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What exactly does "2 Page Templates" mean? (12 posts)

  1. gbelcher1
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm looking at this as a theme option, but I'm worried about the fact that it says "2 page templates."


    That's it? Only two page templates?

    I've got free themes downloaded right now, and they have probably 15 or so templates, such as "Full Width," "Landing Page," "Content/Sidebar" and stuff like that...

    Would downloading and using the photostore theme mean I only have two options as to which type of pages I want to create? Would I have to go in and create new templates on my own? I would think a premium theme would have all sorts of different page layouts available...

    Thanks for your help.

  2. websitehelp
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The question is less what the theme provides and more what you need. The difference between a full-width template and a sidebar layout is a few minutes of creating a div or two and adding a widget area.

    If you like the theme overall, but specifically need a layout with an extra sidebar that's not provided, decide whether your desire to have that particular theme outweighs the time it will take to adjust the layout manually.

  3. gbelcher1
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the response - I need the majority of the content pages on my site to be full-width. Basically on each page I want a big picture (relevant and specific to that page) at the top with the text underneath.

    It's just confusing to hear "two page templates." on a premium theme that costs $80.

    Some of the free ones I have been messing around with seem to have 15-20.

    It seems like something you actually have to pay for would have a good amount of page templates to choose from when creating each page, rather than just two?

    The support documentation on the theme is confusing as hell:

    2.6 Custom Page Templates
    The theme comes with a number of in built custom page templates. These
    templates can be used on individual pages to alter the display or functionality.
    2.6.1 Archives Template
    The theme comes packed with a simple archives template. To create your
    archives, simply create a page using the “Archives” page template. The archive
    lists will automatically display below any page content. Lists include the last 30
    posts, archives by month and archives by subject.
    2.6.2 Full Width Template
    The Full Width template allows the creation of a page without a sidebar. The
    main content will span the full width of the site. To use the template, simply
    create a page using the “Full Width” page template.

    What the hell is that supposed to mean? It says "a number of inbuilt templates." Are they trying to say that "two" is "a number of?" Are the archive and full-width templates they talk about right there the ONLY two templates? This is frustrating.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm sorry but as you are using a commercial theme, you need to seek support from the theme's vendors.

  5. gbelcher1
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You're not allowed to discuss premium themes on these forums?

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    We do not support commercial themes as you paid for support when you bought the theme. It is not our place to keep theme vendors in business or deprive them of any income that they may derive from support services.

  7. gbelcher1
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I haven't actually purchased it, just trying to figure out whether to purchase it. I'll start a new topic with less specific wording if you don't like me talking about a particular theme.

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    When you start talking about templates from a commercial theme, there is nothing we can really add to the discussion. You need to raise these questions with the theme developers. - not us. We have no access to these themes.

    FWIW, many themes have only a single page template file that is applied to all static Pages - without any real problems. There's no need for any more unless you have specific requirements.

  9. gbelcher1
    Posted 2 years ago #

    So the themes that have only a single page template - what do you do if you want to make a page that is full-width, vs. a page that is two columns, or that has a sidebar, etc.

    Are you just out of luck?

  10. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You create your own custom page template.

  11. gbelcher1
    Posted 2 years ago #

    How hard is that to do for a beginner like me?

  12. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    It's not that hard in my opinion but then I'm not a beginner. See the page at the link I posted above.

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