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Thesis 2.0 – The Difference Between the Home Template and the Front Page Template

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In this session we discuss the difference between the home template and the front page template. The Front Page Template only applies to a static front page and the Home Page Template always applies only to the Posts page.

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But if both the home and front pages are customizable, why do they both exist? Now that is a WordPress issue, right? Well in fact, we can probably just see it by looking in the WordPress site here. If you go over to Settings and Reading, you can see this thing right here that says front page displays your latest post or a static page. And if it’s a static page, you pick the page as your front page and then you pick a page that’ll be your posts page. And this is a peculiarity of WordPress.

So if you are using a static front page then when you customize that front page, it’s not going to be applied anywhere because the front page template only applies to a static front page. And the home page template always applies only to the posts page. So your front page is either a static front page or a post page and if it’s a post page… in any case, the home page styles the post page and the front page template styles a static front page.

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  • Erik Cooper February 8, 2013, 11:58 am

    In thesis 2.0, how do you make an additional landing page type template to give different boxes to? I need that option for some of my site’s pages. Could you point me in the right direction?

    • Rick Anderson February 8, 2013, 1:20 pm

      You would create a custom template for that. Go to the templates menu and select ADD New next to custom template. Then copy one of your other templates to it.

  • Florent August 17, 2014, 8:46 am

    Hello (i’m french)

    I made a mistake on my website using thesis 2.1. I removed and delete home page boxes (home post page thumbnails and so on). How can i have it again ? They doesn’t appear in Select a box to add. My home page is a static page and i must have this boxes.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Rick Anderson August 22, 2014, 8:25 am

      Florent – the best thing to do is to restore the template defaults. You do that from Skin Design >> Manager >> Restore Defaults – and check only the templates.

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