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Several issues with setting up as CMS (17 posts)

  1. AnnaA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I am using WordPress to build my website (CMS) hosted on another server. I thought it would be a quick drag and drop job...alas....

    as I'm not a web designer, I have several (about 16) issues with getting things right and in the way I want it.

    Would anyone out there be willing to help me please? If so, I will post those issues here.

    thanks
    Anna

  2. Zulfikar Nore
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    The first step in getting the help you need is post what the issues are!

    And yes, there's plenty of us here that are willing to help :)

  3. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I have video tutorial for beginners on my website that walk you step by step and teach you how to use admin panel and after watching videos you still have questions we are here to help you.

  4. AnnaA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi :-) many thanks guys.....as I'm really pressed for time, I'd be very grateful for your advice....I need to launch my new website ASAP as the old one is down - and that's for my business! I am using the Aurelia theme.
    there are quite a few questions, some are possibly very simple (but I'm a newbe :-). I'm able to make changes in html if I know exactly what to do. Ok, here it goes:

    1. CMS: Make the home page a static page. I have done that through the settings, however the process has created 2 Home pages now. I can see only one Home page in WordPress, but the actual site has 2. How can I fix that?

    2. FOOTER:
    • Remove the automatically created footer note: “Inspired-Connections running WordPress using Aurelia.” (Inspired-Connections is my website name).
    • INSERT in the footer the copyright note and other relevant info.

    3. PAGES: (priority: High - especially the last point)
    • Remove repetitive headings from the pages. (the titles are listed in the top bar, but each heading also shows at the top of each page. I want to remove some of them).
    • Use different colours for my own headings and subheadings (text) on pages
    • Increase the font size of my text subheadings
    • The Edit mode of my pages has only few editing icons (options). I saw a screenshot of someone’s edit mode – there are 2 rows of editing functions which I don’t have. (eg paragraph, font size and colour etc). How can I get that?
    • Insert a double/triple space in text, or remove one! I don’t seem to have any control of the spacing between the text lines. I need to have some portions of the text clearly separated from each other on the page.

    4. SIDEBAR:
    • Delete “Categories” from the sidebar. In WordPress Widgets page, “sidebar” shows only Cloud Tag
    • Show my Pages titles in the sidebar (same as in the top bar)
    • Add the Tag Cloud to the sidebar (it shows in WordPress but not on my site)
    • Populate the Cloud Tag with my own tags (as this is a CMS, there won’t be any posts. My Blog page will have only my own blogs).
    • Can I have different sidebars on different pages? I’d like to have a calendar of events (a widget?) on the Events page

    5. CONTACT FORM:
    • Insert a permanent Contact Form on the Home page which will: (1) email all contact details to me, and (2) once filled in, it will open up for the visitor a hidden page with downloadable information – article, video, ebook etc. I have downloaded Contact Form 7 to my computer, but how do I insert into my Home page and make it do these two things?

    6. EMAILS: Hyperlink my email addresses on the Contact page to the actual email that will open the visitor’s email client when clicked

    7. STATS & SEO
    • Insert Google Analytics html for the whole site/pages
    • Insert metadata for SEO (or is the Cloud Tag serving this function?)

    8. TITLE: Insert my logo (image) in the title.

    Many thanks in advance for your great support!

    Anna :-)

  5. AnnaA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    re the above

    it's really all high priority. The Contact Form, one static page and the Sidebar are the most critical.

    Anna :-)

  6. AnnaA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    the most puzzling is why do I have TWO (2) Home pages - exactly the same - showing on my site, while in Pages view in WP there is only one???

  7. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    lets take one problem at time Home is coming from a code that most themes have in header.php

  8. AnnaA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    yes, I know that - but how can I change it? I can't see the template code anywhere, let alone an option to change it.

    I'd be most grateful if someone in this forum could send me the answers / solutions to all my questions please (if you know them). If you don't wish to post them here, please email me at cdmeme77@yahoo.com.au

    thanks!
    Anna

  9. AnnaA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Zulifkar - are you able to help??

  10. Tom Leger
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Anna,

    For the contact form, try the plugin Contact Form 7 (free), or Gravity Forms (costs money).

