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Add Blog Functionality to the Site

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Now that we have reviewed the ways that pages and posts are organized in WordPress, it’s time to add the blog functionality to this Professional Services website. The first aspect of that is just understanding our site architecture. Remember that we've got these four main pages. One main page has three sub pages. Another main

Organizing Content in WordPress

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Now that you understand WordPress as a content management system and the kinds of pages and organization it generates, it’s time to do our own organization. We are going to talk about how we are going to organize our content for a Professional Services website in WordPress and Thesis. WordPress has inherent organization. As we

WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS)

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Welcome to Lesson 9, Add Blog Functionality to the Site, in our course how to build a Professional Website in WordPress and Thesis 2.2. Today we are going to add the blog functionality to our website. It's not going to strictly speaking be a blog but I am going to show you how a small

Lesson 12 – Part 2 – Organizing Content in WordPress

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The next thing we're going to talk about is organizing content in WordPress. Right now, we have a sense of the terminology of the WordPress Content Management System. Now, we're going to talk about organizing content in WordPress. To start that off, we're going to talk about the inherent organization in WordPress because if you

Lesson 12 – Part 1 – WordPress and Genesis as a Content Management System (CMS)

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Good evening everybody and welcome to this Thursday evening edition of How to Build a Professional Website Using the Genesis theme and WordPress. This is Lesson 12 and tonight, we will be talking about how to add blog functionality to a Genesis theme site. We're going to start off this conversation with terminology that may

Lesson 7 – Part 4 – Using WordPress Tools to Organize the Site

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WordPress gives us a set of tools to organize your Genesis theme website and I'm going to describe those sets of tools in two ways. Simplified View of the Tools First is the Training Wheel View of these tools. Please understand that this is a simplified explanation of the concepts but for the purposes of

Lesson 12 – Part 2 – Organizing Content in WordPress

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Inherent Organization in WordPress The first part of organizing content in WordPress is the inherent organization that exists in WordPress. By inherent organization what I mean is, organization that exists without you doing anything. WordPress has some organization that is automatic and that is inherent. It also has some organization that requires you to take

Lesson 12 – Part 4 – Add Blog Functionality to the Site

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Site Structure Before Adding Blog FunctionalityThe next thing we're going to do then is to add blog functionality to this business/professional services Thesis Theme site. In order for us to do that, we need to come back and review our site architecture that we talked about in Lesson 7 of the series. So far right

Lesson 12 – Part 5 – Set the Display Style for Posts and Archive Pages

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The next we're going to do is set the display style for Posts and Archive Pages. In terms of the typical display style at the moment, here is what our posts page looks like. This is what a single post looks like and an archive page. We're going to copy this, that'll be the easier

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

How to Create Custom Templates for Posts – Part 7 Create the “Minimalist” Post Template

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This is Part 7 of the series, How to Create Custom Templates for Posts. We show the codes we need to have in order to remove the sidebars, nav menu, comments and footer leaving nothing but the post content. Pardon me, custom templates for posts. So I think we did, yeah 6 pieces to this

How to Create Custom Templates For Posts – Part 2 – Remove Sidebars from Posts

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This is the second in a short series on creating custom template styles for posts. We will be using Thesis hooks and filters to create these “post templates”. In this second part we write the function that removes the sidebars from the appropriate posts using the thesis_show_sidebars filter. Step 2 is now to create a

How to Create Custom Templates For Posts – Part 6 – Write the CSS

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This is the sixth and final lesson in a short series on creating custom template styles for posts. We will be using Thesis hooks and filters to create these “post templates”. In this part we create the CSS rules to make our templates layout the way we expect them to. Okay so that brings us

How to Create Custom Templates For Posts – Part 5 – Create Minimalist Template

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This is the fifth in a short series on creating custom template styles for posts. We will be using Thesis hooks and filters to create these “post templates”. In this part we write the function that removes the header, navigation menu and the footer from the template. We use the thesis_show_footer filter to remove the

How to Create Custom Templates For Posts – Part 4 – Add Custom Sidebars

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This is the fourth in a short series on creating custom template styles for posts. We will be using Thesis hooks and filters to create these “post templates”. In this part we write the functions that creates the custom sidebars and then adds them to the appropriate post template. So then the next thing to

How to Create Custom Templates For Posts – Part 3 – Add Custom Body Class

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This is the third in a short series on creating custom template styles for posts. We will be using Thesis hooks and filters to create these “post templates”. In this part we write the function that adds a custom body class to each custom template using the thesis_body_classes filter. So that takes us on to

Lesson 1 – Part 3 – WordPress Site Structure

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Before we take questions and before we close, I want to talk briefly about the site structure. Now as you probably already know, WordPress has four native structural elements. It has pages, posts, categories, and tags. Create a Membership Website – Pages A page is a piece of static content. So on my site, for