I'm looking into using Wordpress as a basic content management system. I'm quite confused about what determines what content gets displayed when and where. For a simple example, I installed a theme and now I see something like this at the bottom of my "page": By admin on April 26, 2011 | Edit There's also a comment box down there and I didn't expect one to be there.
It appears that all I have to do is edit my page.php file to change this behavior but I'm a little baffled as to why the content delivery is so tightly coupled to the theme. I can make these changes now but if I decide to install a different theme I'm back at square one. It seems I should just be able to change a few settings to determine if I want those items (above) displayed when I create a "page".
I see there are many ways that content delivery is determined. Here's a quick list:
- Settings within the Wordpress control panel. (Widgets, Menus, etc)
- PHP code within your theme files.
- Custom post types.
So here's the question I've come to. Are there any simple rules or guidelines to help me determine what I might need to edit or customize when it comes to determining what gets displayed where?