I am a first time user of wordpress.com. Sorry if I miss anything that should be obvious. I want to be able to put my pages into categories. I am setting up a school newspaper online and I want articles to be on pages, so I want to be able to put these pages into categories. This is a plugin I found that allows this:
I think this would be helpful to people like me who want to have a lot of permanent web pages that can be organized and easily accessed via categories.
The blog I need help with is ehsboltnewspaper.wordpress.com.
There is no upgrade you can purchase here that provides FTP access and the ability to install plugins and or any third party themes. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ If you want FTP access and to install plugins or third party themes then you will have to hire a web host and set up your own WordPress.org install.
Categories cannot be assigned to static Pages . They can only be assigned to Posts. These are not Categories – they are Pages.
(1) There is only one page we can post to in any blog and
(2) The static pages http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ we bloggers create do not automatically update.
Only the dynamic pages like Archives, Categories and Tags created by the software when we publish a post will update automatically update with new posts.
By default the front page of the blog is the Page that displays all posts in your blog. You can create a static front page but doing that does not change what follows.
Though there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts (not pages) http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ 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 create a custom menu and add the dynamic categories pages into the custom menu.
We can also add other items into a custom menu like static Pages http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-pages but as I said above no static Pages will ever automatically update.
There are many common errors, misunderstandings and misconceptions when creating custom menus and there are some tweaks you can use to improve your custom menu as well.
What you really want is to use Posts, and categories on those posts. I work for an online newspaper, and that is how we organize things. Using Pages would be a disaster. TT has given you all the relevant links to set it up in her post above.
Okay, thank you both for your help. I will convert my pages into posts and then follow your suggestions.
You’re welcome and best wishes.
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