Home page question

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  • #384334

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    whmosher

    We need to see a link to your blog, starting with http://
    Apparently it is not http://whmosher.wordpress.com

    #384335

    This is the link: http://somecallmeishmael.wordpress.com/ . He provided it above, but it was not clickable.

    #384336

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Yikes.
    I missed that. so sorry…

    #384337

    Not a problem, I almost missed it as well. Not making the links clickable seems to be epidemic lately.

    #384338

    mosher506
    Member

    I just changed all of the categories back to parent, because I noticed all of the categories were printed out when I scrolled down the page. Didn’t make a difference. I don’t know how to make the link clickable here, so I’m going to copy and paste the link from above in, http://somecallmeishmael.wordpress.com/ well that didn’t work either. Question, this did exactly what I wanted it to do when I had all of the pages just listed under pages except for the Rest of… page, and I had it in categories. All of this started when I was reading the FAQ and saw where it said, ( I thought), that the difference between Post and Pages was you couldn’t have the comments, etc in Pages. So I changed everthing over to Posts. Should I change it back, and if I do, can everyone still post comments? I have uploaded an image for the posts, and I have the URL for the Blog in my Users > Profile section, so I don’t know why they don’t show up.

    #384339

    I think you are confuse a little. You have a post called “”the rest of the story” and also a category called “the rest of the story.”

    Since there is no only the one post in that category right now, do as I suggested above and that post will be your home page.

    Here are the drawbacks of using pages instead of posts:

    1. Pages will show up lower in search engine results because search engines place lower emphasis on pages. Pages are meant for static content.

    2. When you publish a post, wordpress automatically “pings” all the major search engines to let them know you have published a new post so that they can index it. When you publish a page, wordpress does not “ping” the search engines. You will have to ping manually at a service such as pingomatic.com.

    3. Pages do not show up in your RSS feed, only posts will show up. That means that if you do a feedburner email subscription service, no one will ever get a notification since they pull off of your feed, and if everything is on pages, then your feed will never change.

    4. You can assign categories and tags to posts to help the search engines properly place you in search results. Pages cannot have tags or categories as they sit outside the blog structure.

    #384340

    Here is another suggestion. Turn “the rest of the story” back into a page. Make that page your static front page and as I said above, also create a page (call it blog or posts) for the posts and make the selections under settings > reading for the static front page and post page.

    #384341

    mosher506
    Member

    Your are correct, I am very confused. Ok, I did all of that. My initial page is now The Rest of the story, I have a way to get back to it from all of the other pages, but even though Posts has absolutely no text in it on the edit page, it shows everything under the Posts page. I have it set up so each category at the moment goes to a Post that only has one item under it. Is that wrong?

    #384342

    mosher506
    Member

    I just went in and made Posts private, and it doesn’t show up on the pages anymore. But this is probably not a good thing, is it? By the way, I REALLY appreciate your help.

    #384343

    That is the way the posts page works. If lists all the posts in reverse chronological order.

    Setting a separate category for each page, isn’t wrong, it is just unusual. If you end up with 500 posts, the way your are doing it you will have 500 categories.

    Categories are typically used to group posts of like subject so that if someone wants to view all of your posts on a certain subject, they can go to that category page and see a listing of all the posts on the subject.

    #384344

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Posts, categories, and pages are 3 different things.

    Posts are made to your home page: they are all the articles you write from day to day. They appear on a dynamically changing “page” which is the main part of your blog. Your home/blog page is not a page you can actually edit. It changes whenever you write a post.

    Pages are static and don’t change. You use them for basic information such as a page “about” you. Background information, or things your readers should know about your topic.

    Categories are applied to your posts/articles. Like one post could be about sports and you’d make a category for “sports” and another post could be about cooking and you’d make a category for cooking. Then you write another article about sports. Well, you’d assign that post to the category “sports.”

    Categories will generate “pages” (which you also cannot edit) with all the posts you have in each category. Your readers can choose your “sports” category to see everything you have written about that.

    Here is more info:
    http://support.wordpress.com/?s=posts+vs+pages
    http://support.wordpress.com/posts/categories-vs-tags/

    There is a wealth of information in the support pages here:
    http://support.wordpress.com/

    #384345

    mosher506
    Member

    I see I’m going to have to read this over several times to make sense of it. I see this setup definitely isn’t the usual format. What I envisioned for this blog was to start it out with what I had experienced, and have people leave comments about their experiences, in each category, much as in the What Just Happened section. Then either comment myself or see what other people commented. I can put text in the end of the initial page to have people post in the category sections. Do either of you have any clue as two why on the Posts page after I set it up like was in the earlier replies, why I had everything from the Categories in it?

    #384346

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Readers can comment on posts or pages.
    They can’t comment on categories.
    But you can categorize your posts, so readers will see all the posts in each category.
    You can reply to any and all comments.

    Your home page, unless it is static, will by definition have all your posts in all the categories you have made.

    A static home page can force your readers to choose one category or another.

    #384347

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    But the readers will only be able to comment on individual posts, not on a category.

    (They can also comment on pages, such as on an “about you” page.)

    #384348

    mosher506
    Member

    Now I’m really confused. Take a look at http://somecallmeishmael.wordpress.com and look at one of the categories. The category only goes to one post at the moment, and I really hadn’t planned on having more that one post that it goes to, although I realize it can have multiples. There is a comment section at the end of the post. So aren’t they making a comment on a Post, not a category? If this isn’t going to work, what do I need to do to change it so it will? This blog was really designed to find out other people’s experiences, compare them against everyone else’s and let them have a place to express themselves. I know the text here is considerably more wordy that most blogs, but I don’t know what to cut. I’m off to bed until morning, I’ll check back then. I also just took my sleeping pills, so this might not make complete sense, but then that is also me at times :) Thanks.

    #384349

    mosher506
    Member

    I intend to have a question at the end of each post under each category to ask a question. SOme of them have them now, but I got sidetracked on this initial page thing. What I intended was they answer the question for that section.

    #384350

    mosher506
    Member

    To see what I am talking about go to http://somecallmeishmael.wordpress.com/avatar/
    my fingers aren’t working right I better go now

    #384351

    raincoaster
    Member

    This is going to sound radical, BUT:

    It will save you time and get your blog working exactly the way you want faster if you FORGET about categories right now. All you should do with Categories is put the Category widget in the sidebar and, when you write a new Post, make sure to add it to the correct Category. Otherwise, forget them.

    Readers comment on Posts. The more posts you have, with questions at the end of each, the more likely you’ll get a comment. Just concentrate on posts, appropriately categorized, and the architecture will fall into place.

    Also, be aware that I’ve got a very popular bunch of blogs and the ratio of readers to comments is about 700 to one. On more personal blogs, the ratio is closer to 75 to 1. So you’ll need to be patient and build up readership.

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