Post to Categories
I have created several categories for my posts and have created a page for each category with some that have subcategories. However, when I write a post and publish it, they all appear under one category/page which is my default page. How do I get a post to appear under the correct page in the correct category? For example: I want a post to appear under my Digital page under the category “Photography”.
The blog I need help with is divinegreenegirl.wordpress.com.
You don’t comprehend how blogs operate and how to create a custom menu but I can help with that. Let’s start with the fact that you cannot post to pages. Pages are static and sit outside the blog structure. Categories can only be assigned to posts – not to pages.
Staff have provided help for those who want to structure their blog like a website. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/
What’s critical is:
(1) a clear comprehension of the differences between pages and posts > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/
(2) a clear comprehension of the fact that there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page. But we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.
We organize our posts by assigning Categories to them. When we publish a post it automatically appears on the running page for posts and also on the Categories pages and Archives pages. Note: There must be one published post in each Category in order for there to be anything to display.
A custom menu allows you to display Categories with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages with drop-downs to sub-pages and/or custom links in your custom menu as well. You are in charge of what appears in a custom menu. You choose the order in which to display any and/or all the foregoing in your custom menu. You choose which to display and which to hide. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus
Also note that if you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page for your site, and also create a “blog” page for your posts to display on, and change the assignment s here > Settings > Reading
That’s optional and IMHO static front pages are traffic killers. No returning readers enjoy click through the same old blah, blah, blah page in order to find your most recently published content.
Thank you! I think I understand now and am working on fixing my menu.
I visited your blog and saw your custom menu – good work! Best wishes with your blog which is looking fine. :)
@TT: Your explanation above says: “A custom menu allows you to display Categories with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed.”
All of the bands on my “Posts With Music” menu are sub-categories of the Performers category. But when I first set it up, and tried to use Performers as the parent, it was not to be found among my available categories.
Of course, I’ve never actually assigned the Performers category to a post, assuming that the parent – child relationship would establish the link for me. Besides, there is that “recommended limit” to the total count of categories and tags to consider.
But now I’m wondering if I need to go back through all those posts and assign the Performers category to them as well. Am I right?
If a category does not yet have any published posts assigned to it then it will not show up in the list on the custom menu page.
So I do have to edit all those posts? If so, know of any “batch processing” techniques I might use?
Yes, categories do not assign themselves.
You can use the bulk edit feature on the posts > all posts page.
Thanks! I’ll give that a try.
You are welcome.
Actually, my statement about categories assigning themselves is not entirely true. There is a default category that will be assigned to all posts unless you assign different ones. You can set that default category as you wish in your dashboard at settings > writing.
Actually the default category is not applied to all posts; it’s only automatically applied to posts which have no categories assigned.
There is a default category that will be assigned to all posts unless you assign different ones.
I just went to my posts > all posts page, expecting that I’d have to filter for each sub-category individually and then do a bulk edit for each group of posts. A lot of work!
So, just to see what happens, I filtered for the parent category. Amazingly enough, it produced 11 pages of posts, with every post from every sub-category! Obviously, the coding here recognizes the parent – child relationship. It’d be nice if that recognition worked across the entire platform.
Anyway, what I’m wondering now is this: If I select all the posts posts on the first page using the checkbox beside the word “Title,” does than mean that I’ve selected the entire 11 pages worth?
No, it means you have selected all the posts on that page only: you must repeat for each page. You can decrease the number of pages by increasing the number of posts per page (option set in Screen Options top right).
But I really don’t see why you wish to bulk edit your posts. There are other things you need to do, for instance create submenus to submenus: your Posts With Music dropdown is so long it’s useless.
“Besides, there is that “recommended limit” to the total count of categories and tags to consider.”
There’s no hard limit: the number that tends to circulate in the forums is a myth.
“I’ve never actually assigned the Performers category to a post, assuming that the parent – child relationship would establish the link for me.”
“It’d be nice if that recognition worked across the entire platform.”
If you’re talking about the custom top menu, the whole point is that it is not based on actual parent-child relationships: it allows you to turn anything into a dropdown to anything. For example, if you want a tab for a page on the top menu, with other pages as a dropdown to it, you don’t have to assign the first page as a parent to the other ones (in the page editor) if you use a custom menu. Same way, if you want your music categories as a dropdown to a Music tab in the menu, they don’t have to be child categories: they could be parent categories, and the Music tab would be a non-clickable “Custom Link” instead of a parent category.
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