In the previous installment we talked about minor tweaks to the underlining code that enabled you to use WordPress as a CMS.

In WordPress as a CMS – Part 2 we will look at content display structure – defining what info is needed and how it’s built – what will regularly change (news, events) and what content is static, (about us, contact us).

Pages or posts?
Essentially any static info can be created as a page. Assuming your navigation is set up correctly, creating a new page will be added automatically to your navbar.

Using this code will create a basic, auto-updating, navigation list:
<ul class=”pages”>
<li<?php if( is_home() ) : ?> class=”current_page_item”<?php endif; ?>><a href=”<?php bloginfo( ‘url’ ); ?>” title=”<?php bloginfo( ‘title’ ); ?>”>Home</a></li>
<?php PandSWP_list_pages( ‘title_li=&depth=1&exclude=25,35’ ); ?>

Huh? –
<?php if( is_home() ) : ?> – If this page is home do something – In this case add the “current_page_item” class.
<?php PandSWP_list_pages( ‘title_li=&depth=1&exclude=25,35’ ); ?> – List the pages, with their title but exclude pages 25 and 35.

Any info that changes regularly is best suited to being a post. Using custom code, technically you can place this content anywhere.

This code can be used, for example on the front page, to display the post excerpt with thumbnail:

<div class=”minipost”>
$minicat2 = get_option(‘remedy_mini_category2’);
$my_query = new PandSWP_Query(‘category_name=minipost2&showposts=1′);
while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post();$do_not_duplicate = $post->ID;
<div class=”hentry”>
<?php $homethumb = get_post_meta($post->ID,’homethumb’, true); ?>
<a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>” title=”<?php the_title(); ?>”><img src=”<?php bloginfo(‘url’); ?>/images/<? echo strtolower($homethumb); ?>.jpg” width=”100″ height=”60″ alt=”<?php the_title(); ?>” title=”<?php the_title(); ?>” /></a>
<h2><a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>” title=”<?php the_title(); ?>”><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>
<?php the_excerpt(); ?>
<div class=”meta”>
<div class=”postmore”><a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>”>Read more on <?php the_title(); ?></a></div>
<?php endwhile; ?>

Huh? –
$my_query = new PandSWP_Query(‘category_name=minipost2&showposts=1’); – Display the latest post in category ‘minipost’.
/images/<? echo strtolower($homethumb); ?>.jpg” – Get the name and display the file named in the ‘homethumb’ custom field.
<?php the_excerpt(); ?> – Post the excerpt content.

Disable comments
One thing that differentiates a blog to a website is the ability to comment on posts. As we are using WordPress as a CMS (therefore as a website) you might want to disable comments.
If so, go to ‘Discussion Settings > Default article’ and then make sure ‘Allow people to post comments on new articles’ is unchecked.
If you choose to, you can also edit your single.php or page.php files, if required, and delete the code that calls the comments.php file.

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