But I’m giving up on that method as outlined in that video, anyway – it’s not as straightforward as it seemed.
Pretty straight forward you just need to play around with it a bit....like finding the right loop, which has probably changed since that video was released. I think its in the content-page.php in the default themes folder - get_content();
I figured that if I’m going to go to all this mind bending effort and give myself a headache, I may as well learn Wordpress the proper way. The method he outlined in the video seemed a bit like a quick fix. Would you agree? I
Quick fix.......we'll depends what you want to do. Personally I feel I have more control of what Wordpress is doing using this method as opposed to Wordpress doing what it wants. Plus if you want to take advantage of all the widgets then its most probably not the method for you...but once again though youre using widgets and software of which you have no-idea how it works so in the future if something should go belly up how are you going to fix it.
Why would you really want to cut your page up into header.php, side-bar.php, footer.php and homepage.php when you can just have one complete page?
The method in the video is really for those who want to maintain control of their designs whilst bringing some features of a CMS to their website. Giving a client some control to edit parts of their website is desirable but giving clients something which is far too complicated and they can easily break is not the path I personally want to take. If its a personal website then the skies the limit...it don't really matter.
What I have done is sifted through each file in the twenty-eleven default theme folder and got rid of all the ones not required. Why have lots of files which are completly useless hanging around your theme folder....much harder to troubleshoot if something goes wrong. I've also found a script that only allows access to the 'pages' section of the dashboard menu which is all the client really needs. Why would you want them to mess around with setting and profiles and users and all the other generically available stuff?
I'm just sifting out all the rubbish that gets thrown at you when you first login. All the useless feeds and news panels that is not applicable to a client, WTF is that there for?
The biggest problem I've encountered with WP is finding the relevant files when you want to make some small change, like adding a custom CSS div or changing the verbiage in the footer. Something that would take 5 minutes in DW might take an hour in WP.
On the upside, one of my clients broke her site and she sent me a box of cookies after I fixed it.