April 28, 2016 at 7:19 am #184597piscolarMember
I'm currently trying to allow a landing page to show up as a "lead generating" front page on my magazine pro website (www.patstedman.com). The only problem is that if I do the regular things like go to Discussion-->Reading and set the landing page (or any other page, for that matter) as my front page, nothing changes. The standard magazine pro home page and all the widgets remain.
Under a suggestion from here (thanks Susan! http://www.studiopress.community/topic/landing-page-as-homepage/) I tried eliminating my front-page.php file. This worked and the landing page finally showed up first (although the headers and footers remained - another issue for later) HOWEVER, now all the lovely effects from my home page widgets have disappeared. I can get my blog posts to show up, but they are dull with the pictures smaller and no nice positioning.
How can I get the best of both worlds? How can I simply allow my landing page to show up first and then have people be able to click through to my site as it currently is now?
Thanks so much,
PS My coding is not so impressive but I'm a pro-active learner!http://www.patstedman.comApril 28, 2016 at 9:16 am #184607pxfortiParticipant
Looks like you figured it out? You can't really have a landing page (eg, nothing but the text) and widgets using the default metro template.
What, exactly, are you trying to do on home page? It looks fine to me. If you want more prominent lead generation, you could put a newsletter signup or something similar in home top widget area.
WordPress and Ecommerce Website DesignApril 28, 2016 at 10:19 am #184620piscolarMember
Thanks for the reply pxforti.
What I basically want is for my website to look like it does, BUT to have a landing page (full screen, click through, no widgets just ad-copy and email sign up) come before it.
It's common on a lot of websites but I am a bit worried that it's not possible on Magazine Pro without a massive amount of customization that I frankly don't know how to do. If you've got any insights as to how to make this happen in the php I'm all ears. Out of principal though I don't see why the site would be designed to force that home page to come before any other page. Seems very inflexible.
- PatApril 28, 2016 at 10:54 am #184625pxfortiParticipant
If you want a landing page for your home page, remove the home page widgets and the template will use the landing page (you don't have to rename the home page template). When you assign the home page widgets, then the template is programmed to use the home page template. That's pretty common.
Also, you can't have a landing page as a home page an also use the features of the template's home page. How could that work? A user comes to your site and the home page, whatever it is, displays.
With some php modifications, the home page template could be used on a sub page, but that would not be easy if you are not very familiar with genesis framework and php programing.
Maybe the magazine template is not for you. You can probably find a template that has a home page like you want.
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