OK, I'm sure some WP pros here will think this is a dumb question, and I'll probably get some flak, but I have actually read plenty of documentation, and I just don't think I'm even going in the right direction, anymore.
I am somewhat experienced with PHP, but i have little experience with wordpress.
My client bought a WP theme-- and the theme has a built-in template for posts -
However, when I used the suggested method
query_posts() - the template was stripped from the post content when displayed on the page.
SO, what methods do I use to include the other parts of the template? I've checked a few files like posts.php and post_template.php -- but it seems like I'm not even going in the right direction.
So whatever help anyone can offer would be fantastic-- I think if I got going in the right direction, I could figure out the trickier details, like how to include aspects of the template only once, even though I want to display 5 posts at a time on this page-- But if you know something different has to be done for that, then I REALLY appreciate the help.