December 31, 2013 at 5:47 pm #82403
I'm trying to learn how to create a custom home page.
I followed the directions in this tutorial, which creates a widgetized home page. However, I would like to display a static page at the top of my home page, followed by a widgeted area for featured posts beneath it.
I am combing over a lot of material to try and understand how the various hooks work. I'm not very familiar with php, but I'm trying to learn.
I am wondering if anybody here has a way of breaking this down for me or if you might have a link to a tutorial that would be helpful. I feel like I'm going over a lot of different things, but I'm not exactly pinpointing what I'm after.
Thanks in advance!
WordPress implementer and wannabe developer.December 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm #82406
You can do that with the code Stewart provided. In the Top Featured Area, you would place a Featured Page widget and then use the other areas for your posts. How many widget area do you want or need?
Love coffee, chocolate and my Bella!December 31, 2013 at 6:01 pm #82408
I obviously need to take a break for a little while. I completely skipped over the fact that the Featured Page widget allows you to display it's entire content and not just an excerpt.
Thank you for your help. I feel silly!
WordPress implementer and wannabe developer.December 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm #82410
Yep, take a break. That happens to me all the time! Happy New Year!
Love coffee, chocolate and my Bella!December 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm #82411
Happy New Year to you too!
WordPress implementer and wannabe developer.February 6, 2014 at 6:19 am #88926NateMember
Christine, I'm with you on the Wannabe part of this:-). Just...getting...started...
I just followed Stewart's tutorial (which is awesome) and... now what? I'm not sure how to display this at all. It's in the proper place in the child theme file, I've copied everything twice in all three files as is, and I've even got all the new widgets showing up in the widget section of the WP backend.
I thought it would be in Pages, or that I would pick this as the static page in Settings>>Reading.
What am I missing?
Thanks so much. I'll probably write Stewart too, but just wanted to say thanks as well for finding this.
Just getting started in this brave new Genesis world… Thanks in advance for all help:-).February 6, 2014 at 8:24 am #88934
Can you post a link to the site you're working on?
When you say you thought 'it' would be in Pages, what do you mean by 'it'?
Hope I can help.
WordPress implementer and wannabe developer.February 6, 2014 at 9:24 am #88942
Hi Nate, yes, please provide a link to your website. The front-page.php goes in your theme folder. The only way it will be activated is when you actually put the widgets into those widget areas. What Stuart created is not a "page template" that you would find in the templates of the Page setting. This is to provide you with a custom home page.
Love coffee, chocolate and my Bella!May 22, 2014 at 7:52 pm #106431NateMember
Haha, just now coming back to this. I don't know what I did a couple months ago, but I just tried it again and it worked like a charm.
SO happy right now. Hope y'all have been well:-).
Thanks (and thanks Stewart!)
Just getting started in this brave new Genesis world… Thanks in advance for all help:-).
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