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Category Banners and Customized Recent Posts on Showcase Pages

  1. I am currently trying to run a 3-in-1 blog. Right now, I have it set to a static homepage with three links at the top to guide users to posts in my three main categories (Regardless, From the Scales of Lissa Kristine, Two Scoops of Crazy).

    I plan on creating three showcase pages (one for each category) to display recent posts, etc. There, I will have a different banner/header for each category. This is fairly easy to do on my own. However, I don't want recent posts for "Regardless" to display under "Two Scoops of Crazy." I only want posts for that specific category's page (if that makes sense).

    I also wanted to set my blog up so each category has its own default banner. Is that even possible? I know I can set the featured image for individual posts and pages, but I wanted it so my "Regardless" banner will display if someone looks at the category archives.

    I am pretty much clueless when it comes to CSS coding, etc. I'm basically skilled enough to copy and paste- maybe change an image url or text color. I'm not even sure if what I want to do is possible, but I want to test it out with a preview before I spend the $30/year upgrade for my site.

    I would rather stick with the Twenty Eleven theme since I love the overall design of it, and all my banners have been customized to fit the theme.

    Thanks for any advice you can give!

    The blog I need help with is honeylissabee.com.

  2. thesacredpath
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    I plan on creating three showcase pages (one for each category) to display recent posts, etc.

    I can't see a way that is possible since category pages are not "pages" in the true sense that can have page templates assigned to them. All "post" related pages (main posts page, categories, tags and archives pages) are dynamically generated by the wordpress and theme software.

    However, I don't want recent posts for "Regardless" to display under "Two Scoops of Crazy." I only want posts for that specific category's page (if that makes sense).

    This is not possible as you cannot control which widgets appear on which page, and recent post/recent comments widgets cannot be limited to a certain category.

    I also wanted to set my blog up so each category has its own default banner. Is that even possible?

    This is possible. You have to create a rule in the CSS that specifically targets the page ID for the category and put the image into a background declaration in that CSS rule.

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