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Customizing Posts Page in Edin Theme

  1. I am using the Edin theme for my website. On my home page I can put my posts page ("Blog") in the top menu, and that button will take me to all my latest posts that I can scroll through. But when I try to also list my Blog page as a featured page, it only shows the latest post and that's it. Is there a way to make the featured page go to all the posts to scroll through, instead of just the latest post? Thank you.

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

  2. Hi There,

    Keegan here, WordPress.com community member, I would be happy to help.

    Your theme requires you to chose between showing your posts in traditional blog format, aka chronological order of all posts, or the featured page layout, which will show three featured posts.

    I see you have three featured posts on your frontpage, but one of them is missing a featured image.

    Your can learn more about your themes features on the Edin themes info page - https://wordpress.com/theme/edin

    Please let me know if this answers your question, or if you need further assistance :)

  3. amandasjackson
    Staff

    Hello @katherinechill

    Just to add here regarding your question of:

    Is there a way to make the featured page go to all the posts to scroll through, instead of just the latest post?

    Yes, you can do this with the Edin theme :) I have added a quote that I found directly from the Edin theme overview page, found here: https://wordpress.com/theme/edin

    5. Select the page to which you just assigned the Front Page template as “Front page,” and then choose another page as “Posts page” if you would like to display your blog posts.

    Hope this helps with adding your blog posts to the front page. Please let me know if you need further help troubleshooting this :)

  4. Hi @keegansingh,

    I am trying to feature three different pages, not posts. I have an about page, a contact page, and a posts page for all my blog posts. If I click on "Blog" in the top menu, it will take me to my posts page where it shows all posts. But if I click on the "Blog" featured page it only takes me to one post. I want it to take me to my posts page where it shows all my posts.

  5. Hi @amandasjackson,

    I have chosen a page as my "posts page" as the instructions prompted. The problem I'm having is I'm trying to feature my posts page on the home screen and clicking it only takes me to my latest post instead of all of them.

  6. Hi,

    If I am understanding correctly, it sounds like you would like to have the Blog feature, listed just below your featured image in the center column, link to the same page that the Blog link in the menu located in the upper right corner of your home page links to. If that is correct, see the following.

    It looks when you follow the instructions posted by @amandasjackson the theme wants to only display the latest post, not your posts page (this is how it looks as I type this message, and it looks the same way when I try on my testing site).

    The only way around this that I can think of would be if you created a new page, style it the way you like, then add the Display Posts Shortcode to the new page. This will make the new page display your blog posts in the way you specify with the shortcode. Once you have the new page published, you'll need to navigate to the Customizer and change the Theme Options > Front Page: Featured Page Two to the new page you just created.

    Please let me know if that works. Good luck!

  7. Hi @sstabrizi,

    Yes, that is what I want to do, although I'm still having trouble with the posts not displaying the way I want them to. When I add the shortcode it's only displaying the post titles as a list of links instead of the entire posts themselves (you can see this on my site now). But I'm making progress!

  8. Hi @katherinechill,

    Yay! I'm glad you're making some progress and that my suggestion worked. To get the posts to display like you want them to, you need to add some arguments to the shortcode you're using. For example, I believe you are only using the default shortcode:

    [display-posts]

    If you add some of the additional arguments listed on the link I provided in my last reply, you can customize the way the posts are displayed on the page. For example, if you would like to display an image with the post, you would add the image_size argument as follows:

    [display-posts image_size="thumbnail"]

    There are several other functions available too. Just check out the following link for some more suggestions:

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/display-posts-shortcode/#arguments

    Again, I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  9. Yeah I've been trying different arguments and can't seem to get it to look the way I'd like.

    Also, why is the font different on what it is displaying? Is there an argument to make the font consistent with the rest of the site?

    Thanks so much for your help.

  10. @katherinechill, it would require changes to the theme files themselves to list all the posts on your main page under Blog featured page, and it is likely to be a pretty complex change. Also, seeing that center column under Blog very long with a whole bunch of posts while the two featured pages on the left and right of it would be very short could look quite odd. The Featured Pages section on the home page is designed to highlight other pages on your site rather than posts from the Posts (Blog) page.

    The Display Posts Shortcode output is fairly generic and typically not styled like the built-in blog page output, so it is not going to look the same. You can include either excerpts or full post content by using the appropriate arguments.

    Full content: include_content="true"
    Excerpt: include_excerpt="true"

  11. Well, I'm glad we made a little progress, but I'm sorry you're still not getting it to look the way you like. Unfortunately, from this point, the changes you are looking to make are likely to have some additional complexity.

    What you are looking to do is possible, but you'll need to know a little HTML and CSS to accomplish your goal using this particular theme. Please remember that my suggestions are only a workaround to the theme default limitations and may not ultimately get you where you want to go.

    The shortcode argument that will allow you to further customize the way the blog posts display on the page you created is wrapper="div". This overrides the default of displaying your posts as a bulleted list and allows you to style them yourself. The issue here is that adding the tag won't do the styling for you, it simply enables you to style the blog posts display using your own knowledge of HTML and CSS.

    Hopefully, that at least points you in the right direction. Best of luck!

  12. To style the Display Posts output, you would have to do it with Custom CSS since you can't add inline styling or additional HTML to the shortcode itself, and @katherinechill, I don't see that you have the WordPress.com Premium or Business plan upgrade, which is what you would need to do Custom CSS.

  13. Thanks for the added info @thesacredpath. That helps me in my learning journey too. :)

  14. Thank you everyone for the info. This has been helpful.

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