Is there any theme available that allows alphabetical ordering of posts?
I’m currently using the Twenty Ten Theme and am reasonably happy with it. However, the posts are organised by date and time. I’m planning to upload at least 300 posts before going live but want them to be categorised and listed alphabetically.
I decided to use WP because I wasn’t interested in presenting my blog in the form of ‘diary entries’ (like Blogger).
Can anyone help?
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For the record, my blog is still in development so I’ve set the settings to private. A lot of work still needs to be done! ;-)
The answer is “no”. Post URLs contain date stamps and that’s how the blog will display them ie. in reverse chronological order with the most recent post on top. This does not preclude you making your own alphabetical index on a static page, but there is no means of auto generating an index of posts in alphabetical order.
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There is NO way to alphabetically order the posts, except by manually editing the date-time for each one as you post it.
If you categorize your posts, your category widget will go in alphabetical order, so you could just make each post title a category. You’ll obviously have 300 categories, though.
Thanks timethief and raincoaster for your answers. Just a couple more questions:
1) Categories: sounds like a good idea but I would like to have sub-categories for these posts. Would it be possible via this method? If so, could the sub-categories also be organised in alphabetical order?
2) I’ve discovered a possible way around the situation – using pages instead of posts (which eliminates the date and time issues). What’s your opinion on this method?
Remember, I would like my blog to be of a reference source than a diary.
1) Yes, but the subcategories are only alphabetical WITHIN the category.
2) Using Pages is one of the most horrible ideas that could possibly have occurred to you, for many, many reasons. Believe me, it’s a common idea, but it’s a terrible one.
It essentially means your blog will not be a blog at all but a static, completely horizontal website with virtually no Google ranking. It means you can’t use categories and tags at all.
I agree 100% with raincoaster. if you give a fig about your blog posts earning backlinks from other bloggers, your blog earning authority and a Google PageRank then creating a page structured “mock webiste” is not the way to go.
I became tired of having to type lengthy explanations on this subject every time a blogger brings it up on this forum, so instead I have published a post that you may want to read. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/
Best wishes for effective blogging. :)
Okay, thanks for the advice. I’ll try the sub-categories method and take things from there. Luckily, I haven’t added much to my blog yet.
Hey, since I started this thread, I’ve been investigating an alternative theme template to use. I eventually settled on the Vigilance theme and it’s doing nearly everything that Twenty Ten was not (based on my personal needs)!
I know all these templates are different but, if they’re THAT different, wouldn’t it be better to point out such differences in functionality? Maybe I had a blind spot for this information but, if I’m wrong, could someone please tell me where it is for future reference? It’s just that the bullet key features are not really enough to determine suitability.
Once again, many thanks!
Your original question: Is there any theme available that allows alphabetical ordering of posts? was answered correctly with a “no”.
The open source community is full of creative designers who design themes with unique features and the themes at wordpress.com are not “cookie cutter” themes. I am well aware of the features of Vigilance as I used it for a long time. Vigilance lacks dropdown menus. If you are looking for a theme that has dropdowns to child pages from parent pages I can supply a list.
Currently, the Bueno, Enterprise (2 dropdown levels – 1st level Pages & 2nd level 10 Categories) ), iNove, Inuit Types, Monochrome, Neutra, Notepad, Sandbox 1.6.1, Structure, Twenty Ten, Titan and Vostok themes are the only themes that have dropdowns to child pages from parent pages in the top horizontal menu.
Happy blogging. :)
The drop-down menu function was an original prerequisite but, with so many posts in any particular category, this can be a disaster (as I witnessed first-hand with Twenty Ten – the drop-down menu being longer than the screen and not being to move the mouse to the ‘unseen’ portion). I’m actually happier without that feature to be honest.
I suppose I naturally assumed that all the themes had the same functions but with different appearances. I now realise that this is not the case.
Aha … the too many pages and sub-pages problem … now I understand why you switched. We can use the Pages widget to display Pages and sub-pages on themes that don’t have dropdowns and we can also hide pages too.
It’s been good getting to know you. If you need theme specific information you can search the Themes forum and/or post a thread for help. I hope your blog is coming along nicely and wish you all the best. :)
timethief, thanks for all your help. Although creating a blog is one steep learning curve, I’m also finding it rather stimulating…
All the best and I hope to speak to you again soon. :-)
Yes, creating a blog is a steep learning curve and I’ve been learning wordpress blogging one error at a time for 4 years now. Please stop in and visit my blog if you are looking for bloggings tips. :)
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