No One Can Find Me on Your Site, Including Me

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    I just set up my first blog, but when I check in “Not Found” is all I get. So I set up a second one, and the same thing. I’m not sure of this, but I’m thinking I was supose to set it up under a theme, but there are no theme’s that are being offered that are in line with what I am writing. I would like to set up my own theme, but don’t know how to do that. The theme for what I am writing about is “Self-Help”. ! how do I check in so I don’t receive a “Not Found” answer and 2 How do I create a custom theme?

    The blog I need help with is



    Your site is there, but you have it set to open on the static About page, and you do not have any content on that page, having deleted the placeholder text. If you want to show your blog posts, you’ll have to use the Recent Posts and Archive widgets, or you will have to set your blog to open on the Blog page, not the About page.


    I’ll check that out to see if I understand, so I can accomplish it. What I have found is if I click on the title of my blog that is in small print at the center/top of the page, my content shows up.



    Ah, I see I was wrong. The theme threw me off.

    Just go to your Dashboard Posts page->Add New, and write a new post. Publish it and that notice will go away.


    I’m not sure I’m understanding the nomenclature, yet. I went to an area that had a list with “New Post” as the first one, I clicked on that, and then “Text” and added the text and clicked on Post. The little circle thing is still going around and at the bottom of my computer there’s a sign that says “Error on Page”. I’ve made this website as a “Trusted Site” in my security. I’m really confused.



    Try the Cookie Dance: that sometimes solves problems like this. Then:

    Go to your dashboard at ON the left hand side, you’ll see a row of options vertically, one of them is Posts. Under Posts, there’s Add New. Click on that and you can write a post.

    This is the guide to how to use


    Where do I find “Dashboard Posts”?


    I’ll try it.


    Okay, I’ve done all that. I copied and pasted in the body of my post and that was all good, but when I put the title in the little round thing is still going around and the bottom left of my computer says Error on page.


    The little round thing is going on the save area, even though I did not click anything



    Copy/pasting is not a good idea. It introduces HTML errors. Try just typing your post out, or pasting it into the Text editor instead of the Visual editor, then adding formatting.


    Okay, I’ll try that.


    Well, all I have to do is put the curser into the posting area and it says Error on Page



    What browser and version are you using? Chrome is acting finicky at the moment, so if you’re using that, try using a different browser.


    First, make sure that your browser is up to date by visiting

    If it is not, please try updating your browser or switching to a different browser.

    If it is, please do these four things:

    1. Try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies:

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    3. Try with all browser extensions or add-ons temporarily disabled.

    4. Try enabling HTTPS:

    Please let us know how each step goes for you, and which browser (and version of) you’re using if you’re still having trouble.


    Re: the front page of your blog 404 error message

    Not Found
    Sorry, but nothing matched your search criteria. Perhaps searching will help you find what you are looking for.
    Search for:

    By default your front page displays all your posts and you have not published any posts. The 404 (page not found) error message on the front page of your blog appeared because you deleted the placeholder Hello World post. As soon as you publish a post, not a page it will disappear.


    Thank you for your help. I think I’m going to need to get someone over here that knows how to read the language. From my perspective the reason I haven’t published any post’s is because when I click on Publish, a little round thing goes around and never stops and never publishes. I’m not familiar with the nomenclature, I have no idea what a placeholder Hello World post is, so I wouldn’t know how to back track and un-delete it. I haven’t given up yet, I just wish was more user-friendly. For instance, in the steps to get set up there’s a theme, what is this for? Is it for visual art on the page or is it for people who are looking for a particular blog subject to look in on? If it’s for subject matter, there is no available theme for my subject matter and it took looking hours only for me to not find one. I finally decided to skip that step. Now I’m wondering if skipping that step caused the fault. I’ve spent several days now trying to get this to work and as the help explanations come through they look more and more like a foreign language. I think of myself as an intelligent person, but this is very discouraging. I’ll get back to you once I get things in place.



    OK – I think I can help you with one issue.

    Your current theme is “Manifest”. If you look at the bottom of the page that says “Oops! There’s nothing here”, you’ll see that it says, “Theme: Manifest by Jim Barraud”.

    Think of the theme as the plate you serve your dinner on. You could use the same plate every day, but serve chicken one night and fish the next. In the same way, you can choose whatever theme you want from this selection. WordPress provides the theme, you provide the content. You and I could have the same theme, even though we might write about completely different things.

    Sometimes people use the word “template” instead of theme. That works, too. It’s just your choice of a visual appearance for your blog. I use an old fashioned theme called Quentin. If you look at the bottom of my page, you’ll see it says “Customized Quentin” because I’ve made just a few changes to it, like text color. The name of any blog’s theme is there at the bottom of the page.


    I agree with you, Designmagic. The explanations and nomenclature make things even more confusing. I am trying to edit my landing page and can’t figure it out despite spending hours on it.


    Thank you shoreacres, this is about the clearest explanation I’ve gotten. You have a keen eye, I didn’t really see the light, small print at the bottom of the page, but honestly, if I had I wouldn’t have understood it as a suggestion that I select it as my theme.

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