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    Is it possible to set a post date as e.g. July 13, 1943? Don’t cringe – here’s the reason…

    In looking at various message boards, it hit me that the easiest way to run a collaborative effort for a historical research project would be to post primary source materials (password protected) in date order, then allowing people on the team to comment on those date-ordered documents.

    If I can put the actual dates on the documents, the blogger will keep things chronological. And discussion will be document-oriented, which is what I want.

    Can WordPress do this? Any other suggestions?

    The blog I need help with is


    Caveat – Just another member here, no expertise claimed: Did you just try it? I made a blog post and dated it with a 1943 date and it shows that date and appears at the bottom of my blog? The blog uses reverse chronological order, with the newest date as the top item on your posts. How will your users know the date of the source materials they want to view? You could also use categories to lead your users to categorized groups of documents.

    To change your post date, go to the right hand site of your post edit page in the Publish box? Where it says Publish Immediately Edit, if you click Edit, you can set the date. Will you be the only one loading documents? I ask because the likelihood of remembering to change that date on each item might be low…


    Sorry for all the misplaced question marks.



    HoustonWeaver, thanks! I couldn’t see the Edit after the Publish Immediately to save my life.

    Now I am just going nuts with the silly auto-double space. Looks like that is something I have to live with. For now.

    But I certainly appreciate your quick response.




    silly auto-double space

    Hopefully, the information linked to below may help you:
    (2) If you are working in the Visual editor, to get single spacing between paragraphs hold the SHIFT key down and simultaneously click ENTER at the end of the paragraph. If you are working in the HTML (Text) editor, a single click of ENTER will give you a single-spaced line, and two clicks of ENTER will result in double spaced lines.
    See also >



    I had searched WordPress help and forums, and didn’t see that because of the poetry reference! :-( But it’s perfect. So now I have a lot of work to do, getting hundreds of pages uploaded. This does exactly what I wanted!

    I have a feeling wordpress will get a lot of copycat blogs once people realize what a good tool this is for collaborative historical projects.


    Glad it offers a new organization tool. I am a librarian (ret) and always interested In how people organize and categorize. I want to jump in and see if you need categories and if you are using tags for all the surnames, etc. LOL. But I will leave you to it.




    But it’s perfect. So now I have a lot of work to do, getting hundreds of pages uploaded. This does exactly what I wanted!

    That’s such good news. You’re welcome.



    If you guys want to look at it and let me know what you think before it goes live…

    I still have to add a Page at the top explaining translation process (so people understand footnotes); rewrite the “About” Page; add a “Public Documents” category so interested people can read a nice sampling (right now everything is public, but once the project starts, it will become private, accessible only to the team); and add a “Copyrights” Page.

    Goal is to keep it simple, easily navigated, and clean.

    Suggestions would be appreciated!


    So glad this is working for you in an innovative way. The only enhancement I can think of would be to link to a digital copy of the original documents you are translating if you have those.



    Believe me, I would love to be able to do that. But use of the original docs costs 25 Euros apiece, per year. Since each project will have 5000+ pages of documents, that would bust our budget pretty fast.

    The revised “About” page will include information about our brick and mortar archives where people can come view the German-language documents if they choose.

    Thanks so much for the feedback!



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