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  1. Hi guys, I am confused by all of the posts on this topic, so I was hoping for some more targetted advice.
    I am in the infancy of designing a site on hungrymusic.wordpress.com and having trouble designing the navigation for it.

    So far I have a static landing page to introduce the site. The site itself is split into 3 categories (Artists, Education & Catering). I would like each of these to have their own page, which is as it stands now in a simple site design.

    What I would like to so now, is start adding posts to display under the introductory content of each section?
    Is this possible, or do I need to make a sticky post with my introductory content and change the navigation to categories instead of pages? The latter seems a messy way to design.

    Thanks,
    Ben

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

  2. Pages http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ we bloggers create are static. They do not automatically update and are for content that rarely changes. They sit outside of the blog structure and you cannot post to multiple pages in any blog.

    There is only one main page for posts http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/ in a blog and all posts will display on the main blog page. There is no way to exclude posts from the main posts (blog) page. The front page of the blog by default will display your posts (not pages) http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top.

    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 continually updating categories pages created by the software into the custom menu.
    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 walk-through > 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. The front page of the blog by default 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 “Welcome“ for your site and a “Blog” page for posts.

    If you choose Choice 1 static front page then you have to create two pages as I said above. After you do that you go to > Settings > Reading and make the designation change and click “save changes”.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

  4. Not the answer I was after but thanks for the further reading, which was useful albeit in an unexpected place.

    ❇ I want to add posts to my pages

    You cannot literally add posts to a static page (because a static page is just like a single post). What users really mean when they ask this question is that they want to make the top menu tabs link to groups of related posts instead of static pages. But since the regular top menu of a theme displays links to static pages (the ones you create in Pages > Add New, or edit in Pages > All Pages), they think that they need to create and somehow manipulate such pages.

    By definition, a group of related posts is a post category. So, to make your top menu tabs link to groups of related posts, you assign the right category to each post, create a custom menu, add the categories to the menu, save the menu, and activate it by selecting it from the pulldown in the Theme Locations module.

    This to me is an unfortunate design flaw. I would much prefer to have some static content to introduce each category as I link to it, which seems to mean I will have to keep it all fairly brief and fit it onto the landing page.

  5. Not so much a design flaw as an opportunity for putting yourself into the mindset of a regular reader. A regular reader will already have seen your landing page and will not want to wade through lengthy explanations every time they view your site. You can put short descriptions with links to your topics on your static front page.

    Perhaps make parent pages with detailed explanations of each category, but use a custom menu to make child pages linking to the categories of posts with new fresh information. Regular and new readers will be able to quickly move to articles of interest to them.

  6. I'll grant you that (although it would require finding another theme I like as I don't like the sub-menu options in Grisaille), but what I had in mind was a little more than entirely static content.
    I was thinking about things like a soundcloud widget that stays at the top while posting news and etc below, but as you say this can be split onto the front page with a brief description and may make repeat visits a much swifter affair than the layout in my head.

  7. Use your sidebar for widgets. You could add audio to your sidebar. Many themes display a sidebar that remains visible on posts and pages. Not being musical myself, I'm not sure what a soundcloud is, but I'm sure there is a way to do it on wp.com. ≥^!^≤

    And you are wise to realize that static content does not attract readers / can be boring to both readers and search engines. You could have a category for news, or just a link to your blog as a whole: all of your posts for eclectic new readers and fans of all things "hungry music."

    The custom navigation bar is a bonus. When I first started blogging it was not available. One can do a lot with it.

    And don't forget about the menu widget which you can use to direct your readers to topics you don't necessarily want to see as the main focus of your site.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/custom-menu-widget/

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