Front page widget
Do anyone know how do you enable the front page widget for this theme as I don’t have the option on my site?
The blog I need help with is blog.footballshirtcollective.com.
It seems that you have not set a Static Front Page. This is very important to get the Featured Content and the Front Page Widget working correctly.
Following the documentation, the early steps tell:
“Creating a Static Front Page
When you first activate Christopher, your homepage will display posts in a traditional blog format. To set up a static front page, you must first create a new page. You can give this page any title. Select “Standard” or “Full Width Page” in the Page Attributes section and click Publish.
Once you have created your new page, navigate to Settings → Reading to configure the Front Page Displays setting. Select the Static Page option and choose the page you have just created as your Front Page.
The Front Page consists of four sections: Breaking News, Featured Content Slider, Big Quote, and Recent Posts by Category.”
You can read this in the documentation page:
The Front Page consists of four sections: Breaking News, Featured Content Slider, Big Quote, and Recent Posts by Category. All sections are configured by adding widgets to Front Page and Breaking News Header Bar widget areas via Customize → Widgets.
Please, let us know if this solve the issue.
Thank you again!
Ricardo P. from SiloCreativo
Hi Ricardo P.!
I recently purchased the Christopher theme and am really struggling with it. The website I need help with is pagesandstories.com. It’s not public right now, so hopefully you will still able to access it. I set up a static front page, and everything fell apart from there. All of my posts disappeared, and I was unable to set up my widgets. My customization menu seems to have different functions than the one shown in the below posted tutorial.
My third footer widgets are posted differently (on top of one another instead of side-by-side) than those shown on the WordPress site and I can’t get my social media menu to work. This is not my first website with WordPress, but I am really having a hard time. If you can at least get me going with this static page, I would appreciate it. I followed all the above posted directions, and I have used this function before, but obviously I am doing something wrong. Thanks in advance for you help! :)
Unfortunately we cannot access to private sites :(
Would you mind making the site public temporarily so we can have a look?
Thank you again!
Ricardo P. from SiloCreativo
Done, thank you! I did change the static page back to a regular page so that is what you will see. Forgot to tell you that. I do know how to make it static, just can’t seem to be able to move on from there. :)
Thank you for making it visible.
– About footer Widgets:
In order to get three columns, you should add each Widget with each Footer Sidebar Area. For example, “Tag Cloud” should be added in Footer First Area, “VISIT ME . . .” in the Second Footer Area, and finally “COPYRIGHT” in the Third Footer Area.
Also, now you have the Christipher: Breaking News Widget in the First Footer Area. This Widget works better in the Breaking News Header Bar.
– About Social Menu, it seems that it was created but no social links were added.
You can follow the official docs:
– About Front Page, when you create a new page, select “Home” instead “Standard” or “Full Width Page” in the Page Attributes section and click Publish.
Once you have created the new page, navigate to Settings → Reading to configure the Front Page Displays setting. Select the Static Page option and choose the page you have just created as your Front Page.
After that, add the any “Christopher: Recent Posts by Category” widget to the “Front Page widget area! as you need.
Please, let us know.
Thank you again!
Ricardo P. from Silo Creativo
Thanks so much for responding so quickly! :) I got the footers figured out, but I am still unable to find how to create the front page. You wrote:
“About Front Page, when you create a new page, select “Home” instead “Standard” or “Full Width Page” in the Page Attributes section and click Publish”
I don’t seem to have either of those options under my page attributes either under “customize” or in the “pages” menu. My only options are “Parent” and “Template” and neither “Standard” nor “Full Width Page” is available in the drop down menus.
Also, am I starting from scratch with my social media links? I am guessing there is no way to configure my old social media menu from all the information I have stored under “Settings” and ”Sharing”??? I’m sorry. I’m sure I will have another half-dozen questions, but it looks like I have to master this front page before I can move on. Again, thank you for your help and your patience! :)
Scratch the part about the static page. Have that part figured out. Thank you so much! L.
Hello again, Ricardo!
