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custom menu and category options

  1. i ordered the template 2011 and have been trying to create my nav/menu, but it only shows me two options: About and Home. yet under "help" it says the following (suggesting i should be able to add numerous custom pages:

    Custom menus may contain links to pages, categories, custom links or other content types (use the Screen Options tab to decide which ones to show on the screen). You can specify a different navigation label for a menu item as well as other attributes. You can create multiple menus. If your theme includes more than one menu, you can choose which custom menu to associate with each. You can also use custom menus in conjunction with the Custom Menus widget.

    If your theme does not support the custom menus feature yet (the default themes, Twenty Eleven and Twenty Ten, do),

    and i saw a sample where categories were customized down the left (or right) side yet again, it's not giving me that option in the tools.

    Please advise...thanks
    Blog url: http://filmmakingforchange.wordpress.com/

  2. This explains the differences between posts > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

    Pages http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ that we bloggers create are static ie. they do not automatically update with new content.. Only dynamic pages which are automatically created by the software when we publish a post ie. categories, tags, archives pages will update.

    There is only one dynamic page for posts that automatically updates in a blog and all posts will display on that page. There is no way to exclude posts from the main posts (blog) page. By default the front page of the blog will display your posts (not pages) in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top. If you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    Though 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 dynamic categories pages created by the software into the custom menu. Note that until there is one published post in any category there is nothing that can be displayed on the dynamic categories pages
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/
    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/

  3. P.S. As you are using Twenty Eleven like me I have linked to an article you ought to read.

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