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Apr
2008



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One of Web Talk’s reader has written to me asking to explain how the tab section, located at the top of the blog (containing the following tabs: Home, About, Contact, Submit, Donate, Subscribe, Videos) works. Here is what he wrote to me:

Hi, just saw ur post from the itheme site and glad u r using it too
just wondering i have downloaded the theme but how do i change it ?
what i mean here is the above tab home about contact submit donate subs

coz my about link is being set to http://www.abc.com/?page_id=2 and when u have created the “contact” tab, how to link it to http://www.webtlk.com/contact/
Is it “save as” the whole sites (offline) and copy all the code back to contact.php? Or do i need to change some settings from “Customize Permalink Structure”?

hope u get what i mean
and thanks for the explanation
thanks

Here is my reply…

Hi Jason. I have just read your email. Straight to the point. I use WordPress to manage my blog (www.wordpress.org). The tabs are created by WordPress itself which assigns the web addresses automatically. Just go to write—write page (located in your admin area), create the pages you want, and you are done. All the changes are made online with a few easy steps. Like I said above, the web addresses are created by WordPress itself. If you don’t like them, you can modify the way they look like. On the right of the writing area there are many expandable sections. One of it is called page slug. Inside it you can find the web address assigned for the page you have created. It is sufficient to modify it to give your page a new address. As far as the theme is concerned, once downloaded it on your computer, you have to use a ftp software. Put the theme into this folder: /public_html/wp-content/themes and activate it by going to your admin area (to activate it go to presentation and activate the theme). As for Customize Permalink Structure I didn’t touch anything over there. Once you have chosen one of its common options, I advise you not to touch it anymore. In fact, once you have decided how your web addresses structure will be like, search engines crawlers will crawl your blog right away. If, after a while, you change the address structure again, crawlers won’t be able to reach your pages anymore and your blog won’t be reachable by people through search engines. WordPress is very easy to use and it works right out-of-the-box. You don’t have to deal with any code and no extra knowledge is required.

 

Update: On a second thought I found out what it is wrong with your web addresses. By default WordPress assigns for its posts and pages, web addresses with the following extension: www.webtlk.com/?p=123

To change it, it is sufficient to go to: Option–Permalinks (it is located in your admin area) and change the standard option into Date and name based or into numeric. Be aware that if your blog is old this could be a problem since search engines have already crawled your blog with the standard permalinks. This will be bad for you since people, even for a while, won’t be able to reach your blog, posts and pages anymore. Anyway after a while, search engines will crawl your blog again, will see the different structure and will update themselves accordingly.




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4 Comments to “A theme question from a Web Talk’s reader”

  1. jason Says:

    +_+”
    forgot to put my link.. plus it is not fully designed and developed yet.. :p
    btw, wana ask on the ‘Customize Permalink Structure’ , i have changed it to “day and name” as per advise

    Custom Structure : /index.php/%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/

    however, it still comes up with this link

    http://www.abc.com/index.php/about-writer/

    instead of

    http://www.abc.com/about-writer/

    err..is that “/index.php/ ” important ?but based on ur site, u don have it there hmm
    any suggestions ?
    thanks

  2. Web Talk Says:

    You are welcome! by the way, you forgot to write your blog address 😉 For any other questions, pls don’t esitate to contact me!

  3. jason Says:

    got it already…
    finally able to create the page and the link is all ok now 😀
    many thankssssssssssssssssssss

  4. jason Says:

    thanks for the information 😉
    will try to check on the code tonite 😀


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