How do I remove error message from main page?

  • Author
    Posts
  • #1270955

    booldawg
    Member

    When I navigate to http://aroundannapurna.wordpress.com/, I get to the web site. It has the title “Annapurna Circuit in Winter”, but on the page is a message in huge font: “I couldn’t find what you’re looking for!” I cannot figure out how to get rid of that message. It may be that in the beginning when I deleted the default page About, I messed things up. I recreated About but it’s not the same.

    The blog I need help with is aroundannapurna.wordpress.com.

    #1271058

    raincoaster
    Member

    You deleted the original About page, and created a new one, but the settings on the Settings->General page still link to the old page. You’ll have to choose the new About page, http://aroundannapurna.wordpress.com/about-2/ instead of About.

    #1271139

    booldawg
    Member

    Thanks for the suggestion. On the settings->general page I did not see a setting to change that would change some sort of default home page. I did change the URL of the About page from …./about-2 to …/about, but that did not help.

    #1271141

    timethief
    Member

    By default the front page of your blog displays all posts. The 404 (page not found) error message on the front page of the blog appeared because the Admin of the blog deleted the placeholder Hello World post. http://en.support.wordpress.com/not-found/ As soon as you publish a post, not a page it will disappear. Read the differences between Pages and Posts.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

    #1271142

    timethief
    Member

    On the settings->general page I did not see a setting to change that would change some sort of default home page.

    Please be sure you fully understand the differences between Pages and Posts. http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

    The front page of the blog by default will display your posts (not pages) in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top. If you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page called for example “Welcome” for your site and a “Blog” page for posts.

    To do that create two pages > http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ After you do that you go to > Settings > Reading and make the designation change and click “save changes”.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    Front page displays
    __ Your latest posts

    A static page (select below)
    Front page:
    Posts page:

    #1271146

    booldawg
    Member

    Thanks. I created a static front page. It fixed it.

    #1271148

    timethief
    Member

    You’re welcome and happy blogging!

    #1271150

    booldawg
    Member

    I chose two existing pages for the Front Page and Post Page, rather than creating two new pages named Home and Posts as per instructions. It seems to work; I hope nothing bad happens.

    #1271154

    timethief
    Member

    It sounds like you are right on track.

    #1271179

    booldawg
    Member

    Choosing an arbitrary page as the Posts page rather than creating a page with the title Posts, had the bad effect of making the arbitrary page not work. So I created a Posts page and made it private in the settings so it cannot be seen in the menu. I don’t plan on doing posts.

    #1271181

    timethief
    Member

    That’s fine as long as you comprehend that pages don’t attract much search engine attention. They are for static content that rarely changes. It’s frequent publication of posts that attracts search engine attention. Blogs are post based structures that provide for and encourage interactive communication. Websites are page based structures that operate as a one-way noticeboards.
    These may be helpful:
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/01/21/omg-i-cant-find-my-blog-on-google/

    #1271206

    booldawg
    Member

    My blog/website is an account of my trekking in Nepal for several weeks. Its main purposes is so I can provide friends with a link to the website and I wont have to flood inboxes of those who may not be interested with dozens of emails. I kept a paper journal, and have transcribed it after the event.

    A secondary purpose is possibly to make it useful for potential travelers to the same area, as a supplement to the standard guide books. I am not averse to search engine attention, but it may not be natural to do posts rather then pages since this is after the event. Also, some of the pages have images, can you do that with a post?

    I would imagine that if I were to redo the whole thing as posts, they would all be on long page, hard to navigate. My trekking journal has around 20 pages. The menu system seems to make it easy to navigate to a particular date or place.

    I do want to allow people to comment.

    #1271223

    timethief
    Member

    Blogs are essentially a reverse chronological order publishing tool and you cannot change this order on a free hosted WordPress.com blog. However, you can alter the date stamp and time stamp on each post so they are ordered as you wish.

    See here for the option of creating a book-like structure > http://en.support.wordpress.com/write-a-book/ Perhaps that will work for you.

    You could use a sticky post as an index page > http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/post-visibility/#sticky-posts

The topic ‘How do I remove error message from main page?’ is closed to new replies.