March 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm #97752
Okay...so maybe I'm missing something. But nowhere in the theme setup do I see how to get the custom 'category page' to display if I'm viewing a category on my blog. Can someone point me to the instructions.
thanks.April 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm #98014
By " custom ‘category page’ " do you mean a page like this? :
i.e. with the category text box at the top?
This is a sample category description, which can be used to boost SEO rankings. Make sure you have enabled this from the Edit Category screen in your dashboard.
In your WP dashboard, navigate to Posts > Categories.
Click on the name of the category you want to customize.
Find "Category Archive Settings" and fill in the text boxes for "Archive Headline" and "Archive Intro Text"
To actually achieve the promised SEO boost described in the text, I believe you're going to have to also detail the section "Theme SEO Settings" on the same page.
If you are looking for something else, please provide some additional details.
April 2, 2014 at 9:36 pm #98208
Thanks Tom. Yes, that example you linked to is the one I wanted. Studiopress support provided the link to this tutorial - http://my.studiopress.com/tutorials/category-blog-page/ - and I followed those steps. But the description at the top of the page is still not showing up. So I'll have to play around a little more and try to figure out what I'm doing wrong. I've created the description. I've created a new page that links to the category. The correct posts are showing up on the page. But the description doesn't appear. Here is the page I'm referring to on my site.April 2, 2014 at 10:45 pm #98220
Your natural page for the portfolio category would be :
http://techiemuse.com/category/portfolio/, so it seems you've created a template page called 'portfolio' at
http://techiemuse.com/portfolio/using the StudioPress tutorial.
They both load the same content (your portfolio category posts) but now the steps I provided will not affect your new template page, on the natural category page. (If you're not familiar with the WordPress template hierarchy, this is a good place to start: https://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy).
I'd suggest ignoring the tutorial and looking at my initial post, which answers your original question about the category description.
April 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm #98338
Thanks again Tom. In the end, I basically changed everything. "In for a penny. In for a pound," I guess applies here. I decided to go with a custom post type instead of trying to intermingle my portfolio posts with my blog posts and keep them separate.
It took a bit of finagling to get things to show I wanted to show up, and things to go away I wanted removed. But in the end, I've got it working. Now it needs some tweaking and some more portfolio items.
Because I'm using the CPT, I was able to use the description field and didn't have to use the archive fields. It works fine. But on the regular category archives page, you are correct, the only way I could get the description to appear was to use the archive fields. I have no idea why that Genesis tutorial was referred to by support because it does not work in any way. I guess I should let them know that if it works...it definitely doesn't work on all themes and perhaps they need to update the tutorial to include the information you provided. 🙂April 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm #98345
Your solution is simple and effective, including the categories menu in the right sidebar.
The 'custom field' tutorial offered by StudioPress support really only works in a narrow requirement, if:
- you must avoid the /category/ addition in the URL
- you don't want/need a category description
- you don't want to use a CPT
True: the Genesis category/tag archive method is a framework feature that should get more attention.
Good luck with your portfolio!
April 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm #101528
Thanks Tom for all your help. I notified customer support of your solution and they then admitted they must have misunderstood my original question....stating their answer was not the correct one. However, your's was. 🙂
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