Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Assigning posts to the Oxygen front page, part of Start with a Theme: Magazine Styles in WordPress.
Now that you have a static page assigned as the Front page, and you've assigned the Front page page template to that static page, we can start populating the front page. And this is important, the Oxygen theme doesn't work like many other themes. In this theme you have to tell WordPress what posts you want to be on the front page and where you want to place them. Let me show you. If we go into any of our posts on the back end here, you'll see that once we edit the post and scroll down a bit you now have a new option here, it's called Location and here you have four different locations. You have Do not display, Secondary, Primary, and Featured.
These locations correspond with locations on the Front page. So let's set a post to Featured and update it. When I now reload my page, Featured post is this at the very top in the slider, Primary is the next post the ones that under Recent Articles, and Secondary are the ones that are under More Articles. Now that I know that I can go back and assign posts to different areas.
So I'll assign these three first posts as Featured and update it. I'll go back, Featured post, I'll assign the three next ones as Primary, Primary > Update. Go back, edit the post, Primary, go back, so I will edit the post.
Primary, and I'll assign the three next ones as Secondary, update it. Edit the post, Secondary, back, Location > Secondary, and update it.
The result is we can now control what's on our front-page with very great detail. So now you see I have a slider here at the top. I have featured articles underneath, and then I have lists of more articles underneath that again. But you may also have noticed that some of articles I assigned aren't showing up, and this is really important, it actually took me a while to figure out what was going on when I was looking at this. It turns out that when you're using the Front page template, if a post is set as Sticky, it doesn't show up on the Front page even if it's assigned to the Front page.
So if you want to use this template you need to just turn your Sticky posts off sticky. So I will go and Quick Edit and unstick the posts and then reload my Front page again, and now you'll see that these extra posts appear. So now I have three here and three here at the bottom. Now my Front page looks way more like the one in the Screengrab for the theme, but there's still something that's not quite right, you notice that these images are acting kind of funny.
That's because we need to resize our thumbnails to make everything work properly. We'll do that next.
- Adding content
- Providing roles and access levels for multiple authors
- Setting up an about page and a contact form
- Installing and activating each theme
- Customizing themes
- Using custom Max Magazine widgets
- Setting up the Oxygen front page
- Configuring widgets and menus in Path
- Getting the word out with social media sharing