criteria.</p>



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