Genesis Slider Issues

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  • #46913

    lisamv
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    Hi,

    I don’t understand how to make either of the genesis sliders work for a static home page. All the tutorials I find say to alter the .php code but genesis says DO NOT under any circumstances change that code so it makes no sense. The .php code in the child theme only has a few lines of code and none of it includes the part of the code that they say to change. Why is not all the php code in the child theme?????? I thought genesis was supposed to be easy to use? I’ve been trying for hours to get a slider to work with no luck.

    I want to use this on the minimum theme or any theme at this point. The only thing I’ve been able to accomplish is a sidebar widget where it shows a teeny tiny blank white box (can’t get a photo to appear either) which I assume is the slider but I want it in the middle of the page just like it shows in the minimum theme demo. I chose a theme that was closest to the layout I wanted on the front page, why is this not already set up???? It doesn’t seem to matter if you choose a theme with a slider or not since even the ones with a slider you still have to go through the ringer to get it to show up. I don’t understand this at all.

    Someone please help. What is the correct and easiest way to make this slider work??? I purchased the genesis and am stuck with it now with no clue how to get a slider to work.

    Thanks

    Lisa

    #46917

    Aaron Hartland
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    You might want to check out this post by Carrie Dils entitled “Add Slider to the Home Page of Minimum Theme
    http://www.carriedils.com/add-slider-minimum-theme/


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    #46998

    lisamv
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    Thanks but I tried that and it corrupted my theme and entire wordpress site. Everytime I add the first snippet of code and click on update my page goes blank white and I can’t get back to the dashboard or do anything whatsoever within my wordpress account. My hosting company said they found this error but I have no clue what it means or what to do about it. I tried this code also in a free genesis theme and the same thing happened. My hosting company had to reset my entire wordpress account so I could log in again and we deleted the free theme thinking it may be corrupted, once we deleted it I was able to log into my WordPress account again. I hope my main Genesis Framework is not corrupted as I just purchased it recently and I have not touched it at all so it’s not an error on my part.

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end, expecting ‘)’ in /home1/mariabag/public_html/wp-content/themes/minimum/functions.php on line 187

    I purchased Genesis based on great reviews and the fact that it is supposed to be easy to customize HOWEVER, I am finding quite the opposite circumstances here. I am totally locked out of my WordPress account now because of this, can’t log in, log out, get to the dashboard. I just get a blank white screen.

    Out of all the themes and platforms I have used so far, Genesis is proven to be the hardest and buggiest and I am deeply disappointed to say the least not to mention I have a client I am supposed to be building this site for and things are not looking good so far.

    Anyone know why this is happening or what I can do to fix these major issues?

    Thanks

    #47028

    Aaron Hartland
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    With PHP it’s very easy (regardless of what theme you’re using) to get the “white screen of death.” All it takes is something as simple as one missing semi-colon or one extra character. This is why it’s always good to backup your functions.php file before you make changes and also never update code in the WP dashboard. Never. Instead, use a text editor and upload via FTP. On my Mac I use Coda 2 and on my PC I use Notepad++ (that one’s free).

    If in the future you get the white screen when making edits to a WP site, just drop the backup of your PHP file (the one that you made before your edits) in to your theme, refresh your screen and voila!

    Let me know if you need additional help.


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