Text Widget on Home Page?

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    I’m using the Greyzed theme, and I can’t seem to get the text widget to work. I want to have a welcome note on the home page (where all the posts are listed together) so I can have a static block of welcome text on the sidebar for everyone coming to the site. But I only want it on the home page, not any other page. I’ve tried all the different options in the visibility tool that make sense, but they either make it visible all over my blog or nowhere. Help?

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



    Widgets now have “visibility” settings so we can select which pages they display on. See here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/#widget-visibility

    Go to > Appearance> Widgets > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/text-widget/
    Add the text widget, click to open it, click the Visibility tab, select Show if Page is Posts page, click “save” and “close”.



    See, that’s the one that I thought would do it. I just turned it on with that option (again) and it still doesn’t show up on my home page (which I suppose is called the posts page, but the widget would suggest otherwise).



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    Ok, thanks.



    You’re welcome.



    No the homepage isn’t the posts page, the homepage is the blog front, and timethief copypasted “select Show if Page is Posts page” from a reply to a different question.
    You can isolate the homepage by adding multiple “Hide” commands to eliminate all the other types of page: click Visibility, select Hide from the first pulldown, then select if Page is Post from the other two pulldowns, then click Add and select if Page is Page from the new pulldowns, then click Add and select if Category is All category pages, etc etc.



    Thanks for the help. That did what I needed it to do! Now I just have to find out what the “posts page” is so I know whether I can use that in some way…


    Hi, I think I have a similar question. I’m using Chateau theme for my site http://bluemetros.wordpress.com/

    I have set my latest blog post to appear on the home page, and my recent posts appear on the sidebar widget (Metros Forum). That’s cool, but users tell me that they are getting lost once they read the post, explore other pages on the site, and then want to return “Home” to the blog. They’re not used to looking for the blog posts on the sidebar. So, I created a HOME static page on the navigational menu, but I don’t know how to get my recent to appear on this page. I hope this is clear. Thank you so much in advance.



    Well, basically you can’t. What I’d suggest is creating a text widget with “HOME” on it and making that link to the main blog itself http://bluemetros.wordpress.com/


    Thanks, rain coaster. I can try that – or I guess I could just title my blog widget “home” right? Would that be the same thing?

    I just want to double confirm (b/c my explanation was a bit convoluted) that there is no way to create a top nav button called HOME that displays the most recent blog post.

    Thanks for everything.



    Hey Pamela,

    Should be doable. Bear with me here. A few steps:

    First, create a navigation menu.

    1. Go to Appearance > Menus
    2. Create a menu, call it whatever you want (e.g. Navigation). Enter a name and click the Create Menu button.
    3. On the left-hand side, select the Pages you would like to add to the navigation. I suggest copying the navigation you already have on your site. Drag and drop the links in the order you’d like them.
    4. On the left-hand side, click Links, enter your blog address as the URL (http://bluemetros.wordpress.com/) and “Home” as the link text. Click Add to Menu. Drag that up to the top of the list so it’s first.
    5. Click Save Menu.
    6. Click Manage Locations tab (top of the screen).
    7. There should be a theme location called “Primary Menu” or something similar. From the adjacent Select a Menu dropdown, choose the menu you just created.
    8. Click Save Changes.

    This should replace the navigation menu at the top of your site with the menu you just created, including that link to the Home page. Whenever you want to update the menu, just go back to the Appearances > Menus screen to update it.

    Hope that all made sense… really wish I could do a little illustrated guide or something. :D

    More details on menus: http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/



    Re #4, you don’t need the Links module: the Pages module includes a “Home” item.
    For more details on custom menus see this post of mine:

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