The upfront theme is confusing the heck out of me. I cannot

The upfront theme is confusing the heck out of me. I cannot tell what theme applies to the page and its seems confusing. I am not a wordpress expert, and I used to work more with Joomla and the overrides and theme management was much better (gantry). I have read the tutorials, but I suppose I might be missing something basic. The interface seems confusing and difficult to understand for upfront and I feel like it should be easier to see what pages are assigned to what theme.
I also noticed on your website that the monthly fee I pay allows me to request theme development for my site. Is this something that you do? Is that a part of the membership fee? I am attempting to validate wordpress being used as an intranet and I am not sure if its possible. I need one theme across the whole site, document management, a wiki, and access control for particular sections of the site (controlled by each department). Search features and social/news aspects are very important too.

So as the experts...is what I am trying to do possible or am I dreaming?

  • Patrick

    Hi there @Shawn Main

    Welcome to WPMU DEV, glad to have you aboard!

    The upfront theme is confusing the heck out of me. I cannot tell what theme applies to the page and its seems confusing.

    What you are trying to accomplish is most certainly possible with WordPress. To help you get more comfortable with how Upfront works, please read through the 7-part tutorial series of artcles on our blog starting here:
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/upfront-basics/

    Also, I think it's important to clear up one thing that appears to be causing a bit of confusion. A WordPress theme (Upfront or any other), put very simply, is what is used on a site to display the content. A theme can contain many different templates that can display different content types in different fashions.

    For example, a theme would have a single.php template for all your single posts, and an archive.php template for the post category archives (displays an excerpt of all posts in a given category). But the code in each of those templates is set up so the on-screen content displays very differently depending on which one is being called by the browser.

    The code used in any themes and its templates (WordPress, Joomla, or any other CMS) is PHP which queries your database to fetch whatever content is being requested, HTML to hold & present that content in defined containers, & CSS to make the whole shebang look purty. :slight_smile:

    So when you activate a theme on your site, it does indeed apply to the whole site. What may influence how the content appears from page to page is the template that is being used from that theme.

    This can get a bit complicated when we start talking about WordPress multisite, which is probably what you're gonna want to be learning more about for your intranet project (and I see that's what you have begun building). While a theme on any given site is applied to the whole site, it does not affect other subsites in a WordPress multisite network. Each of those subsites would need to have a theme enabled. You can, however, use the same theme on every site in a network to create the illusion for users that they are on the very same site. Most casual users won't notice the slight differences in the URLs, and likely wouldn't care much either. :slight_smile:

    Here's a bit of additional reading to help get you more familiar with WordPress multisite:
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/ultimate-guide-multisite/

    I also noticed on your website that the monthly fee I pay allows me to request theme development for my site. Is this something that you do? Is that a part of the membership fee?

    Unfortunately, no. We cannot offer custom theme development for every member at the price we charge for membership. However, we can, and do, try our darndest to help you get things up and running smoothly on your site, and will go the extra mile when we can to help you customize stuff so it looks & works awesome!

    We do have a custom development area here at WPMU DEV that only premium members like you can access though. That's the go-to place you want when any customizations you may need happen go beyond the scope of the support we can offer you here in the forums:
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/wordpress-development/

    I would recommend getting a good feel for how Upfront works first on a single site. Then have a look through our arsenal of plugins for any you may find interesting, or that have potential for your project. For example:
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/membership/
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/wordpress-wiki/
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/custom-google-search/

    Please let us know if this helps, and don't hesitate to post again if you need more help with this.

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