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Help me make a link index?

  1. I want to make an index for my (Sapphire) sidebar that would include a link to each of my posts that contains a recipe. I know I'd need to update it manually, but I don't want it to appear under any existing category and I can't figure out how else to do it. Would someone be kind enough to hold my hand a bit? My WordPress skills are pretty minimal.

    Abra

    http://frenchletters.wordpress.com

  2. Why don't you simply go through your blog and categorize each recipe with that word, recipe? I don't understand the reluctance to use categories. You could use tags instead.

  3. I'm not sure I understand - it's probably ignorance on my part as opposed to reluctance. I'd like to end up with a line in the sidebar that says Recipe Index, which, when clicked, would open into a page of links to all the posts that contain recipes.

    I don't actually know how to change the category of a post once it's been categorized, if what you're suggesting is that I change the categories of those posts to one I'd name recipes.

  4. It's easy to change the categories of a post; you just Edit the post and add another category. But there's no mass-edit function, so you would have to do this one by one.

    If you want to give the recipes greater prominence than they would get in the Category widget, you just copy the link to the Recipes category from that widget once you've done your edits and put that in a text widget, calling it "Recipe Index" instead. Post that near the top of your sidebar.

  5. Thanks very much - I'll give all that a try right now!

  6. Well, thanks to you I'm partway there. I have all of the posts containing recipes in a new category, but I can't make the text widget thing work. I see an available text widget. I click it, it adds to my widget list. But I can't edit it to add text, there's no icon to click on, and if I click the Edit link it just removes the text box. I know this is probably getting to be a drag, but do you have any idea what I'm doing wrong?

  7. Try this...
    1) Add the Text Widget
    2) Click Save Changes
    3) Click Edit on the Text Widget

  8. Thanks, Bubel! Now I've got the Recipe Index header on the sidebar, but when I paste in the URL of the Category that contains the recipe links, it shows all of the link address, as opposed to making a clickable link. What else do I need to do?

  9. I see a link called "Posts Containing Recipes" in your categories widget. What are you trying to do? If you are putting it in a separate text widget, perhaps you should look at this FAQ http://faq.wordpress.com/2007/07/01/how-to-write-links/

  10. Thanks, vivianpage - I took out the text widget for the moment because it was looking so messy. I'll try the code you referred to.

  11. Bingo and voila! I've got it now, thanks to all the help from you three. I really appreciate it. As a reward, you can be the first to benefit from my new recipe index.

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