Sunday, 28 April 2013

Guide: How to Adapt Website Themes to Blogs

Tastes differ…even though 80% of all blog owners claim that WordPress is the best ever blogging platform, we definitely know that there is much more beyound that. Those who consider WordPress to be some sort of a “child edition CMS” choose other content management monsters like Drupal or Joomla. Some make this choise intentionally others just to have a bite, and when starting to adapt a newly acquired template to the blog based on Drupal or Joomla experience some minor difficulties.
Most frequent question our support receives from the customers is “How to adapt TemplateMonster’s theme to a blog?” From a first glance this may seem pretty hard to do, but actually it’s dead simple.
In this blog post we are going to show you how to make things done on three most popular CMS. So let’s start from the number one blogging platform.
In this case the phrase “easy as a pie” takes entirely different meaning of easiness.
Log into your admin panel
Go to Settings > Reading > Reading Settings
Looks at the screenshot, here you can choose which of your website or newly installed template pages will be shown as the main.
Here you have several options you can choose Your latests posts for the front page displays or one of the static pages that also includes Blog.

Post Formats in WordPress
Now every WordPress template features functionality that allows to pick the Post Format. A Post Format is a piece of meta information that can be used by a theme to customize its presentation of a post. The Post Formats feature provides a standardized list of formats that are available to all themes that support the feature.
Standard – standard format;
Aside – a post-note;
Link – post a link to an external resource;
Quote – post-quote;
Image – a picture post;
Gallery – gallery of post;
Video – video post;
Audio – audio post.

Now let’s look how this works in Drupal. On the screenshots below we’ve marked the path you need to follow:
Configuration > Site Information > Front Page

After you’ve added blog into Default front page field the whole thing will work perfectly fine.

TemplateMonster’s inventory has lots of Joomla themes for every taste and purpose. As for the versions of templates Joomla templates 3.0 are best for informational websites(not blogs). Joomla templates 2.5 includes Gantry framework and a K2 that provide multiple extensions and post options.
What you need to do? Visit: Menu > Menu manager
You will see that same page as on the screenshot below. In order for you to turn the Blog page into a home one, you need to put a star it in the Home column in front of the Blog.

Additionally we’d like to say couple words about the search. TemplateMonster store has an extensive amount of carefully grouped categories, in order for you to find the template you need to follow some simple steps described in the guide Easy Way to Find a Template
That’s it, no big deal to make TemplateMonster theme work adequatly on your blog. Now let’s get back for a while and recollect a significant event of this week.

Cherry Framework Update
Since we’ve already started talking about WordPress we’d like to remind you of the recent Cherry framework update. If you own a Cherry WordPress Theme don’t forget to urgrade to version 1.1 through your admin panel.

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