February 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm #18018
Hello all! I've just purchase the Minimum child theme for my new Genesis framework. I'm new to the framework but already loving it. I've made my own child themes before, but not with a sturdy framework such as Genesis so I'm not sure how to go about a few things.
I've gone under Settings > Reading and set the front page to my home page and posts page to my blog page. However then all my home page widgets only show up on my blog page and not my home page. What I want to happen when someone comes to my homepage on my site they see the header image, the home page widgets and my home page content an then they can head to my blog to see my posts if they want. Currently my home page header image and widgets only show up on the blog page with latest posts.
I've asked for some help through the members only message system but I will not receive help because this is starting to customize my theme and they don't support that, however it's usually an easy fix with any other themes I've used in the past.
Seeming as I'm new to Genesis could I get some advice as to how I can manipulate this child theme to act the way I want it to on the home page? I've looked on some tutorials on Genesis child themes but no luck finding help with this particular task. Are there some good online tutorials that I can look up to work on understanding and customizing Genesis child themes?
Thanks!February 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm #18060
Amber, have you reviewed the "How To" for the Minimum theme yet? Here it is - http://my.studiopress.com/setup/minimum-theme/.
Also, remove the static home. Create a page that you want to show on your home page and then you can drag to a widget area on the home page.
Love coffee, chocolate and my Bella!February 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm #18068
Thanks for the reply Anitac. I have already reviewed this information for setting up the Mimimum theme however it does not discuss or point to any websites on how to customize the theme itself.
I'm not quite sure what you mean with your suggestion. How do you drag a widget area on the home page? Also, then this defeats the purpose of having a fully editable home page too doesn't it?February 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm #18074
Ohhh you are really new! You should read this - Genesis Guide for Absolute Beginners - http://www.studiopress.com/news/genesis-for-beginners.htm.
Love coffee, chocolate and my Bella!February 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm #18378
I've read the book and I know what you mean, however as the home page area is for the recent posts the closest I can get the content to come to the home page is the sidebar. Isn't there just a simple if else statement I can put in to the child statement that tells Genesis that if I choose a static home page to show the widgets on that static home page instead?February 6, 2013 at 7:09 am #18418
I am confused by what you want. What areas of the current Home.php file don't you like? If you want to modify or create a custom home page, use your FTP file manager and go to your theme folder. Make a copy of the current home.php file then re-name the current one to "home-old". Then you can use new file and cut out what parts of it you don't want and add in what you do want.
Love coffee, chocolate and my Bella!February 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm #18824
I've heard of that. I've done this but I think I'm missing one more step. I've been reading up on this a bit and I believe I'm looking for my own custom loop instead of the genesis loop. Instead of showing posts I want it to show a page. Would I be asking the right question if I asked how to create a custom loop to show a specific page as opposed to the posts?February 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm #19134chris01Member
I'm trying to do the same thing as Amber i.e.
The HOME page showing the top full witdh picture with the Social Media icons below it, then below this, have a page with text - not blog posts.
And, the BLOG page, showing blog posts.
In other words, when you look at the menu, when you click on the HOME page, it would show the image, SM and text below it. When you click on the BLOG page, it would show, blog posts.
Thanks -February 16, 2013 at 12:48 am #20646
I'm trying to do the same as chris01 - with the option of keeping the blog section underneath the social bubble things and having the social circles contain page title text and link to the pages instead of linking to social sites like facebook etc. I'm really stuck. Any help or suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance to anyone caring to respond.February 16, 2013 at 1:02 am #20649
An example of what I mean is at bobwp.com - hope that helps.February 16, 2013 at 5:55 am #20660chris01Member
I don't think you are going to find a solution to your question ECM123. It has now been over 2 weeks since I asked my question, and still no answer! And yes, I've searched this forum, search the web...and still cant' figure it out.
To be honest, at this point I'm ready to ditch the whole thing, and just go ahead and find a different theme all together!February 16, 2013 at 6:05 am #20661
Unfortunately, I have been ill all of this week and getting back online. I will see if someone else can help you.
Love coffee, chocolate and my Bella!February 16, 2013 at 6:21 am #20663
Sounds as though you are trying to customise your homepage and also have a blog page.
Default homepage for Minimum 2.0 theme just shows posts in order.
Are you looking to do what I've done... http://www.wmwebdesign.co.uk/
If you are I'll explain how I did it.February 16, 2013 at 6:28 am #20664David DeckerMember
@Amber @chris01 @ecm123
I am still not 100% sure of what you want to display on your homepages --- any screenshot, mockup/image or other sites with an URL would help. Otherwise, it's too difficult or impossible to create customized "home.php" files for you or give more advice.
To further explain what the home.php file does in Minimum 2.0 (and lots of other child themes for Genesis):
- it's some kind of virtual or dynamic if you want.
- it's not a page like all the other pages
- you cannot customize it on the fly, only within code or replace with another customized home.php file.
To get rid of the blog posts in grid style at the bottom of the Minimum 2.0 homepage there have to be registered another widget area. In this area you then could place the Genesis Featured Page widget -- to just display any page you want for home area... Or you combine it still with some posts using the Genesis Featured Posts widget.
Note, using a static front page via WP "Reading" settings replaces all pre-configured layouts/functionality.
I suggest to use a customized home.php -- if you want this example that I explained above I can post you the code for that.
In general, I can understand your frustration! However, this is a community forum and answers are just guaranteed - we do this all in our spare time... 🙂
February 16, 2013 at 6:39 am #20665
I would be interested in both solutions offered above but I don't know how to contact you? How should we proceed?
Thanks for your replies.February 16, 2013 at 8:12 am #20672
Amber / ecm123
Take a look at this post of mine and watch the video - see if this is what you are trying to achieve.February 16, 2013 at 8:59 am #20675SusanModeratorFebruary 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm #20697
Thank you so much for the replies! I really wasn't expecting some more help so this is much appreciated.
I believe we're getting closer to what I want to have done. On your home page, where your services are (under your subscribe button) is where I would like to just have some content from my home page. See the attached jpg link to see how I was hoping to have my home page laid out. I went to the link provided however I'm not really looking to spend any more money on Genesis until I can fully understand it. As with many things, there are always 100 ways to do one thing and I'm looking for a free change. I can do some back end coding, with the right tutorial I would like to do it myself.
As requested, a link to a jpg of what I would like it to look like is below. I was thinking this was a simple change but seeming as more and more individuals don't know what I mean, I guess it's quite a big change.
It seems as if your idea about the customizing the home.php page with this code you are talking about may be the solution to my problem. If at all you could post this code I would be very appreciative! Is there still options to be able to have more widgets after the home pay content at a later date as well?
Here is the screenshot of the home page and how I'd like it to look.
Thanks!February 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm #20699
My homepage was set up using the Genesis Extender plugin and setting up the wigdet areas just takes a couple of clicks.
The widget areas were then styled with custom CSS.
The Extender plugin is not a free plugin, but that's how I customise client homepages, it's quick and keeps costs down.
@David Decker is a Genesis dev and he would code a solution, which does take time for those not so experienced as David.
Hope you find your solution and look forward to visiting your site when it is complete.
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