If I have 2 different pages on the same site that blog about 2 completely different things, say gardening on one page and gambling on another, can I set it up so that someone can subscribe to only the category they want? If so how?
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blogging about 2 different thing on one site
First, you are only blogging on one "page" -- all posts are in chron order regardless of topic -- how they're categorized or tagged. However, by using tags and categories, we can create separate "pages" for each one.
For someone to subscribe to only one tag or category, you can set up an rss feed button, for example: http://yourblogname.wordpress.com/tag/garden/feed/ (substitute "category" if you are using a category & not a tag).
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Thank you for the very quick answer. So do I have this right that through using pages, categories, and tags I can separate the posts onto different pages but initially everything gets posted on the main page.
But I do see how to do the subscriptions differently.
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You have it mostly right. :-)
All posts go to one page, your blog page. You can make it appear as though they are posting to separate pages by using categories and custom menus so that all posts within the category strawberries can be found by clicking on "strawberries" in your menu, for example.
If you read the "post vs page" support doc, it will become even clearer.
Aside from the dynamic blog page, which updates each time you post a new article, any other page is static. You can edit the content, but it's not dated, it doesn't have tags or categories, and although it can turn up in search engines, it isn't indexed by wordpress.com for their internal search. A good example of a static page is the "about" page -- which I think is important for a blog to have. When I visit a blog I find intriguing, I know that I like to hop over to the about page and find out a little more about the person and/or the blog.
So your (hypothetical) page on the category "strawberries" is actually kind of a "search result" page that aggregates all your posts categorized as "strawberries" together and (in most themes) displays them in the same way it does on the blog posts page -- in reverse chron order and with the title & text (or summary, if you use the "more" tag or an excerpt), and only the number of posts appear that you have indicated you want to have visible at any one time, with the others accessible by clicking "older posts" at the bottom of the page. (Some themes only show post titles and dates when looking at a category of posts; it's theme-dependent.)
Staff have provided help for those who want to structure their blog like a website. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/
What’s critical is:
(1) a clear comprehension of the differences between pages and posts > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/
(2) a clear comprehension of the fact that here is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page. But we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.
We organize our posts by assigning Categories to them. When we publish a post it automatically appears on the running page for posts and also on the Categories pages and Archives pages. Note: There must be one published post in each Category in order for there to be anything to display.
A custom menu allows you to display Categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages and custom links in your custom menu as well.
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