It seems I didn’t figure it out after all. I thought I had set a static front page but all the widgets, Breaking News, Featured Content Slider, Big Quote, and Recent Posts by Category are not available in my customization menu. I think the problem may be with my front page widget which is switched to static. However, under “Static Front Page” there are two drop down menus. If I try to set either the “Front Page” or the “Post Page” to anything beyond leaving it blank, I lose all the content on my front page. No matter what I do, whether I set them to my Home Page which is the page I created for my static page, it seems I can’t locate any of the widgets except the “Breaking News” widget, so I am really stuck. Please let me know and thanks so much!
Hello Laura, don’t worry, sometimes is a bit tricky.
Please, follow the steps in the correct order. We are going to explain this WordPress functionality step by step (https://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/)
1. In your WordPress Admin Dashboard, go to Pages and create two (2) pages, and call it Blog and Home (delete any other Home page that you created before):
2. In the new “Home” page, please, select “Front Page” in the Template label. This selec is inside the “Page atribute” box. This may not be necessary, but let go to ensure this step. Be sure to publish this page..
3. Then go to Setting > Reading, and set the “Front Page display option” like the following screenshot. Save changes:
4. Now, you can personalize your Front Page. Go to Appearance > Widgets and Add the Widget to the “Front Page” widget area. Save each widget after configure them.
Then, go to your root page (http://pagesandstories.com/), and if this was ok you can see your homepage as you will desire.
Please, let us know.
Hello again Laura,
About social links, via Settings > Sharing you will be able to manage the shared links that are shown at the end of each article:
(this is a screenshot for your site):
And the Social Menu that we sent before is ready to manage the social links that are shown in the footer of the site:
(this is a screenshot for the demo site):
They are different!
Let us know and thank you again.
Bless you for the screen shots! :) I’m working on it. Thanks so much for hanging in there with me. I’ll check back with you tomorrow.
I managed to add the social media menu and more widgets. My main area of concern now is how to add content to my front page. The only content that is currently showing is one of my posts, and it’s not even the most recent one. Not sure how this ended up there. Do I have to categorize my writing in order to have each of them appear under either “writing”, “food” or “education”, and how do I go about doing that? I also can’t seem to get my header and menu switched around. I would like it to appear exactly as it is on the WordPress example of Christopher with the name of the website first, then the menu, and then the header.
Also, it’s super important that I be able to add my logo where the title and tagline appear. I just paid to have one designed, so I am hoping I didn’t purchase a theme that won’t allow that. :) Thanks so much, Ricardo! You are a very patient person! Have a great night!
Great. Fantastic job with social Icons.
Let’s go back to the Front Page. As theme documentation says:
“You’ll find a widget area where you will be able to drag and drop Christopher’s custom Recent Posts by Category widget to build your own front page.
Choose the number of columns, the category, and the number of posts, and also opt to give a title and a description for each section.”
So yes, you will need to categorize your post to tell WordPress what posts you want to show in each section. Here you are the info about Categories in WordPress.com:
About the header: as you can see in the demo, it shows the following:
1. Site title + description
2. Main Menu
3. Featured Content Slider
1. In you want to upload a logo instead the site tile, you can add an image as “Custom Header” http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/custom-header-image/
2. Main menu works great. No action requeried here.
3. Featured Content Slider: To show the Featured Post slider at the top of your front page, choose or create a specific tag (info about tags http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/tags/) and assign it to up to 10 posts that you want to display in your slider. Add the tag you selected under Appearance → Customize → Featured Content. For example:
Let us know!
I think I’m down to my last remaining question . . . I hope! :) Is there any way that I can add content to my front page without it also appearing on the blog page? I wanted to add some posts from my food blog under one of my big quotes but couldn’t figure out how to do it without them showing up in my blog thereby triggering email notifications. I am currently using the “Display Word Press Posts” widget, but the photo is huge and looks terrible! Not sure what to do about that. I read the tutorial, but it did not shed too much light on how to deal with it. Can you direct me to a better link? You have definitely gone above and beyond and I so appreciate it! Have a nice weekend!
You can use the RSS widget:
It works fine in sidebar but the behaviour on homepage could be different.
Another option could be to add the widget to the footer.
Thank you so much, Ricardo! You have been wonderful, patient, and very helpful! :) Have a great day!
Thank you for your nice words and good luck with your site!
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