The archiving of all posts (not pages) on all WordPress blogs is an automatic function of the software ie. we bloggers do nothing at all. We publish a post and the software automatically spost that poats to the main page for posts in the blogs and to the Archives pages and to the Categories and/or Tags pages that we assigned to the posts (not page).
The porblem I see on your blog is not an Archives issue it’s an invalid HTML issue and it has caused your posts to display in the sidebar. Typically this is beacause
there is an open HTML tag in one of your posts.
If you have been copying and pasting text from elsewhere without using either icon 5 or icon 6 in Row 2 of the visual editor, please see here http://en.support.wordpress.com/visual-editor/#pasting-text
Go to Settings > Writing and select “ ___ WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically” and then scroll down and click “Save Changes.”
Posts > All Posts, change all your latest posts to Draft, click Update, change them back to Published, click Update again. (You can edit all of them at once: tick the square in front of their titles then select Edit from the Bulk Actions dropdown and click Apply.)
I assumed that, if archiving is automatic, all posts carrying, say, a Feb 2012 date would disappear off the page and appear only when someone selected the post from the February archive list. That seems logical to me.
However, what is happening on my Blog ( http://paintphotofranceblog.wordpress.com/ )is that every single post is listed on the Blog’s home page and the posts are also listed in the archives, which seems completely pointless and illogical.
I thought I must be doing something wrong but cannot discover what.
Surely every post I publish isn’t going to be there on that same Home page forever?!
No. That’s a whole different issue: that is Infinite Scroll. That is slowly being added to all themes here at WP.com. All the posts you publish are in fact going to be there on that Home page forever UNLESS you’re using a theme that supports footer widgets. If you are, then put an empty text widget in the footer and then you will have the option to disable infinite scroll.
Thanks for the help. I’ve changed the theme we’re using accordingly.
Be warned: eventually WP.com hopes to bring Infinite Scroll to all themes here. The only ones I can’t see it working on are Monotone and Duotone, which each display only one post with no other options.
Hemingway will likely not get infinite scrolling. It may become a very popular theme. Papa would be happy about that.
I thought about Hemingway, but I wouldn’t put it past them. It would ruin it, yes, but I’m not ruling it out.
Can’t rule out anything around here.
After looking into this in more detail, I think I’ll start looking for alternative blogging software. Little irritates me more than businesses which ignore the needs and wishes of their users/customers and think that change for change’s sake is a Good Thing. The guys at WordPress need to Google “Coca-Cola New Coke 1985”
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