Can I show only selected posts on the front page?
I would like to categorize some posts as, say, “front page” and show only those on the front page. Others would appear only under their categories in the menu.
I’m thinking that the category feature would be the most obvious way of doing this, but if there’s another way, that’s ok too.
The blog I need help with is duncan4nh.com.
What you describe is not possible. 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.
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.
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 into the custom menu.
When we publish a post with a category assigned to it the software creates a dynamic Categories page and displays the post on it. Only dynamic Categories pages created by the software will automatically update when we publish posts. The static pages we create cannot and will not update.
Example of URL for a dynamic category page > http://NAME_OF_BLOG.wordpress.com/category/better-blogging/
Example of URL for static page >
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/
Thanks very much, timethief. I do use categories this way and they are very effective. My question would be answered if the blog listing you get when you select a category from the menu could be made the front page.
But, as you say…if that is not possible…it’s not.
You can, however make a Sticky post or Alert that lists the posts you want to draw attention to, and links to them.
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