[wp-hackers] Seeking some advice

Alex Hempton-Smith hempsworth at googlemail.com
Wed Jan 21 00:55:19 GMT 2009

This final feature should actually be quite easy to create. In your custom
theme, create a theme template [1]. In this template file have the usual
calls for get_header, get_footer etc. but have a form on there and use the
functionality of the prologue theme [2] to provide a really dumbed down post
editor, and hard-code the category to be something like 'columns-USERNAME'
or user_id perhaps - up to you.
Then you just need to create a new page in WordPress with a slug like
'write' and apply the template you just made, making your new custom page
available at www.example.com/write/.

Everything you need is in the Prologue theme really. Except its not the
'real' post editor. I suppose you could try to import all that stuff, but it
would be far more complex!

[1] http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages#Page_Templates
[2] http://svn.automattic.com/wpcom-themes/prologue/

Hope this helps,

On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 12:17 AM, Lynne Pope <lynne.pope at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2009/1/21 Ozh <ozh at planetozh.com>
> > On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 10:24 PM, Jennifer Hodgdon
> > <yahgrp at poplarware.com> wrote:
> > > However, why exactly do you want to use WP? I would probably build this
> > site
> > > in Drupal if I needed all those features, rather than hacking together
> WP
> > > with a forum and poll and all that. Right tool for the right job...
> >
> > Yeah, thought of this too, but there's a learning curve I don't want to
> get
> > in.
> Almost everything you want to do is part of blogging. If you don't mind a
> dumbed-down forum, then bbpress will do the job. If you don't need forum
> logins to be integrated with WP then any forum will do the job - its just a
> matter of applying the same design.
> Polls are the same. Either use a plugin, write your own, or if logins
> between the poll and WP don't need integration then simply apply the same
> design/theme and you have a site that appears to be integrated.
> The only sticking point that I can see is for the columnists access
> permissions. Writing some functions to handle that would be a whole heap
> easier than learning a completely new system.
> The right tool for the job is important, but I am not sure WP is the wrong
> tool for this job. I am a Mambo developer and do a lot of work with Mambo.
> But sometimes a full-featured CMS is overkill for a site and where a site
> is
> really a blog it just plain makes sense to extend the functionality of WP
> rather than trying to make a CMS behave more like a blogging platform.
> Lynne
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