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Watson Customisation

  1. Hello all,

    I have purchased the Watson theme along with the Custom Design upgrade and now realise that I should of had some great css training to be able to easily use the custom design the the full potential. Basically Im no expert.
    The layout I am trying to achieve is basic and minimal but Im still not sure if Watson if best for this.

    When I create a new post I would like have the choice of that new post getting posted on the front page or not and to be able to choose another location or page for it e.g; the complete new post is visible on the front page, being it is the most recent post, and below that post are all previous post (full width and infinite scroll if possible) with the featured images (full width also) visible, but only a brief part of the text with a read more+ option, which if clicked on, would direct it to the page where that post is categorised to. That post would show up in full, in the same location on that page if you were to go and navigate to that page through the menu and then scroll to locate it, if that makes sense.
    I would like to add custom sharing buttons which sounds like I have to go further into paid customisation?
    Is it also possible to have a static image/featured photo at the top of every page with a brief website description on the right of it?
    Any advice is appreciated.
    Thanks

    The blog I need help with is milkandchili.com.

  2. When I create a new post I would like have the choice of that new post getting posted on the front page or not

    Using the customization options currently available through WordPress.com, you can use CSS to change the look of things already on the page or add static content. There is not a way, however, to add dynamic content or change the function of the theme such as making the posts on the home page show the complete posts if the theme wasn't designed to do that already.

    To get really in depth with customizations like that, you would need to switch to a WordPress.org setup where you can get full control of the code on your own web hosting account where you control and manage all the files.

    It sounds like you may want to look at some of the other themes in http://theme.wordpress.com/ to see if you can find a better fit—make sure to dig into the demo sites.

    I would like to add custom sharing buttons which sounds like I have to go further into paid customisation?

    You can add custom sharing buttons per post through the Settings > Sharing page in your blog dashboard. Look for the "Add a new service" link on that page.

    Also see http://en.support.wordpress.com/sharing/

    The Watson theme also has a built in way to add a few sharing icons to the footer through Appearance > Theme Options, and it would be possible to swap out custom images for those using custom CSS.

    Is it also possible to have a static image/featured photo at the top of every page with a brief website description on the right of it?

    I think you could add something like this with custom CSS. It would take a little experimenting. I could help you try out some things once you've decided whether to stick with Watson or try out another theme.

  3. I checked http://milkandchili.com/ just now and I see that you're using Twenty Twelve as the theme at the moment. How are you liking it?

  4. Even with the custom package and a premium theme we couldnt get the desired layout or look we were searching for. So we have cancelled the package and the theme so by default it has changed back to a free theme. We are going to self host with a theme closer to what we are looking for, but thank you for your assistance.

  5. milkandchili, thanks for the follow-up and best of luck with your new site! Just out of curiosity, did you look through the selection of themes at http://theme.wordpress.com/ to see if there were any that might fit better than Watson? I was wondering if there are any specific things you were looking for in a theme that would have made it workable for you without extensive customization of the features.

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