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You don't have to be a programmer to make Market Theme work!
July 4, 2009
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We quietly, but officially opened for business recently at padyaks.com.  We are a U.S.-based importer of all-natural, handmade products, principally from the Philippines. 

Padyaks is an example of a nearly out-of-the-box, DIY online store. put together by myself...a person with very limited programming knowledge.  We won't win any awards for design -- some other custom MT sites are really quite gorgeous in comparison. 

However, in our case, our main focus has been to get products online and selling now, as I anticipate having 100, 200 or more products up by the end of the year.  We'll make cosmetic changes later.  Several recent improvements in Market Theme have really been a big help in getting us on our way, particularly the new grid display on category pages and modifications in the shopping cart. 

Of course, like several others who have posted recently, I will continue lobbying for a few more improvements.  I've worked with enough programmers, though, to know some of the "under-the-hood" stuff can be quite complex and requires a little time to develop.

I've come to really enjoy working with this theme, and I appreciate the help I've received in the forums.  Hopefully, as Padyaks grows, Market Theme will continue to be our platform for a long time.

July 23, 2009
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nice - looks like you solved one of the things I'm trying to solve: how do you get product posts on different pages?? any advice would be helpful. thanks.

July 24, 2009
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It's been awhile since I set it up...had to think for a moment. Laugh

Here's one of the better posts on the subject.  Ellen did a really nice job of summarizing what a number of us have spent hours searching for in earlier posts and experimenting.

http://www.markettheme.com/for.....categories

First off, it involves creating your product categories in the WP dashboard, under Posts - Categories.   You'll need the categories for the page ID numbers you'll insert into the additional frontdoor.php files you'll create.  Ellen explains that process in her post.

The frontdoor.php file is a template file which sets up the grid format.   You'll need this file, as is...plus the ones you create.

In our case, for example, I have created additional files named frontdoor-baskets, frontdoor-gifts, frontdoor-tabletops, and so on for our product pages.  When I created our pages in the WP dashboard, I could then assign them to the appropriate templates (over on the right side of the Edit - Pages, under Attributes) generated by the new frontdoor.php files.

By inserting the ID number from our gifts category into our frontdoor-gifts.php file, then creating the Gifts page and assigning it to the Gifts-Page template, I could then create our gift bag product posts and have them appear on the Gifts page grid by assigning them to our Gifts category. 

Our informational pages (contact, privacy notice, etc.) are simply assigned to the default template.

It all may seem a little complex at first...and hopefully I have my examples straight.  Regardless, Ellen's post is really thorough and should get you going in the right direction.

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