Fernando - Configuring Your Home Page and Blog Page

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Fernando – Configuring Your Home Page and Blog Page

An Introduction to Genesis Home Page Options

Most Genesis child themes use a widgetized home page. This means the home page is not set up as a regular page. Instead it is a combination of theme settings and content within preset widget areas. 

Having a widgetized home page is preferred because it gives website end users maximum flexibility in creating a home page for their website or blog. It allows you to change options and content to fit your specific needs.

We design our child themes with specific types of content in mind for each area of the home page. Even though we do this, it does not mean that you can’t put other content into these areas. We’re just trying to give you a head start and a push in the right direction.

Keep in mind – WordPress has 20,000+ plugins, which leads to thousands and thousands of options for widget usage on a child theme’s home page. We can’t begin to style for all of those options, so content replacement on the home page may need some additional tweaking to the CSS file. While many plugins and/or content changes will look great, not all will. So you’re free to replace out the widget suggestions we have for your own content or widgets, but remember you might need a little extra styling done for this addition or change.

Setting Up the Home Page

  • Go to Settings -> Reading
  • Set the Front page displays setting to Your latest posts
  • Save

Now visit the other topic posts within the Fernando theme instructions to learn how to set up each content area.

Please note: if you set a static home page here instead of setting it to your latest posts it will override the widgetized home.php template we coded for your Fernando theme and cause unexpected behavior on the home page of your website.

Setting Up the Blog Page

You do not need to set the blog page in the Reading screen. You simply create a page within WordPress and set that page’s template to Blog. This is done right within the page itself.

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