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2.6 Full WordPress Template and Formatting Support

For a WordPress site to work at its best, it needs to have a number of templates specifically designed for different areas, and a range of formatting supported. Learn how to check if your theme has full WordPress template and formatting support in this lesson.

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2.6 Full WordPress Template and Formatting Support

Hey, welcome back to WordPress Themes, things to check before you buy. In this lesson we're gonna have a look at some of the WordPress specific things that you should check into. Just a bit of a list to tick off and go through and assess in each of the themes that you're considering buying. So every WordPress theme is made up of a bunch of templates, and different templates control the way different parts of your site look. A good theme developer is aware of all of these different templates. And they put time and effort into designing and coding each one of these templates to make sure every part of your site looks and functions properly. So as part of your assessment process it's a good idea to go through and check on each one of these major templates yourself and make sure that it looks the way that you want it to look and it functions the way you want it to function. The first thing that we're gonna check on is making sure that comments are nicely handled on blog posts. And here we're on the homepage of a site that handles comments quite well. So I'm just going to show you some good examples of each one of the templates and WordPress specific formatting aspects that we're gonna go through. Now this one here you can see that above the title here it's showing you how many comments there are. Now not all themes will show you how many comments are available to read on that particular blog post. It may be something you want, it may be something you don't want. But if you think it is something that you would like, then be sure to check out each of the blog posts from the main pages or archive pages and see that that link is there. So now let's go ahead and look at how these comments are formatted. So this is the blog post that is linked to from that front page, and this is the area at the end of the blog post showing the comments. There are a couple things that you want to look at here. One of the things is making sure that you can identify that a comment is a reply to a previous comment by virtue of it being nested. So this one's doing that quite well, so you can see that this comment here is a reply to this comment here. It's also a good idea to check and make sure that you can see the icons of the user and the name of the user, and if you want this appear, also the date of the comment as well. And you want to see that you've got this reply link also visible so that if somebody wants to talk to another commenter on the site they can. And then if we scroll down a little further, we also want to check that there is a clear and accessible comment form to make sure that that comment participation is accessible to people if you want it to be. The next thing that we're going to look at is image alignment. Now WordPress actually has a specific way of allowing images to be left aligned and right aligned. And a theme developer has to add code to their theme specifically to make WordPress images align left and align right. So it's a good idea to try and find somewhere on the site a demonstration showing you that this left and right alignment is working properly. So in this example we can see that they're showing off the left aligned image here. Also showing their caption functionality. And then if we scroll down we also see the right aligned image. So just have a look through the theme and make sure that you can find that that alignment functionality is working properly. Next up, we're gonna have a look at blogs. Now sometimes you get a thing like this one where on the homepage you don't have a blog, you have some different type of presentation. Now if you see something like this and you like the homepage but you know you are gonna want to use a blog on that site, then make sure that you take the time to search in the menu and find if there is support for blog styling in the theme. So in this case we've got a blog up in the menu here. And that takes us through to this layout, and this shows us how the blog posts are laid out. So just have a look through and make sure that you like the way that that blog is set out, even if you're not seeing a blog layout on the home page of the site. So you want to check on that blog layout, but you also want to click through to one of the posts and make sure that you like the single post layout. So if we go back up here, this post here, if we click on it to read the full article, takes us through to this display. So make sure that you like the way the featured image is showing. Make sure that you like the headings, and the way the tags are displayed, and the way the text is displayed, the author section. Everything else that surrounds that post, make sure that you like that single post presentation style. So that is a single post. You also, in a typical WordPress theme, wanna have a look at the single page styling. So while a single post template is gonna control how one post from your blog looks, a single page template is for things like an about us page, for example. So let's take a look at an example of a single page. So you can see in the menu here that we are looking at a demo of the single page, and we can scroll through and just check it out. And again, all we're doing is making sure that we like the way that it looks and the way that it's formatted. And then finally the last thing that you definitely wanna check on each and everything that you consider buying is the way that archives are represented. So archives are typically tags and categories. So you might see that a post has been tagged with a particular tag, you click on that tag link, and it'll show you all the other posts that have the same tag. The same thing goes with categories. A post might show itself as being in a particular category and you wanna check and see how all of the posts for that particular category will look on an archive page. So here we've got an archive demonstration here, and this is showing us the category Archives. So in this example, this is the Humans category, and this page is showing us all of the posts that are in the Humans category. Once again, we're just checking to make sure that it's there. Make sure it's functional, make sure you like the presentation, make sure it clearly shows what category a person is browsing. And then it's the same thing for any other archives like Tag Archives. Again, making sure that everything is clearly displayed and that you like the style. You might also wanna look at Author Archives. So if you're gonna have multi-author site, allow somebody to look at all of the posts written by a particular author. So the main two default ones are that Tag and Category display. But have a think about if they're gonna be other types of archives displays you wanna use as well, and just make sure they look and present the way that you want. So those are the main things to look at to ensure you've got full WordPress compatibility. Check out the Comments section, left and right image alignment, a blog, if it's not obvious on the homepage what the blog looks like. The single blog post, a single page, and any archives, like tags and categories. All right, coming up next we're going to take a look at structured data. So basically, it's up to a good theme to take the content that's on your site and put structure around it in such a way that it's going to be extra palatable to search engines like Google. If you have good structured data, then it can allow for things like rich search results to appear in Google. For example, if you have a site with reviews on it, then correct structured data can allow review scores on your site to actually show up in Google search results. So we're going to take a look at some of the rich search results that you can get with structured data. And we're going to go through how you can evaluate if the theme that you're looking at uses structured data well. And we'll take a look at some examples that show how good structured data should be done. So we'll step through all of that in the next lesson. I'll see you there.

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