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hi,

I am VERY new to CSS and HTML etc and have just created my own website by buying a template and using Wordpress.
I now would like a splash page for my website with my logo right in the middle with a simple 'enter' button below it for you to go to the home page.

Can anyone help with with it and tell me exactly what to do...!?!?!? I can just about edit CSS codes to what I want them to be (ie. from the template website I bought online), but can't really do any from scratch! So I am guessing and hoping to create a splash page code and just add it to the CSS style sheet!?

Any help would be great!
Thank you,

Anna Kichenside

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Anna Kichenside wrote: I now

Anna Kichenside wrote:

I now would like a splash page for my website with my logo right in the middle with a simple 'enter' button below it for you to go to the home page.

Can I ask why? What useful purpose is it going to serve? Unless it's used for some sort of device or browser detection which is then used to serve up different content, there's really no good reason to have a splash page - you're just making your visitors make an extra click to get to your content.

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there is no purpose other

there is no purpose other than to make the sit look that little bit better and to see my logo at a larger scale...

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Nobody cares about your logo

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u love it!

u love it!

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Anna Kichenside wrote: u love

Anna Kichenside wrote:

u love it!

Laughing out loud

This is just another example of trusting the experts over your desires.

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Verschwindende, I don't agree

Verschwindende, I don't agree with "nobody cares about your logo" since for a business, a professional logo or "identity" is important for marketing. If nobody cared about logos, then all of the professional organizations in the world simply wouldn't have them.

But I do agree that a splash page is completely unnecessary. Just put your logo on your site pages (generally in the upper-left corner) and people will see it. Put yourself in the shoes of the user or think about what you prefer when browsing the web. Do you enjoy the extra step a splash page requires?

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Verschwindende, I don't agree with "nobody cares about your logo" since for a business, a professional logo or "identity" is important for marketing. If nobody cared about logos, then all of the professional organizations in the world simply wouldn't have them.

OK, how about: Nobody cares enough about a logo to want to see it bigger. It might just be me but I've never said "I'd really love to see that logo on a larger scale, so much so that it blocks me from seeing the content I was hoping to see". Tongue

A logo should be an integral part of a web design but there is really no need to dedicate an entire, contentless page to it. Which is exactly what you said. It's really what I meant, too, I was just a bit over-the-top about it.

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Verschwindende wrote: OK, how

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OK, how about: Nobody cares enough about a logo to want to see it bigger.

I certainly agree, and I'm sure it's a common mistake with beginners. The web is a collection of current and outdated practices. So another good lesson to take away from this is that even though you see a site doing something (a splash page in this case) doesn't mean it's a good idea. Something that you think is professional may in fact be considered unprofessional these days.

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Logos don't matter as long as they do the job

tmharsh wrote:

Verschwindende, I don't agree with "nobody cares about your logo" since for a business, a professional logo or "identity" is important for marketing. If nobody cared about logos, then all of the professional organizations in the world simply wouldn't have them.[snip]

I'm going to step in to add my bit from the Department of Redundant Redundancy Department. Nobody does care about your logo. Nobody cares about UPS's brown trucks and shield, nor do they care about Coca Cola's script, but they do recognize them, and immediately know who it is, due to those trade mark logotypes.

The graphic designers put hours of thought, sweat, and revision into them, but once born, no one else cares except the marketing dweebs, and they only care that it effectively creates brand recognition, and is used consistently; not what it looks like.

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gary.turner wrote: The

gary.turner wrote:

The graphic designers put hours of thought, sweat, and revision into them, but once born, no one else cares except the marketing dweebs, and they only care that it effectively creates brand recognition, and is used consistently; not what it looks like.

I, somewhat sadly, agree. I have seem some very dumb-looking branding, that are very effective at getting the audience to recognize and remember them.

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CupidsToejam wrote: I have

CupidsToejam wrote:

I have seem some very dumb-looking branding, that are very effective at getting the audience to recognize and remember them.

Then, it's not really all that dumb, is it? Wink

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As agreed with all other

As agreed with all other users.
The answer, or at least a hint as I can't in good conscience tell you how to do it, is to create a home.php file in your theme directory and create your home page from there.

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I've got to say that I have

I've got to say that I have installed a splash page for a customer. It's a weird one, too. It doesn't look like the rest of the site, in fact it has it's own stylesheet, since it's a completely different style, and isn't even in any way exciting. I halted development for a week trying to talk them out of it. I forwarded all of the proof that it should be done. I told them search engine visibility WILL suffer.

No, they still wanted it. I gave up fighting. I just gave up. May I ever be forgiven by the community?

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Verschwindende wrote: … May I

Verschwindende wrote:

… May I ever be forgiven by the community?

Probably not. It looks like the sins of your youth will follow you forever. That said, if it were a naughty site, a splash page asking the pimply faced youths to declare themselves to be 18+ y.o. would have been legitimate. Laughing out loud

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i would like a splash page

i would like a splash page with logo, for branding purposes only.
and if you have a slick site (with or without a splash page), a slick logo, and slick product, and its capturing the correct audience, then your branding is doing its job. say for example coca-cola had their splash page with a bottle cap spinning round and round and their logo, one could say its totally pointless for a website, and others might say its branding and giving the audience that little 'bit extra'...and so for the sake for an extra click with the mouse, i would like a splash page! Smile

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You're talking about just

You're talking about just putting your logo on the splash page correct? So I assume it will be a big logo and an "enter" link. So your Coca-Cola example (with a fancy animation) doesn't really apply. If Coca-Cola put their logo on a page with an "enter" link, would there be much of a point in it? Not really, it isn't creating any excitement like a Flash intro might (which is a bad idea in most situation also).

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If you were drowning I don't think the folks here would throw you both ends of the rope.

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Deuce wrote: As agreed with

Deuce wrote:

As agreed with all other users.
The answer, or at least a hint as I can't in good conscience tell you how to do it, is to create a home.php file in your theme directory and create your home page from there.

We can debate the usefulness of a splash page all day, we can (and will) tell you why this is a bad idea.
But in the end, we are a help/support forum. You might have missed my post, but you will want to create a home.php page and set your splash page here. You will also need to set your Static Page to be whatever page you deem to be your Splash page. If you plan on having a blog on there as well, then I would suggest instead of using home.php make a custom Page Template and choose that page template in the right column when you Edit/Create that page.

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