Plugins are not showing up on dashboard
I am looking to add plugins to my blog but there is no where in my dashboard that allows me to even find the plugin section. I have watched countless tutorials and every one of them has a plugin section under the user section in the dashboard. Mine does not and I don’t know what to do. Also, I want the categories to show up on my home page in the sidebar and I don’t know how to do this…I’m guessing there is a plugin.
The blog I need help with is adperspective.com.
The blog linked to your username is a free hosted WordPress.com blog. There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.COM blogs and we cannot install individual plugins into them Those found on the internet are for WordPress.ORG installs which run on different software. The tutorials you read apply to WordPress.org installs.
If you wish to have complete control over a blog, the ability to upload themes and plugins, and to edit themes and templates then your option is to hire a web host and get a free software install from WordPress.ORG and self host it.
If you wish to keep blogging in the blog linked to your username then see below for adding Categories and see here for displaying them. Note that until you actually publish a post (not page) with a Category assigned to it there is no data for the Categories widget to display.
Adding Categories with the Categories Module
Adding Categories via Your Dashboard
Well I currently have two posts under two different categories and have my widget to display categories in a drop down menu…however they are not showing up on my sidebar. I would like to be able to install plugins because my blog is actually a .com instead of .wordpress.com. How would I do this?
I would like to be able to install plugins because my blog is actually a .com instead of .wordpress.com. How would I do this?
You can’t. Please read what I posted above. There is no FTP access to WordPress.com blogs and we cannot install plugins into the,m. If you want plugins you must hire a web hosted, set up a WordPress.ORG install and self host it.
Well I currently have two posts under two different categories and have my widget to display categories in a drop down menu
Are you clear on the differences between posts and pages? Only posts, not pages can have Categories assigned to them. The blog linked to your username does not have any posts displaying on it.
I mean how would I switch my blog to a wordpress.org if I have already purchased the rights to adperspective.com through wordpress.com…I don’t know how that works.
I have my posts set to private right now because I am just starting out and want to build content first.
Edit: sorry “moving ‘ was meant to be “move”
thank you…I know that for the categories to show up in the sidebar they have to have a post in them. Well the posts are there and when I click “All Posts” the category is displayed under the category column. However, when I go to categories, it says that there are no posts in them, which is probably the reason they are not showing up. Why is that occurring?
Your domain name can be pointed at the self-hosted install, so that isn’t an issue.
What you would have to do is to hire a web host such as dreamhost, bluehost, etc., and then install and configure the software from wordpress.ORG on that host. You can then transfer any content you have here to that new self-hosted installation. Figure an average overall cost of around $10 to $25 per month depending on your requirements and the hosting package you choose.
With self-hosting comes more responsibilities. You have to do all installations, all updates, all backups and all troubleshooting. If something goes wrong, you have to figure it out and fix it. It is far easier to self-host a site than it used to be, but it still involves more work.
Do you know why the categories will show up beside the posts in the “All Posts” section but when you go to Categories, it displays that there are no posts in them? Therefore, the categories will not show up in my side bar.
I can now see two posts on the front page of your blog that are also displayed by your Categories widget, so I assume this issue has been resolved.
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