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  • Resolved newbie63

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    I have a static front page, with link to the blog page, updated every day or two. Sidebar contains a list of 10 most recent postings. I would like to know if there is a way to have the latest blog posting appear (in whole or in part) on the home page, so that a visitor sees it right away, but will automatically be replaced when the next posting is uploaded. I love the fact that I can set up two weeks worth of blog postings and they are automatically posted for me, but I’d like to be able to highlight them on the home page, if that is at all possible.

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  • Moderator Steven Stern (sterndata)

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    Sure, it’s possible. You’d need to add some PHP to the home page’s template that would get the most recent post and then output the title, permalink, and excerpt.

    What theme are you using?

    Update: This plugin will let you drop in a post via a shortcode. https://wordpress.org/plugins/recent-posts-shortcode-widget/

    I’m using Happenstance.

    So, as I understand it, if I go to Plugins and download “recent posts shortcode widget” it will enable me to set a spot on the home page that will grab and show whichever post(s) I set up? Easily enough for a real techno-dummy to follow?

    Thanks, I’ll try it.

    I take it that I have to add all that code in a text box on the home page. I don’t want it in a sidebar as I already have the most recent 5 or 10 posted by name in the sidebar. I do think I can figure that all out. (Not sure how this works as a plug in—just click on ‘get details’ and follow the slideshow at top?)

    But since I want it to take post for today’s date, or closest to today’s date, how does that get coded?

    Thanks.

    Moderator Steven Stern (sterndata)

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    Support Team Volunteer

    Please ask in the support forum for that plugin, newbie63.

    see “how to use” at https://wordpress.org/plugins/recent-posts-shortcode-widget/

    I did and got no answer at all. Any suggestions? All I need is whatever magic code will tell WordPress to grab “most recent post”.

    Thanks

    Moderator Steven Stern (sterndata)

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    I really like you guys but you seem to forget that the reason I’m using WordPress is because I can use it without understanding squat about ‘code’. So, I don’t have a clue where to find the “template” for my homepage. So I sure don’t want to “code it myself”! I can’t even figure out how to open or acces or whatever the plugin you suggested, which I did download and which is in my list of plugins but does not show up on the widget page. Since I don’t want to use it in the side bar, maybe that is just as well.

    You directed me to WordPress codex to code it myself and that’s WAY over my head! Although if I could find the plugin again and knew where to put it, I think I understand that I can limit it to 1 post and that’d get the most recent one.

    Please be a little more specific, maybe?
    Thanks.

    So very sorry. After shooting off my mouth, I went back and found the actual page from which I downloaded Recent Posts Shortcode and printed it out and looked it over. Then, going to my home page (yes, I finally realized you were just talking about the editable page in WordPress) and entered pertinent code. Looks goofy there but when I previewed the page, lo and behold there was a nifty box with the post! Unfortunately, it is in a long column down the side of the page.

    So, to those who stumble on this question, it really does work and looks kind of neat.

    But I need to know if there is any way to make that box be the width of my page, so it reads more like a paragraph, and not a sidebar? (My limited knowledge tells me that somewhere in the innards of my site’s data is this little plugin and all its code, but I’d need a lot more guidance to find it in order to change the parameters of the box size.)

    My apologies again for spouting off. And your further assistance would be appreciated.

    Moderator Steven Stern (sterndata)

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    Please provide a link to a page on your site where we can see this. Thanks.

    journeysintolight.org

    I initially wanted it to be a ‘paragraph’ just after the Welcome statement. However, I also experimented with putting it into the right sidebar and that actually looked pretty good. And accomplished what I wanted…to let folks read one post without having to hunt further. However, I never have images attached to anything and the little image place holder looks dorky. So I would need to figure out how to make the image_size be invisible (or zero?), which probably requires more instruction on where to locate the plugin in the actual coded guts of the website…not something I think I’d be successful at.

    Thanks for not giving up on me.

    Moderator Steven Stern (sterndata)

    (@sterndata)

    Support Team Volunteer

    Rather than hacking a plugin, use CSS to find the images and hide them. Unfortunately, the images on your page do not have enough unique markup to target them with CSS.

    You should contact the plugin devs.

    newbie63

    (@newbie63)

    They don’t reply. Oh, well….it was a good idea. Thanks for your patient and consistent help.

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