Site Customization

If you have much experience setting up wordpress websites, then you are well aware how one is setup when you first install wordpress or a purchased theme. It has that “out of the box” type look and of course can only function the way the theme is designed to work. But we are all different and all want our websites to look and function in very specific ways. So – to accomplish this it usually means customizing the wordpress theme in one way or the other. There are “child themes” and custom page templates, those are the more “standard” items when it comes to customization. You can usually make the home page anyway you want by setting it as a “static page” and then just create a custom page template for that. What I want to show you is a step beyond all of this. What I did was alter the wordpress twentytwelve theme to have it so the posts showed “customized” items on them. Not as part of the page content that you entered in when you created the post. This would be content that is automatically on every post even before they are created.

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Here are the customizations:

1. on each post; the top “very wide picture” is basically pulled from the “featured post” and the theme automatically will put in full width like that…
2. right below the big “featured image”; you will see what we call a “Bio Section”; it is information on the post author. It displays the avatar of the author and all of the oher info there from the autor’s user profile in wordpress; this is put in automatically based on the author chosen for the post…
3. At the bottom of the post; after the “post content” there is that row of “avatar pictures” with the introduction “Enjoy other authors”. This again is something that is automatically loaded at the bottom of every post…