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Lesson 12 – Add Blog Functionality to the Thesis 2 Site

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In lesson 12 of our Build a Responsive Professional Website using Thesis Theme 2, we show how to add a blog and blog functionality to your site. Before we begin though we discuss using WordPress as a content management system (CMS). Here we talk about terminology, the content types that can be created using WordPress, taxonomies and the types of web pages that WordPress generates.

We have a conversation about ways you use the content types, i.e. pages and posts, to organize the content for your website. Then we discuss how to use the Thesis 2 Post Box and various display configurations that you can use on your site. Finally, we get to adding blog functionality to the site and we wrap the lesson up by reviewing blog related widgets and how to use the Display Widgets  plugin.

WordPress as a content management system (CMS)

  • What is a content management system?
  • Terminology
    • WordPress is bad at precise terminology
    • Web Page
    • Content Type
    • Taxonomy
  • WordPress Content Types
    • Page
    • Post
    • Attachment
    • Custom
  • WordPress Taxonomies
    • Categories
    • Post Tags
    • Author
    • Date
    • Custom
  • The Types of Web Pages WordPress generates
    • Page page
    • Post page
    • Home page (Posts page)
    • Front page
    • Search page
    • 404 page
    • Attachment page
    • Archive page
    • Date archive
    • Author archive
    • Category archive
    • Tag archive
    • Custom Taxonomy archive (taxonomy archive)

Organizing Content in WordPress

  • Inherent Organization
    • Pages –
      • hierarchical
      • No typical WordPress taxonomies apply
    • Posts – sequential
      • sequence – one after the other in order of creation
      • no hierarchy
      • All typical WordPress taxonomies apply
  • Taxonomy Organization
    • Date –  sequential by published date
    • Author – alphabetical, neither sequential nor hierarchical
    • Categories – hierarchical
    • Post tags – alphabetical, neither hierarchical nor sequential
    • Custom taxonomies – either hierarchical or not, not sequential


Understanding the Thesis 2 Post Box

  • Thesis 2 tools for Configuring the Display of Content
    • Main content vs “aside” content
    • Main content configured with the Thesis 2 Post Box
    • Post Box must be inside WP Loop
  • Post Box contents
    • Active area
    • Tray
    • Dependent boxes
  • Moving boxes in the Post Box
    • Moving boxes from the tray to the active area
    • Moving boxes from the active area to the tray
    • Moving boxes around the active area
  • Dependent Boxes
    • Headline
    • Author
    • Edit Link
    • Content
    • Date
    • Author Avatar
    • Author Description
    • Excerpt
    • Number of Comments
    • Categories
    • Tags
    • Thesis Post Image
    • Thesis Thumbnail
    • WP Featured Image
  • Content vs Excerpt
    • Content is:
      • On pages and single posts – the full content
      • On Home and archive – the full content down to the “more” tag
    • Excerpt is:
      • Manual excerpt – strips out all html
      • Automatic excerpt

Thesis Classic Display Configurations

  • Page
    • Single Post Box
    • Contains a custom wrapper – Headline Area
      • Headline
      • Edit Link
    • Content
  • Single
    • Single Post Box – configured differently
    • Contains a custom wrapper – Headline Area
      • Headline
      • Byline – custom wrapper
        • Author
        • Date
        • Edit Link
    • Content
  • Home
    • Home Post Box
    • Contains 2 custom wrappers
      • Headline Area
        • Headline
        • Byline – custom wrapper
          • Author
          • Date
          • Edit
      • Content
      • Num Comments Wrapper
        • Number of comments
  • Archive
    • Home Post Box – configured differently
    • All contents in custom wrapper
      • Headline Area
        • Headline
        • Byline – custom wrapper
          • Author
          • Date
          • Edit

Agility Display Configurations

  • Special Agility Tools
    • Agility Featured Image
    • Agility Read More Link
  • Typical Page – Page Post Box
    • Headline
    • Large Image – Agility Featured Image
    • Content
  • Agility Featured Image Box
    • Review – 4 types of images in Thesis 2
      • Attachment
      • WordPress Featured Image
      • Thesis Post Image
      • Thesis Thumbnail
    • Agility Options
  • Typical Post – Single Post Box
    • Post Heading – custom wrapper
      • Headline
      • Author
      • Date
      • Categories
    • Large Image
    • Content
  • Home/Archive – Home Post Box
    • Post Heading – custom wrapper
      • Headline
      • Author
      • Date
      • Categories
    • Thumbnail Image
    • Excerpt
    • Post Footer – custom wrapper
      • Read More Link
      • Number of Comments
  • Agility Read More Link
    • Options

Add Blog Functionality to the Site

  • Review our Site Architecture
  • Create our Category Structure
  • Create our Posts
    • Add title
    • Add text
    • Add Post image
    • Categorize
  • Set up Pretty permalinks


Using Blog Related Widgets

  • Thesis Killer Recent Entries
  • Categories
  • Install Widgets Reloaded
  • Configure Advanced Categories Widget


Control Which Widgets Display on Which Pages

  • Install Display Widgets
  • The Trigger – Show All vs Hide All
  • Set some widgets to display only on specific pages

Question and Answer 1

Question and Answer 2

Question and Answer 3

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