re: categories

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    I thought I had read and understood the categories information in the tutorials, but I guess I missed something. I entered a bunch of categories, which show up when I look at my unpublished information, and also if I look for a preview of just the category page, I see them as published (although just as individual pages). But I don’t see a list of them in the margin of the home page. Can someone either help me out, or direct me to a tutorial that covers this issue? TIA.

    The blog I need help with is



    Hello there,
    You have posted several times now but the blog linked to your username demonstrates no changes at all. Please post the URL starting with http:// for the blog in question. Better still please link it to your username. Dashboard -> Users -> Personal Settings -> then scroll down to Account Details. Then scroll down to where it says ‘Website‘ select the URL for your primary blog and then save changes. Then we can see what you see because at this end we are working i9n the dark.

    The Categories you entered into your dashboard will display after your publish a post in each Category assigned to that Category, and after you place a Categories widget in your sidebar. Do note that widgets do not display null data. Until you actually publish a post in each Category which you have assigned to that Category the widget will have nothing to display.



    I sense that you may be trying to create a site that looks like a website by creating a custom menu but I don’t know that because I cannot see the site. Staff have provided help for those who want to structure their blog like a website. >

    If that’s what you are doing then it’s critical that you comprehend the differences between pages and posts >

    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 dynamic page for posts and also on the dynamic 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 in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages and custom links in your custom menu as well.

    These are the how-to instructions:
    How to create Pages >
    How to create a custom menu.



    timetheif (BTW, isn’t that a better handle for those of us who steal time from YOU?) :} Thank you once again for your excellent, detailed resonse. I’d have gotten back to you earlier than this, but when you told me I needed to straighten out my Personal Settings page so forum helpers could see what was going on behind the scenes, I went there and have been trying to sort things out in there ever since. The blog I am now developing is Previously I registered and here. The resulting problem is that I have a jumble of blog names, passwords and such that I don’t seem to be able to make match. For instance, my original sign-in name was monstacooks, and I don’t seem to be able to change that. Please let me know if I have at least been successful in changing whatever needed to be changed for your purposes. I hope as least that worked out.

    I will work my way through the links you have so kindly provided. You seem to have immediately answered at least my basic question in your post, which helps a lot. Now I know that my categories don’t go “live” until there is something to fill them Thanks for that.

    You are right in your assumption that I seek to have my blog look more like a website. It will be completely food-related, but even though I will post, I would like to file each post with its recipe under a specific recipe category once I have done the original post, since what I will be writing will be recipe-specific. I will read the links you have provided in that area of interest as well. Thank you for all your help.



    I have twenty-eleven therme and I’m wondering if this theme limits the number of categories it can display in the category widget? Because not all of my categories are showing up no matter how many times I try.

    For example, I have 12 posts in which I checked both the ‘Songs’ sub-category box under the Parent ‘Music’ category box – which is also checked for each post. All 12 ‘Song’ posts show up on the ‘All Posts’ page. But on my Home page, only 2 ‘Song’ posts are displayed instead of the full 12.

    On the Edit Post page of each of these 12 posts, I have checked both the ‘Music’ Parent category & the “Song’ sub-category.

    Can someone please help!



    Also, I’m just creating my site so it’s not open to the public yet. But if you need it to be to help me, I will gladly do so!

    Thank you!



    Okay, I am completely embarrassed. I posted this question before fully reading the previous posts above. Lesson learned.

    I found my answer in timethief’s response, “Note: There must be one published post in each Category in order for there to be anything to display.”

    I had saved all the posts that were not showing up in the Categories list as Drafts. As I Published each one, they showed up in the Categories list.

    Thank you, timethief! You helped me before on a different topic a few days ago, and now this one. I really appreciate you always being there with such patient
    answers ; – )



    Are you aware that Categories widgets cannot display null data? Until you actually create a post and assign it to a category and publish that post the link to the post cannot be displayed because the widget has no data to display. Perhaps this is the case in your case. Please do let us know if it is or not. If it’s not the case then please provide the URLs so the published posts that are not being displayed by the widget.

    Also note you can click the Categories widget here > Appearance > Widgets and configure it when it opens. Then it will display parent and child categories in a hierarchical structure.
    __Show as dropdown
    __Show post counts
    __Show hierarchy

    Don’t forget to click “save” and then “close”



    I just saw that we were typing at the same time. Thanks for sharing your good news. Thanks also for saying thanks. I’m glad what I posted resolved that issue :)

    To make your blog visibility private see here please >

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