staying up all night designing blogs is not always fun

The modification of the Revolution Office theme without support, or a manual, and with my limited experience with PHP and WordPress™ has been both a real pain in the hiney and a somewhat satisfying learning experience.

My understanding of PHP was somewhat limited when I first downloaded the Revolution Office theme.  I’d occasionally done some really minor tinkering, but nothing on the scale that I’ve had to do here.  In addition, it took me a couple of days to realize that I had to create “.php” files with particular text in the first few lines to create a “Template” and then to figure out how to connect that to a “Page.”  Frankly, I’m fairly proud of myself for figuring it out.

I think the design of is pretty much where I want it to be right now (except for one thing).  The content needs to be modified, but the design is 99.9% complete.

The one thing that’s missing — and I will be amazingly and super-hyper-incredibly grateful if someone out there can supply me with information on this — is that I can’t seem to get the Blog page to be the way I want.

I’m fairly certain from what I’ve been able to read so far that the problem is caused by the fact that my primary page — the page you see when you type just and nothing else — utilizes the Revolution Office main page, stripped of the bottom box. I wanted a cleaner design and I wanted the primary Blog to be a secondary page.

Well, I managed to get it to a secondary page, but I can either print full-posts-only, using the_content(), or I can get shorter versions with the_excerpt(). Using the_excerpt() means that people will have to click on the title of the post to read the entire post. This is because the_excerpt() doesn’t recognize and utilize the WordPress tag.

It’s about 1:30 a.m. here now and I’ve been at this since around 5 p.m. today, trying to finalize the design, so I think it’s time to “throw in the towel” for the night.

Hopefully, either some good soul will leave me the answer before I can get back to it, or I’ll find it myself in the next few days. I’d hate to think I can’t have a properly functioning Blog page without a site redesign!

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  1. I am trying to adapt the Office them as well. How do you get the thumbnails assigned in the Carousel on the front page? I have the titles of the posts only in plain text scrolling through without any imagery. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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