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  • cjk
    # October 9, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I am looking for opinions and ideas on the best and simplest methods to accomplish the following;

    I currently have a wordpress installation at and a simple home page with logo, some pictures and an "enter" link to the blog. I have a number of posts and several static pages in wp. I would like to expand on my static pages and take many of them outside of wp. I wish to keep using so for my "news" blogging but would like to create a sidebar on my new homepage (and other static HTML/css pages) that has a dynamic update of the latest 5 or more blog posts.

    I am sure that there is more than one way to skin this cat. What would you do, and why?


    # October 9, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Hey Chris,
    Simple Pie rings a bell. Didn’t you include it in one of your screencasts?

    # October 9, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve always had good success with magpierss.

    # November 28, 2008 at 4:28 am

    I am a total wordpress newbie, but am trying to build my first theme from scratch. I am trying to figure this Simplepie plugin out from video #41, but am pulling my hair out.

    When i added the code from the video to my index.php, I get this message:

    A feed could not be found at http://localhost:8888/wordpress/feed/

    Does anyone have any ideas? You help would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to ask for more info if you think it will help. I am testing my theme locally with MAMP. Not sure if this is relevant, but I am still at the stage where I the only pages I am working with are index.php and style.php. I haven’t parsed the theme into header, footer, sidebar, etc.

    # November 28, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    yeah like Chris said, it’s because you are working locally,

    that being said it should still display but you will have some parse errors,

    make sure you downloaded all the right plug ins for it to work.

    check out the simple pie site there’s some info on the subject.

    # November 29, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Thanks for your help Chris and Pab. I will attempt to test online tomorrow and see what happens.

    # December 22, 2008 at 10:44 pm


    Incredibly useful post.



    # March 17, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Hey Ikthius!

    Sorry for the delay, I got distracted with other projects and just got around to fiddling with my site again. Your reply was extremely useful and helpful. That was the ticket! Worked like a charm. Much appreciation!

    If anyone would like to see how that all worked out, is the site.

    Best regards,

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