How to organize articles on sidebar

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  • #452136

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    @starsquid

    No. Excerpts are custom summaries of each post. I even have pictures and links on them. The theme I’m using doesn’t show the excerpts on the main page ;( but it does show on archive and category pages. Take a look at my blog and you will see.

    They also goes out formatted when readers subscribe by email.

    #452151

    starsquid
    Member

    oooh, clever cover up of the grey menu on top, impressive, I SHALL HAVE A BANNER you thought huh ;)
    I had to reload the page again to see if my eyes weren’t fooling me.

    Ahh I see what you mean, yea thats nice indeed. Some pictures are sticking out of the excerpts (like if you click february).

    btw, I think you should do a book on Japanese cooking! You have the (serious) skills and experience by now!

    #452165

    @1tess, thanks. I already do have posts in categories, if that’s what you mean? I put the category widget at top of the sidebar so at least that shows the 3 categories. Would be nice if clicking on a category there would display all the posts in that category, not just ten.

    But between that and the long uncategorized list of posts that I have below that on the sidebar, I think that displays the articles well enough.

    #452169

    timethief
    Member

    This is a post that you may find useful. See: note 3. http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/full-posts-in-archive-pages/

    #452172

    That hit the spot, thanks. Interesting to see the differences in how the themes function, and am really liking my first experience with Vigilance.

    #452174

    timethief
    Member

    There is another post on Vigilance you may also find helpful > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/vigilance-further-color-changes/

    #452195

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    @karenrrobinson
    No, I did not mean a category widget.
    With Vigilance, titles appear on your category pages, so you could open two windows, each in half of your screen:
    1. A page with the list of articles in a category
    2. A new post or page (draft in Visual Editor)
    You can highlight and drag a title from 1. to 2. You have to do it one by one. In order not to click a post (and be taken to the article), start highlighting off to the right of the comments column. You don’t need to highlight the whole title. Then drag the highlighted text to the second window. Repeat.
    Switch to HTML editor and copy the code. Paste code into a text widget and title the widget with the category name.

    You can also do something similar by copying the source code of your categories and working exclusively in html.

    You can also do it from your page with the archives shortcode.

    But you have to remember to update as you add new posts. It won’t be automatic.

    #452237

    Ah. Sounds interesting and worth a try. Thanks for the instructions.

    #452240

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    ok. Some folk have difficulties doing that, so add to this thread if you have trouble.

    But I hope that helps…

    #452370

    starsquid
    Member

    @1tess
    I was actually thinking, if you can cover up that topmenu with a banner, then basically I could cover up the ugly black line thats pestering my blog under the head banner in my Vigilance theme, right…? I know it was explaned to me already how to use absolute position to place images anywhere, though I’m afraid if for example viewed with different browsers or resolution that it might not shift together in comparison to the black line (or am I just talking nonsense?).

    Anyways, I would like to test it out though, could you tell me how you covered that menu up? Was it just a blank text widget with that absolute position code? (and Im hoping you could share the code here so I can just copy it, noob here, I only copy codes :) )

    #452373

    @starsquid: No, you can’t use that trick in Vigilance; see here:

    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/12/15/position-absolute-pt-2/

    #452374

    starsquid
    Member

    Oh ca-rap…!

    Thanks anyways!

    #452377

    I’ll see if I can work something else out; but I can’t do it now.

    #452378

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    @panos,
    I’ve use position relative in a couple of posts. And I could be mis-remembering or misspeaking about the “hiding in plain sight” credit, but I think that I used a text widget with position relative to do it.
    Do you think
    a.) I am miss-remembering
    or
    b.) position relative might work for starsquid?
    (of course my “hiding in plain sight” did look more real in Firefox, but almost pretty sort of good fool the eye trick, in Safari, if you remember? I deleted the code because you didn’t like it so I can’t look at it again.)
    ??? oh…

    #452379

    starsquid
    Member

    Thanks o-coding-wizard-panaghiotisadam…!

    @1tess
    One of these days that good ‘o Vigilance isnt gonna be enough for me anymore.
    I’m this close in asking a friend to code my ‘dream blog’. But I dont wanna change…again…!

    #452380

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Hey!!!!
    starsquid~

    I stopped at a store after work today and as I was pulling out of the parking lot I saw a license tag on the back of a car that said “1SQUID.” The plate was showing a Michigan registration, so I don’t think it was you. But I do so very much wish I had my camera with me to take a pic of it, just for you. Just because I love coincidences. <3 LOL
    t

    #452381

    starsquid
    Member

    Hahahaha, and you thought of me…! How nice of you! :)

    #452382

    @tess: b

    #452383

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Aw, yes! you are a cutie!
    well, your avatar is…
    Oh, to be honest, the first times I saw you here I didn’t like your avatar: it’s ‘cute’ like a cartoon, or like Japanese anime, or some word that is not coming into mind. (worse than modern Disney multi-national corporation?)

    But looking at your site, so well designed and so perfectly executed: what can I say. Lovely.

    Do you have another blog? I seem to remember looking at a blog about photography. Was that you?

    #452384

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    @panos,
    yes: b = good!
    I was beginning to loose confidence in my coding.
    k
    t

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