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P2 theme possible changes?

  1. Hello

    I am learning day by day and I'm beginning to get a good grasp on how to blog and what wordpress can do, and I've got a question about what I can do next to take my blog to the next level.

    I assume reading this you can see my blog linked because I chose it in the dropdown while writing this forum message.

    I've got a couple of friends as editors who write on this blog with me and we've got several people now who are interested in what we write and add comments.

    So the main thing up to now was to get comments to show on the landing page so I put up the P2 theme which does that. However there are a few issues that I've got with that.

    • categories are important for us - but on the landing page blog entry form, there's no option for choosing categories.
    • the blog entry form has the yooff heading "Whatcha up to?" which is guaranteed to annoy (wrong audience!)
    • can I just get rid of the blog entry form on the landing page?
    • the blog title appears over the banner image - I can see if I pay for it, I can change the colour, but is there any chance of being able to move the text off the image?

    The blog I need help with is agreenern19.wordpress.com.

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  3. Hi there, I'd be happy to help you get the P2 theme working for you.

    categories are important for us - but on the landing page blog entry form, there's no option for choosing categories.

    The focus in this theme is on tags instead of categories, so the theme provides a place to enter tags rather than categories on the front page. There isn't a way to add a category option on the front end, but you can add categories by going to the post editor under Posts > Add New in the blog's dashboard.

    the blog entry form has the yooff heading "Whatcha up to?" which is guaranteed to annoy (wrong audience!)

    You can customize that heading under Appearance > Theme Options in the blog's dashboard, in the "Post prompt:" section. (The default heading is "Whatcha up to?" but you can enter any heading you'd like there.)

    can I just get rid of the blog entry form on the landing page?

    The blog entry form is one of the main features of the P2 theme, so there isn't a built-in way to disable it for users who have permission to post on the blog.

    the blog title appears over the banner image - I can see if I pay for it, I can change the colour, but is there any chance of being able to move the text off the image?

    With the Custom Design upgrade, you can make all sorts of changes to the theme's design, including using Custom CSS to move the blog title and tagline. You could also use CSS to hide the blog entry form from the front of the blog if you wanted.

    Please let me know if you have any questions about that. :)

  4. Hi Rachel,

    thanks v. much for the advice! I've changed "Whatcha doin'" to something more staid and boring - haha. Spot the generation gap :)

    I can work around the blog title and image issue by paintshopping the title into the image at a suitable position in the best colour, so I guess that's good too.

    However the lack of a category field is tough. I think I might just tell the other editors to go straight to the Posts > Add New form. As you can tell my experience with WordPress is tiny! The other editors and I haven't got our heads around the concept of tags yet, but with categories it's really becoming an important way to subdivide our blog, especially once we realised we can get all the entries for a category with a URL link to them.

    What I also don't understand about WordPress is how the themes thing works. Are you responsible for themes? Your title as Happiness Engineer sounds optimistic but it doesn't give away much. Are you in fact support staff even? Or are you jumping in here just as a good forum member would to help a newbie?

    I mean, who did the P2 theme? And is there a chance that whoever that was might come up with another theme soon more suited to our needs? And are the people who did the P2 theme open to suggestions for improving it?

    Best regards
    Adam

  5. Hi Adam,

    I am indeed a member of the support staff here at WordPress.com. (You can identify us by the grey box around our usernames and avatars here in the support forums, along with the designation "Staff" or specific titles like "Happiness Engineer.") I am happy to pass along feedback about our themes to our theme developers.

    If you have particular suggestions or feedback regarding the P2 theme, just let me know and I can let our developers know. If you see other WordPress themes that aren't yet available here at WordPress.com, you can also post them here in the Themes forum. We have more about that here: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/how-to-use-the-themes-forum

    Regarding the categories, you may want to consider using tags instead if you want to use the blog entry form on the blog. The P2 theme is designed to be more focused on tags than categories (as are many newer themes coming out these days), and they work in similar ways. Of course, your editors can go straight to the Posts > Add New form and that'll work, too.

    If you're interested, you can read more about categories and tags here: Categories vs. Tags

    Just let me know if I can do anything more to help.

  6. OK, I see that the Tags form field is quite powerful, with auto-suggest for existing tags. The one thing here that I am worried about is that our tag cloud has exploded already without us even thinking about it, i.e. we're obviously abusing it a bit.

    It looks like we could ditch categories in favour of tags, but is there a way to delete tags if they have been added by mistake or spelled wrong etc?

    Generally I would be in favour of using both - as described in the link you give. So that would be my first suggestion to the developers for enhancing the P2 theme - to add a field for categories underneath the tags field.

    Secondly, it would be nice to have an option to set the default for which type of blog post to make. The P2 theme defaults to "Status Update" but I always choose "Blog Post", hence setting that to default would be advantageous because sometimes I just forget to post a title in the title field because on "Status Update" that field isn't there, and the resulting email that is sent out to everyone contains the blog ID number "462" or "260" as a title, which reads badly.

  7. It looks like we could ditch categories in favour of tags, but is there a way to delete tags if they have been added by mistake or spelled wrong etc?

    Yep! You can manage all the tags on your blog under Posts > Tags in your dashboard. We have more details about that here: Tags

    Thanks for suggestions! I've passed those along to our team to consider for future updates to the P2 theme.

  8. Rachel, thanks again for your help! I shall keep an eye on the themes forum so I don't miss out on new themes and upgrades.

  9. I was able to change "Whatcha up to?" with the info above. Thanks.
    Can I change "Recent Updates" to a title that matches my blog. E.g. to "What will you do?" Tried changing and had the change appear briefly using CSS but then it returns back to "Recent Updates".
    Blog is http://www.ThriveBlog.net hosted on WordPress.com
    Thanks.
    Gary

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