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  1. pbryd United Kingdom

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    I've built a site/blog using wordpress and I've been trying to get the hang of making it look like a website rather than a blog.

    It's a bit confusing knowing whether to create pages or posts and how they work together with categories and custom menus etc.

    Are there any WP people willing to take a look and let me know if there's anything I can do to improve user experience and navigation?

    The site is fertiledays.co.uk
     
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    Get rid of the 'recent posts' heading and change it to something else. I also remove the comments from my posts and pages by stripping the code for it from the theme files, so that you don't have the 'reply' box showing.

    Otherwise looks good.

    Admin
     
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    Cheers Admin

    I've altered the default-widgets.php file to change 'recent posts' to 'recent articles'

    And I've disabled comments in the admin panel.

    Thanks for your input.
     
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    get rid of

    Posted on February 25, 2012 by admin
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    Posted in Female fertility, Ovulation Kits | Leave a comment


    and i would have made the Categories into actual pages,
    ie. Female fertility = page
    Male Fertility Kits = page
    Ovulation Kits = page
     
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    If I made say 'male fertility kits' a page, would I then have to update the page when I post a new article about a male fertility kit?

    My reasoning is using categories shows up all articles in that category.
     
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    For instance I have a 'more articles' page on

    http://putonweight.org.uk/

    But when I create a new post, I have to manually update the page, this is something I want to try and avoid.
     
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    Managed to remove the dates, but I'm having difficulty finding how to remove the 'Posted in....' info from the category archives pages.
     
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    Well a page can have a parent, just make new articles for your "Male Fertility Kits" page have that set as the parent.

    Then to output all of the articles which have "Male Fertility Kits" set as the parent, you'd just need to add something like this to the page.php template:

    <?php wp_list_pages('title_li=&child_of=111'); ?>

    Where 111 is the page ID of the "Male Fertility Kits" page. You'd want to wrap that with an if statement also, so it only appears on the Male Fertility page and not the others.

    <?php if(is_page(111)) { wp_list_pages('title_li=&child_of=111'); } ?>

    You build this out into a more robust statement if desired (which worked regardless of what page was being shown). There's a useful function at http://www.wpmayor.com/wordpress-hacks/check-if-a-page-has-any-children-or-subpages/ which would help with this.
     
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    Cheers Peter, it's all getting a bit complicated which is the exact opposite as to why I wanted to use WP.

    The reason for the thread is I want to move all my sites over to WP, so I want to get used to the differences between pages and post and the menu system before I start.

    Half a dozen regular pages and then using posts to create article seems to be likely way ahead atm.

    Phil
     
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    I would definitely recommend using a framework such as thematic for ease of development, providing hooks and filters for issues that you are currently facing.

    Use thematic as your parent theme, then create child-themes to add, edit or remove elements that you do/don't want per website.
     
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    I think it's better if you purchase a theme than to try and customize every corner of your theme yourself (always the purchased themes are better than the free. you can get a lot of addons, updates,tools to easily customize the theme), there are many sites that only sell wordpress themes and they are very cheap, this purchased theme can help your site look better.
     
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