Misty Lake parent/child page display

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  • #1104085

    bethimpson
    Member

    My weblog is http://bethimpson.wordpress.com.

    I use Misty Look for this course website because when I create “child” pages the links to these appear on the “parent” page. This is vital for ease of navigation for my students.

    When I tried the preview for Misty Lake, this feature appears to be removed; and I understand that if I change from Misty Look I won’t be able to return to it (it’s being replaced by Misty Lake). The only other themes that support the parent/child page display that I want are not really professional looking enough for my needs.

    Will I be able to stay with Misty Look as long as I don’t ever try out another theme? If not, can anyone suggest options for me? (I don’t care for the drop-down menu only because it’s much harder to navigate with multiple layers of pages.) Thanks.

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

    #1104188

    timethief
    Member

    Very few themes have that feature and as you have noted Misty Lake does not have it. See > Child pages: links displayed on parent or as dropdowns > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/parent-page-links-to-child/

    #1104189

    timethief
    Member

    The only other themes that support the parent/child page display that I want are not really professional looking enough for my needs.

    This is my feedback [opinion] as a longtime blogger. Using colored fonts in your posts does not create a “professional appearance”. That kind of appearance is normally only found on children’s blogs, personal blogs and on blogs where the blogger is flogging merchandise or featuring advertising.

    #1104194

    justpi
    Member

    I understand that if I change from Misty Look I won’t be able to return to it (it’s being replaced by Misty Lake).

    That’s not correct. When a theme becomes “retired” (that’s what WP calls the themes that are replaced by newer ones), it will no longer be available in blogs created after this change but it remains available in older blogs. And Misty Look has always been one of the most popular wordpress.com themes, so it’s highly unlikely that it will be completely removed in the near future.

    #1104195

    justpi
    Member

    And if you switch to a theme that doesn’t automatically display links to child pages on the parent page, you can create such links yourself.

    #1104196

    bethimpson
    Member

    Thanks for your response.

    I just wanted to be sure that Misty Lake did not have the feature I need, and wondered if Misty Look is going to disappear entirely. Will those of us who use it have to give it up at some point?

    Also, I merely mean professional in the sense of the theme itself not being “cutesy,” like the Brand New Day theme is. Only my students access this weblog, and I am aware the front page is personalized. The pages that hold the actual course guidelines only use color to flag vital information, such as due dates.

    #1104197

    timethief
    Member

    As justpi said above: ” you can create such links yourself.”
    This is guide for creating links in blog posts and pages and it does sound like you are following it.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/links/
    This is the general link model:
    <a href="URL HERE">Highlighted anchor text here</a>
    This is the visual result but as it’s just an example it’s not actually linked to a page:
    Highlighted anchor text here

    Enter the anchor text you want to link to first.
    Then use your mouse to highlight that anchor text.
    Next click the chain icon in the Visual editor and proceed to create the link.

    #1104198

    bethimpson
    Member

    Justpi — thank you.

    Yes, I know I can manually put the links on the pages. This would be a very onerous job at this point with all the pages and layers of pages I’ve already created.

    #1104200

    bethimpson
    Member

    Timethief — you are very helpful, thanks. Misty Look does this automatically; that’s a main reason I chose it in the first place. I’ve been disappointed that almost no other themes do this, as at this point I’ve got so many pages it would take forever to add every individual link. However, apparently there isn’t much demand for this feature; so I’m really glad to have this good-looking theme that does, because it makes it much easier for me to add pages for assignments at a moment’s notice.

    #1104201

    timethief
    Member

    It’s a workaround but you can copy and paste all the content on the pages you have now into new pages. Then when you can chnage themes and those “new” copy and paste content pages, which are not automatically generated by the software will still have the links to sub-pages on them.

    #1104204

    justpi
    Member

    @TT: The automatically generated links to the subpages are not part of the regular content of a parent page. You can only copy them from the sourcecode of the page. And again this wouldn’t solve bethimpson’s problem, since she’d like to be able to keep creating new pages and subpages.

    #1104205

    timethief
    Member

    @justpi
    Hi there,
    I do know that but I thought I’d share it anyway as I used Misty Look eons ago and did exactly what I described when I changed themes way back when.

    #1104207

    justpi
    Member

    If you know that, then you didn’t describe it correctly: for the average user, “content” doesn’t mean sourcecode.

    #1104208

    bethimpson
    Member

    Thanks again, timethief and justpi –if I did decide to change themes, at least that would give me a way to save what I have already.

    #1104210

    timethief
    Member

    Agreed. I’m imperfect and many of my comments reflect that. Thank goodness we have you to correct me.

    #1104211

    timethief
    Member

    @bethimpson
    Even after I changed to another theme early in the morning I would switch back to MistyLook when I created a new sub-page. Then The automatically generated links to the sub-pages that were not part of the regular content of a parent page on the themes I was using were available. I copied and pasted the source code generated as I explained very poorly above. It took only a few minutes to do that and then I switched back to the new theme I was using.
    … rinky – dink, yeah, I know but it worked for me.

    #1104214

    bethimpson
    Member

    Thanks, timethief.

    #1104215

    timethief
    Member

    You’re welcome Beth and happy holidays to you.

    #1104216

    bethimpson
    Member

    Merry Christmas!

    #1104590

    michiecat
    Staff

    Hi there. We’ve added the option to display a page’s sub-pages in Misty Lake.

    You can enable this option under the “Theme Options” tab in the Customizer.

    If you have any questions, please let us know.

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