Lifestyle Pro: How can I combine Wdigets and Recent Posts on my Homepage?

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  • #67850

    buddster
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    Hey guys,

    I just installed the „Lifestyle Pro” theme on my local wordpress installation. Now I’m struggling to combine a normal feed of my recent blogposts with the bottom widget areas (“Home – Bottom Left” & “Home – Bottom Right”) on my homepage. Is it even possible to do that?

    I would love to show the last five posts I published above the two widget areas that sit at the bottom of my homepage (for reference: http://demo.studiopress.com/lifestyle/).

    Best,
    Lars

    #67856

    braddalton
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    You could add another widget area there and drag in the recent posts widget or the Genesis featured posts widget and set it to 5 posts.


    #67857

    stinkykong
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    If you want your recent 5 blog posts to show above Home-Bottom-Left and Home-Bottom-Right, in your widgets admin panel, drag the Genesis Featured Posts widget into Home-Middle; select settings to suit which would include number of posts to equal 5 and categories to equal “all”.

    I hope that helps.


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    #67860

    buddster
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    How could I miss that? Thanks a lot! :)

    #67862

    buddster
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    There is another related problem: If I use the “Featured Posts Widget” to display the last three posts on my homepage (above the bottom widgets) I need to link to all the following posts. I therefore need something like the “Previous Posts” link on a normal blog page that sends visitors to the second page.

    Sadly the “Show Category Archive Link” option in the “Featured Posts Widget” is not working.

    #67866

    stinkykong
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    The Show Category Archive Link only works when you specify a certain category. So you could have a parent category of “blog” that shows all your blogs posts or you could do a number of things to add a “read more from my blog” link (whatever you’d like to call it).

    Simply adding a text widget below your Genesis Featured Posts could do that but may put unwanted borders, margins, padding, etc that would come with it. The ZigWidgetClass plugin adds a box at the top of each widget that enable tagging any widgeted block with a class that you could style to your hearts content.

    Also, you could enable a new sidebar in functions.php and perhaps in home.php (if there is one) if you’re up to that (but be careful so not to break your site) and style that new widget to your heart’s content.


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    braddalton
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    #67879

    buddster
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    Wow! I never received so many helpful answers in such a short time. Thanks a lot!

    #70352

    buddster
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    It all seemed to work out but actually it doesn’t.

    My original idea was to use the lifestyle pro theme to showcase one featured post in the top widget area and two specific categories in the bottom widget area, while everything in between is filled with my recent posts and links to the second page filled with all the other posts. The homepage I dreamed of would therefore look like this (reading from header to footer) …

    Header, Navigation, Featured post, Last 5 Posts, Link to Blog-Page 2 containing Post 6 – X, Featured Categories, Footer.

    Even though stinkykong and braddleton tried to help, it does not work out at all. It seems to be impossible to fill in my latest posts without breaking something else or messing up my wordpress.

    • If I create a parent category and use the featured posts widget, like stinkykong suggested, the second page of this parent category shows all of those “featured posts” again. Furthermore I misuse the category feature of wordpress.
    • If I use the text widget, like stinkykong suggested, to link to my following posts I need a place for them – a real blog page – which again, will show all of those “featured posts” again.

    What I need is a simple solution to create the above defined outcome. A solution that uses my homepage as the blog page while still showing the top and bottom widget, filling everything in between with my latest posts. Is this even possible? If so, how?

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    #70439

    Summer
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    I’m not sure how it would work with the pagination, but have you tried taking the Blog page template and customizing it to add the top and bottom widget spaces you want?

    What you’d do then is set your home page to be the static page using that template, but I think all of the “next” pages would also have the widgets, so if you didn’t want the widgets on page 2-X, this might not be the solution you’re after.


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