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Cannot view all my blogs, posts, pages at a glance

  1. justicewatcher
    Member

    I have many blogs, pages and posts and the only way to see them is to click myself thru the hierarchy
    I also have private posts and pages and these are not indicated with a number.
    Why is this so complex ??

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

  2. I have visited your blog and I will help you. You are new to blogging so I'd like to do what I refer to as a walk through.

    The reason you are having such difficulty with locating posts and pages can be addressed quite easily. When we are done this you and your readers will be able to locate them with all with ease.

    The theme you have chosen does not have static Page tabs in a horizontal menu across the top of your blog. What that means is that the only front page access to those static Pages and any sub-pages you created must be established by placing a Pages widget in your sidebar. When that's done all the permalinked Pages (and if applicable sub-pages) you have created will display in your sidebar and when clicked the content will become available.

    Access to Pages and Sub-Pages
    > Appearance > Widgets
    Locate the Pages widget and using your mouse drag it out of the Available widgets box and drop it into the sidebar box. Then click the top right hand corner of the widget to open it and inside you will see:
    Title:
    Sort by:
    Exclude:
    Page IDs, separated by commas.
    Delete | Close SAVE
    Make your choices and click SAVE and Close.

    Note: To find the Page ID, go to Pages->Edit and hover over the title of the page. The status bar of your browser will display a URL with a numeric ID at the end. This is the page ID. See the illustration here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/pages-widget/

    Access to Recent Posts
    At present there is no access to your posts except through the Archives widget in your sidebar. However, you can establish front page access for you and your readers by placing the Recent Posts widget in your sidebar. When that's done up to 15 posts you have created will display in your sidebar as permalinked Post titles and when clicked the content will become available.

    > Appearance > Widgets
    Locate the Recent Posts widget and using your mouse drag it out of the Available widgets box and drop it into the sidebar box. Then click the top right hand corner of the widget to open it and inside you will see:
    Title:
    Number of posts to show:
    (at most 15)
    Delete | Close SAVE
    Make your choices and click SAVE and Close.

    I hope this helps you. :)

  3. justicewatcher
    Member

    Thanks for taking time explaining. Thus you said that by placing two widgets (the Pages and Posts) the navigation problem is solved.
    But you did not mention how to navigate all my blogs, pages, posts (both private and public) from the Dashboard. I do not see all these at a glance but have to click a lot arround. In particular private Pages and Posts are not so easy to find.

  4. On the far left of your Admin bar you'll find your Global Dashboard. That's the most meta- space on your Dashboard. It does not display all pages and posts from all blogs, as for most multi-blog bloggers that would be more noise than they could easily sift through, but you can get to them from there.

  5. justicewatcher
    Member

    I think it would a usefull function to see all your hierarchy at a glance, if you want. It is nothing that needs to be visible all the time, but only on request.
    To remmember all the titles I have for my pages and posts in each blog is not easy.
    Nor is it possible to search for a title.
    I am a multisite and multiblog user, and as my publishings are growing, I get into troubles finding them.

  6. Then use Posts instead of Pages, and rely on the Search function. You'll see once you have more pages and posts that viewing them all at once is not possible. I have over four thousand posts on one blog alone, and seven blogs here. It just wouldn't be possible to display all of it.

    Each individual site is of course displayed as a hierarchy visible on the sitemap, which is why Google for instance has no problem finding everything. But as far as I know it's not displayed graphically on your dashboard. You might want to request that feature from staff though.

  7. To me publishing is a hobby, like writing a book.
    If I would not use internet for publishing I would use f ex Indesign or MS OneNote and then be able to see all the hierarchy structure.
    Having thousands of posts makes it necessar to have a very good hierarchic structure and sorting / filtering capability, it is not enough with just sorting by date.
    Actually it would be best to have all my blogs on my computer as a backup.
    That would perhaps speed upp the job, is it possible ?

  8. Sure, it's easy in fact.

    Here is how to export your blog to your computer:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/export/#backups

    For finding posts, I use the search widget in my sidebar or go to Google and search for:

    Keyword site:raincoaster.com
    And that rarely fails to give me exactly the content I'm looking for on the front page of results. I read a very interesting book recently that discusses how things are moving from hierarchies to flat searches, and the social impact. Can't think of the title, but basically it says searches are the wave of the future.

    If you're going to be having all your posts on your computer as well as the blog, you may want to use an offline blog editor like Windows Live Writer, Blogdesk, Ecto, etc. They automatically make a copy of every post and most of them will make a sitemap for you as well.

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