Newbie here. I have just installed WordPress and I’m very impressed. Found it very easy to install and set up for general blogging purposes.
However, I have goal in mind, and that is to use WP to power my entire site. This is something I achieved using Movable Type. Within MT, I utilized the different templates for the index, a category page and an individual entry page.
Selected categories were used as a global navigation bar which sat horizontally across the page (About, Contact, Services etc). When 1 category was clicked a page with the entries assigned to it was displayed. Furthermore, when one of the individual entries were clicked on a page was displayed that displayed only that entry. Along with this were (using a side bar as navigation)a link to posts within the same category (related links) were displayed. I was also able to use the tags within MT to create things like breadcrumb trail and stuff.
Now I installed WP with the thoughts that I could do something similar. I’m not a PHP whiz, but understand basics and feel I can learn quickly. I have however found it hard to get my head around where I would begin. So If anyone has done this before or know of any tutorials or instructions I would be very grateful.
I am aware that Wp if very different from MT in that it is dynamically driven rather than creating static pages (and correct me if I’m wrong here). I found only one template (index.php) and I’m finding it difficult to work out how I would add code to fulfill my goals.
To begin with I would appreciate guidance on know how I would:
– Display categories as global navigation
– On each category page, display sub categories related only to that parent category
– On individual entries pages display links that belong to that entries category (or ideally any related entry – using metadata?)
I am familiar with CSS, and the positioning of such sections of the page, I can achieve, I just don’t know how to generate these page dynamically from the choices the user would select.
Also, can a faceted classification be achieved with WP?
Hope I made sense here and would be grateful for replies!!
Many thanks in advance,
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