I have been reading about pages and categories. If I understand it properly, the only way to group pages (category-wise) is to use the custom menu feature: pages grouped this way can then be listed in the Menu bar, or in the Sidebar if the custom menu widget is used.
Posts on the other hand can use categories per se, and there is no need for a custom menu. WordPress further automatically generates category pages that list all the posts in a given category (for example, the page myblog.wordpress.com/category/mycategory would list all the posts in the category mycategory).
I'd like to do the same with pages, that is, I'd like to have a page that lists all the pages in a given category (custom menu), and I'm thinking of two ways of doing so, but I don't know how to achieve neither of them:
1) Have pages with multiple parent pages: create a page named "category" and a subpage named "mycategory", then make "mycategory" the parent page of the pages I want in the "mycategory" category. The [list-pages] shortcode in the "mycategory" page would then list all the pages in that category (because this shortcode lists all child pages ^^). I could then do the same for a second category, say "mycategory2". But how can I have a page that is both child of "mycategory" and "mycategory2" ? Can I have two (or more) parents for a single page?
2) Generate a page out of the custom menu. Can I do that in WP.com?
Wouldn't it be nice to have categories for pages?
Thanks for your help!!
The blog I need help with is judithescoda.wordpress.com.