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Menu hierarchies with page attributes

  1. Hi all,

    I'm interested in establishing page hierarchies in the menu down the side of my WordPress site. I've figured out how to arrange the pages in hierarchies within my dashboard, and the URLs reflect this, but I can't figure out how to display these hierarchies at the front end of my blog.

    I'd really like to display a menu such as:

    Page
    Sub-page
    Sub-page

    Perhaps with the sub-pages appearing once the visitor hovers over the 'Writing' page title.

    Does anyone know how to do this? Is it functionality that is specific to particular themes? If so, which theme would be best for this?

    Thanks to anyone who can help.

    Cheers,

    Ryan

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

  2. Sorry, that Page/Sub-page listing was meant to be indented. I want the menu items to stick out, like this:

    Page
    ----Sub-page
    ----Sub-page

    Cheers,

    Ryan

  3. ryanpeter,

    Your blog is protected, so we cannot see it. What theme are you using?

    Using a page widget in some (many) themes will display page hierarchy. I've tested many themes, but I'm not the expert on which themes do that. You can experiment yourself by adding a page widget then going to appearance, themes, and looking. Note, you may have difficulty if you test a theme with 2 sidebars then go to one with only 1 sidebar.

  4. Hi Tess,

    I'm a little unsure about unlocking the blog to the public, as it's in such an embryonic state, but I'm currently experimenting with Treba.

    I will try, as you say, to experiment further by applying new themes - I'm wary, though, that differnt themes have different functionality and am worried about losing stuff by switching around between too many themes. Am I being over-cautious?

    Thanks,

    Ryan

    PS - actually, you know what, screw it: I'm gonna open the thing up and let it flap timidly in the breeze of humanity ... woo!

  5. Tess!

    I found a theme that has this functionality - at least to one level of the hierarchy. This will do for now. Thanks for your suggestion. I figured out, too, that you can actually use the website through that panel that comes up before you go and activate it. That was handy.

    Cheers,

    Ryan

  6. ryanpeter,

    Yes, that's what I meant about viewing to test a theme. It is not always accurate though when you switch from themes with different numbers of sidebars—the preview sometimes shows only its default widgets.
    The only things you might loose when switching themes are text widgets, so you should save the code you put into them before changing a theme. Oh, and once in a while my blog roll (links) widget gets messed up in my test blog.

    Anyway, I'm glad you found a theme that works for you.
    This blog has some explanation about functionality you may not have considered, such as excerpts, navigation styles, date/times showing…
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/

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