Welcome! If you’re here you were probably in the process of researching my WordPress design package or filling out the form and came across the option, “HOME PAGE REQUIRES CATEGORY SETUP (Foodie Pro, Savory Theme, Divine Theme, etc)”. There seems to be confusion regarding this, so I want to see if I can help clarify and let you know exactly what the form is referring to when it says “home page category setup”.
Many themes allow your home page to feature multiple categories in widget areas, each with a different layout. The most popular is probably Foodie Pro, so I’ll use that as an example, but it applies to any theme that has these widget areas.
First, it is NOT referring to the items in the menu/navigation area. Often sites have categories listed there. It is usually the responsibility of the client to setup their menu before installation by going to Appearance > Menu. That menu will then be used with installation.
Look at the graphic below, specifically the numbers 1-6. Each of those areas is a category area, featuring a different category. The first (1) is just the most recent post- this does count as a category setup because it is it’s own widget.
2-6 are all widget areas, using different categories, featuring multiple posts from each category.
#2 features a category with 2 posts showing and some teaser text.
#3 features another category with just one post from that category showing.
#4 featured another category with three posts from that category showing.
#5 featured another category with four posts from that category showing.
#6 featured another category with six posts from that category showing.
So this layout features 6 different categories (including the most recent) post. The additional charge for this layout would be 4-6 categories displayed ($80).
If you choose not to have this category setup, you would just see all blog posts (newest first) like a traditional blog feed or blog page.
…keep scrolling for another example…
Take a look at the Divine theme, that would also require 6 categories.
So when you’re trying to decide if this is right or necessary for you, the first question would be, “Do I need categories displayed on the front page, or do I prefer all the blog posts in chronological order”?.
If you decide you do want categories, keep in mind there will not be a blog feed on the front page, it will only show those category areas.
Decide how many categories you want featured, and select that option! Please comment with any questions, or feel free to email:
stephanie (at) howsweetdesigns (dot) come.