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Change/Organize Category Layout in SideBar

  1. vanessacygnebleu
    Member

    I'd like to change the category layout in my blog. Right now they are listed in alphabetical order. Is there a way I can organize them the way I want. Thank you.

    http://vanessacygnebleu.wordpress.com

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

  2. thesacredpath
    Staff

    The categories are listed alphabetically by default and that cannot be changed. The only choice would be to make your own categories widget using a text widget and then you could arrange them as you wish. If you add new categories, you will have to add them manually, it will not dynamically update.

    http://support.wordpress.com/widgets/text-widget/
    http://support.wordpress.com/links/text-widget-links/

  3. vanessacygnebleu
    Member

    I'm feeling empowered. Have my word counter working and even changed the colors. I will be buying the CSS Upgrade later because the font colors on my page are just too lite even for me. But that can be my Monday project. I'd really like to organize my categories better, because right now the page just looks disorganized.
    First off - Could you give me a little more detail in how to make a category widget.
    Can I make one widget and fit all my categories in or do I have to make a widget for each category.

    Two -- If I wanted to place these categories in a cloud widget (I think that's the word) down the line; would I have to redo everything all over again.

    The main thing though is it possible to give me more detail as to how to make a category widget. I went to widgets. Opened a text widget and then just stared at it because I didn't know what to do. If you can help me with this. I promise to leave you guys alone for the rest of the day. :-)

  4. vanessacygnebleu
    Member

    As a follow up do I need to know the unique category Id. If so, I have "WordPress for Dummies" and I will try want the book says and give you guys a break.

    http://www.vanessacygnebleu.wordpress.com

  5. thesacredpath
    Staff

    If you have two windows open, one with a draft post, and one with the front page of your blog, with the categories widget showing, you can actually drag and drop the categories from the categories widget one at a time, in the order you want, over and drop them into the visual editor and it will being the name as well as the link to the category.

    1. drag a link from the categories widget and drop it into the editor
    2. Hit return to go to a new line
    3. Repeat 1 and 2 for each category
    4. When done, switch to the HTML tab in the editor, select everything in the editor, copy and paste into the text widget
    5. Now the (sort of) messy part: In the text widget, place <br /> (note the space between the "r" and the "/") on the blank line between each block of code (link) as below:

    <a href="http://blogname.wordpress.com/category/censorship/">censorship</a>
    <br />
    <a href="http://blogname.wordpress.com/category/global-warming/">global warming</a>
    <br />
    <a href="http://blogname.wordpress.com/category/google-smoogle/">Google Smoogle</a>
  6. vanessacygnebleu
    Member

    Thank you so much. I'll leave you all alone for a few days. :-) I really appreciate it. Vanessa

  7. thesacredpath
    Staff

    You're welcome.

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