Splash Page Help
Pages are static and are for content that rarely changes. They sit outside of the blog structure and you cannot post to multiple pages in any blog. There is only one main page for posts in a blog and all posts will display on the main blog page. There is no way to exclude posts from the main posts (blog) page.
The front page of the blog by default will display your posts (not pages) in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top. If you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page “Welcome” for your site and a “Blog” page for posts.
Choice 1 static front page
Choice 2 running page for all posts on front page
Which do you choose? It’s one or the other.
If you choose a static front page then you have to create two pages as I said above. After you do that you go to > Settings > Reading and make the designation change and click “save changes”.
Though there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page, we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page. We organize posts by assigning categories to them. You can either put the categories widget into the sidebar, or you can create a custom menu and add the categories into the custom menu.
Here’s a link to a custom menu walkthrough > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/11/wordpress-com-custom-menu-walk-through/
There are many common errors, misunderstanding and misconceptions when creating custom menus and you can read about them here > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/
On the bottom of your Admin page you will find a link to the Learn WordPress.com blogging Tutorial prepared by Staff. http://learn.wordpress.com/
The support documentation is all found at the Support link http://en.support.wordpress.com which is also on the bottom of your Admin page. The searchbox there provides results from both the docs and from forum threads.
Thanks for the reply, though I don’t think this answers my question. I understand the difference between static pages and the dynamic page for blog posts – I have all of those setup as I’d like them to be.
The question I’m trying to solve is that I’m wondering if I can get a stand alone splash/gateway page as an entry-way to my site before the full site (with dynamic home page and static secondary pages) is made available.
I would like that splash page to not have the traditional features that are tied to the wordpress blog (IE – header, menu items, etc) and just have a plain page with a photo and a gateway question before people can access my full wordpress.com site.
What you can do on a free hosted WordPress.com blog is create a static front page and I provided the instructions for that.You can call it a splash page or a landing page if you wish. If you want to eliminate elements that are found in the blog then know that we cannot edit templates and themes on WordPress.com blogs. Your best bet is to hire a web host and set up a WordPress.org install. For clarity read this please > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
For a splash page of the type you’re describing, create a static page with this code in it:
<div style="position:fixed;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;background-color:#HEX;z-index:111;"> IMAGE CODE AND LINK CODE HERE </div>
(Replace HEX with the hex code for the color you prefer.)
Then set your front to display this page (in Settings > Reading).
I would like that splash page to not have the traditional features that are tied to the wordpress blog (IE – header, menu items, etc)
For a splash page of the type you’re describing, create a static page with [the above] code in it.
I have visited you blog and noted the CSS editing. That’s why I have flagged this thread to have it moved to the CSS Forum. Please note this:
May I remove credit links such as ‘Blog at !WordPress.com’, theme, font, or toolbar links?
All WordPress.com bloggers are required to maintain the credit links, even our VIP bloggers. Please do not hide the footer credits or the toolbar with CSS after purchasing a Custom Design upgrade. http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions
@TT: Why exactly should the thread be moved to the CSS forum after I gave a solution that doesn’t require editing the CSS of the theme?
awesome, thanks justpi and timethief for your help!
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