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Old Apr 26, 2009, 08:50 PM
scrubbs
 
22 posts · Apr 2009
To start... my site is http://www.inspirationalparenting.com. I am fairly new to blogging and wordpress. I have read posts with similar requests to this one but not quite the same. What I want to do is this.

Have a homepage that is static. I would then like to plug in "featured posts" so I can present the best posts (from my opinion). These will likely change weekly and I assume it will be a manual process.

From there, I would then want people to be able to move on to the rest of the blog through categories and page links.

Is there a way to do this?
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Old Apr 27, 2009, 06:58 PM
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Flynn
 
3,765 posts · Oct 2008
Munich, Germany
Choose a static page as front page at Site Admin -> Settings -> Reading -> Front page displays...

Create a category "Featured" and give featured posts this as a second category

Install the plugin Page2Cat to display posts from the Featured category on the static page that you chose as front page

There might be better ways to do this
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Old May 10, 2009, 08:48 PM
scrubbs
 
22 posts · Apr 2009
Thanks again for all your help! I think I am almost where I need to be with this. Page2cat has worked great in that users can click on a category and be directed to a static page for those posts. This allows me to add static content at the top of each category page.

My problem is only with the homepage. Page2cat works as described above when the user clicks the category link but not when clicking the page link which is why I am hiding the pages, thus forcing users to click the categories. With the homepage, I cannot see a way to display the category page.. only a static page. Thus, even if I associate that page with my category (featured), the posts still do not display as the users are accessing the static page rather than the category page.

How can I set the category page link as my frontpage?

For now, you can see that I have used the [catlist=xxx] to include featured posts but I do not like how it is formatted and cannot see any way to mess with that. I would go directly to the page2cat developer but they are gone apparently.

Is there some way I could hard-code it to go directly to a category/page link for the homepage?
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Old May 11, 2009, 07:27 PM
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Flynn
 
3,765 posts · Oct 2008
Munich, Germany
Look into the source code of the browser-rendered page or use Firebug to figure out the ID or classes of the DIV or whatever containers being used. Then apply styling to them by adding CSS Inserts
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Old May 11, 2009, 08:47 PM
scrubbs
 
22 posts · Apr 2009
So there is no way to have my frontpage default to http://inspirationalparenting.com/category/featured/? I would think there is some code insert you could give me to link directly to the category link rather than directly to the page. I just have no idea how to do what you described... especially with the CSS Inserts part.

If this is not possible... then perhaps this would be an easy answer. On the homepage I have now, I have two references[tdomf_formxx] (for the input form) and [catlist=xxx] (for the featured posts reference). No matter which one I put first... the first one displays normally and the second one is indented (see how the featured posts are indented). This is fine for them but if we cannot figure out how to make the link above my homepage, I would like the [catlist=xxx] to be above the form entry. If I do this, the form is all messed up because of the indent.

Is there a way to have the second reference not indent?

Lastly, I want to add how impressed with how quickly you respond to my posts! It is a testament to the kind of dedicated person you are! I truly appreciate every minute you spend helping me!

Last edited by scrubbs; May 12, 2009 at 12:56 AM.
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Old May 22, 2009, 10:09 AM
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Rashell
 
67 posts · May 2009
You could try looking through the wordpress plugins for homepage or redirects to see if there's a compatible plug in available.

Rashell
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Old May 30, 2009, 09:58 AM
reallylost
 
16 posts · May 2009
Hi

Am really a beginner at this, how can I insert a link to an external homepage in my homepage footer?

I'm using photos shot by a photographer and would like to add the link to his website next to the copyright.

thanks
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Old May 30, 2009, 10:00 AM
reallylost
 
16 posts · May 2009
Sorry, I forgot the second question: how can I add a link to an image in my post/page?

Ideally, I would like to open a new window directed to a website by clicking on the image in the post.

Hope this is clear...

Thanks
  #9  
Old May 31, 2009, 06:20 PM
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Flynn
 
3,765 posts · Oct 2008
Munich, Germany
Quote:
Originally Posted by reallylost
Hi

Am really a beginner at this, how can I insert a link to an external homepage in my homepage footer?

I'm using photos shot by a photographer and would like to add the link to his website next to the copyright.

thanks
Simply use HTML:

HTML Code:
<a href="http://www.otherdomain.com/">Other Domain</a>
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Old May 31, 2009, 06:22 PM
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Flynn
 
3,765 posts · Oct 2008
Munich, Germany
Quote:
Originally Posted by reallylost
Sorry, I forgot the second question: how can I add a link to an image in my post/page?

Ideally, I would like to open a new window directed to a website by clicking on the image in the post.

Hope this is clear...

Thanks
Also with HTML, use the "HTML" tab in the Wordpress post/page editor:

HTML Code:
<a href="http://www.otherdomain.com/"><img src="/path/to/image.gif" alt="Other Domain" /></a>

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