June 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm #187265
Will it be possible in the Streamline Pro theme:
June 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm #187278Cathy @ WPBaristaMember
- Create a widget area in the content block of the home page above the stream of posts, full width of the content block?
- Merge the three widget areas below the menu into a single widget area?
- Merge 1-2 or 2-3 widget areas below the menu to create one wide one narrow widget area?
1 - you can use a sticky post (easiest) Or recode the home page... what is your level of coding experience?
2, 3 - no you can't do this without extensive editing to the functions and style sheets... are you looking for that code?
It sounds like you want more freedom with your homepage. A way around the widgets, is to create a page called "Home". Go to Settings -> Reading and select the Home page as your front page for the site.
Then go to your new "Home" page, select full width layout and now you have a full width screen to play with. You can add your own images and copy to that page in whatever columns you like. 1/3 + 2/3 etc. Remove the widgets from the Home page widget areas 1,2,3 and they should disappear for you. You'll have everything from the nav bar down to the footer to play with.
Hopefully that helps.
June 9, 2016 at 6:07 pm #187284
Cathy, thank you very much for quickly offering help. Actually the sticky post solution was the first thing I tried. However, if the content length is set in Theme Settings, it shows only the featured image (if there is one) and prescribed number of characters of text, nothing else. A workaround is to manually add "More" breaks which works but requires a lot of manual intervention in all the posts.
I did a fair amount of programing, complex products but in a different language (and when I had more hair!) I can follow instructions and am very careful. I am comfortable with FTP, CSS, etc. A separate home page is not a solution for this client, he actually likes the stream of posts on the home page. If we cannot solve it by merging the widget areas or adding a separate widget area, I will look into a plugin solution. Quite a while ago I used a plugin I believe was called "Widget Entry". I am not sure if it is still around.
I do appreciate your help, thank you.
CemalJune 9, 2016 at 7:50 pm #187299Cathy @ WPBaristaMember
If client wants a list of posts, I always use the front page (with widgets) and put the extended featured post widget - set to look like a regular blog. just link the next/prev links manually.
If you want to use the default blog archive as the home page, you can do that, just use the functions file to hook into before the content-sidebar area and add your widget area.
And remove the top widgets and replace with your own. Get your hands dirty in that php! Its like riding a bike. 🙂
June 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm #187384
Cathy, to close the loop and provide you and other possible readers with my solution I am writing this, here is the final setup:
I decided to install Meta Slider plugin along with its companion Meta Slider Lightbox. With a little CSS tweak I removed the margins from the Meta Slider and the result is a slide show that looks like the featured images of this theme yet displays a sequence of photographs. It also allows a class assignment to any slider, I created "full-width" class in Meta Slider advanced settings and added the following to the custom CSS:
margin: 0 -40px;
Thank you for your help, encouragement, and staying with me.
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