How to include links to next/previous posts at the bottom of every post?

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  • #939413

    tarahlah
    Member

    I’m using the theme ‘Pilcrow’. It automatically places links to the next and previous posts (showing the title) at the top of each post – and this is great! However I’d also like there to be an onward (or return) link at the the bottom of each post – which I believe would make it easier for the reader to navigate. Is there any way to do this?

    Thank You :)
    Blog url: http://heartofstillness.wordpress.com/

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

    #939562

    timethief
    Member

    Staff have been introducing “infinite scroll” to themes — a site wide change that will be applied to all themes that are suitable for the implementation. https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/to-infinity?replies=137
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/to-infinity-and-beyond/

    Disabling” the infinite scroll feature results in a “Load More Posts” tab, and you can’t disable that “Load More Posts” tab from appearing and have “previous post” and “next post” links, without the Custom Design upgrade. http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/

    Have you purchased the custom design upgrade? if so I can flag this thread so it’s moved to the CSS Forum for you.

    #939568

    tarahlah
    Member

    No I haven’t purchased the custom design upgrade.

    The infinity scroll has been disabled on my blog but i’m quite happy with the ‘load more posts’ tab from appearing at the bottom of my home page.

    What I am asking about are the individual post pages that you reach by clicking on the title of a post.

    On these pages there is no ‘load more posts’ tab or infinity scroll etc, but at the top of the page there is a tab to go to the next or previous post. It doesn’t say ‘next’ or ‘previous’ but give the name of the posts. I was wondering if there was any way to put this underneath the post, instead of (or preferably as well as) at the top.

    I could of course manually insert links onto each post but this would take a lot of time so I thought i’d ask here first if there was a way to do it automatically.

    #939569

    timethief
    Member

    Aha! Now I understand you. There is no way to do include those links at the bottom of all posts automatically. We have come full circle back to “custom design upgrade”. :(

    #939570

    tarahlah
    Member

    Ah well! Thank you for replying. At least now I can stop searching for a way to do something that is impossible without the ‘custom design upgrade’. I may choose to purchase it in the future, in the mean time will just muddle on best I can and work what is already available! :-)

    #939571

    timethief
    Member

    I think this is an important issue that’s worth putting in front of theme Staff for their consideration. You could request that they do provide the “previous post” and “next post” links at the end of posts when they are displayed on their own page. Would you like me to have this thread moved to the Themes Forum for you?

    #939572

    tarahlah
    Member

    Then yes, please do that.

    I think it would be great if the theme Staff could provide that. Particularly on longer posts, by the time the reader has come to the end of the post the “previous” and “next” post links are no longer visible – and therefore pretty much useless unless the reader returns to the head of the page, which I believe is generally unlikely and anyway a practical nuisance!

    Thank you.

    #939573

    timethief
    Member

    Done and you’re welcome. (I also bookmarked this thread because I’m in agreement with you.)

    #939581

    cdvsmx5
    Member

    I’m with you on this desire. However…
    The CSS upgrade will not duplicate the links from the top to the bottom.
    It may be possible, but difficult if so, to move them from the top to the bottom.
    Adding the links manually may be the only option w/o theme coding changes.

    #939590

    tarahlah
    Member

    Thank you for your coherent reply…
    Particularly useful to know that the CSS upgrade will not duplicate the links from the top to the bottom. It seems therefore that adding the links manually will be what I do for the time being.

    #939591

    tarahlah
    Member

    Okay, so I’m trying to manually enter some links at the bottom of my posts, and i’m including the forward arrow/backwards arrows followed by the relevant link.

    This looks okay and the links work properly; however when I do so I am receiving a notification saying that “(post title) | (my blog name)” commented on (post title). However there is no comment in the comments field.

    I am also receiving an email with the subject heading [(my blog name)] Pingback: “post name”. This is followed with a seeming unintelligible email.

    Please could you tell me what I am doing wrong? Is ist something to do with using the little arrows?

    #939592

    raincoaster
    Member

    Those are just pingbacks. You can delete them by hand.

    #939593

    tarahlah
    Member

    But why are they happening? I would like not to send them every time I add a link to the bottom of my post!

    #939594

    justpi
    Member

    When someone publishes a post that includes a link to a post of yours, a special type of comment is added to your post (so you also get an email notifying you); that’s called a pingback. Same thing happens when that someone is you, and that’s called a self-ping. To prevent self-pings you need to use a special form of the URL of your posts when creating links – see here:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/comments/pingbacks/#can-i-stop-self-pings

    Self-pings apart, in my opinion what you’re trying to do isn’t worth the trouble. If having navigation links below instead of above each post is important to you, just switch to a different theme.

    #939595

    tarahlah
    Member

    Great! Thank you that really helped. I didn’t know at all what they were. That link is also really useful, thank you.

    As for the trouble.. yes, you’re probably right and it isn’t worth it!

    :-)

    #939596

    justpi
    Member

    You’re welcome.
    Many themes have the navigation links below the content of the post. You can see all themes in action here:
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/sort/name/
    But several themes have no navigation links at all, so check this post to see which themes to avoid:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/navigation-links-2/

    #939598

    tarahlah
    Member

    Thank you!

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