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Fuel99 says

I am trying to convert one of my html/css websites to a wordpress website as a practice. So far i have been reading about and working with wordpress for a while but there are still a few things that are unclear to me.

First of all this is the basic layout that i am trying to convert:

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1. I got the menu added dynamically
2. It’s grabbing the posts correctly so far
3. The search function is working

As you can see i have no idea how i can utilise the cms functions when it comes to that top large image with the three buttons.

I am also unsure on how i should make the links inside the footer editable through the cms aswell.. the blog links for example, where should they come from?

Now i have been reading about page templates, is my homepage going to be a custom ‘page template’ already? because the subpages will have a different layout than this one.

Thanks for any help given, i can’t wait to clarify some things.. obviously my goal is to make the site as dynamicly as possible and it should be editable mostly through WP.

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TahaH-Studio says

I guess this in terms of using the theme as cms. And about the homepage, you have choices here, either custom template or use the index.php as your home page (that what many people do) and a custom template for the blog.

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Fuel99 says

Thanks for that link, i’m going to read that one after i finish the one im reading right now.

So for items like images, footer box messages etc i should look into a custom admin panel?

Say i have a small quote inside the footer and i want the user to edit that quote through the cms i can do it there. OR grab that specific post from a category? I know how to achieve the last one but i find it messing up the backend administration.. It forces me to make a specific category called Quotes and add a quotepost there.. i prefer a cleaner way.

I think my best bet is to just stick to index.php as main page and use custom page templates for the internal pages.

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TahaH-Studio says

for that quote you are talking about, you can create a field for it in your admin panel (which is essential if you are using wp as cms). Personally I dont like creating a whole cat for just a two line to be inserted in the footer. Personally I learn’t how to create theme options from this tut. Trust me, its realy easy to learn but just get started on it.

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Fuel99 says

Okay i will dive into that tomorrow,

I also felt that creating a category + post for a specific area isn’t the best solution. This way i would have to grab a specific post from a category to be displayed somewhere on the page.

When ID’S or w/e changes most of the content will dissapear as well, i’m going to read on about widgets and what you just gave me.

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