Welcome to week three. As always if you are just joining us, you may want to start from the beginning before jumping into toady’s task. Today we are going to use some of the techniques previously covered as well as do some work in the blog section.
Now that we have our layout setup, we want to take a look at our menu. Here’s a bit of advice if you are not going to have all of your pages set up by the time you launch do not add them to the menu (navigation bar). I use to worry about having an empty menu bar but I got over that. Visitors hate coming soon written the pages of your site more than they hate empty menu bars. This is not to be confused with your Coming Soon Page we put up in the beginning. I am referencing having Services in your menu bar and when someone goes to that page, it reads coming soon or its just blank.
Your site is a living, breathing things. You will always add or change things as you learn more. For this tutorial you are going to have four links – Home, About, Blog and Contact. Since you already have two pages set up you need to make the other two.
See previous post for steps if you need a refresher. Remember to decided if you want those pages to be full width or with a side bar (the default setup). I will use full width on all pages except the blog.
If you refresh your other window from before you will notice that your new pages has already been added to the menu – Home, About, Blog, Contact (and in that order).
When you click on you’re the word Blog from your menu, you will see your blog with two columns – Content (on the left) and Sidebar (on the right). As you navigate the world of WordPress you will see other options such as:
- Sidebar – Content
- Content – Sidebar 1 – Sidebar 2
- Sidebar 1 – Sidebar 2 – Content
- Sidebar 2 – Content – Sidebar 1
Sidebar 1 will always be your primary sidebar if your theme has the option of having two. Sidebar 2 will always be the slimmer sidebar of the two. Most people don’t use two sidebars but it all depends on your preferences and what you are going to put there. One key rule to remember is white space is your friend. White Space is an empty space that gives your visitor’s eyes a break. So your sidebars should be less cluttered as possible.
Okay, lets get back on track. Currently our sidebar as a search bar, recent posts, recent comments, archives, categories and meta. As your site grows so will the list of posts, comments, etc. Good thing this already taken care of for you because it limited to 5 (which is common) but you can change it if you like.
The only thing I would advise you to remove is the Meta widget. I don’t see the purpose of it. I can bookmark my link to access to blog elsewhere, I don’t want it on my site for the world to see. If you can leave it there if you want to but here’s how to tweak your sidebar.
Step One: Go to Appearance – Widget and you are in the home of all of your widgets.
On your left you have all the widget you have available as well as inactive one. Then on your right are the ones that are active. To maintain this area it’s very easy. All you have to do is drag and drop. Each widget section for your theme has it own box. You open it up by click on it and drag from the left and drop on the right. You can drag the widget up or down to change the order.
If you want to save it just drag and drop it to the inactive section on the left. To completely delete click on the widget and click on the delete link. Once you delete a widget there’s no coming back.
I want to take the time out to congratulate you for making it this far. We are almost to the finish line. If you get stuck at any point, you can always contact me with your questions. Next week will be a double header. We will cover headers, backgrounds, which have been made easier to do by the wonderful people over at WordPress. As well as tips on how to maintain your site on the go. Then the following week we will be wrapping up doing some last minutes touches. I also want to thank you for stick me through this process