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Widgets aren't working correctly

  1. I am a new WordPress Blog creator; I have added pages and categories and they show up when I list them from the dashboard. However, when I placed the category widget in the sidebar, setting it as a drop-down menu, there is no list of categories dropping down. It looks like a drop-down, but when pressing the down arrow, nothing...as though I have no categories. Same problem with pages...no menu of pages and no navigation ability...

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

  2. The Categories widget only display data and it has no dtat that it can display until there is a published post in a Category.

  3. Same problem with pages...no menu of pages and no navigation ability...

    Pages are static and are for content that rarely changes. They sit outside of the blog structure and you cannot post to multiple pages in any blog. There is only one main page for posts in a blog and all posts will display on the main blog page. There is no way to exclude posts from the main posts (blog) page.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

    The front page of the blog by default will display your posts (not pages) in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top. If you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page “Welcome” for your site and a “Blog” page for posts.
    Choice 1 static front page
    Choice 2 running page for all posts on front page
    Which do you choose? It’s one or the other.
    If you choose a static front page then you have to create two pages as I said above. After you do that you go to > Settings > Reading and make the designation change and click “save changes”.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    Though there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page, we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page. We organize posts by assigning categories to them. You can either put the categories widget into the sidebar, or you can create a custom menu and add the categories pages that are autmatically generated by the software into the custom menu.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/categories-widget/

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-category-pages-to-your-menu

    A custom menu allows you to display Categories with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages with drop-downs to sub-pages and/or Tags pages and/or Custom Links in your custom menu as well. You are in charge of what appears in a custom menu. You choose the order in which to display any and/or all the foregoing in your custom menu. You choose which to display and which to hide.

    Here’s a link to a custom menu walkthrough > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/11/wordpress-com-custom-menu-walk-through/

    There are many common errors, misunderstanding and misconceptions when creating custom menus and you can read about them here > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

    Please let me make it clear to you that your blog is private and we Volunteers do not have backend access to blogs. We cannot see which theme you are using and we cannot see what you have done so we aren't in a position to help you no matter how much we want to.

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