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Best Answer Simon_P , 21 May 2013 - 11:12 AM

Thanks Rob and for the link, which I have checked out - useful.  Sadly on the network sites, I don't appear to have the option to Edit any of my Plugins!!!  Only at the Admin level and there are some little tiny CSS tweaks for each of the websites :-(

 

Only the network admin has access to edit files.

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#1 bleuy

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:41 PM

Howdy Folks!

 

Dumb question of the day coming up......

 

I have 4 Websites which I want to convert to a 'Network' in Wordpress, but before doing so....

 

1. Will Pagelines enable me to build & customize unique themes for each of the 4 sites within the 'Network'

2. If so is there a user guide somewhere

3. If not, back to the drawing board I go  :phew:

Thanking you kindly, on this rarely sunny day!

 



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:04 PM

1. You will need PageLines Framework Developer edition in order for you to use multi-site install (a network of sites). Once you have multi-site, you'll be able to customize each site individually (and they'll be managed from one Dashboard)

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#3 bleuy

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:10 PM

Thanks Catrina, I do have the developer version and I am aware how to set up a 'Network' but thanks for that.  I can't seem to see how you customize each of the sites, I only get the Pagelines main menu in the Super Admin and I need slightly different layouts for each website



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:35 PM

Is each site going to use the same theme?



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:48 PM

Thats what I was trying to ascertain before I set up the 'Network'.  My preference is that they all use the Pagelines Theme, but each one will differ (mainly colours, Logos & Home page), however all of the plugins & users are the same.

 

I guess I have answered my own question and not bother with the network! Was looking at it as an option for simpler management!



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:49 PM

You can visit the wp dashboard for each individual site like any other wp admin user.

 

For advanced customisation like style.css/functions.php for each blog you will need the DEV version and the pagelines-customization plugin.

 

You can then make separate folders for each blog for example:

 

wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize/blogs/3/style.css for blog id #3



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:00 PM

Thanks Messer, does that mean that I need to copy the content from wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize to each blog folder or just the style.css file?



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:08 PM

My name is not messer, neither is yours member ;)

 

I didn't say to copy anything anywhere.

 

If you want blog #7 to have its own functions file you'd create one here:

wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize/blogs/7/functions.php

 

if you wanted blog #10 to have its own style.css file then you would create this file:

wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize/blogs/10/style.css



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:20 PM

Sorry.... just cleaned my glasses and realised I was looking at the words above your avatar, not your name at the top of post.....  :bow:

 

Clearly I'm getting far to much sun today (Not!) and its affecting my brain!

 

I was just trying to ascertain if I could have the drag and drop element on each of the websites in the 'Network' I was trying not to over complicate it, but I guess I probably am (unfortunately I'm no developer!)



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:20 PM

You can log into each blog individually.

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Just vist the wp dashboard for the blog you want to edit. The PageLines options are completely separate.



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 10:08 AM

Thanks Simon_P thats all sorted now - amazed at how simple that was.

 

Thanks for your help



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:15 PM

Well I thought it was easy!

 

> I've created the network  

> installed pagelines

> activated the 'pagelines-customize' on each website (note I also have the framework & base themes (default) installed

> created the relevant blog directories within the plugin directory

  • wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize/blog1 (id=#2)
  • wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize/blog2 (id=#3)
  • wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize/blog3 (id=#4)
  • wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize/blog4 (id=#5)

> created a functions.php & custom.css file (each are empty) within each directory (this is probably wrong!)

 

But when I load the pages they are completely unformatted.  Example here

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I've clearly done something wrong!

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 06:56 PM

To fix your formatting issue, please open the wp-config.php file (access it via your hosting provider's cPanel file manager or FTP) and paste this code at the bottom and save:

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 06:59 PM

Well I thought it was easy!

 

> I've created the network  

> installed pagelines

> activated the 'pagelines-customize' on each website (note I also have the framework & base themes (default) installed

> created the relevant blog directories within the plugin directory

  • wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize/blog1 (id=#2)
  • wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize/blog2 (id=#3)
  • wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize/blog3 (id=#4)
  • wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize/blog4 (id=#5)

> created a functions.php & custom.css file (each are empty) within each directory (this is probably wrong!)

 

But when I load the pages they are completely unformatted.  Example here

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I've clearly done something wrong!

:startle:

The directory names are wrong.

Here is my example again:

wp-content/plugins/pagelines-customize/blogs/10/style.css



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Posted 11 May 2013 - 04:39 PM

Thanks Simon, that was helpful, I haven't been back as I have been plugging away with stuff, now that I have Pagelines on each website - so thats great.  The only challenge i have now is needing to modify the code itself (borders, spacing, widget colours etc) on each website.

 

I have the 'Pagelines Cusomize' plugin installed however,

 

When set to Network Enabled - It disappears from the individual websites plugins

When set to Network Disabled - I can see it in the Plugins but can't do anything with it.

 

Where should I be writing the custom code/amends? (I think I probably know the answer, but I would rather an expert advised!)

 

Thanks very much in advance



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Posted 12 May 2013 - 02:28 PM

PageLines Customize isn't a tool, but a resource.  As a result, you won't find settings for it in the Dashboard or in PageLines settings.

 

It comprises several files.  Two are important - functions.php and style.css.

 

These are intended to be edited to add customized functions and style (respectively) to the site.

 

To access these files, you go to Dashboard > Plugins > Editor.  Once there, select PageLines Customize from the drop list on the top-right, then click the Select button.  In the grey column on the right, you will see pagelines-customize/functions.php or pagelines-customize/style.css.  An additional file, pagelines-customize/base.php will also be seen (please don't change/edit this file, as it makes the PageLines Customize plugin work).

 

Functions.php and style.css are only intended for specific purposes.  If, for example, you wanted to add a hook to your site, you'd use functions.php.  If you wanted a unique styling added, you can use the style.css. 

 

I hope this clarifies their purpose, use and access.  If you have additional questions, this may help:

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 11:07 AM

Thanks Rob and for the link, which I have checked out - useful.  Sadly on the network sites, I don't appear to have the option to Edit any of my Plugins!!!  Only at the Admin level and there are some little tiny CSS tweaks for each of the websites :-(



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 11:12 AM   Best Answer

Thanks Rob and for the link, which I have checked out - useful.  Sadly on the network sites, I don't appear to have the option to Edit any of my Plugins!!!  Only at the Admin level and there are some little tiny CSS tweaks for each of the websites :-(

 

Only the network admin has access to edit files.



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Posted 21 May 2013 - 11:20 AM

Thanks Simon, I've just had a Eureka moment and figured it out! (actually muddled it out!)

 

Network Admin => Sites => Select Website => Edit => Theme => Select Base Theme => Edit

 

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