What I want to know is does making the blog private override the publishing option (of individual pages)? Actually there is a difference between published and private. When I marked published, the page came up in the sidebar of the front page which was useful as I could link to that page from the front page. When it was marked private, I could not see it on the front page. So long as the front page is private, it means nobody can see the pages in the sidebar doesn't it?
In other words, there are two layers of control aren't there? That even if the blog is made public, I can hide the individual pages I want to hide by checking "Private" for them, and if the blog is private, it doesn't matter what I check in the box - the public can't read it, right? Although it will make a difference as to whether the page appears in the sidebar or not.
Also, I have a lot of trouble understanding the difference between Global Dashboard and Dashboard.
When I go to Global Dashboard, only some pages appear. I think they might have been the ones ticked 'Published' though I'm not a 100% sure.
I have no way of finding the other pages other than to edit one of these pages that appear in the Global dashboard, and then go to Dashboard once that page is opened. That's the only way I can find "Manage Pages".
So does ticking "Publish" mean that these pages will appear in Global Dashboard but still not be visible to the public if the blog has been set on private?