[wdvltalk-social] Question on Wordpress

Christina Lannen chris at lannendesigns.com
Tue Sep 25 15:20:55 BST 2012

Why do you think you need to turn it into a template?  WordPress
automatically knows which file to use (index.php, page.php or single.php).
Your theme doesn't have a category.php, archive.php or archives.php, and
themes do not need them.

If you really need to create a custom Page template do a Save As and give it
a name, e.g., custom-page.php (use either the index.php or page.php) and
then add the following to the very top:

Template Name: Whatever you want to name it here,  e.g., Custom Page

Modify the template file as needed.  Then upload it and then select the
template from the dropdown in the WP Page admin (where you're writing a new

If you need a category specific template, you can use index.php file and if
the category number was 6 then you save it as category-6.php.  WP will
automatically pick it up.


-----Original Message-----
From: wdvltalk-social-bounces at wdvltalk-social.org.uk
[mailto:wdvltalk-social-bounces at wdvltalk-social.org.uk] On Behalf Of joseph
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 7:06 AM
To: Web development and beer
Subject: [wdvltalk-social] Question on Wordpress

I'm not sure if anyone feels like answering questions from me, but I am
seriously in need of a nudge.

I've been away from activity, though still in touch, for a few years. 
Among the better reasons is that what was supposed to be a fairly short poem
of about 40 lines turned into a major project, and I now have a long book
that in its early, post-poem, days was going to be short. So I am now
setting up my website, as simply as possible using Worpress and Boozurk
theme [That theme because I want the book cover pic on the top left].

I will be puting this volume up initially. Later I will be adding both those
existing works, and those on the long to-do list I have. The articles, blogs
in this context - which relate to each area, need an immediate visual
distinction; My plan is to put a strap above the normal article heading, as
well as using categories, of course.

All the advice I have seen on templates leaves me pretty mystified, perhaps
because I don't recall enough php yet. I think the relevant part of page.php
is this:

<div id="posts_content">
<?php if ( have_posts() ) {
         while ( have_posts() ) {
             the_post(); ?>
<?php boozurk_hook_before_post(); ?>
<div <?php post_class() ?> id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>"> <?php
boozurk_extrainfo(); ?> <?php boozurk_hook_before_post_title(); ?> <?php
boozurk_featured_title( array( 'featured' => true ) ); ?> <?php
boozurk_hook_after_post_title(); ?> <?php
boozurk_hook_before_post_content(); ?> <div class="storycontent"> <?php
the_content(); ?> </div>

I can't work out what to do to turn this into a template, and how or where
to place the page [and post which I believe will be similar] that will be
called to put that strap above the heading. And how to make sure it will be
called when that template is selected. In part I am not sure where the page
layout is kept; though I take it one simply adds the strap which
distinguishes that group of pages [and separately posts] above the title
code on that.

Many thanks for any advice.

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