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Index Page Setup

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This tutorial teaches you how to setup the Index Page for the WordPress Themes.

* Please see the demo for how this page template is intended to be used: https://wpdemos.info/emilia-default/index-page/. This is not meant to be used for category or multiple pages. It's to create a single index page to feature multiple categories.

Video Directions

*See written directions below video.

Create Page

  1. Create a new page on your WordPress Site.ip1.png
  2. Give your page a title.
  3. Under Page Attributes > Template, select Index Page.ip2.png
  4. Publish your page.ip3.png

Add Page to Menu

  1. Go to Appearance > Customize.
  2. The Customizer open.
  3. Click on the Menus tab.ip4.png
  4. Add the new page to your menu.
  5. Click on the page link from your menu to view it in the Customizer.

Index Page Settings

  1. In the Customizer, click on the Theme Options tab.ip8.jpg
  2. Click on the Index Page Settings tab.ip8b.jpg
  3. Under Index Page Layout, select 2, 3 or 4 columns.
  4. You can enable or disable the page Sidebar.
  5. Sidebar Mode can be set to static or sticky.
  6. Sidebar Position can be set to left or right.ip9.jpg
  7. Click the Publish button to save changes.

Add Top Widgets

  1. While viewing the Index Page in the Customizer, go to the Widgets tab.ip5.png
  2. Click on the Index Page Top widget area tab.ip7.png
  3. Click the Add a widget button add widgets to this area.
  4. Good widgets include: Categories (dropdown), Archives (dropdown) and Search.ip6.png

Index Page Main

  1. While viewing the Index Page in the Customizer, go to the Widgets tab.ip5.png
  2. Click on the Index Page Main widget area tab.ip10.jpg
  3. Click the Add a widget button add widgets to this area.
  4. Add a Index Page Posts widget to the widget area.ip11.jpg
  5. Give your widget a Title.
  6. Under Filter by Category, choose the posts to display.
  7. Under Number of posts to show, enter the number of posts for the widget to display.
  8. Under Image Layout, choose square or portrait (tall) images.
  9. Under Widget Style, choose style 1 or style 2.
  10. In More text, enter the text to display for the more button/more link that links to the category page.ip12.jpg
  11. Add more widgets as desired.
  12. Click Publish to save changes.

Index Page Sidebar

  1. In the Customizer, make sure the Index Page Sidebar is enabled.
  2. While viewing the Index Page in the Customizer, go to the Widgets tab.ip5.png
  3. Click on the Index Page Main widget area tab.ip13.jpg
  4. Click the Add a widget button to add widgets.
  5. Good widgets for the sidebar include categories, archives, search, etc.
  6. Click the Publish button to save changes.
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