    Good luck!
    Tom

  11. AnnaA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Tom

    thanks - but as you can tell from my original post, I have already downloaded Contact Form 7 to my computer, but need to find out how do I insert into my Home page and make it do what I want it to do? Grateful if you could extend your advice to these points

    thanks
    Anna

  12. AnnaA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    ok, I have managed to figure out most of these issues myself following a crash course in basic html :-)

    The outstanding ones still are: (questions: where? how?)

    1. delete the second (double) HOME page
    2. delete the heading "Home" on the home page
    3. insert a Cloud Tag into the sidebar and populate it with my own TAGS
    4. Insert a contact form into the sidebar on the Home page, and make it (a) email to me all contact details (b) once submitted, open a hidden page for the visitor.
    5. Insert my logo (image) into the heading

    can ANYONE help me with these 5 issues please?

    thanks
    Anna

  13. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    thanks - but as you can tell from my original post, I have already downloaded Contact Form 7 to my computer, but need to find out how do I insert into my Home page and make it do what I want it to do? Grateful if you could extend your advice to these points

    When you create a form in Contact Form 7 there is shortcode on top between [ ] use that code where ever you wnat the form to be on the page.

  14. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    You need to remember that changes you make to a theme will be lost if you update specially if you using twenty ten theme as this will be overwritten every time you update

    1. delete the second (double) HOME page

    can you paste you header.php code in http://wordpess.pastebin.com so that we can the code and guide you.

    2. delete the heading "Home" on the home page

    in page.php template look for this code

    <?php if ( is_front_page() ) { ?>
          <h2 class="entry-title"><?php the_title(); ?></h2>
    <?php } else { ?>
          <h1 class="entry-title"><?php the_title(); ?></h1>
    <?php } ?>

    change that to

    <?php if ( is_front_page() ) { ?>
          <h2 class="entry-title" style="display:none;"><?php the_title(); ?></h2>
    <?php } else { ?>
          <h1 class="entry-title" style="display:none;"><?php the_title(); ?></h1>
    <?php } ?>

    the only change made to code add style="display:none;" in both.

    3. insert a Cloud Tag into the sidebar and populate it with my own TAGS

    drag the Cloud Tag widget in side bar

  15. AnnaA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks govpatel

    not everything is clear....
    re the contact form - what was missing was the advice that I need to upload the contact form through and to WordPress Plugin Directory. Remember - I am a newbie and was not aware of this step :-) - I need literally step by step instructions ! :-)) I now have figured it out. The next step is exactly WHERE in the sidebar (top? middle? ) shall I paste the contact form code?

    Similarly - you ask me to paste my header code into another website. What is this website? I don't want to paste my codes for the whole world to see. Secondly, do you mean the WHOLE code from the template?

    Re the code change to delete second Home page - there is no such a code in my page template.

    re installing a tag cloud in the side bar - I have already dragged the widget into the sidebar. It shows on my pages as TAGS. My question is: how to disconnect it from it's normal function of being populated by posts (as there won't be any on my website); instead, how to populate it with my OWN tags - to create a visible cloud of tags?

    this is getting complicated....I may need to get someone fix it for me....:-(

    Anna

  16. AnnaA
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    that's my Page template code - where shall I paste that change?

    <?php
    /**
    * @package WordPress
    * @subpackage Default_Theme
    */

    get_header(); ?>

    <div id="content" class="narrowcolumn" role="main">

    <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    <div class="post" id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">
    <h2><?php the_title(); ?></h2>
    <div class="entry">
    <?php the_content('<p class="serif">Read the rest of this page »</p>'); ?>

    <?php wp_link_pages(array('before' => '<p>Pages: ', 'after' => '</p>', 'next_or_number' => 'number')); ?>

    </div>
    </div>
    <?php endwhile; endif; ?>
    <?php edit_post_link('Edit this entry.', '<p>', '</p>'); ?>
    </div>

    <?php get_sidebar(); ?>

    <?php get_footer(); ?>

    thanks
    Anna

  17. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Similarly - you ask me to paste my header code into another website. What is this website? I don't want to paste my codes for the whole world to see. Secondly, do you mean the WHOLE code from the template?

    Pasting file code no secret as all it is a code and there is no personal data it just theme header file in php code.

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