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Charity needs some basic help with setting up pages

  1. Hi, I'm setting up our charity (oneparentfamilies.net) here and trying to figure out how to do some basic stuff like how to post directly on the chapter pages with pictures, how to customize the look and feel, etc.

    I'd really appreciate understanding how to set up the pages so people can post directly on the chapters so they can organize their own areas.

    The blog I need help with is oneparentfamilies.net.

  2. 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 that we have posted to more than one page. We organize posts by assigning categories to them. You can create a custom menu and add the categories into the custom menu.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-category-pages-to-your-menu

    Here’s a link to a custom menu walkthrough > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/11/wordpress-com-custom-menu-walk-through/

    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/

    On the bottom of your Admin page you will find a link to the Learn WordPress.com blogging Tutorial prepared by Staff. http://learn.wordpress.com/
    The support documentation is all found at the Support link http://en.support.wordpress.com which is also on the bottom of your Admin page. The searchbox there provides results from both the docs and from forum threads.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/introduction/

  3. I'd really appreciate understanding how to set up the pages so people can post directly on the chapters so they can organize their own areas.

    You can add official users to your blog
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/user-roles/
    If you’re a blog Administrator and you’d like to make someone a Contributor, Author, or Editor on your site, please follow the directions on adding contributors.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/adding-users/

    Blogs aren't forums and they aren't wikis. What you are describing does not coincide with how blogs are designed.
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/04/23/wordpress-com-forum-options/

  4. hey TT, thanks for the feedback and really appreciate the links. I read through the 1coolsite and looked at the menu option, so my theme of choice "adventure journal" offers only 1 menu (I'm a total rookie at this) so think I'll need to make the chapter pages pretty static, and use the main page as the place for all of the updates for families and kids.

    I'll have to see if I can find someone who can do some custom CSS work for us. I can make the graphics for the banner image, but need some help with the layout and design, Always tricky when you're a charity :-)

    I'll keep reading the links you have added.

    Thank you. Magicianah

  5. Please put that stuff appearance stuff aside and know that this is problematic.

    I'd really appreciate understanding how to set up the pages so people can post directly on the chapters so they can organize their own areas.

    Exactly which peoole are you referring to? Blogs are not public noticeboards and they aren't forums or wikis. Until you clarify excatly what you mean and what you envision there's no point in discussing appearance.

  6. Sorry, to be clear, we have multiple chapters, all of them in separate geographical locations. This is shown in the pages such as Toronto. For each of the chapters they will want to be able to blog on the activities, events, and the outcomes of these as they are happening. As well I had hoped they would be able to post pictures with their blogs on their pages, centrally located under our main website.

    So if Toronto is hosting a kids event this weekend they could talk about it, people could respond and then post pictures after it happened with comments, organized in the Toronto page

    does that help?

  7. Sorry, for more clarity, the people posting events would be designated as authors and assigned as such, would not be ppl randomly

  8. Sorry, to be clear, we have multiple chapters, all of them in separate geographical locations. This is shown in the pages such as Toronto. For each of the chapters they will want to be able to blog on the activities, events, and the outcomes of these as they are happening. As well I had hoped they would be able to post pictures with their blogs on their pages, centrally located under our main website.

    I think this partly depends on how much control you would like to give each chapter. It sounds like you might actually want each one to have their own blog, such as toronto.oneparentfamilies.net* or some other name, so they can all blog as they go.

    * Note that setting up a custom subdomain like that for each chapter would be a $12 per year per custom subdomain fee, so if you're tight on funds then you may want to look for other creative ways to make the same thing happen.

    The way you have http://oneparentfamilies.net/ setup now, each chapter is a page and that is indeed pretty static. To start, check out this background info about posts vs. pages and post categories:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/#video

    Based on what you said earlier, it sounds like pages are not a good fit for the chapters, so think about using categories for each chapter (check out the help page linked above) or possibly creating a separate blog for each chapter which are all linked together by the main oneparentfamilies.net blog.

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