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Guide: How to Adapt Website Themes to Blogs

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Tastes differ...even though 80% of all blog owners claim that WordPress is the best ever blogging platform, we definitely know that there is much more beyound that. Those who consider WordPress to be some sort of a "child edition CMS" choose other content management monsters like Drupal or Joomla. Some make this choise intentionally others just to have a bite, and when starting to adapt a newly acquired template to the blog based on Drupal or Joomla experience some minor difficulties.

Most frequent question our support receives from the customers is "How to adapt TemplateMonster’s theme to a blog?" From a first glance this may seem pretty hard to do, but actually it’s dead simple.

In this blog post we are going to show you how to make things done on three most popular CMS. So let’s start from the number one blogging platform.


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WordPress

In this case the phrase “easy as a pie” takes entirely different meaning of easiness.

  • Log into your admin panel
  • Go to Settings > Reading > Reading Settings

Looks at the screenshot, here you can choose which of your website or newly installed template pages will be shown as the main.

Here you have several options you can choose Your latests posts for the front page displays or one of the static pages that also includes Blog.

 

Post Formats in WordPress

 

Now every WordPress template features functionality that allows to pick the Post Format. A Post Format is a piece of meta information that can be used by a theme to customize its presentation of a post. The Post Formats feature provides a standardized list of formats that are available to all themes that support the feature.

  • Standard – standard format;
  • Aside – a post-note;
  • Link – post a link to an external resource;
  • Quote – post-quote;
  • Image – a picture post;
  • Gallery – gallery of post;
  • Video – video post;
  • Audio – audio post.

Drupal

Now let’s look how this works in Drupal. On the screenshots below we’ve marked the path you need to follow:

Configuration > Site Information > Front Page

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After you’ve added blog into Default front page field the whole thing will work perfectly fine.

Joomla

TemplateMonster’s inventory has lots of Joomla themes for every taste and purpose. As for the versions of templates Joomla templates 3.0 are best for informational websites(not blogs). Joomla templates 2.5 includes Gantry framework and a K2 that provide multiple extensions and post options.

What you need to do? Visit: Menu > Menu manager

You will see that same page as on the screenshot below. In order for you to turn the Blog page into a home one, you need to put a star it in the Home column in front of the Blog.

Additionally we'd like to say couple words about the search. TemplateMonster store has an extensive amount of carefully grouped categories, in order for you to find the template you need to follow some simple steps described in the guide Easy Way to Find a Template

That's it, no big deal to make TemplateMonster theme work adequatly on your blog. Now let's get back for a while and recollect a significant event of this week.

Cherry Framework Update

Since we’ve already started talking about WordPress we’d like to remind you of the recent Cherry framework update. If you own a Cherry WordPress Theme don't forget to urgrade to version 1.1 through your admin panel.

Those of you who haven't yet seen Cherry WordPress Themes check out the gallery, or go get a free Cherry Template to try this awesome product. Additionally we've showcased some of the latest Cherry designs below, have a look at them.

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Design Studio WordPress Theme

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Designer Portfolio WordPress Theme

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Mexican Restaurant WordPress Theme

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SPEAK UP!If you have any questions like how to build a WordPress website,we're always glad to have a talk with you, feel free to ask anything in the comments section.

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for updating the Cherry Framework. I have just installed it on a popular WP powered blog with over 1000 posts, and it was the easiest TemplateMonster theme install, ever.

    1. Hey @MartijnM:disqus! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our Cherry themes. If you need any help feel free to ask, we’ll be glad to give you a hand. Thank you for your great feedback.

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