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Discussion in 'Website Design Forum:' started by samjacksondesign, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. samjacksondesign

    samjacksondesign Senior Member

    Having tackled wordpress installation, what are your thoughts on it?

    A lot of people say it is hard to customise themes etc?

    Many Thanks,

  2. samjacksondesign

    samjacksondesign Senior Member

    Thanks for your reply:)

    My knowledge is pretty basic in relation to PHP, however i can always learn:)

    It is going to be used mainly as an online protfolio for both my photography and graphic design.
  3. Monroe

    Monroe Member

    I just started using it yesterday and the dashboard is very user-friendly. I'm only using it for its CMS capabilities, not as a blog. I would recommend giving it a shot. If nothing else, you can always uninstall it.
  4. samjacksondesign

    samjacksondesign Senior Member

    Hey Monroe,

    I have it installed etc now. Dashboard as you say is pretty user-friendly.

    Just having difficulty editing features etc but luckily the theme im customising has come with some very good instructions:)

    Just one thing for a worpress expert on here!

    I installed WP through my FTP (Filezilla), basically i want to edit features such as logo, background etc. Can i do this through WP dashboard or do i do the same as for HTML and edit through DW and simply re-upload on FTP?


  5. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Hi Sam,

    They will be in the theme files, so your logo image would mosy likely be: wp-content/themes/theme-name/images/logo-filename.png. Then for your background edit it would be the css file and possibly another image or two :)

    Some premium themes (purchased) have controls for editing logos, style changes in the WP admin, but your best off learning how to edit the files yourself in any case.

  6. samjacksondesign

    samjacksondesign Senior Member

    Hi Greg,

    Basically its a purchased theme from themeforest.

    It has its unique control in Wordpress, just im confused on how to edit certain pages, i edit something and no changes appear to be made.

    My theme is loaded i think Open Space Design|Just another design in the book.
  7. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    If you click the settings links there's some screenshots of the various options they've used, that should point you in the right direction - DISCOVERY - WORDPRESS - WordPress - ThemeForest

    Also check your zip download fle, sometimes you'll find PDF instructions in there.
  8. samjacksondesign

    samjacksondesign Senior Member

    Yer i have instructions in html format, just im confused with categories and pages. All i want to do is edit content on the main headings in the menu bar.

    Just as a newbie, this is proving quite difficult lol


  9. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Appearance > Menus (if the theme has WP3 support for menus)
  10. Monroe

    Monroe Member

    If by menu bar you mean the sidebar, when you install a theme most of the time they put "widgets" in your sidebar by default (Archive, Search, Categories, Pages, etc)

    If you want to change that. Then go to Appearance > Menus as Greg said and create a custom menu. Give it a name and add whatever categories or pages you want to it. Then save it. Then go to Appearance > Widgets and drag the bar that says "Custom Menu" over to the the box named "Sidebar" on the right. Then if you go back to your website there should be nothing on your sidebar except your custom menu.

    Hope that helps.

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