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Can’t make new pages

  1. I keep trying to publish a new page titled My Books so I can list my novels there. when I’m logged in and see My Pages, I see My Books but when I just check out my blog as anyone else would, I don’t see any pages apart from the home page.

    My blog is here:

    http://vidyasamson.wordpress.com/

    I spent hours trying to simply make a new page. I can’t imagine why it isn’t appearing. I did hit the Publish button.

    can anyone help me? I see wordpress support says they limit the contact form to customers with upgrades, so I cant ask them.

    does anyone else have trouble making new pages like this? What could the problem be?

    The blog I need help with is vidyasamson.wordpress.com.

  2. If you want links to your pages in the header, go to Appearance > Menus and make sure the blank option is selected in the Theme Locations pulldown.
    If you want them in the sidebar, go to Appearance > Widgets and drag the Pages widget to Sidebar.

  3. The problem is that the page may exist, but there is no navigation set up to show it. The Menus option will allow you to create a menu with some/all of your PAGES (not posts), as well as categories or custom URLs (which could be permalinks to posts), usually as a horizontal menu across the top and under your header (some themes display it differently). You would need to create a new menu and then use the options on the left on that screen to populate the actual menu content. You can drag and drop the different items once they show up in the large window. You can even have drop down menus by dragging the submenu items under the top-level ones, in a staircase fashion.

    Like justpi said, you can alternately skip the menu and just have your pages displayed in a sidebar widget by dragging the Pages widget into your sidebar.

    Or you can do both! :)

  4. Thanks so much guys. I managed to get the new page. But I read through some of the wordpress instructions and never came across this. Is there any site or tutorial that tells you clearly step by step how to make and embellish a wordpress blog? The fix for this was quite simple – and yet I had to waste so much time and energy agonizing over it until I posted here.

  5. Is there any site or tutorial that tells you clearly step by step how to make and embellish a wordpress blog?

    On the bottom of your Admin page you will find a link to the Learn WordPress.com blogging Tutorial prepared by Staff. http://learn.wordpress.com/ The support documentation is all found at the Support link http://en.support.wordpress.com which is also on the bottom of your Admin page.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/introduction/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-more-views-and-traffic/

  6. Thanks, timethief. I did read the wordpress instructions and yet I didn’t find anywhere the advice given here on how to make pages visible on the home page. I was wondering of some other party might have some good free tutorials?

  7. HOW CAN I ADD GOOGLE ADS ON MY BLOG?

  8. @sanjay0551, it is against the WordPress.com TOS to add Adsense ads to your WordPress.com site. See the Support document on Advertising here:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    If you want to run these ads, you may want to consider switching your blog to a self-hosted option using WordPress.org.

  9. @vidyasamson
    The porblem you have is probably that you are not clear on the differences between pages and posts. Any pages (not posts) you create will appear in the black Menu Bar.

    You cannot post to multiple static pages that you create in a blog. Pages http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ are static and are for content that rarely changes. They sit outside of the blog structure and you cannot post to multiple pages in any blog.

    There is only one main page for posts in a blog and all posts will display on the main blog page. There is no way to exclude posts http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/ from the main posts (blog) page. The front page of the blog by default will display your posts (not pages) http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top.

    If you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page "Welcome" for your site and a “Blog” page for posts.
    If you choose Choice 1 static front page then you have to create two pages as I said above. After you do that you go to > Settings > Reading and make the designation change and click “save changes”.

    A custom menu allows you to display Categories with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages with drop-downs to sub-pages and/or Tags pages, Posts and/or Custom Links in your custom menu as well. You are in charge of what appears in a custom menu. You choose the order in which to display any and/or all the foregoing in your custom menu. You choose which to display and which to hide. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus
    Here’s a link to a custom menu walkthrough > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/11/wordpress-com-custom-menu-walk-through/
    There are many common errors, misunderstanding and misconceptions when creating custom menus and you can read about them here > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

  10. P.S. This is timethief. I'm logged into my personal blog.

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