How to Setup a Blog With Layers

How To  Layers User Guide  Since: 1.0 Last Updated: Layers ver. 1.2.10 Time to Read: 1 minute

A Blog page can serve as the home page of your site, or an internal page. Layers offers two primary ways to create these pages, either with a template, or with Layers widgets.

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Use the ‘Blog’ page template to automatically create a list of your most recent published posts from all categories, and add widgets to your blog sidebar in LAYERS → CUSTOMIZE → Edit Layout → Right Sidebar. You should only use this template once to create your main Blog or News page. The template automatically displays your page title and breadcrumbs.

Each of your categories will have archives generated automatically by WordPress using this same layout and do not need pages created. To link to categories directly from one of your menus, add the link in the Menu manager by checking it in the Categories panel on the left. This panel can be enabled under “Screen Options” on the Menu screen if you can’t find it.

In the Customizer you will find a Blog panel containing two sections for customizing the Archive or post list view, and one for customizing the single Posts & Pages view. Each one allows you to set a left, right or two-sidebar layout to be applied to the Blog template and its dynamically generated archives. You may create static pages with different sidebar layouts anytime by using those page templates, explained in Layers Page Templates

The Layers Pro extension adds several more options to these panels for hiding or showing the date, author, etc and for coloring the titles, buttons, links and other Post elements which you can learn about here.

Of course, you can also create a totally custom Blog page by selecting the Layers Builder template instead. From here, publish the page, then just Edit your Layout and use the Posts widget to display posts in a grid or masonry layout with your choice of columns.

Layers pages do not use the standard WordPress sidebars, and the Post Widget has its own options that are not affected by the global “Blog” settings.