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  1. Hi everyone :)

    I've spent the last couple hours reading through the information out there on wordpress and I'm hoping someone can help me with the following questions :)

    How do you remove the "Home" tab on your blog? (ie. that it's enough if someone just clicks on the title to return home, i don't want the tab there as well)

    How do you ensure where a particular post goes?? (If there are multiple pages, can I choose under which one a particular post shows up, and not the others? I see the parent page dropdown to choose where the PAGES go, but not to choose where posts go)

    How do you selectively remove the comment boxes from one post and not others? I'm aware that the option is THERE on wordpress, but I am unable to find it.

    Please help a newbie out, thanks so much!

  2. Hi niana, someone else can help you better than I can but for now:

    Posts are only posted onto one place--for most blogs that's the "opening" page of the blog, the homepage. They pile up there in reverse chronological order, newest on top.
    Pages are not for posts, each page is kind of like a post in itself but outside of the date-ordered regular posts, they are static meaning nothing is automatically added to them. You can go in and change them, of course. They are usually accessed by tabs in your menu, also links in the sidebar and they are used a lot for background info, but you can put anything on them.

    Pages are not announced to subscribers or in feeds, they are sorta "dead" that way. You can make a static page of info be your front page that people land on when they go to your blog, which could be good for first time visitors, but can be boring for returning readers, they may not persevere and click through to get to the current, changing content (which is what repeat readers usually want). At least that's what I've read.

    I have a how-to blog, and what I've done is to have as index page of links to the tutorials, (which are all in posts, not pages, or my new ones wouldn't get announced to subscribers). Also each post can have one or more categories assigned to it and all the posts with the same category will come up together on a category page that can be one of your menu tabs. So theres no need to file each post on a separate page, which you cant really do anyway. You don't have to have them all show in their entirety on the homepage, they can show as a summary that the reader clicks on to read the whole post...

    These forums have previous answers that cover all of this if you search and you will get better info with links to WordPress support info (check that out it's under help in the dropdown to your name, upper right side of the toolbar)

    Good luck with your blog!

  3. How do you remove the "Home" tab on your blog? (ie. that it's enough if someone just clicks on the title to return home, i don't want the tab there as well)

    Several themes have a special header tab, usually “Home”, occasionally “Homepage” [*] or “Blog” [**] or an image [***] or the actual title of the blog [****]: that’s not a page such as those you create but a link back to the blog front (the main blog URL, which can be your latest posts or a static page). That tab is hard-coded into the default menu of the theme: you cannot edit or remove it (except in the few cases noted), unless you create and load a custom top menu (see note 2 at the bottom). See here http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/the-home-tab/

  4. How do you ensure where a particular post goes?

    There is only one running page for posts in a blog that we can post to. When we publish a post it will automatically appear in reverse chronological order on the page for posts and in the Archives and also on Categories and Tags pages that we assigned to posts, not pages. pages and posts are very different

    I see the parent page dropdown to choose where the PAGES go, but not to choose where posts go)

    Please understand that the single running page for posts and not pages on your blog by default is the front page of the blog. There the posts are displayed in accord with their datestamps which are also a part of the posts URLs, with the most recent post on top.

    If you wish you can create a static front page but that has consequences you need to read about in advance > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/
    static front page > if you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page for your site, and also create a “blog” page for your posts to display on, but that’s optional.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    You cannot post to pages. Pages are static and sit outside the blog structure. You can use categories to organize posts into subjects and then you can add those categories to your navigation using a custom menu. 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 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

    How do you selectively remove the comment boxes from one post and not others? I'm aware that the option is THERE on wordpress, but I am unable to find it.

    This page > Settings > Discussion
    Discussion settings is where you set up defaults for comments.
    We can also override the default settings and enable or disable future comments on any post or page.
    Depending on the theme we use when we close comments a phrase like "comments closed" or a similar phrase may appear and if so, it can only be removed by CSS editing after purchasing a custom design upgrade.

    Because you deleted the Hello World post the blog linked to your username is display a front page "404" (page not found) error message. As soon as you publish a post, not page that will disappear. http://en.support.wordpress.com/not-found/

  5. 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/ I strongly recommend using it.

    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. Once again I strongly recommend getting comfortable with the use if search utilities because as bloggers we need this skill.

    These entries will also be helpful.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/introduction/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-more-views-and-traffic/

    Best wishes for productive and effective blogging. :)

  6. Thank you guys so much for the quick response!!

    Ingridcc, you gave me exactly what I needed to know - the categories as tabs :) I just have to figure out how to do that now!

    Timethief, thanks for the link to the discussion settings and to the learn.wordpress blog :) I was on there, but there's so many layers of information that I wasn't able to keyword or manually search and identify what I was looking for!

    Thank you guys again for the help!!

  7. Sorry for the double post, but timethief? I looked at the link you showed me..

    I'm actually trying to figure out how to DISABLE comments on *one* particular post. (IE. like an information post on my blog, that doesn't *need* a comment box)

    Under discussion, I'm only able to set default, wondering how to turn off comments on a particular post. Thanks again!

  8. @niana21
    Hello there,
    You will need these links below.
    Adding Categories via Your Dashboard
    Adding Categories to posts with the Categories Module
    No categories will display until there is at least one published post with a category assigned to it in any category.
    Adding Category Pages to Your Custom Menu
    Happy blogging! :)

  9. Hi Niana, i'm sure you CAN turn comments off, but why not leave it on? If someone lands there at that post and has a question for example? Or wants to congratulate you on your great blog? You can always moderate comments, not let them appear if they are spammy. Readers sometimes leave comments in odd places, just wherever they happen to be on your blog where they feel like asking something or thanking you (hopefully!)
    I did turn comments off on my "contact" page, since it was confusing--the box for the private email to me was right over the box to leave a comment, so someone might think they were sending an email and instead leave a public comment by mistake.
    For static 'pages', you remove the comment option right there on the page where you are editing and saving. Probably the same for posts, I haven't done that so I don't know offhand. (I've seen posts that say "comments are closed" or similar).

  10. Yup, I'm just looking to turn it off on my contact and intro posts :) That's all! Wondering if anyone knows how to? I've attempted it with both pages and posts, and am unable to find it :( Thanks!

  11. For static 'pages', you remove the comment option right there on the page where you are editing and saving. Probably the same for posts, I haven't done that so I don't know offhand. (I've seen posts that say "comments are closed" or similar).

    I took the time to correctly answer the disabling of comments question above and included the links to the how to instructions > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/customizing-posts-and-comments?replies=9#post-792767

    Re: static pages
    The most important factor is not creating a website appearance for aesthetic reasons and making that traffic killing choice are are found here > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/

  12. Oops, I should have read your replies before answering, tt, sorry!

  13. Not to worry. :)

  14. You guys rock! Thanks again so much :)

  15. I hate being a bother, but wondering if anyone knows how to redirect from one wordpress domain to another?? I have both domains (the title of my blog with and without "the" at the beginning) and I'm wondering how to redirect from one to the other.

    I am only able to find the Redirect Upgrade at the store, that I'm assuming is only to redirect to an EXTERNAL domain? Is the internal redirect a paid upgrade as well?

  16. Do you mean sub-domain? All free hosted WordPress.com blogs are on sub-domians. The TLD (top level domain) here is WordPress.com.

    If that's what you mean then why not simply export the content out of one .wordpress.com blog and import it into the other .wordpress.com blog. When you import the file you can also check mark so your get the media and image attachments. Links must be exported/imported in a separate file. Text widget content is not exportable - it's simple copy and paste job. None of this requires purchasing any upgrade at all.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/export/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/import/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/blogroll/import-export-links/

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