Twenty Ten – problems with navigation menu

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    Please help!

    If you look on my school’s blog (, you’ll see that there are two pages: ESU Schools Mace Debating Competition 2012 and, scrolling down, Youth Speaks 2012. However, I wanted them to appear under their own headings in the navigation menu but couldn’t work out how. You’ll see in the navigation menu there are just three categories: Year 10 stuff, Cilip Carnegie 2011 Book Reviews and Welcome to the english Department. How can I add two other categories here for the Schools Mace and Youth Speaks?

    As you’ll no doubt be able to tell, I’m pretty limited in my IT/blogging skills so your help (in children’s language) will be VERY appreciated.

    Many thanks. Pete

    The blog I need help with is


    You have made those as posts instead of pages. You need to recreate them as pages and then they will show up in the top navigation. The delete the duplicate posts.

    See here for the differences between pages and posts.


    Wait, not that isn’t it. I’m not exactly sure what you are doing. It appears like you are copying and pasting posts and putting them into a page. Is that what you are doing?


    It appears like you are copying and pasting posts and putting them into a page. Is that what you are doing?

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly and sorry for taking so long to get back in turn. Yep, the above is what I did. I wrote the post first (e.g. ESU Schools Mace) then once I’d posted it, I created a page for it. I then (if I remember rightly) went into Appearance – Menu – +Menu, then I ticked the pages that were already there (‘Year 10 Stuff’, etc) and the two new pages I’d created (ESU Schools… and Youth Speaks).

    I take it I’ve boobed? If you can help me correct what I’ve done, I’ll be very grateful.



    ps. If you scroll down my blog, on the right-hand side (under the blogroll) you’ll see the five pages I’ve added. I basically want those five pages as categories in my navigation menu.

    Thanks again.



    Here’s the deal with copying and pasting. If you copy and paste text from elsewhere without using either icon 5 or icon 6 in Row 2 of the visual editor, please see here so you know how to do this correctly in the future. Because it you don’t it’s only a matter of time before you will have a messed up blog that will be a horror show to straighten out.

    Go to Settings > Writing and select “ ___ WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically” and then scroll down and click “Save Changes.”

    I basically want those five pages as categories in my navigation menu.

    A Page is not a Category. Pages cannot have categories assigned to them. Only Posts can have Categories and tags assigned to them. There is no automatic way to move content you have placed in a static page to a post and visa versa.

    You have two options only.
    (1) Copy and paste the content in the static pages into new posts and assign Categories to them. Then delete the static pages.

    (2) Or create one additional page as a parent page titled Whatever you wish and then edit the pages you have created and make them all sub-pages of that parent page. Then create a custom menu and add them to it.

    Staff have provided help for those who want to structure their blog like a website. >

    What’s critical is:
    (1) a clear comprehension of the differences between pages and posts >
    (2) a clear comprehension of the fact that 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 running page for posts and also on the 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 with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages with drop-downs to sub-pages and custom links in your custom menu as well.

    How to create a custom menu.


    Thanks very much for taking the time to help a doofus like me. I probably do use terminology too loosely and I’ll try and work out the correct vocab for what I want to do.

    You’ve given me lots to work through so thanks again. I’ll look through it tomorrow when I’m more awake.




    You’re welcome and best wishes with your blog.

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