page atrributes

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  • #355868

    Hi, i want to organise my blog with a static home page, then separate posts divided into various sections.

    So, for example, whatever post i’m reading, on the right i want to be able to see the following:

    Argo catalogues (header)
    catalogue 1 (post)
    catalogue 2 (post)
    catalogue 3 (post)

    Albums 1951-1960 (header)
    Album 1 (post)
    Album 2 (post)
    Album 3 (post)

    Albums 1961-70 (header)
    Album 1 (post)
    Album 2 (post)
    Album 3 (post)

    …and so on.

    is this possible? i understand there’s a ‘page attributes’ facility, but i can’t find it. Sorry if i’m being thick. any help much appreciated.

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

    #356067

    ellaella
    Member

    We need a link to your blog, please.

    #356077

    Link to my blog is:

    http://folkcatalogue.wordpress.com

    That’s two of mine you’ve answered in 5 minutes. Cheers.

    #356080

    ellaella
    Member

    Thanks. It will save everyone time in the future if you link your blog to your username as outlined in the link I provided in your other thread.

    The Attributes module appears when you are creating or editing a Page.

    http://support.wordpress.com/pages/page-attributes/

    I’m unclear what you mean “on the right” – do you mean the Pages widget in the sidebar?

    #356089

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus
    #356102

    Thanks again ellaella. have now linked my blog to my username as you suggested.
    Thanks 1tess. I’m not sure whether I mean categories or not!

    What I’m trying to achieve is to have info about the posts that i’ve published structured in the sidebar – whether that’s the pages widget or the categories widget I’m not clear.

    I’d like to be able to give a list of the posts I’ve published so far under general headings, e.g.:

    Argo folk catalogues (heading)
    1951-1960 (post)
    1961-1970 (post)

    Argo folk albums 1951-1960 (heading)
    (1952) Gamelan Orchestra from Pliatan – Music from Bali (post)
    (1953) Jean Ritchie – Songs from Kentucky (post)

    …and for the reader to be able to click on an item in the list of posts under each heading and be taken to the post itself.

    Am going to undo the attempts i’ve had so far at organising info in the sidebar and will start again from scratch with any advice you may have.

    Thanks again to both

    #356106

    Update: Using the categories widget, I’ve set up 3 categories that now appear in the sidebar, but when I come to allocate each post to one of these in the edit page I’m not offered them…

    #356107

    ellaella
    Member

    You need to do that in the editor.

    And if you still want a list available for people to see without doing anything, uncheck the option in the category widget to display it as a drop-down. It might not display the children with the theme you have, but I’m not sure which (if any) do.

    #356119

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Chaotic Soul displays child categories, but they are indented or otherwise marked as sub-categories. Parent and child categories display as a flush left alphabetical list. There are work arounds, if you decide to go this route.

    #356122

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    GGRRRRR wish we could edit:
    Should say: :Chaotic Soul displays child categories, but they are NOT indented…”

    #356142

    Hmmm. You’re both very kind and patient. Here’s where I’ve got to.

    Using the categories widget, I set up three categories, having unclicked the drop-down menu option. The categories duly appeared on my page.

    I then went to the edit page of each post and allocated each post to the appropriate category.

    What now appears below the categories on my page is a list of all the categories (with the number of posts in each)….e.g. under the first heading I get:

    FOLK MUSIC LABELS INTRO (main category)

    Argo folk albums 1951-60 (5)
    Argo folk catalogue by decade (1)
    Folk music labels intro (1)
    Uncategorised (1)

    …when all i really want to do (as dylan used to say) is to have it say:

    ARGO FOLK ALBUMS 1951-60

    1952 Gamelan Orchestra from Pliatan – Music from Bali
    1953 Jean Ritchie – Songs from Kentucky

    etc etc.

    It does sound like a parent and child thing, as long as the child is the post and not another sub-category (if you see what i mean). If you’ve had enough, just say and i’ll battle on. In the meantime, thanks a lot.

    #356144

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Actually, you are using the “links” widget, not the category widget.

    #356146

    Ahhh! But i wasn’t aware i’d gone near the “links” widget. Honest!

    #356149

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Well, it looks like a “links” widget with your category pages in it. (???)
    This is a category page:
    http://folkcatalogue.wordpress.com/category/argo-folk-albums-1951-60/
    The problem with using that is there is not a way to make child categories in a links widget.

    You could make “1952 Gamelan Orchestra from Pliatan – Music from Bali” and
    “1953 Jean Ritchie – Songs from Kentucky” child categories. Then they’d show up in the categories widget. But as I said, in that theme, they will all be in a straight list. There are tricks to overcome the formatting, like using   or punctuation or dashes. But the other problem is that “1952 … Bali” etc. all have to be categories. Not very search engine friendly.

    I think what you really want is a sort of index of your posts in your sidebar. Is that right?

    #356152

    ellaella
    Member

    Or you could combine categories and their children with tags (think of the latter as sub-sub cats in this case)

    ie:

    FOLK MUSIC LABELS parent category)
    ARGO FOLK ALBUMS 1951-60 (child)
    Jean Ritchie (child of above child)
    Songs from Kentucky (tag)

    You might well have to create pages with manual links or hand-linked text widgets to do what you want or go to self-hosting with the free software from wordpress.org. Those blogs and their themes are far more adept at doing double duty as a CMS and some do it extremely well. There is certainly some ability to do that with a wordpress.com blog, but the fact that a cat can sit up and beg like a dog doesn’t make it a dog.

    (btw, I knew I was finally an adult when I could freely and happily admit Bob Dylan can’t sing worth a lick.)

    #356155

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Uncle Bobby!! can’t sing??? LOL

    I think you could use text widgets with cut and paste (not purely manual) from the category pages.
    One of the problems with that theme is the formatting of the parent, child, sub-child formatting.
    Also, there is the issue of getting the pages in other than alpha-numeric order.

    There is a limit to how much fussing you want to do. Just because you CAN do it doesn’t mean you should.

    #356158

    ellaella
    Member

    Oh, I meant copy and paste as manual, as opposed to anything generated automatically.

    If I were in the blogger’s shoes, I’d leave it till morning and see what ideas occur between now and then. I’m a great believer in letting my subconscious solve these things if I get out of its way. But that’s just me.

    #356162

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Or drag and drop would work. but yes still manual.
    and yes, subconscious is often helpful.

    #356166

    Hey you two, i feel really bad. i sneaked out to the bar for a couple of hours – and there you were, being constructive and creative and discussing Bob Dylan. i don’t want to go to wordpress.org! but i will leave it till morning. thanks and thanks

    #356167

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Ha! Here’s a toast to you having a brilliant inspiration in your dreams, or at least a fresh brain in the morning. ≥^,^≤

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