Is there a way to make the bio box either display or not display?

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  • #1168742

    raincoaster
    Member

    What’s your budget? I’ll charge you $500 for getting it working the way you describe.

    #1168753

    Thanks, but for $500 I can have a complete website designed, and I know that this is a ten minute job for anyone familiar with WP settings.
    In any event I think I’m probably going to abandon this idea altogether, as it involves a lot more hassle than I envisaged. I thought it would be a straightforward matter of writing articles and publishing them.
    Thanks again to everyone for your help.

    #1168765

    michiecat
    Staff

    Hi zakmartinprofiler,

    How do I create titled links to articles on my landing page?

    Do you mean how to show more than one post on the front page? If so, then you just need to add more posts. As you add more posts, they will appear on the front page.

    And how do I control whether or not the author box displays. You say: “If you want the Author bio to appear, then always use the Standard Post format”. But I have been using the standard format, and it doesn’t appear. I don’t necessarily want it to appear; I just want to be able to decide whether it appears or not.

    Mystique displays the author box on the single post view only, and not on the front page or archive pages. The post preview displays the single post view, so this is why you see the author box when previewing your posts, but not on the front page. To get to the “single post view” of any post, you click on that post’s title on the front page.

    There is no setting to control the placement of the author box, because this is all built into the theme.

    I hope this helps, please let me know if I can clarify anything or if you have any other questions.

    #1168766

    @michiecat

    Hi there,
    Thanks for responding. I’d just about given up on this, but…
    No, I don’t mean how to show more than one post on the front page.
    I mean the exact opposite.
    My plan was to write analyses of famous unsolved murder and missing persons cases (to which visitors could add comments, questions etc.)
    I don’t want them all to display on the same page, because they will be quite lengthy.
    What I wanted to do was *link* to them, by title, from my index page. *Or* from a page that is linked from the top menu on the index page (So, for example, the top menu would have: “Home”,”About”,”Introduction””Unsolved Murders”, “Disappearances”, “Articles”,).
    In other words I want to create a different section/page for each case, easily found from the index page.
    I’d appreciate any advice you can give me on how to do this.
    Cheers.

    #1168767

    I think I’m beginning to understand how things work here…
    People come along and *offer* to give help and advice, and then promptly disappear without giving any.
    Seven “experts” later I am still none the wiser as to how to format my page.
    Thanks again, guys!

    #1168768

    timethief
    Member

    Note that michiecat, Theme Wrangler is Staff and she told you what can and what cannot be done above.

    #1168769

    michiecat
    Staff

    Hi @zakmartinprofiler!

    What I wanted to do was *link* to them, by title, from my index page.

    To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Create a new Page to serve as your home/index page. This page will contain the links to your articles. You will need to add the links manually each time you publish a new article. I suggest a brief introductory paragraph, then a bulleted list containing links to the articles.
    2. You’ll want to make this page your front page. To do this, follow the instructions for setting up a static front page.
    3. Whenever you publish a new article, you can edit this page manually to add a link to the article.

    *Or* from a page that is linked from the top menu on the index page (So, for example, the top menu would have: “Home”,”About”,”Introduction””Unsolved Murders”, “Disappearances”, “Articles”,).

    In other words I want to create a different section/page for each case, easily found from the index page.

    Once you set up the page described above, you can add it to your menu.

    I hope this helps. Please let us know if we can provide further clarification of any of these steps.

    #1168773

    Thank you! That’s all I wanted to know.

    #1168779

    @michiecat

    Hi again…
    I set my site up as per your instructions, but I still can’t figure out how to make the static page (which I called “Home Page”) my *index* page – ie, the page people land on when they visit my blog.
    http://zmprofiler.wordpress.com/
    There is already a “Home” page, and that seems to be the default landing page.
    When I go to “Pages” in my dashboard, this page isn’t listed, so I can’t delete it.
    And when I go to > Settings > Readings there is no option to set this as the static page (ie, it doesn’t appear in the dropdown).
    So the static page I created (titled “Home Page”) is at:
    http://zmprofiler.wordpress.com/home-page/
    when I need it to be at:
    http://zmprofiler.wordpress.com/

    What am I doing wrong?

    #1168780

    Hold the phone!
    Got it sorted.
    Disregard my previous post.
    And thanks again.

    #1168781

    Hmm..
    I got that sorted out, but now I’ve come up against another problem. When I create a new article, its title appears in the top menu. I don’t want it to, and in any event the menu would soon become “overcrowded”.
    Is there any way to create articles (not blogs) without their appearing in the menu?
    I tried not giving the article a title, but that’s no good because A/ a gap still appears in the menu, and B/ there would be no way of finding articles if I wanted to edit them (since they would have no titles).
    Any suggestions? Is there a solution to this?

    #1168782

    raincoaster
    Member

    You are creating static Pages, not Posts. This is not a great idea, but if you insist, yes, you can do it without them appearing in your header: you simply have to use a Custom Menu as explained in the Support documents.

    #1168783

    I’m creating two different categories: Case histories (unsolved murders and disappearances), and Articles (dealing with crime detection and profiling in general). I want to keep the two separate, otherwise it would become very messy and confusing. The best way I can see to do this is to use the blog option for cases, and the static page option for articles. What are static pages for if not articles?
    I’m also wondering what happens when my Post page becomes too long. Some of my posts are going to be quite lengthy, and then presumably there will be replies. Is there a limit to the number of articles/words that can be posted on a post page?
    I guess I’ll have to read the section explaining Custom Menus, if I can find it. I’m not good at this technical stuff, not that anyone would notice : )
    Thanks for your help.

    #1168784

    This is frustrating! I created a Custom Menu, but it doesn’t appear anywhere. Not on my Home page, not on my Post page.
    I created a Custom Menu called “Articles”, and I linked to an article under it.
    So why doesn’t the menu appear in my sidebar? Or anywhere?

    #1168785

    Is this forum the only support for WordPress? All the “Support” links seem to come back to here, but getting information here seems to be dependent on whether anyone can be bothered to help. Is there no *actual* support?
    The FAQ section is useless.

    #1168786

    raincoaster
    Member

    There is no round the clock support other than this forum for free users. Since your latter questions are not related to the topic of this thread, you should probably do a forum search and find threads that are related to the topics you’re seeking information on, since every support person already knows your original question has been answered.

    Pages and Posts are a very basic distinction that I believe is covered in http://learn.wordpress.com

    #1168787

    Hi,
    My issue has nothing to do with pages/posts. My issue is that, following your advice, I created a custom menu, but it doesn’t display anywhere on my site, and I can’t figure out why.

    I’m sure I created it properly. I can see it when I go into Appearance > Menus, but why isn’t is appearing on my blog?

    I’ve read pages and pages of instructions, but there’s nothing about trouble-shooting custom menus that don’t display.

    #1168788
    #1168789

    raincoaster
    Member

    Start a new thread. This is a completely different issue from the original. The reason nobody else is replying to you is everybody knows you already got the answer to the bio box question, so they consider this thread done.

    You can also look at the Custom Menu tag in this forum and see how other people have dealt with this issue. https://en.forums.wordpress.com/tags/custom-menu

    #1168790

    Yeah, thanks…. I already checked that out and couldn’t find anyone having the same issue.
    I would have thought that if you create a custom menu, it would automatically appear on your blog. Obviously not. Every simple thing here seems to be more complicated than it needs to be.
    I guess I’ll have to start a new thread. To ask if anyone can tell me why the menu I created isn’t displaying. But if nobody here knows the answer, is anyone likely to know the answer in another forum?

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