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Changing the order of pages

  1. I am a brand new user (just one day) and I'm beginning to learn my way around. I'm using the default theme, twenty ten, and it came up with the first page a blog and a second, sample page. I deleted the sample page and created an about me page. I do not want the blog page to be the first item in the nav menu. I want to create a static page to be there, which I'll call Home.

    My first question is, how do I change the order of the pages in the nav menu bar? My second question is, where do I go to find documentation about these things so that I don't have to clutter up the forums with the most elementary questions?

    Thanks in advance,
    Martin

    The blog I need help with is thericepost.com.

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  3. Hi there,

    There are two approaches.
    1. If you have only pages in your horizontal menu and that all your want in it see here please > http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/page-attributes/#order

    2. But creating 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 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
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-pages-to-your-menu
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#changing-the-order-of-menu-items-and-creating-sub-menus

  4. http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/
    Pages http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/
    Pages vs Posts http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

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

    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.

    Troubleshooting – My pages are in the wrong order
    Check the sub-pages themselves to see if you have established a Parent page and child page “hierarchical structure” in the page attributes module. Remove if required. Also remove any “order” numbers you have assigned that may conflict with the order you are creating by dropping and dragging. Or simply change them so they are the same order as you establish in the menu. Establish consistency – problem solved.

    Troubleshooting – My Pages aren’t appearing
    They must be public pages – not private.
    Public – The page will be visible to everyone.
    Protected – The page is protected with a password you set. Only people who have the password can view a protected page.
    Private – Pages are only visible to blog Editors and Administrators. Private pages are not visible in Blog Surfer, feeds, or in any search. A page can be private without being password protected.

  5. Thanks so much, timethief, I really appreciate your response.
    Martin

  6. Hi Martin,
    You're welcome. That's a lot of information to absorb and put into action. 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/

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