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General advice - imporving my site - next steps

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  • Started 7 years ago by Backspace
  • Latest reply from helgatheviking
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  1. Hi guys.

    Firstly thanks for the framework. I followed the tutorials and got my thematic site up and running, but I've run out of steam (direction)

    I want to do more to it, but I'm not sure where to start.

    www.mylifeisagarden.com

    I do have some sort of direction though:

    1.

    I want to better use categories. I followed this tutorial

    http://www.pearsonified.com/2008/02/what_every_blogger_needs_to_know_about_categories.php

    And when I put the code into the sidebar.php file it displayed funny (I knew it would).

    I want to display say any post that is about my spring garden in a side bar. I think this is what I want to do anyway. Perhaps I just need to use tags more? I know catogories are very powerful and I'm trying to learn more.

    2.
    My Google analytic code does not work for me. I placed in in front of the header closing tag no luck.

    I'll leave it there for now. But any advice, cool little things I can do to better my understanding of wordpress, links to tutorials or anything else would be great. Thanks!

    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. update, I could not see the code in there. (for # 2. I'm not sure where I put it now, and I can;'t get through to Google analytic as it asks for a security certificate. Tried on Chrome and FF. EDIT got in with explorer 10?

    Anyway I've put the code prior to my </head> tag. Hope it works.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  3. I happen to be building a site at the moment, since I am doing it from scratch to clean up some things I will post things I notice that could be done on yours as well. One of the first steps I take is to combine the CSS into one file, if you look at your css, you will see those '@import url(../thematic/library/styles/images.css)', you can actually go directly to that file and copy and paste it in, this will help load times, especially when you start adding in plugins.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  4. are you using thematic? you shouldn't be hacking away at thematic's files. it is better to use thematic to generate a child theme, and then make your adjustments to thematic through your child's functions.php

    there are several plugins that handle proper insertion of google analytics code. analytics shouldn't be theme-dependent anyway.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  5. colors ;) and use gallery for your images.

    looks liek u only did the header. its only the basic thematic white everywhere. looks liek u not really started.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  6. Haha

    red23 -- Too true I have note really started. I have a gallery for some posts. I've been posting from my phone a bit and I can't get it to insert a gallery. Hopefully being here will kick me into gear! Colour it is! I really have not started I sort of set it up and went away and posted for a little while.

    Scott thanks mate, would love any advice. BTW do you mean put the css in the HTML or combine everything into one external css file? I am using a child theme.

    Helga - using a child theme:)

    UPDATE.

    I have categories working the way I want them - I'm using the dashboard control to do this. I tried playing with sidebar.php. Perhaps later I can have a widget area that lists posts from a certain category - but I'm happy for now.

    Google analytic says I've had two visits since Sunday. Checked jet pack had heaps more.

    It also suggested that I had them on Sunday - prior to placing the code above the </head> tag.

    Anyway, I want to try and get the code working before using a plugin. I want to see why it's not working. Using a plugin will help me solve it of course anyway.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  7. ok, just thought it weird that you'd be overwriting sidebar, when you can add something above the widget areas by adding a function to the thematic_abovemainasides() hook.

    isn't analytics supposed to go in the footer? google "how to add analytics to wordpress without a plugin" and you find something like:

    add_action('wp_footer', 'add_googleanalytics');
    
    function add_googleanalytics() { ?>
    // Paste your Google Analytics code here
    <?php }
    Posted 7 years ago #

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