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  1. My blog makes extensive use of categories and subcategories. In the sidebar, how does one list only the parents, but once they're clicked expand them to display children and grandchildren? Many thanks ~

  2. As we've been communicating so much I'll be brief -> dashboard -> manage -> categories -> add category

    Add Category
    Category name:
    Category parent: [on the drop down menu if "none" is what you choose here then the category named one line above becomes the category "parent"]
    Description: (optional)
    -> click add category to save changes

  3. Thanks Timethief ~

    How to "add parent" categories is not the question. The question is how to display only parent categories on the sidebar (right now, only the children are showing), then how to click on the parents to display the children categories.

  4. G'day
    I see only one category (the default category) "uncategorized" in your sidebar.
    The parent categories and subcategories will not display in your sidebar until there is at least on post assigned to each. Here's something that may help you with widgets. You can to use the instructions in it to open your category widget and configure it to show number of posts and hierarchy (if those are your choices). Clicking on the parent category will not either display or hide subcategories. The choice is to either set the category widget to display hierarchy or not.

    If your parent categories were not currently showing in your sidebar and your sub-categories were then no volunteer on the forum (none have backend access) could help you. You would have to send in a feedback to staff using the button on the top right hand corner of any blog page with a link back to this thread. But it doesn't seem that you may be experiencing a bug. It seems like the category widget just isn't properly configured and/or you do not have enough posts assigned to enough categories to display in the sidebar.

  5. Aha. Well I did just learn something very useful. I've got two blogs in testing, but my profile is linked only to the one called Kitchen Parade which isn't my priority but IS the one you think I'm working on. I also didn't realize you might be checking the blog itself, I'm more used to the black hole of Blogger support ... hence the prospective move to WordPress, early on just to see how it works on .com, already have URL live for .org. And "something" does seem like a great link, just RSSd it too.

    Won't be working on this for a day or so again. I DO thank you, you obviously spend a lot of time coaching folks, the responsiveness is much appreciated. If you happen to build sites for folks, I'd love to talk ...

  6. Thanks for the clarification on that. Now don't grind your teeth when I send you back to the pink sticky posts okay? You came here from the blackhole of Blogger as I myself and many others did. The kind of blogging platform here is very, very different from Blogger and from wordpress.org. At wordpress.com we all work on a shared wordpress MU (multi-user) platform. Blogs at wordpress.org are not the same. They operate on an entirely different code base. So I urge you to read the pink sticky post entitled "please read me first before posting" http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=3700&replies=1
    As you have a wordpress.com blog and "already have URL live for .org" you will need to be very clear about the differences between the two.
    (1) At wordpress.com we have non-commercial blogs (no advertising, paypal or adsense, etc).
    (2) At wordpress.com we cannot alter our underlying template php. We can purchase and upgrade and only alter our blog's appearance by customizing the css.
    (3) At wordpress.com because we are on a shared blogging platform for security reasons we cannot use javascript, iframes or media embeds other than odeo for music and grouper, youtube and google for video.
    P.S. I am not in the least geeky or technical. Our intrepid Moderator drmike is the techno wizard. I'm simply a partially trained monkey with information location skills and lots of practice. Happy blogging! :)

  7. I have the same question as Kitchenparade:

    The question is how to display only parent categories on the sidebar (right now, only the children are showing), then how to click on the parents to display the children categories.

    I have read the threats about it I could find. The answer is a bit unclear to me though.

    I have a wordpress.com blog, and my theme is regulus. Can I chose to show only the parent categories in my categories widget, or show the hierarchical order of them ?
    Now only the children shows in one long row ("kategorier", it is in Danish)

  8. Take note that clicking on the parent Category will not make the children sub-categories show in wordpress.
    Open your Categories widget and configure it. You have the option of showing hierarchical structure or not. Then click "Save Changes". If you do not choose to check the box to show hierarchical structure inside the Categories widget the sub-categories will not appear in your sidebar.
    Read these threads first and then go to work on it.
    This will help with the set up and configuring of widgets.
    This will too and it's illustrated http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/12/24/what-is-a-widget/

  9. Thanks- I tried it but it looked bad so I think I'll just stick with all the children for the time being...

    If you do not choose to check the box to show hierarchical structure inside the Categories widget the sub-categories will not appear in your sidebar

    Not correct... all of the subcategories appear.

  10. If you do not choose to check the box to show hierarchical structure inside the Categories widget the sub-categories will not appear in your sidebar

    Not correct... all of the subcategories appear.

    True in some themes. Not true in others.
    Example: True in K2 Lite and not true in Regulus.

    Regulus is atypical. Here in this grouping you will find the features and known bugs pertaining to Regulus http://engtech.wordpress.com/2006/09/12/wordpresscom-theme-review-shocking-blue-green-blix-regulus-sandbox-kubrick/
    Look even further in the theme reviews and you can see the variation in features in all the themes. There is no "standard" treatment that pertains to all blog templates and what's hard-coded into them by their designers. Theme designers make their own choices.

  11. Thank you for the link - I will take a look at it

  12. You're welcome.

  13. I've read it... I agree regarding the bugs, I did run into some of them.

    However, I still think Regulus is a terrific theme. Maybe it is "against the general rules" that links in the sidebar does not stand out ... but it gives this smooth and nice feel. The links are not screaming for attention, they are just there in case anyone needs them. Images in the sidebar also just fit in smoothly instead of competing for attention. Great theme.

    However, it is a matter of taste, perhaps also cultural taste. Many US websites are filled up with large quantities of ads, colours and blinking messages, like eg. MySpace. I believe Americans has a much higher tolerance for visual noise than people do in general. I find it more important that the side bar links support the overall layout and look decent, and less important if whether they immediately stand out.

  14. I used to use regulus for some of my blogs. I now prefer other themes. I agree that visual bombardment and flashing animated doodads, automatic music is characteristic of myspaces and of the preferences of north american youth. Generally speaking, they do not appear to be blogging for the same reasons that most adults do.

  15. Yes. But also many commercial American websites for mature persons are overloaded with noise.

    Hey, I regret my "Regulus is terrific" speech after I have just seen how my blog looks in Internet Explorer - a completely different story

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