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    Recent posts on a static home page

    Hi guys, first post!

    I've always used the official Wordpress forum's for help on my website but i must admit it's very difficult and most admins and mods just refer you to web pages. A friend has refereed me to this forum as he has had great assistance from here.

    So, the problem i'm having....I want a static home page on my wordpress website, i have already set this up and have a bit of content on it, the next step is i want to have 5 recent posts underneath the content. As a normal page this is no problem, as soon as i set the page to a static home page, the posts disappear.

    From hours of searching I am aware that i need 'multiple loops' in my template, I have found a few examples and tried to implement them in my template with no success. I think i pretty much have the code to bring the recent posts through, bust i think im having trouble markup and template tags to actually show the posts.

    I hope this isn't too complicated to understand, and i really appreciate any help, i've been at this for 2 days with no progress at all. I can supply any code needed from templates or anything else...

    My website - <snip>
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    My website link has been removed, i can assure you I'm not posting so that i can advertise my website, genuinely after some help with this.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCO7TY View Post
    Hi guys, first post!

    I've always used the official Wordpress forum's for help on my website but i must admit it's very difficult and most admins and mods just refer you to web pages. A friend has refereed me to this forum as he has had great assistance from here.

    So, the problem i'm having....I want a static home page on my wordpress website, i have already set this up and have a bit of content on it, the next step is i want to have 5 recent posts underneath the content. As a normal page this is no problem, as soon as i set the page to a static home page, the posts disappear.

    From hours of searching I am aware that i need 'multiple loops' in my template, I have found a few examples and tried to implement them in my template with no success. I think i pretty much have the code to bring the recent posts through, bust i think im having trouble markup and template tags to actually show the posts.

    I hope this isn't too complicated to understand, and i really appreciate any help, i've been at this for 2 days with no progress at all. I can supply any code needed from templates or anything else...

    My website - <snip>
    What I think you need to do is setup a new page template (but I could be wrong on this). It would have the logic of a Page Template and the logic of the Main Index Template.

    Something similar to:
    Code:
    <?php get_header(); ?>
            
            <div id="content">
            
    	  		<?php if (have_posts()) : ?>
    
    			<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
            	
                <div class="post">
                
                <h1><?php the_title(); ?></h1>
                
    			<?php edit_post_link(); ?>
                
                <?php the_content(); ?>
                
                </div>
                
                <?php endwhile; ?>
    			<?php else : ?>
        		<p><?php _e('Sorry, but nothing seems to match what you were looking for.'); ?></p>
        		<?php endif; ?>
    				
    						<?php $query = new WP_Query( array( 'post_type' => 'post', 'orderby' => 'date', 'order' => 'DESC', 'posts_per_page' => 5 ) ); ?>
    						<?php while ($query->have_posts()) : $query->the_post(); ?>
            	
                <div class="post">
                
                <h1><img src="<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/images/header_left.gif" alt="title pic" />&nbsp;<a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h1>
                <p class="small"><b>Posted by</b> <?php the_author(); ?> on <?php the_date(); ?></p>
                
                <?php edit_post_link(); ?>
                
    <?php if(is_category() || is_archive()) {
         the_excerpt();
     } else {
         the_content();
     } ?>
                
                <div class="postmeta">
                <?php if(function_exists('the_ratings')) { the_ratings(); } ?><br />
    <b>Filed Under:</b> <?php the_category(', ') ?>
                <b>Comments:</b> <?php comments_popup_link('Be the First to Comment', 'Read the First Comment', '% Comments to Read', 'comments-link', 'Comments are off for this article'); ?><br />
                
                <?php if ( function_exists('the_tags')) the_tags('<h4>Tags: <span>', ', ', ' </span></h4>'); ?>
                
       		<?php comments_template(); ?>
                </div>
                </div>
                
                <?php endwhile; ?>
                
            </div><!--/content-->
    
    <?php get_sidebar(); ?>
        
    <?php get_footer(); ?>
    The key lines in the above are
    Code:
    						<?php $query = new WP_Query( array( 'post_type' => 'post', 'orderby' => 'date', 'order' => 'DESC', 'posts_per_page' => 5 ) ); ?>
    						<?php while ($query->have_posts()) : $query->the_post(); ?>
    Those two lines are telling WP to query all posts, ordered by date descending, limiting it to 5 per page. Then the while loop and the_post are being referenced by the $query variable that holds those posts.

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    Thanks for the reply,

    This is what ive managed to get together so far, it shows my posts but its a bit of a mess, text outside lines of the content area and same 3 posts cycle continuously down the page, one even comes up as full post.

    Any ideas?


    PHP Code:
        <?php
        
    /*
          Template Name: custom home
         */
        
    ?>
        
        
         
            <?php
            $et_ptemplate_settings 
    = array();
            
    $et_ptemplate_settings maybe_unserialize(get_post_meta($post->ID'et_ptemplate_settings'true));
         
            
    $fullwidth = isset($et_ptemplate_settings['et_fullwidthpage']) ? (bool) $et_ptemplate_settings['et_fullwidthpage'] : false;
         
            
    $et_ptemplate_blogstyle = isset($et_ptemplate_settings['et_ptemplate_blogstyle']) ? (bool) $et_ptemplate_settings['et_ptemplate_blogstyle'] : false;
         
            
    $et_ptemplate_showthumb = isset($et_ptemplate_settings['et_ptemplate_showthumb']) ? (bool) $et_ptemplate_settings['et_ptemplate_showthumb'] : false;
         
            
    $blog_cats = isset($et_ptemplate_settings['et_ptemplate_blogcats']) ? (array) $et_ptemplate_settings['et_ptemplate_blogcats'] : array();
            
