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How this WordPress Site Works

  • Themes are from Customify
  • Multiple Themes plugin:
    • The original theme was copied into subfolders in the wp_content folder
      • public_html/
      • public_html/
      • public_html/
      • public_html/
  • The Site Icon was set using code
    • I wanted to use the PHP Inserter plugin but it just wouldnt work for me
    • So i used the “Header,Footer and Injections” plugin
    • This line of code was entered into the <Head> page injection
      • <link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”<?php echo bloginfo(‘stylesheet_directory’) ?>/favicon.png” >
    • And the favicon.png for each department was copied into the root of each customify theme installation
  • Slider Revolution (paid) was used to create the sliders.
    • It is brilliant.
    • Each slide is a standard WordPress post which has been categorised based on department (Primary, Preschool etc)
    • The featured image is added to the page (and any other text but this is not shown on the slide, only when the user views the page)
    • An Revolution overlay slide is assigned to the post
    • And now the slider will show my posts as slides
    • This has been used for multiple pages on the site as well as to display on a large screen TV in our school reception. It replaced Google Slides.
  • Editor
    • Elementor editor is used
    • Also Essential Addons
  • Menu System
    • Each department has its own menus
    • These are made possible using the “Conditional Menus” plugin:
    • The menus are created as normal in the Menus area
    • The plugin creates a new tab called “Manage Locations” on the page where conditions can be set to display particular menus when those conditions are satisfied.
    • This is a little tricky with multiple themes
      • The conditional menu needs to be configured when the appropriate theme is ACTIVE.
      • The setting is only visible when the theme is active so you know whether it is present.
      • I have filtered on ‘Category Singles’. I dont really know what that is but it seems to work.
  • The context sensitive sidebars are made possible with the “Content Aware Sidebars” plugin
    • One sidebar is created for each department
    • Into these sidebars widgets can be placed as required
  • The content for the sidebars needs to be related to the department
    • For example, a ‘related posts’ widget must filter posts on the department
    • To do this we used ‘Recent Posts Extended‘ plugin and configured it to filter on Categories.
  • Slides shown in the Revolution Slider need to expire when they are no longer relevant.
    • This is required when the slides are advertising some event
    • The was done using Post Expiration plugin:¬†
  • The Duplicate Post plugin makes life a lot easier
  • The Featured Image Admin Thumb plugin made it a lot easier to see what images have been attached to posts when looking at the list of posts in the Admin screens.
  • A Short Code was created to show the featured image on posts easily without having to actually¬† add the image in the editor
    • This saves a lot of time – just the feautured image needs to be set and the short code pasted into the body of the post
    • The short code is created using the PHP Inserter plugin
      • function featured_img_left() {
        if (has_post_thumbnail() ) {
        $image_id = get_post_thumbnail_id(); 
        $image_url = wp_get_attachment_image_src($image_id,'full'); 
        $image_url = $image_url[0]; 
        $result = '<img src="'.$image_url.'" class="pic_left" />';
        return $result;
        add_shortcode ('FeaturedImage', 'featured_img_left');

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