WordPress NEWS AGGREGATOR THEME


Dredge-Report is designed to deliver news headlines and resource links, supported by advertising. The WordPress administration pages have been streamlined to make Dredge-Report simple to manage and difficult to screw up. The basic format is purposely very generic, using browser defaults and a bare bones stylesheet. Dredge-Report is fully responsive for tablet and smart phone compatibility.


A) Installation

Important: Dredge-Report MUST be installed on a fresh WordPress installation. The installation process creates post categories, creates sidebars, disables comments, sets image sizes, deletes the sample post and page, and streamlines WordPress administration. Set the site timezone and deactivate and delete all default plugins that were installed when you installed WordPress BEFORE you install Dredge-Report. Save settings->permalink after installation.

Plugins

Install and configure plugins after Dredge-Report has been installed and activated. Five plugins are recommended: W3 Total Cache for performance. iThemes Security to secure the site. Royal Slider to create query slide shows. WP Clean Up for database maintenance. WordPress Importer to import data. Configuration instructions for these plugins is provided on the theme option “Overview” page. A configuration file is supplied to configure the W3 Total Cache plugin settings. Configure the plugins in this order: W3 Total Cache, then WP Importer, WP Cleanup and ¬†iThemes Security last.


B) Potential Applications

  • Headlines linked to articles posted on remote sites
  • Headlines from RSS feeds only
  • Headlines linked to on-site articles only
  • A combination of headlines to remote sites, on-site articles and RSS feeds
  • Publish multiple menus of remote resource links

C) Site Structure

News Headline Posts

Headline Posts are displayed in five areas: featured, headline, left, center and right columns. Each Headline may be linked to a remote site or to an on-site article. An image or video can be displayed above the headline. On-site articles can contain as much content as needed, including photos and videos. Posts do not time out. Remove a post by changing the location to archive while unchecking the previous location. Complete instructions are provided on the post administration page.

RSS Feeds

RSS feeds are added to the site using the RSS widget. You can choose how many headlines to display. The feeds are styled exactly like the news headline posts. By default, the RSS Feed Titles are displayed. Titles can be hidden by changing the default setting on the Style Options page. RSS headlines are not entered into the database so they will not appear in archives or searches.

Resource Posts

Resource links are displayed in six areas: top left, bottom left, center top, center bottom, right top and right bottom. Resource link lists mare created using the WordPress custom menu function and placed in the page using the WP custom menu widget.

Widgets

There are twelve widget areas availables. Ads displayed in one of the three columns must be no wider than 300 pixels in order to format correctly. The header position is designed for a standard 728px √ó 90px banner ad. Multiple widget instances may be placed in each area. Post ads by dragging a text widget into the desired area and then paste the ad code into the text area.


D) Style Options

There are two CSS files in Dredge-Report. The first one is a minimized css file. This file contains just enough styling rules to create the responsive page structure. No fonts or colors are specified in this file. The second file fixes compatibility issue encountered with pre IE9 browsers.

The “Style Options” administration page is used to configure fonts and colors. Page background color and border color can also be modified. Choose from over 600 Google Fonts as well as standard font families. If you use a Google font, a standard font should be also be selected for fallback support for devices that don’t support Google fonts. Please note: Font weight and font style selections are not supported for every Google font. Visit the Google Fonts Site and look up the font you want to use to determine what weight and style variations are supported by your chosen font.

This panel is provided for the site title, headings, anchors, text and widget text elements:fonts

If further styling is desired, a css text area is provided. All settings modified on the “Style Options” page are returned to the site in a single line of inline css, containing only elements that have been modified.


E) JavaScript

Dredge-Report uses three Javascript files. The first file fixes html5 compatibility issues encountered in pre IE9 browsers. The second file combines FitVids, and PictureFill in a single minimized javascript file, loaded just before the end of the html. The third is file jquery.


G) Sample Data

Some people find it helpful to import some sample data as they develop their site. Sample data, rss feeds, ad codes, and google analytic code is included in the Dredge-Report download package. Instructions are included in the sampledata directory. Sample data should be replaced with your actual data before you take the site live.

  • adcodes.txt Google and Speedy ad codes are provided. Currently, AdSense publishers may place up to three AdSense for content units on one webpage.
  • data.xml Import this data file using the WordPress Importer located at “Tools” > “Import”
  • rssfeeds.txt Paste these into the URL field in the TSS feed widget. RSS Feeds for dailykos.com, foxnews.com, huffingtonpost.com, infowars.com, people.com, usatoday.com, and variety.com are provided.