Condensing comments on main (static) page
I haven’t been at blogging very long & less than a week in with WordPress, but seek some insight on expanded comments on my static page. I did search the forums a little before posting because chances are this has been asked in the past, but can’t seem to find the answer I’m needing. I have my mission as my landing page & comments continue which is fine but they aren’t condensed which is what I want to do. I’m happy with the setup/presentation but see no way to fix this in the settings>Discussions section or otherwise to neaten it up.
I’ve managed to teach myself a majority of things since joining…this however :(
The blog I need help with is youarealwaysinmyheart.wordpress.com.
(Still learning)…Are collapsible comments even an option on WP? And how many will it show regardless?
There is only one running page for posts (not pages) in a blog and by default that’s the front page of the blog. There is only one main page for posts in a blog and all posts will show on the main blog page. There is no way to exclude posts from the main posts (blog) page.
Unless you use the P2 theme which is a Twitter-like theme, the front pages of our blogs showcase content and comments are collapsed on that page and you cannot change this. The way the comments function is coded into the core of WordPress. By clicking the post title or the comments link the posts on the front page open on their own page where all comments display.
In a new blog one does not have many posts or comments. In an established blog if the comments did not collapse on the front page it would become a mile long in no time flat and page loading time is a page ranking factor. We have only seconds before visitors refuse to wait and click out.
If you do not want all the posts to show on the main page, then you can create a static front page for your site. If you wish, you can also create a “blog” page, but you do not have to if you do not want to.
Choice 1 static front page.
Choice 2 running page for all posts on front page.
It’s one or the other. If you choose Choice 1 static front page then you have to create two pages. One for the static front page which you can call anything you choose example “Welcome”, and one for the blog posts to appear on which you can call anything you choose example “Blog”. Adter your do that you go here . Settings > Reading and make the designation change and click “save changes”. http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/
P.S. Aside from what I posted above, there is no other collaspible comment option for free hosted WordPress.com blogs.
>>>YIKES<<< Just when I thought I had a good grip on blogging terminology & the workings etc.
Read your reply once but will have to read it a couple 100 more times to understand the best approach & where to find it.
Thank you for such an insightful response!
You’re welcome. :)
You can change the settings on comments under Dashboard->Settings->Discussion so that only, say, 50 comments at a time load and they have to click for the next group. I don’t recommend it. Tons of comments make you look interesting.
By George…I think she’s got it! I have such a clearer understanding of how blogs roll NOW! Thanks to you!
>insert bell going off here…ding ding ding ding DING<
And thank you raincoaster for the additional support here! I had no idea what that meant in settings & temporarily bypassed it! I would love to eventually “look” interesting ! : )
WP ROCKS in many ways!!!
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