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Creating a fixed block of text in the home page.

  1. Hi there

    I'd like to create a neat, professional looking block of text to be fixed on the homepage of my blog giving a description of what the blog is about. Having read posts on the forum I have tried the "fixed post" option (see link to homepage below with text in). However, there doesn't seem to be many options for formatting with a fixed post (border, make text a bit more condensed/smaller, etc). I'd like the text to be visible just below the menu, and all above the page fold. Are there any other options someone with more experience can suggest to me?

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    The blog I need help with is researchandjournal.wordpress.com.

  2. You can style the featured post via CSS. If you put something up as a featured post, we can help you get the styling you desire.

  3. Hi thesacredpath,

    thanks. I've put the post as a featured post now rather than as a fixed post and it would be great if you could tell me how I can format this via CSS, thank you.

    Also, having it as a featured post, is it still possible to have the post fixed to the top of the homepage in someway, maybe via CSS again?

    Thanks again for your help.

  4. When you say, "fixed post" are you referring to a sticky post? We can style that too. Perhaps you would like to keep the featured post area to use for regular posts instead. Sorry to run you around in circles.

  5. Hi thesacredpath, no worries, yes I mean a sticky post which I would like to be at the top of the homepage only. I've moved it back again so if you could help me style it that would be great, thank you!

    Also, is anyway I can get rid of the 'leave a reply' bit?

    Thanks for your help.

  6. 1) Are you going to publish other posts or not? If not, the right solution isn't a sticky post, it's a static page. You create it the normal way (via Pages > Add New) then set your front to display that page (in Settings > Reading).
    If you are going to publish posts as well, again you can use a static page as your front and set a different page as your posts page. Or do you want both the fixed intro and the latest posts on the blog front? And is 2012 the theme you prefer? (There are a few themes that support a special front page notice instead of a sticky post.)

    2) To get rid of the Reply bit, start by going to Posts > All Posts: hover over the title, uncheck the options " Allow Comments" and "Allow Pings", click Update.
    For future posts or pages, you disable commenting in Settings > Discussion.

  7. Hi justpi,

    Thanks for your reply. I would like to create a fixed block of text on the homepage but have new blogs running underneath it. See homepage with fixed text as it currently displays: http://researchandjournal.wordpress.com. I think that the eventual copy will need to made more concise, but this is what I have to work with for now.

    If possible, it would be good to have the fixed text above the page fold, with some of the most recent blog appearing above the page fold too to encourage the viewer to scroll down.

    I would consider using a different theme to twentytwelve if it makes this easier, as long as it is fairly similar to the twenty twelve theme in terms of layout.

    Any thoughts? Thanks for your help.

  8. You could try Titan or Modularity Lite and add the fixed text in their optional “Homepage Notice” or “Welcome message”, respectively (option found in Appearance > Theme Options).

    Or you could try Clean Home or Inuit Types and add the fixed text in a text widget you'll drag to the "Header" or “Front Page Intro" area, respectively (Appearance > Widgets).

    Or you could try a theme with an unconventional layout, such as Twenty Eleven or The Morning After. 2011 offers a showcase template that combines static with dynamic content. In TMA you would add the fixed text in the wide “Homepage Feature Widget Area”. See these posts of mine for details:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/workings-of-duster/
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/the-morning-after/

    If you decide to stick to 2012, then the only option is the sticky post. You can style it anyway you like (borders and everything) using CSS, but I don't think there's a way to make a section "fold": this would require types of code we're not allowed to use.

  9. "You can style it anyway you like (borders and everything) using CSS" also applies to all the other alternatives I suggested.

  10. Thanks justpi, it's good to know that there are some themes available that support introductory text on the homepage. I think I'm going to go back to the person I'm designing it for with the options and see what she wants to do.

    Thanks again.

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