    $et_ptemplate_blog_perpage = isset($et_ptemplate_settings['et_ptemplate_blog_perpage']) ? (int) $et_ptemplate_settings['et_ptemplate_blog_perpage'] : 10;
            
    ?>
         
            <?php get_header(); ?>
            <div id="wrap"<?php if ($fullwidth) echo ' class="no_sidebar"'?>>
                <!-- Main Content-->
                <img src="<?php bloginfo('template_directory'); ?>/images/content-top<?php if ($fullwidth) echo ('-full'); ?>.gif" alt="content top" class="content-wrap" />
                <div id="content">
                    <!-- Start Main Window -->
         
                    <div id="main">
                        <?php get_template_part('includes/default'); ?>
                        <?php
                        $query 
    = new WP_Query(array('orderby' => 'date''order' => 'DESC'));
         
                        if (
    $query->have_posts()) : while ($query->have_posts()) : $query->the_post();
                                
    ?>     
                                <div class="new_post entry clearfix">
         
                                    <div class="postcontent">          
                                        <?php
                                        $width 
    = (int) get_option('polished_thumbnail_width_pages');
                                        
    $height = (int) get_option('polished_thumbnail_height_pages');
                                        
    $classtext 'post_img';
                                        
    $titletext get_the_title();
         
                                        
    $thumbnail get_thumbnail($width$height$classtext$titletext$titletext);
                                        
    $thumb $thumbnail["thumb"];
                                        
    ?>
         
                                        <?php if ($thumb <> '' && get_option('polished_page_thumbnails') == 'on') { ?>
                                            <?php print_thumbnail($thumb$thumbnail["use_timthumb"], $titletext$width$height$classtext); ?>
                                        <?php }; ?>
                                        <?php the_content(); ?>
                                        <?php wp_link_pages(array('before' => '<p><strong>' esc_html__('Pages''Polished') . ':</strong> ''after' => '</p>''next_or_number' => 'number')); ?>
         
                                        <div id="et_pt_blog">
                                            <?php
                                            $cat_query 
    '';
                                            if (!empty(
    $blog_cats))
                                                
    $cat_query '&cat=' implode(","$blog_cats);
                                            else
                                                echo 
    '<!-- blog category is not selected -->';
                                            
    ?>
                                            <?php
                                            $et_paged 
    is_front_page() ? get_query_var('page') : get_query_var('paged');
                                            
    ?>
                                            <?php query_posts("showposts=$et_ptemplate_blog_perpage&paged=" $et_paged $cat_query); ?>
                                            <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
         
                                                    <div class="et_pt_blogentry clearfix">
                                                        <h2 class="et_pt_title"><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>
         
                                                        <p class="et_pt_blogmeta"><?php esc_html_e('Posted''Polished'); ?> <?php esc_html_e('by''Polished'); ?> <?php the_author_posts_link(); ?> <?php esc_html_e('on''Polished'); ?> <?php the_time(get_option('polished_date_format')) ?> <?php esc_html_e('in''Polished'); ?> <?php the_category(', '?> | <?php comments_popup_link(esc_html__('0 comments''Polished'), esc_html__('1 comment''Polished'), '% ' esc_html__('comments''Polished')); ?></p>
         
                                                        <?php
                                                        $thumb 
    '';
                                                        
    $width 184;
                                                        
    $height 184;
                                                        
    $classtext '';
                                                        
    $titletext get_the_title();
         
                                                        
    $thumbnail get_thumbnail($width$height$classtext$titletext$titletext);
                                                        
    $thumb $thumbnail["thumb"];
                                                        
    ?>
         
                                                        <?php if ($thumb <> '' && !$et_ptemplate_showthumb) { ?>
                                                            <div class="et_pt_thumb alignleft">
                                                                <?php print_thumbnail($thumb$thumbnail["use_timthumb"], $titletext$width$height$classtext); ?>
                                                                <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><span class="overlay"></span></a>
                                                            </div> <!-- end .thumb -->
                                                        <?php }; ?>
         
                                                        <?php if (!$et_ptemplate_blogstyle) { ?>
                                                            <p><?php truncate_post(550); ?></p>
                                                            <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" class="readmore"><span><?php esc_html_e('read more''Polished'); ?></span></a>
                                                        <?php } else { ?>
                                                            <?php
                                                            
    global $more;
                                                            
    $more 0;
                                                            
    ?>
                                                            <?php the_content(); ?>
                                                        <?php ?>
                                                    </div> <!-- end .et_pt_blogentry -->
         
                                                <?php endwhile; ?>
                                                <div class="page-nav clearfix">
                                                    <?php
                                                    
    if (function_exists('wp_pagenavi')) {
                                                        
    wp_pagenavi();
                                                    } else {
                                                        
    ?>
                                                        <?php get_template_part('includes/navigation'); ?>
                                                    <?php ?>
                                                </div> <!-- end .entry -->
                                            <?php else : ?>
                                                <?php get_template_part('includes/no-results'); ?>
                                            <?php
                                            
    endif;
                                            
    wp_reset_query();
                                            
    ?>
         
                                        </div> <!-- end #et_pt_blog -->
         
                                        <?php edit_post_link(esc_html__('Edit this page''Polished')); ?>
                                        <div class="clear"></div>
         
                                    </div> <!-- end .post -->
                                </div>
                                <?php
                            
    endwhile;
                        endif;
                        
    wp_reset_postdata();
                        
    ?>
                    </div>
                    <!-- End Main -->
         
                    <?php if (!$fullwidthget_sidebar(); ?>
                    <?php get_footer(); ?>


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