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Your Questions About Blog Design WordPress Theme

Posted on May 14, 2011 by Blog Design Journal

James asks…

Editing a WordPress theme I downloaded……?

I am in the process of starting my own blog. I want to use the theme from, “http://www.wpthemedesigner.com/2009/06/28/emperors-theme“. I would love to make small changes to the layout. I have listed the changes I want below.

1. Underneath the featured news section there is a 2 column posts section. For the 2 column I would like for them to appear similar to the 2 column posts section under RECENT on “http://www.woothemes.com/demo/?t=28″.

2. Under the Sponsors section I would like to add 2 more boxes for additional sponsors.

3. Popular Post section, I want to have buttons that I design that leads to my twitter, myspace, and facebook.

4. Flickr photos, I want this section to be a place for a 300×250 ad.

5. Featured video, I want this section to be a place for a 300×250 ad also.

Can someone please tell me how difficult these changes can be?

Blog Design Journal answers:

How to start a blog

Learn how to create a blog. This article walks you through the basics of choosing a blog system, setting up your blog, getting traffic to your blog, and making money from your blog.

Read the full article here:

http://www.elated.com/articles/start-a-blog/

Some Themes: http://smashapps.blogspot.com/2009/06/20-most-elegant-free-blogger-templates.html

Tips: http://smashapps.blogspot.com/2009/06/top-10-important-tips-for-beginner.html

Top 10 Template Generators for Blogs and Websites: http://mashable.com/2007/11/18/10-template-generators/

Blogger Template Generator: http://gosublogger.com/2008/02/blogger-template-generator/

WordPress Blog Template Generator: http://www.teknobites.com/2007/11/02/wordpress-blog-template-generator/

How to add Social Networking Buttons Below Every Post: http://bloggerstop.net/2008/12/how-to-add-social-networking-buttons-to.html

Ron

Chris asks…

How can I display my wordpress posts on my existing website?

I would like to use my current website design to show my wordpress posts.

I would have link in my navigation that would say “Blog” and clicking that would show a page containing my posts. And my blog page would have the same design (color, branding, layout) as the other pages just longer (due to posts)… Ive used wordpress themes before, but I would like to just “insert” the posts on to an existing design.

Is there a way to do this?

Thanks in advance.

Blog Design Journal answers:

You can use the feed of your blog to display the posts on your websites.

You can build your own custom feed reader to display that feed on your web page using the google ajax feed reader

http://www.theedifier.com/blogging-blogger/blog-add-ons.php#h

George asks…

Calling all WordPress people!?

Hi can someone who is familiar with WordPress pls help me out with this!

I know that wordpress was initially made for blogging, but I’m not interested in that at this stage. I am a beginner and all I want to do is to get a 3 page static html website up live. Here’s what I have done so far:

Got my hosting server (godaddy)
Downloaded wordpress.
Created a MySQL database on the host server and connected wordpress to it.
Designed a simple web page on Fireworks.
Converted said design to HTML with an attached Stylesheet. (called index.html & style.css)
Typed in the comment on the stylesheet so that wordpress knows its a theme.

This is where I am stuck. Can anyone recommend a good tutorial or tell me what I should do next – I notice that the default theme has lots of php files. Do I need them if my site will have no blog and will just be static html pages? I am new to php so only know what it stands for.

I’m doing a static html site first just to get my head round wordpress.

Thanks guys!

Blog Design Journal answers:

This should help you get going on a template:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development

http://www.wpdesigner.com/2007/02/19/so-you-want-to-create-wordpress-themes-huh/

Joseph asks…

How to create a database for WordPress on my web server?

I want to make a blog for my business and I found a theme fits my need. Can anyone give me some help with install the wordpress? Thank you very much!

There is the “famous 5-minute installation” on wordpress website. Six steps in total, I don’t how to do the second one. the second one is “Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a MySQL user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.”

Here is the link page for the six steps:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Famous_5-Minute_Install

It must be easy for people who knows what’s MySQL, but I don’t know anything about web design or create a database. Can anyone help?
what’s cPanel? If it’s control panel, yes, I have it. thanks for your help

Blog Design Journal answers:

Can you access cPanel on your website?

Email sent to you with information.

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