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Creating static pages for the front and the blog

From: Create an Online Portfolio with WordPress

Video: Creating static pages for the front and the blog

Up until now, we've been focusing almost exclusively on custom post types and custom taxonomies in this course and you're probably wondering, when are we getting to the actual portfolio part of this course? That would be right now. Now that we have all the content we need and it's organized in an easily understandable way in custom post types and with custom taxonomies, we can start putting together a full portfolio page. After all the complicated work we've done, this will seem simple, but it's no less important.

Creating static pages for the front and the blog

Up until now, we've been focusing almost exclusively on custom post types and custom taxonomies in this course and you're probably wondering, when are we getting to the actual portfolio part of this course? That would be right now. Now that we have all the content we need and it's organized in an easily understandable way in custom post types and with custom taxonomies, we can start putting together a full portfolio page. After all the complicated work we've done, this will seem simple, but it's no less important.

Let's first look at how to switch the front page to a static page and place the blog page on a separate page. Logged into the backend of WordPress, I'm going to create a new page for my front page. So I'll go to Pages, add a new page, and just call it Welcome to Culinary Artistry. In this page I'm going to use some basic content from my exercise files. If you don't have access to all the exercise files, you can just put in pretty much whatever you want.

It doesn't really matter. So I'll go to the Assets and then under text, I'm going to open this file called chef_bio, so I get some text. Then I'll copy out the first two paragraphs. Back in WordPress, I'll use the Paste as Plain Text function to paste it in and then I'll take out two lines. I'll take it one step further, and go to the front of my site, and find the link to the About page where the full text is. I actually want to link the front page directly to this page.

To do that, I'm going to use one of the new functions that came with WordPress 3.1. If we go down to the bottom, I can create a new line where it says "Click here to read more" and then I will highlight all of it, and click on the Insert Link button and then I'll click on Or link to existing content box here to expand it. Now we'll see links to all of my existing content and here I'll find the About page and I can add that link.

This is really all I need to do, so I'll simply publish this page and then move onto the next step. This is going to become the front page. But by default, the front page is the blog index. So if I want to make my new page to front page, I also have to make a page for the blog index. So I'll go back, create a new page, and simply call it Blog. This page will have no content and you'll see why in a second. I'll click Publish again and then I'll go down to Settings and Reading and here I can decide what I want to display as my front page.

By default, it displays your latest posts, but I want to display a static page. So I'll select A static page and then for Front page, I'll select this one, Welcome to Culinary Artistry, and for the Posts page, I'll select the empty Blog page. Click Save Changes, reload the Home page, and you'll see now Welcome to Culinary Artistry is the front page and it has a link here to Click here and read more. It also has comments which I don't want for the front page.

So I'll go back under Pages, go to Welcome to Culinary Artistry, and click Quick Edit, and then I'll simply turn Allow Comments off. Now, if I reload the front page again, you'll see comments are no longer active. This actually works like a fully functional front page. It has a short text with some welcome info, you could also add a photo here if you wanted to, and on the bottom we have links to all our recipes, all our photos, and all our videos.

It even has a Click here to read more link which takes you to the full About page or the visitor could just click on About directly, and of course we have the Blog button which now leads us directly to the blog. The last page we need for our portfolio is a contact page. So let's just build a new page for contact. I'll say Contact and then down here I'll say "A contact form will be inserted here shortly." Okay, so that's what we're going to do later on.

I'll click Publish again and now we have all the major components. We have the Home page, About page, Blog, Contact, and the Sample Page appears in our menu because we haven't changed the menu yet. We'll be finishing all of this up in the rest of this chapter. Static pages are still important elements in a portfolio site and setting them up in the right way can take your site from looking like a standard blog to looking like a professional portfolio.

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Create an Online Portfolio with WordPress

40 video lessons · 28568 viewers

Morten Rand-Hendriksen
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  1. 6m 28s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 54s
    3. Using the code snippets file
      1m 36s
  2. 8m 31s
    1. What is an online portfolio?
      2m 43s
    2. Tour of the finished project
      3m 15s
    3. Setting up a WordPress development environment
      2m 33s
  3. 16m 10s
    1. Creating site architecture
      5m 1s
    2. Creating a child theme
      6m 7s
    3. Creating an external file to manage functions separately from the theme
      5m 2s
  4. 25m 26s
    1. What is a custom post type?
      2m 14s
    2. Setting up a custom post type
      6m 39s
    3. Adding advanced variables to the custom post type
      3m 35s
    4. Advanced custom post type functionalities
      4m 29s
    5. Changing the menu position of the custom post type
      3m 19s
    6. Adding a custom post type icon
      5m 10s
  5. 22m 8s
    1. What are custom taxonomies?
      3m 34s
    2. Setting up a basic custom taxonomy
      2m 52s
    3. Hooking a custom taxonomy to a post type
      3m 13s
    4. Adding advanced variables to a custom taxonomy
      3m 9s
    5. Using hierarchical and nonhierarchical custom taxonomies
      5m 54s
    6. Using custom taxonomies in admin
      3m 26s
  6. 25m 40s
    1. Populating content into the custom post types
      10m 54s
    2. Uploading videos to YouTube
      2m 22s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos in a custom post type
      4m 23s
    4. Uploading videos to WordPress
      8m 1s
  7. 39m 47s
    1. Creating custom post type templates
      6m 50s
    2. Adding taxonomy info to the custom post type template
      9m 13s
    3. Creating conditional custom taxonomy links
      4m 46s
    4. Handling multiple post type templates: Individual templates
      6m 25s
    5. Handling multiple post type templates: Consolidating everything in one file
      6m 21s
    6. Handling multiple post type templates: Making custom post types the default
      6m 12s
  8. 15m 23s
    1. Creating an index page for a custom post type
      8m 10s
    2. Creating a custom taxonomy index page
      7m 13s
  9. 12m 3s
    1. Creating a custom footer sidebar template
      6m 58s
    2. Displaying a list of links to the latest custom post type posts
      5m 5s
  10. 14m 58s
    1. Creating static pages for the front and the blog
      4m 54s
    2. Populating the menu with new index pages
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a contact page with a contact form
      5m 12s
  11. 5m 55s
    1. Including the abstraction layer in other stock themes
      5m 55s
  12. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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