Archiving entries on separate page within blog
I apologise in advance if I’m unclear on this, but I’ll try to be as eloquent as I can.
I used to use my blog pretty much as a journal. I’d talk in great detail about my day or stupid things that had happened to me. Recently, though, on the same blog, my entries have been more themed and more like articles. I think that’s the way my blog is going, so I’d like to keep it as just this type of entry. Is it possible to move all my old diary-like entries to a separate page within my blog so that they can be viewed, but not on the main page? I really don’t want to delete them or to have to start a new blog entirely, but I’m also not sure if this is possible.
Please ask me any questions if you’d like me to be any clearer about what I’m after; I understand that the above is probably rambly and confusing.
The blog I need help with is inneskiadventures.wordpress.com.
Please read this carefully. You cannot post to pages. Pages are static and sit outside the blog structure. With WordPress you use categories to organize posts into subjects and then you can add those categories to your navigation using a custom menu. You can edit those posts and assign a unique category to all of them. Then you can proceed as follows. Note this works best on w theme that has a horizontal menu where Page tabs are normally displayed and not on the theme you use now as it lacks a horizontal menu. See here for better theme choices.
Staff have provided help for those who want to structure their blog like a website. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/
What’s critical is:
(1) a clear comprehension of the differences between pages and posts > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/
(2) a clear comprehension of the fact that there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page. But we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.
We organize our posts by assigning Categories to them. When we publish a post it automatically appears on the running page for posts and also on the Categories pages and Archives pages. Note: There must be one published post in each Category in order for there to be anything to display.
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 custom links in your custom menu as well.
How to create a custom menu. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
To bulk edit your older “old diary-like entries” ie. posts and assign them to a unique Category see here.
@kirstin – you can push your Posts off the front page by going to Dashboard >> Settings >> Reading >> Blog pages show at most xx Posts – set this number smaller to move your older content off the front page then make the number a bit larger as you new content is added.
Also good to use the More Tag – http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/ to make your front page a bit easier to load and look at – why force your regular visitors to load all the Posts they have already read?
And as @TT has noted above you can’t have a “Page” with the older content as such here – personally I would not worry much about the change in direction – just reduce the Post count for a while as I suggested above.
I realise I was being very vague with the word ‘page’, I realise these are static as I use one as an ‘about’ section.
I think I’m possibly just asking too much, like a blog within a blog, rather than just separate categories.
Nevertheless, thank you both for your advice, it is appreciated. I’ll try be clearer next time.
a blog within a blog
is not possible. When we publish a post it automatically appears on the running page for posts and also on the Categories pages and Archives pages. The closest you can come to that is what I posted above which employs the use of Categories.
Best wishes with your blogging. :)
Thanks again :)
@ Kirstenin – It depends how much time you want to spend… If you really want to move them to pages, you can but you’ll have to do it manually and type your own dates in with the content. Laborious but obviously, can be done. Alternatively you can do what the rest of us do when our blogs change in direction and content and just let the older posts get buried under the newer ones. Then they will still be there for you and other people to see if necessary, but won’t be in your face. And, as Timethief says – use categories.
Another option would be to export those old entries to another (free!!!) blog. There is a filter so that you can export posts by time period.
Be sure to select the option when you import the old posts to the new blog to have them import your images as well.
Last you can use the bulk edit function to delete those old things from your current blog.
I’ve done this at least once and it’s very quick and easy: old stuff gone, but not necessarily forgotten: I set my “extra” blog to private, but you could choose a different privacy setting.
Oh, I know you didn’t want a different blog, but if the new one with the old posts has the same theme as your main one, and you use a custom menu (or widget) to link to the second one, most readers won’t really notice they are on a different blog.
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