Turning the “blog” into more of a website?

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  • #279684

    eclipsenow
    Member

    Hi all,
    I was wondering if there was a way to lay out the blog more like a website than a blog?

    of special interest to me would be having a Navigation bar on top, and then a Sub-navigation bar on the left. That is, I might have 5 or 6 MAIN Navbar titles, with each of these having 5 to 10 “pages” underneath them.

    Also how do I “back up” the blog and preferably save it to my hard-drive?

    #279808

    teck07
    Member

    First off Link 2 your WordPress.COM blog please starting with the prefix http
    So we can determine what blogging platform your blogging with so we can help you.

    Also by linking your name to your blog it will serve the purposes…
    If you need to ask a support question in the forum then it will make it easier for the volunteers to see what blogging platform your using & will aide them in giving you a more accurate answer to your question.
    http://teckline.wordpress.com/2008/09/03/how-to-link-your-blog-to-your-name/

    Bonus link-> Beginners Guide ;)

    #279964

    eclipsenow
    Member

    OK, done! Sorry about that.. and in my short few days browsing WordPress forums you’ve had to tell so many people to do that, thanks for your patience.

    Yes, I guess I’d love 2 Navbars… if possible?

    It could be top and top or top and side, with “chapters” or “Headings” up top, and individual pages linked to them down the side. I notice you have widgets like links and categories, do they work in a similar way?

    Anyway, my Navbar layout would ideally be something like this… (not actual names, just showing to illustrate). So the Master Navbar is at the top, and the “minor” page Navbar on the side. In this case I would have clicked on the 2nd “Chapter 2” main heading, and the Bottom Page under the main heading.

    Main Navbar: CHAPTER1 CHAPTER2 CHAPTER3 CHAPTER4 CHAPTER5 CHAPTER6

    Sub-Navbar
    Chapter2:Page1 Content of Chapter 2 page 5 displays about here
    Chapter2:Page2 Content of Chapter 2 page 5 displays about here
    Chapter2:Page3 Content of Chapter 2 page 5 displays about here
    Chapter2:Page4 Content of Chapter 2 page 5 displays about here
    Chapter2:Page5 Content of Chapter 2 page 5 displays about here
    Content of Chapter 2 page 5 displays about here
    Content of Chapter 2 page 5 displays about here

    You get the idea.

    #279970

    jamesewelch
    Member

    I think you can just use pages instead of blog posts. When you write a new page, you can set it’s parent page. So you would set the parent of Page1 to Chapter1 page, etc. The navigation is based on which theme you choose, but I don’t think you can have more than 1 navigation area unless there’s a special theme with that.

    #279972

    babaliciou5
    Member

    With CSS upgrade you can customize sidebar to appear on top so that it may act or look like a navbar. But I’d recommend Jamesewelch’s suggestion if you haven’t bought the service yet — use pages-subpages and link them thru text widget on your sidebar or use page widget.

    #280017

    raincoaster
    Member

    I don’t suppose you’ve considered this:

    http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/11/04/how-to-write-a-book/

    #280184

    eclipsenow
    Member

    It’s really driving me nuts.

    I can’t get the pages to show up. I’ve turned on the widgets, I’ve entered pages, and they’re not showing up.

    This is my test blog…

    http://lanksheardesign.com/blog/

    any ideas what is going wrong?

    #280185

    rosclarke
    Member

    That is not a wordpress.com blog. You need to ask your question at http://wordpress.org/support

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