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How to Make Cutline’s Sitemap and Archives Pages Functional?

May 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments · How to, WordPress, WordPress Themes, WordPress Tips



Creating a Sitemap Page

If you first downloaded Cutline theme, its Sitemap page is not functional. You have to do something in order to make it work. Do you want to know how you can make yours work? Actually it is not hard. Mine is already working in this blog. See Sitemap on the footer of this blog. The Cutline‘s author, Chris Pearson, has provided detail instructions of how to make it work:

  1. Upload sitemap.php to your active WordPress theme directory.
  2. In your WordPress administration panel, go to Write and then to Write Page.
  3. Fill in a title (it can be anything you want), do not enter anything into the text area of the post, and create a Post Slug called “sitemap.”
  4. Most important, from the Page Template dropdown box, select the Sitemap template.
  5. When you’re done, click on Create New Page.

The above instructions are for Cutline 1.03 or older only; and you need to download a sitemap.php from here and upload it to public_html/wp_content/theme/your_cutline_theme/. Make sure you change your_cutline_theme to be your actual theme name.

If you are using Cutline 1.1 or higher, then there is no need to download a sitemap.php because you current theme has already included a correct sitemap.php file. Just follow the steps below instead:

  1. In your WordPress administration panel, go to Write and then to Write Page.
  2. Fill in a title (it can be anything you want), do not enter anything into the text area of the post, and create a Post Slug called “sitemap.”
  3. Most important, from the Page Template dropdown box, select the Sitemap template.
  4. When you’re done, click on Create New Page.

Creating an Archive Page

If you are using Cutline theme, its Archives page doesn’t work either. In order to make it work, I suggest you read Chris Pearson’s Creating Archives and About Pages. Here are the steps I quoted from his site:

  1. Log into your WP Administration panel and click on the Presentation link.
  2. Assuming you have the Cutline theme activated, you’ll notice a link in the sub-navigation menu called Cutline Options.
  3. On the Cutline Options page, simply check the box next to “Enable the Cutline Archives Page.”
  4. Click the Update Options button to create the Archives page.
  5. In order to ensure that your new Archives page gets published properly, you’ll need to click on the Manage link in the main navigation menu.
  6. Once there, click on Pages in the sub-navigation menu.
  7. One of your pages will contain the text “Archives” in the Title field – find that page, and then click on the Edit button for that page.
  8. Locate the Save » button (which resides just beneath the main text entry box), and click it. You’re done!

For step 1, Presentation now is called Design. For step 8, the Save button now is resided on the upper right side of the main text entry box. The instructions are pretty straightforward, but if you encounter any problems, just let me know.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • Matt

    Hey, I am having a problem leaving comments on my site. How can I make my comment form display, and also view comments users have left me? thanks!
    Matt
    http://www.matthewaengel.com

  • Lana

    Hello Matt;
    Thanks for visiting.

    I checked your site. I can not see your comment form either because you set up your comment option to be “log in”. Only the logged in people can comment on your site.

    If you want your visitor to see your comment form and comments, then go to Settings/General and uncheck “Users must be registered and logged in to commnet” option. Make sure you save your change.

    Also your Sitemap page is not working either. You may follow the instructions in this post to fix the problem. Hope that helps.

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