We recently published a post on a WordPress Page of Posts template page for the twenty eleven theme using a child theme, the WordPress page of posts child theme used custom fields to choose a category and a style for the posts, we were asked how to set the number of posts, and how to choose an order by value.
This made the original system a little harder to manage, a lot of custom fields and values to remember, so we got thinking how we could make it easy for the admin to choose values to display the posts, so we have created a new child theme that uses post meta values which is intuitive and easy to manage.
We have wrapped all the code up into a downloadable child theme for the WordPress twenty eleven theme, you can download the theme.
If we have a look inside the child theme we will see only eight files and one folder, we are not going to go into detail on this post as there is quite a bit of code.
The main meta functions are in the /inc/ folder where there is a file called, pop-meta-functions.php which has over 200 lines of code, this file created the meta-boxes and controls the saving of the values, and will clear the values if the template page is changed.
The page-pop.php file in the main folder is the ‘Page of Posts’ template page, this is the template that we apply when we want a page of posts section on a page, there are also three ‘content-‘ page files to display the content.
Lets look at a page of posts template page setup, first we need to create a page, show the Page Attributes, select our Page of Posts template and update, we do not need to have any content in our page it is optional.
After we update the page a new meta box will appear, if we can not see the meta box we select screen options and check page of posts.
We are not going into all the options but we will give a single line and leave you to test and discover the other options.
- Page Title: if left blank no page title will be displayed, fill it in if required
- Posts Title: If we have main content we might want a title for our posts block, this could be a tutorial series, random posts, latest, most popular etc:
- Category: Select a Category for our page of posts, this works only for a single category, you are free to edit the files to use an array, our posts and themes are pointers rather than solutions
- Sort by: lots of options here, date, last modified, comment count, random, title, etc:
- Order: Ascending or Descending
- Post Style: default, Only Titles, Excerpts or Thumbnail and excerpt, this will use the different content template parts in the folder
- Posts per Page: Defaults to the settings value, but can be different for each page
- Posts in the Last days: if we are showing latest posts, most popular or have a lot of old posts we can restrict what we see by a number of days, like most popular last 30 days.
Lets test, we add two titles, choose the category of blog, post style of titles only and five posts per page.
This should give us a list of five titles below our page content with a heading, and change the title of our page.
Well that is all we are going to do, now it is over to you, this download is meant to give you a child theme with functional code, this code can be used how you want, the page styling can be changed to suit.
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