Modify the 2014 WordPress Theme-Add a No Header Landing Page

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Modify teh 2014 WordPress ThemeDid you know you could modify the 2014 WordPress Theme?

Twenty Fourteen is the current default WordPress theme.  When you install WordPress this is the free theme that comes with it.

Twenty Fourteen – a Nice Free Theme

I usually use professional themes, but I have to admit that the Twenty Fourteen theme is nice.  It is clean and neat and includes a major feature that has been missing in the previous default themes.   It has a sidebar.  The sidebar is the area  to the right or left of the major text area in most themes.  This is where Internet Marketers add functionality like a search bar, special badges, and perhaps free offfers.  Without the side bar, a theme is pretty useless to most Internet Marketers.

Why Modify the 2014 WordPress Theme?

Nice as it is, it is missing one thing that I usually list as a requirement for any theme I plan to use.  One of my clients really needed to use a free theme and so I took a look and discovered that we could modify the 2014 WordPress Theme with very little effort.

The two features we needed were:

  1. the ability to have a landing page without a side bar AND without a header.  While the theme comes with a "landing page" option, that page has a header (your blog logo and the menu options to navigate your blog). 

     

    A little background – Google and Facebook want you to send visitors to pages where they can navigate and see that your website is has lots of information about your niche.  We can understand that, but it does give vistors the ability to leave your offer and wander away.  There are times where you want a page that has no sidebar and not navigation options.  You want vistors to have one choice- opt in to you offer or don't opt-in.  Solo ads and JV Giveaways are good examples of places where you are not required to have a header and navigation and probably don't want to have them.

    Side note – Recently I have been putting a small copy of my blog header at the top of my offer pages.  Since I use that header on the top of my emails and on my facebook fan pages, I want my visitors to see who is making the offer.  This does two things – it exposes them to me (along with my offer) and if they already know me it gives my offer extra credit.  What I often don't want is for my visitor to wander away from my offer.
     

  2. We wanted to get rid of the left side bar/menu area.

How Do We Modify the 2014 WordPress Theme?

It really isn't that difficult.

First lets look at what happens when you create a new page so we can see what our page options are.

Default Page Template Options

Moify-Twenty-Fourteen-WordPress-Template - Page Options

You can see we have three options.  I'm going to ignore the Contributor option.  You can come back and fix it if you need it later.

The main two you have are the Default and the Full-Page.  Let's create a new page and choose the Default Page Option

Default Page Layout

Default-Page Layout

#1 -This has a header and a menu at the top (I haven't added an image or really worked on the menu for this demo)

#2 – It has a menu on the left

#3 – It has a sidebar on the right – for this example I just have the Search bar and part of a text widget in the right sidebar

As I said above – I really don't want a menu on the left and I want to be able to display a page without the header and navigation bar.

So let's go about getting rid of the menu on the left.

First we will find the menu option to Customize the Theme (Most themes have options you can turn off and on.  For example the tag line at the top of the page is set in the Customize the Theme section.

Customize the Theme
Customize the Theme

Now we go down and find the section that talks about the left sidebar.

Left Sidebar Option in Customize the Theme

Option in the Customize the Theme Section

Here you can see we have a way to add widgets to the left sidebar, but no way to turn it off.  Ah well – it isn't that hard to get rid of it.

We normally don't go into the editor, but this one is VERY SIMPLE, so off we go.

Activate the Editor

Activate the Editor

Let's find the main page file.

The Two Files we need to edit

Pick the Main Page

The Main Page Template and the Full-Width Template

When you click on this file you will see a small PHP file in the editor.  (I know  you don't know PHP, but this is a very simple file and we are going to do VERY simple things to it.)

Editing the Page.Php File

Make the Side Bar Line Into a Comment

All we need to do to this file is add the two slashes (//) right before the "get_sidebar();" line   These slashes turn that line into a comment

There is an Update File button right below the file.  Click on the Update File button and you are done with this file.

Now let's do the same thing to the File-Width Template file.

Full Width Template File
Comment out the same line

Put the two slashes right before the "get_sidebar();" line and click the Update File button.

These two small changes have turned off the left sidebar.  Now lets create a new template that has no header.

To do this you need to create a file on your WordPress Host.  I'm going to show you how to do it with FileZilla.  There are other ways to do it.  If all else fails you can phone the Support desk at  your hosting service.  They usually will be happy to copy a file or create an empty file for you.

Connecting FileZilla is topic unto itself. I wrote a blog post a long time back about it and there are many YouTube videos about it.  You hosting Support desk people will also be happy to help you if you need it.

Create a New File in FileZilla

Find the Page Template Files

 

#1 – I logged into my web hosting service with FileZilla and opened the files in the right panel.  I found my blog and opened folders until I found the Themes and the Twenty Fourteen theme.

#2 – I clicked on the page-templates folder

#3 – I clicked on one of the Full-Width Page file in the folder

Drag the Full Width File to the Left Side

Drage from the Right Side to the Left Side

Click on the file on the right side and hold the mouse button down while you drage the file to the left side.  Once you are done there is a copy of the file on your local computer.

Right Click and Rename the FileRight CLick and Rename the file

Rename the version of the file that is on your local hard drive.

Rename the File -Full-width-no-header.php

Reanme the local copy of the file

Now click on the copy on the left side and drage it back to the right side.  You will have a new file on the Server that hosts your blog.  The new file will be a renamed copy of the original full-width.php file

Copy the Renamed File Back to the Right Side

Drag the Full Width File to the left side

Now go back to WordPress and the Editor page.  Refresh that page and you will see that you have a new file.

New File in WordPress

Refresh the Editor Page and Look for the New File

#1 Note that the highlighted version of the file name says Page Widt.h

#2  While the file name says Full-width-no-header.  Let's fix that

File that we will Edit

We need to change things in the file

#1 – the file name has our "no-header" informati9on in it.

#2 – Edit the top line of the file and add the "no heder" part.  Name the file list will mention the "no header" information

#3 – Comment out the linke that says get_header() (Add two slashes at the beginning.

Now cick on the Update File button and the edits are done.

Now lets go edit our sample page again and see iwe have a new page option.

A New Page Template Option is Now Available

Mre {age Te,[;ate os Mpw Avao;able

When we choose the Full Width No Header Page, we get a page with no sidebars and no header.

Squeeze Page – No Header and No Sidebars

There we have it. A full width page.   (Note:  I use a plugin call Toggle The Title which allows me to turn off the displaying the Title)

Our goal was to Modify the 2014 WordPress Them and we have done that.

Until Next time, you have a Great Day!  Oh Hale Yes!

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  1. Thanks, Hale – This was laid out very simply – now I'm off to create mine!

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