[wdvltalk-social] Question on Wordpress

joseph smilepoet at vfemail.net
Tue Sep 25 17:54:05 BST 2012


Thanks very much for the response. My reasoning is this:

Normal posts appear as
Categories and tags etc

What I want is

Tailpiece with link material
Categories and tags etc

Each strap will be set words that will appear across a number of posts; 
one has 40 ready and will add more. I anticipate at least a half dozen 
other groups with similar numbers of straps and tailpieces [all 
appearing over a longish period]. I plan they should be in small 
capitals and grey. Of course I know these are dynamic files, but my 
problem is not seeing how I can make that happen.

I'm thinking there is some template html text to call up. But I am 
half-remembering that that would appear in or be called up by the 
template php file. I am just not certain how to get to where I want to 
be from where I am.

I do follow the basic of that starting position - set up a template 
file, and thank you for confirming that I'd learnt that. The step that I 
can't take is how to add to the file to get that top and tail. So far 
what I have read doesn't even touch on straps on displayed content; and 
how to pick up the repeat in each template. I am probably being even 
more dense that usual.

Thinking html it would be something like this for order:

<h4 "colour=grey">this is the repeat strap</h4>
<normal blog-title> freedom is hard won</blog-title>
Lots of normal guff
<a>repeat link to book and content with thumbnail</a>
<normal category and tags>

And it is the "modify the template page as needed" that I draw a blank 
on.  Would I modify this: <?php boozurk_featured_title( array( 
'featured' => true ) ); ?> ? I looks unlikely; if not, is there a way of 
putting that strap before the title?


> 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:
> <?php
> /*
> 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
> Page).
> 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.
> Chris
> -----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.
> Joseph

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