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Cant edit landing page in WP theme. Help!!!!

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by idmercu, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. idmercu

    idmercu Newbie

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    Hello All,

    I am new so I appreciate your patience. I have a problem. I can edit all the other pages in the wp theme I am using. But for whatever reason, I do not see a way to edit the landing page. On the left menu, there is the menu to do all my editing. One of the tabs actually says "pages". But when I click it, every page but the landing page is listed there to edit. Spent hours looking for a way. Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks.

    ps the other pages have an easy editor, html thingy. Only thing I can imagine left to edit the landing page is the css file.
     
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    idmercu Newbie

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    Crickets.......
     
  3. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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  4. idmercu

    idmercu Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply jazzc. I got that, but I am using the templatic ebook theme. And I like the home page layout. But when I do what you are suggesting, the front page layout is not an option when creating a new page. See my problem? When I try to make a new page and make it the static landing page I only get the generic page template you see on all the other pages, not the homepage template.( marriage-professor.xom )
     
  5. flibbertigibbet

    flibbertigibbet Regular Member

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    Does your templatic ebook theme allow for page templates? If so you'll need to create a page template with the landing page info on it, and then go into wordpress and create the page but use the template that you created for your landing page. That way it will default to your static landing page info instead of the standard PHP page info that all of the other pages have on it.

    If the theme doesn't allow for page templates, check this out:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages

    and

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-page-templates-reloaded/

    or if you want to use a post instead of a page:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-post-template/

    I tend to find that it's a heck of a lot easier just to create a .html file in Dreamweaver or notepad, and then upload it to the server. That way you don't mess up any of the php that wordpress uses, and you can still have your landing page. The google xml sitemaps plugin will allow you to add the .html file to your sitemap so that the landing page can be crawled. Any .html file will still work even if you have WP installed on your server. Just make sure you upload it to your root domain if you choose to do this. You can't use this method for a index.htm, index.html or index.php file though if you have wordpress installed though. It will not work.

    You CAN use PHP files and HTML files on the same server and they will still work just fine together. Put a link on your homepage (which should be in php) to the static page that you upload (which is the .html or .htm file) and will still work just fine. The only difference is that one is dynamic (meaning it can change) and one is static (meaning that it doesn't change)

    Hope this gives you some ideas as to where to go next. ;)
     
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  6. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    That 's a common issue with many themes. Good themes allow for custom page templates (as flibbertigibbet already mentioned) and then you just create a page with that template and assign it to the homepage. Other themes don't care to do that. So your only option there is to edit manually the theme 's code to adjust the home page to your liking.

    If you invest time in learning html/css, you 'll find out that "plain" framework style themes are much better in that aspect from pre-made "beautiful" themes. I personally use Catalyst as a framework exclusively.
     
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