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Create your own blog index page in Builder

  • Why: Although builder generates a blog index page using the content module, in some cases you might want to create your own listing of blog posts. Perhaps to select posts only from a specific category, or for whatever other reasons you can think of.
  • How: query_posts is a WordPress function that allows you to write your own WordPress loop. In Builder, the easiest way to create such a blog page is to
    • create a page template,
    • upload to your WordPress site,
    • write a new page (no need to add content),
    • select the newly created page template,
    • and publish the page.

Your page template should look something like this:

Template Name: Generic Blog Index Page

function render_content() {

<?php if (have_posts()) { ?>
    <?php $paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1; ?>
    <?php query_posts('paged='. $paged . '&posts_per_page=' . get_option('posts_per_page')); ?>

    <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    <?php   if ( current_theme_supports( 'post-thumbnails' ) )
        the_post_thumbnail(array(125,125), array('class' => 'thumb')); ?>
        <h3><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h3>
        <?php the_time(__('l, F j, Y', 'it-l10n-Builder')); ?>
        <?php the_content_limit(250, "more »"); ?>

    <?php endwhile; ?>

    <div class="alignleft"><?php previous_posts_link('« Previous Page') ?></div>
    <div class="alignright"><?php next_posts_link('Next Page »') ?></div>

<?php } ?>



add_action( 'builder_layout_engine_render_content', 'render_content' );

do_action( 'builder_layout_engine_render', basename( __FILE__ ) );


Important Note 1: the actual content part (post header, date and content) is simplified, refer to the Child Themes index.php to see how it is actually coded for that specific Child Theme. Important Note 2: the content is displayed using the_content_limit(250, "more »") (see highlighted line), a function described in another tip on this page. You can use the_content() or the_excerpt(), depending on your requirements.

Limit the content of a post that is displayed on a blog index page

  • Why: In some cases, the_content() or the_excerpt() just don't fit your requirements.
  • How: Using a new function allows you to specify the number of characters you want to display on the blog index page, and what to use as the "more" text. Add the following function to your child theme's functions.php.
function the_content_limit($max_char, $more_link_text = '(more...)', $stripteaser = 0, $more_file = '') {
    $content = get_the_content($more_link_text, $stripteaser, $more_file);
    $content = apply_filters('the_content', $content);

   if (strlen($_GET['p']) > 0) {
      echo $content;
   else if ((strlen($content)>$max_char) && ($space = strpos($content, " ", $max_char ))) {
        $content = substr($content, 0, $space);
        echo $content = $content . " <a href='"; the_permalink(); echo "'>".$more_link_text."</a>";
   else {
      echo $content;

(Note: 95% of the code is based on this plugin by Alfonso Sanchez-Paus Diaz and Julian Simon de Castro).

Add a full width Header and/or Footer to your Builder theme

  • Why: Because you want to
  • How: Detailed instructions in this article.

Filler Content to generate an index

  • Why:
  • How:
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