[wp-hackers] newbie question on custom page templates

Ian Douglas ian at powerfoundation.org
Mon Mar 12 11:26:30 UTC 2012

Thanks Mike.

The theme I'm using also serves category pages, but they're lame. Just lists of posts. Doesn't look professional or interesting at all. The tech people who made that theme suggested developing custom page templates.

Again, it surprises me that people don't see ready-made templates for custom pages.

On your other suggestion, am I alone in thinking that the support forums at wordpress.org are more or less dead? When I've posted there in the recent past I got virtually no replies.

Thanks again,

On 12 Mar 2012, at 12:38, Mike Little wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 09:38, John Black <immanence7 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> So I have a news site, but I want it to look less like a blog than it
>> does. I thought about trying to create a custom page template for each
>> category, so it looks like the site has real sections. Only returns from a
>> given category would show up, but there would be many ways of handing them
>> (a slider, a carousel, posts with thumbnails, posts without, etc).
> John,
> to get different pages or sections for different categories you can use
> WordPress' built in functionality. I recently recorded a video for someone
> to explain how. http://mikelittle.org/2012/03/adding-category-page/
> There are a number of carousel plugins out there, but you are most likely
> going to need a sophisticated theme (not necessarily a commercial one) to
> do what you want.
> This type of query is best asked on the WordPress support forums
> http://wordpress.org/support
> Perhaps ask agin there.
> Mike
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