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  1. Hello all,

    I have a fairly complicated request (that may actually be easy) that I could use some help with.

    Basically, what I want to do is have a section on my blog (called "New Research") that is dedicated solely for articles that my group has had published recently. I have done the custom menus thing and created a categories menu that can show the new posts relating to this section but I would prefer if the posts did not show up on the front page and instead have a small widget or application box that updates with the title of the new article published and the author and if clicked, the box will direct to the "new research" page.

    If someone can help me or show me steps on how to do this, it would be awesome.

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

  2. You can create another page and then go here > Settings > Reading and have your posts display on it. If you do that then you also have to create a static front page for your blog. However, your widget on a page is not possible. Widgets can only be positioned in sidebar or in footer widget areas depending on the theme on free hosted WordPress.com blogs.

  3. Well I post other stuff on the website as well i just wanted to have the "new research" page only for those related posts. Kind of like a 2 "blogs" in 1 type of deal.

    And i have widgets in the side bar already and thats where i would like to put the new one. i just dont know which/how to customize for what i want. I supposed i could make a text box on but I would rather have something that updates on its own.

  4. And i have widgets in the side bar already and thats where i would like to put the new one.

    I am viewing the free hosted WordPress.com blog waring the Journalist theme linked to your username and it's completely empty - devoid of content. Please post an active link starting with http:// for the blog in question.

  5. I have added the recent posts widget to the side bar and its basically what I want but only for those posts in the "new research" category

  6. That's good to hear and best wishes with your blog. :)

  7. I mean, is there a way to customize the "recent posts" widget to only show recent posts of a certain category?

  8. I'm sorry but no there is not. The way the widget operates is defined here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/categories-widget/

  9. If you wish you can use a RSS feed widget that displays a Category Feed. The RSS Widget displays posts from any RSS feed. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/rss-widget/
    The format for the Category feed URL is like this:
    http://NAME_OF_BLOG.wordpress.com/category/categoryname/feed/ and you can enter it into the RSS widget.

  10. That seems perfect! Thanks for all the help!

    If its possible and you know off the top of your head (from what I've been finding, its not) but is there a way to hide posts of a certain category from the home page without making the home page static?

  11. Yes you can create a custom menu in the horizontal navigation bar where only Pages usually appear. In that menu you can select only the Pages, Categories and Custom Links that you want to display.

    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.

    These are the how-to instructions:
    How to create Pages > http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/
    How to create a custom menu. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/

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

    2. Then you add and drop and drag the sub-categories below the appropriate Categories.

    3. You add the Pages you want to display and arrange them in the order you want.

    4. Then you add and drop and drag the sub-pages (child pages) below the appropriate parent Pages.

    5. You add the custom links you want to display and arrange them in the order you want.

    6. When you have everything arranged in the menu that you want you save the menu.

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

  12. But that will not display the posts on that page will it?
    I want it to look like this (with multiple posts as i add to it): http://uncexchanges.wordpress.com/category/new-research-at-unc/ (I added this link on the top tab through custom menus)

    But if i make pages and sub pages it looks like this: http://uncexchanges.wordpress.com/authors/

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