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  1. Hello! I have a main page showing up in wordpress but it doesn't show up in my dashboard under the Pages selection. I am supposed to be able to add more functionality to the page but I am unable to edit it's contents and forms. Am i missing something?

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

  2. The theme you are using has and built-in Home tab. It's only a Tab and there is no actual Page that you can edit. Also note that it cannot be deleted as we cannot edit templates underlying out themes. See hiding pages > http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/hide-pages/#hide-from-the-navigation-menu

    On your theme Modularity Lite you can create a custom menu and include only the pages you want to appear in the top navigation. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/

    This post may also be helpful > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/modularity-lite-100th-theme/

  3. The main page of a blog does not exist in the sense that it is a "page" you can edit. That page is automatically generated by the wordpress software whenever a browser requests it. The wordpress software pulls the posts from the database and will display them on your main page along with whatever widgets you have chosen to use.

    To add content to the main blog page, you have to write and publish posts. Posts are what will show up on the main page in reverse chronological order (newest at top).

  4. You should also take a look at this, http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ , which explains the differences between pages you create and posts.

  5. thanks for the replies everyone! I will try to sort this out and 'hide' the main page and build off of it.

  6. You're welcome.

    If you are trying to go with only pages and not use posts, there are some things - drawbacks - you need to know about.

    For some types of sites, pages may actually be the best way of presenting the material, but wordpress.COM is aimed at blogging and using pages for your content has drawbacks you need to be aware of:

    1. Pages will show up lower in search engine results because search engines place lower emphasis on pages. Pages are meant for static content.

    2. When you publish a post, wordpress automatically "pings" all the major search engines to let them know you have published a new post so that they can index it. When you publish a page, wordpress does NOT "ping" the search engines. You will have to ping manually at a service such as pingomatic.com or wait for the search engines to find the page on their own when they make a scheduled crawl of your site.

    3. Only posts show up on an RSS feed, pages do not. That means people cannot subscribe to your blog so that they are alerted when you add something new. This is also the case for people that may subscribe for email updates either through the wordpress subscription widget, or through a service such as feedburner.

    4. You can assign categories and tags to posts to help the search engines properly place you in search results. Pages cannot have tags or categories as they sit outside the blog structure which means your stuff will also not show up in the wordpress.COM global tags pages. For most people the global tags pages are responsible for bringing a lot of visitors to their blogs.

    5. Using a static front page for your site will lower your search engine page rank because they like to see fresh material on the main page of a site. The more the stuff on the main page changes, they better they like it.

  7. @vjconnorphoto
    You're welcome and happy blogging. :)

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