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Can I have a custom menu tab and page menu tabs also?

  1. I am extremly new to WordPress and blogging as a whole.
    http://jeremiahhyde.wordpress.com/

    I wanted to have a menu tab next to the Home and About tabs which would link a list of specificaly catogorised blog posts. So when I clicked the "Hyde" tab it would lead to a list of all posts in the "hyde" catogory for example. I thought I had achived this with a custom menu but when i had set it up all my previous tabs, those leading to pages, vanished!

    Is it possible to have both appear in the menu tab bar and work the way i wish them to?

    As I said Im a total novice so please help and and talk slowly as if o a simple child, thanks.

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

  2. My comment here is focused on display of your Categories in the horizontal menu of your blog.

    Staff have provided this support documentation entry for those who want to structure their blog like a website which is what you want to do. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/

    What’s critical is to understand when creating a website structure is the following:
    1. The differences between pages and posts > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

    2. There is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page. When we publish a post it automatically appears on the running page for posts and also on the Categories pages and Archives pages.

    3. We organize our posts by assigning Categories to them. Although there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page, we can create the appearance we have done so by creating a custom menu. In that custom menu you will be displaying Categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation to achieve what you want.

    These are the how-to instructions:

    1. You create a custom menu. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/

    2. You add the Categories you want to display and arrange them in the order you want.

    3. Then you add and drop and drag the sub-categories below the appropriate Categories, and when you have everything arranged in the menu that you want you save the menu.

    4. Go to the “theme location” module at upper left on the menu page. Select your custom menu name from the pull-down labeled “primary location.” Click the save button in that module.

    Note: You can also include Pages and Custom Links in the custom menu if you wish.

  3. i would have liked that to be helpful, but it really wasn't. i just started a blog today, and i would also like to have an additional tab/menu, but i can't figure out how to do it. and i basically understood nothing of what you said. sorry.

  4. @carahart: Did you click on the link above for the support documentation about menus?
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/

  5. I just installed Mystique theme which gives me the custom menu option. It enabled fine and looks good but the home page does not display anymore. On the custom menu instruction page it shows as the example a custom menu alongside a home page. How do I do this? http://trekforlebanon.wordpress.com/ Really appreciate your help.

  6. Sallyprosser I can see your homepage fine, its the page with your recent blog post.

    If you are asking can you put a custom menu in the sidebar (along side) your pages:

    Dashboard left column-->Appearance--->

    Scroll down you will see a widget option for "custom menu"
    You can drag and drop that into your sidebar where you like.

  7. ** should say:

    Dashboard left column-->Appearance---> Widgets

    Scroll down you will see a widget option for "custom menu"
    You can drag and drop that into your sidebar where you like.

  8. @sallyprosser - you need to add a new "Home" tab in your custom Menu - just add it as a link to your own blog - custom Menus' only display what you tell it to - your old "Home" was part of the default design for your blog.

  9. Thanks - thats really helpful. @Auxclass

  10. @carahart
    how to create a static page > http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/#create-a-new-page
    How to create a custom menu and include static pages in a custom menu > http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/

    1. You create a custom menu.

    2. You add the Parent pages you want to display and arrange them in the order you want.

    3. Then you add and drop and drag the subpages below the appropriate Parent pages, and when you have everything arranged in the menu that you want you save the menu.

    4. Go to the “theme location” module at upper left on the menu page. Select your custom menu name from the pulldown labeled “primary location.” Click the save button in that module.

    5. Refresh your browser so that it isn’t possibly pulling a cached page, and view see your new menu with Parent pages and dropdowns to sub-pages.

    Note: If you wish you can also include Categories and sub-categories of your own choice and custom links in your custom menu as well.

  11. @carahart & sallyprosser
    Staff have provided an excellent tutorial for those who are new to wordpress. The Learn WordPress.com tutorial is divided into progressive levels and presented as a series and I recommend it. :)
    http://learn.wordpress.com/

  12. @sallyprosser - you be welcome

  13. I am sorry, Timethief, but I disagree with you. This tutorial does not answer the questions posed here at all. I am wrestling with the same issue: I would like to organize several blogs into their own tree. In that I have succeden tnx tot the help of a few community members, but this tutorial did not help me at all.
    This tutorial gives good pointers about blogging, but not so much about building a website here. Then again, I'm beginning to think the wordpress tools are not really build for that.

    Greetz,
    FreeHansje

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