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Using Categories Effectively

  1. Hi,

    Name is Jonathan, blog is joaker5.wordpress.com

    I'm looking for help on using categories more effectively. I have some ideas, but I get the sense that they are not possible.

    Let's say that I have a category called personal development. I understand how to create a menu and use that to create a link on the top bar of my page. However, I would like to hover over it and see a view of each post rather than only be able to see categories. Is there any way to do this? I guess the long way around would be to categorize each blog with its own name and make that category a sub category to the appropriate menu. I'd love to hear that there's a better way.

    On the same topic, lets say somebody clicks on my top bar link to personal development and it pulls up those historical articles. I would love for the recent posts or post list on the sidebar to reflect a list of the posts that are being displayed rather than just the same list of posts it shows on the home page. Is it possible to do that.

    Lastly, on the sidebar, if I use a list of categories I can see the number of posts in each category. Is it possible to click on them and view the names of each post by category rather than clicking on them and being taken to a page filtered by that category.

    Thanks, for your assistance.

    The blog I need help with is joaker5.wordpress.com.

  2. There is, as far as I know, no way to do that as a hover. Presumably, you'd soon have far too many posts for that to work.

    There is no way for the Recent Posts widget to change as you suggest.

    Sorry!

  3. hmm, I actually meant a list of posts when you hover over the header, as in a drop down list.

  4. A custom menu can display any link - including a dropdown list of posts. See here:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/
    But raincoaster's point is that a very long dropdown list of posts isn't practical.

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