Dicking around with WordPress for the hiking podcast site

All damn day today I’ve been dicking around with WordPress trying to customize certain parts. I find editing blocks both frustrating and flexible. There are so many more things you can do with WordPress than when I first started using it. But the new system using blocks sometimes is confusing and it’s hard to find how to customize certain features. I decided to use this year’s default theme, Twenty Twenty-Two. It’s a clean theme and the block editor allows enough customization to make each site unique.

Today I added the privacy policy page and was trying to add items to that link menu. Not because I need to add any links but because I wanted to know how it works. It’s maddening! I’m clicking around and nothing seems to happen. I think I finally figured it out. A plus sign was buried underneath another plus sign. I was clicking in the wrong place!

Adding a font to the theme is straight forward. However, you have to edit the theme.json file. I copied the code that’s already there, inserted it in the correct place, and made the appropriate changes for my font. I missed a comma and a bracket. Holy shit! I couldn’t see what I missed. I must have wasted a half hour on that. I finally found what I missed and it all works now. Here’s the code I inserted.

{
“fontFamily”: “\”Comfortaa\”, sans-serif”,
“name”: “Comfortaa”,
“slug”: “comfortaa”,
“fontFace”: [
{
“fontFamily”: “Comfortaa”,
“fontWeight”: “200 900”,
“fontStyle”: “normal”,
“fontStretch”: “normal”,
“src”: [ “file:./assets/fonts/comfortaa/Comfortaa-Regular.ttf” ]
},
{
“fontFamily”: “Comfortaa”,
“fontWeight”: “200 900”,
“fontStyle”: “bold”,
“fontStretch”: “normal”,
“src”: [ “file:./assets/fonts/comfortaa/Comfortaa-Bold.ttf” ]
}
]
},

Those last damn straight and curly brackets and the comma that killed me.

Another customization I wanted is to remove the underline from links that are not part of the content of a post or page. There is no setting anywhere in the Twenty Twenty-Two theme that does this. I spent another half our or so clicking around all the settings. Internet search to the rescue. It’s a good thing more times than not someone has already asked the question for which you need the answer. This one was easier and worked like a charm. For this one you add the code to the style.css file for the theme you’re using. Here’s the code.

/* Removes underline from links except main content area of posts and pages */

a {
text-decoration: none!important;
}

.entry .entry-content a {
text-decoration: underline!important;
}

Here’s what the basic site looks like right now.

I was unable to move forward with actual podcast stuff because of these issues today. Hopefully tomorrow but I’ll be out of my office most of the day so who knows!

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