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Lesson 12 – Add Blog Functionality to the Site

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In Lesson 12 of our Build a Professional Services Website using the Thesis theme and WordPress we show how to add a blog to your small business website.

We begin by talking about using WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS). We discuss what a CMS is and go through WordPress terminology for available content types and taxonomies. Then we discuss all the types of web pages WordPress generates. This is followed up with a review of how content is organized.

We then show how to add the blog function to the site and how to set up display styles for posts and archive pages. We finish the lesson with a discussion and demonstration of useful blog related widgets and then show how to have control over which widgets display on particular pages.

WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS) – Watch the Video

  • 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
    • Archive pages
    • Home page (Posts page)
    • Front page
    • Search page
    • 404 page
    • Attachment page

Organizing Content in WordPress – Watch the Video

  • 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

Displaying Content in WordPress – Watch the Video

  • WordPress Display styles

    • Full page
    • Full Posts
    • Excerpt
  • Thesis Display Styles

    • Feature Post
    • Teasers
    • Post Titles

Add Blog Functionality to the Site – Watch the Video

  • Review our Site Architecture

  • Create our Category Structure

  • Create our Posts

    • Add title
    • Add text
    • Add Post image
    • Categorize
  • Set up Pretty permalinks

Set the Display Style for Posts and Archive Pages – Watch the Video

  • View the defaults

    • Posts page
    • category archive page
  • Set the number of posts displayed on the posts and archive pages

  • Thesis Design Options

    • Home Page Display (Posts page)
    • Archives Display Options
    • Teasers
    • Featured Posts
    • Single Posts

Using Blog Related Widgets – Watch the Video

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

Control which Widgets Display on which Pages – Watch the Video

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

Question and Answer Session – Watch the Video

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