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Looking for a free way to implement "Latest Posts" on homepage.

  1. Hi there,

    I'm building a site for a client and I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out how to implement a "Latest Posts/News" section on the homepage.

    The homepage is mostly static, that is, the page isn't in the "Pages" menu in the WP admin panel. I've coded the index page manually and I've made a different page for the blog as the client requested. All the blog posts will be on the blog page which is not the homepage. smile.gif

    However, the client also wants a section in the middle of the landing page where only the latest 4 posts will be featured. This wouldn't be a big problem if the client didn't want different styles for said sections. That is, the Blog page has a standard style as you would see on most wordpress sites, posts will be in order from most recent to oldest and there will be a sidebar. But on the homepage section with the latest 4 posts, the client requested that the design will have 4 big photos (featured images) with a small part of the post and a ""Read More" button under the posts. These are meant to show up as 2x2 grid.

    I've been looking around for an easy way to do this, but none of the plugins/widgets I've stumbled on seem to be what I'm looking for. Can someone point me to a good plugin/widget that I can do this with, and of course that I could customize to the design given to me by the client. So essentially, I'm looking for a customizable latest posts plugin/widget or a tutorial on how to code this from scratch.

    All help will be appreciated! Thanks

  2. There is no FTP access and no plugin capability on free hosted WordPress.com blogs.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/

    There is no upgrade you can purchase that changes anything at all stated here http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ FTP access, and plugins are available only for VIP bloggers http://vip.wordpress.com/our-services/ or for those with WordPress.ORG installs.
    Please read > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    The only themes you can use on a free hosted WordPress.com blog are those found here > Appearance > Themes and showcased here > http://wordpress.com/themes/

    You cannot build your own theme or import a theme and use it on a free hosted WordPress.com blog. We do not have FTP access to free hosted WordPress.com blogs and we not able to upload any third party themes.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/adding-new-themes/

    There is no upgrade you can purchase that changes that. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    If you want to use any third party theme or build your own theme then don't waste any time here at all. Purchase web hosting http://wordpress.org/hosting/ and set up your own WordPress.org install. http://wordpress.org/ Then move your .wordpress.com blog content into it http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/

  3. Hi, thanks for the answer. Actually I am hosting the website on my own server. I'm working with a wordpress install and I'm developing the theme, was designed by an in house designer, I'm in charge of making it happen. So I don't have any issues with FTP or anything like that. I have total freedom.

    I'm just having problems figuring out how to display "Latest Posts" on different pages with a different style than that of the blog.

  4. Actually I am hosting the website on my own server.

    We do not provide support at WordPress.COM for any local installs or any hosted installs of WordPress.ORG software. We provide support only for free hosted WordPress.COM blogs being hosted right here on this multiuser blogging platform.

    If you don't have a username account at WordPress.ORG click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post to the support forums there and receive advice from WordPress.ORG bloggers.

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