How to remove page titles from the WordPress Genesis Framework without getting the lethal http 500 server error.. like I just did!
A simple guide for the completely non technically minded word press users!
So I bought the Genesis framework from Studio Press along with a couple of really nice child themes to improve the look of my websites, and although I loved it, the page title showing at the top of each post and page was really annoying me, especially on the home page.
There must be a simple solution to this I thought, and promptly Googled “how to remove page titles from the Genesis framework for WordPress”. I was delighted to find several tutorials, it must be a common complaint!
Every tutorial I came across said to get into the functions.php code in either the Genesis framework or the child theme (depending on which one you read) and simply paste an extra bit of code on the end of the page. Simple…
Now If, like me, you have never heard of functions.php and don’t know what it does, then, quite simply DON’T DO IT!
Remove Page Titles For Dummies:
There is a much, much simpler and safer method for removing page titles (this particular method only works with Genesis, but I’m sure it’s possible with other themes if you do a quick search).
All you need to do: Go to your plugins, add new and type in “Genesis Title Toggle”. Activate, then set it to remove titles from individual pages, posts, both or just everything.
Unfortunately this plugin only works for pages, not posts…the post titles can just stay right where they are, I aint messin’ no more with that code stuff! If you know how to easily remove the titles from posts, please share!
Why oh why didn’t I just do this first??
Bottom line – I didn’t, I was actually quite pleased with myself for just finding the functions.php! Merrily I pasted the code at the bottom as instructed, hit update and the effects were immediate..white screen with http 500 server error emblazoned forever in my memory splattered across it.
No problem, just go to my Word Press control panel and remove the code….uh oh……
If you have already incurred the wrath of the http 500 error:
So if you made the same mistake I did (on the busiest day I’ve ever had for Show Me Some Money I might add!) and already can’t get into your site or control panel you probably came to this page by frantically searching Google for “fix http 500 error”?
Once again the tutorials available online (especially from the Word Press forums) are over complicated and tell you that you need to gain FTP access to your root files..
What the heck is FTP!? Ask me, I’m a new expert! Actually I’m not, 3 hours after downloading Filezilla I was still non the wiser and still no closer to repairing the damage I’d done.
4 hours, 24 minutes and 11 seconds later (my website security found it necessary to email me every 10 minutes or so as a painful reminder) I decided to try to gain access to the root files via my Bluehost Control Panel.
If you don’t have Bluehost as your domain host, I suggest getting it now! Just type in root files to the search box and have a little clicky around til you find Genesis, one more click will bring you nicely to the functions.php file..
Delete the last paragraph of code that you pasted in and Bob’s your Uncle, one fixed Website, what was all the fuss about!? Bahahah
Why oh why didn’t I just do this first?
I went to bed that night feeling rather smug with myself for fixing it all on my own and learning something new, only to wake the next morning with an email from Google Webmaster Tools (scary stuff at the best of times!), telling me the robots.txt was unreachable and Google could not gain access to my site!
On the very day that Show Me Some Money enters the rankings for “make money online free”?? You gotta be kidding me!
Don’t panic if this happens and you have already fixed the problem (if you haven’t fixed the problem I can only express how much I’m feeling your pain!). Just log into your Webmaster Tools account, go to “fetch as Google” and re submit the robots.txt url to the index.
Then sit back, relax and BREATHE!
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