Upload new category – how?

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  • #154766

    sillybooks
    Member

    I have created a “new Category”.
    I cannot get it to show on my blog.

    #154994

    raincoaster
    Member

    It won’t show up until you’ve written one or more posts and used that category on them. Have you done that?

    #154995

    sillybooks
    Member

    Yes, and no, raincoaster.
    I have written a lead post, but cannot figure how to associate it with this new category.

    #154996

    raincoaster
    Member

    When you write a post, or go back to edit it, on the right-hand side you’ll see a column of blue headlines. One of them says Categories. Click it and select the category you’ve put in; if it doesn’t show up, type it in the box and hit Add. That is how you make a post category. Then it’s got a checkmark beside it and will always show up as an option to categorize your posts.

    #154997

    sillybooks
    Member

    Created the new category; but this has had an unexpected result.
    Now the blog loads with both categories, but the new post has become primary.
    Am I wrong to assume that I can have the second category as an option, only, so that users will open on my primary category by default, and then have an option to go to the second category if they wish?

    #154998

    raincoaster
    Member

    Please give me a link to the blog in question. I have the feeling we’re getting our signals crossed in terms of nomenclature.

    New posts go on top; that is how a blog works. A WordPress.com blog will always work this way, and that has nothing to do with the categories. Once you’ve got a lot of categories, reader will come to your blog on the main blog page, which displays ALL posts, regardless of category, in order of posting. They can then click on a category in the sidebar (provided you’ve got the Category widget there) and see only those posts in the category.

    You can set a particular static page as your blog’s first page, and then readers click on a link to get to the blog posts. You cannot set a category page as your blog’s entry page.

    #154999

    sillybooks
    Member

    URL is: http://sillybooks.wordpress.com/
    I think I need to know how to set a “static page” to overcome my problem, considering your answer above.
    How do I do this?

    #155000

    raincoaster
    Member

    Go to your Dashboard and under Options –> Read you can choose from a drop-down menu. The page must already be written, and it must be a static page rather than a blog post, for this to work. It also hurts your ranking in search engines, because they boost people in the rankings when their front page shows lots of changes; static pages by definition don’t change.

    #155001

    sillybooks
    Member

    A static opening page may be the answer, raincoaster, but the path: dashboard/options/reading does not appear to give this option.

    #155006

    raincoaster
    Member

    It doesn’t? I just checked on my own blog and it does. You have to write a static page first before it becomes an option, and currently you have no static pages.

    You do this on the Write page, but instead of going to the default Write Post, you click the Write Page tab. It’s towards the top left-hand side of that page.

    You’ll want to read this first:

    http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/11/11/a-post-and-a-page/

    #155007

    sillybooks
    Member

    Aaargh… I had a “Write page” but had deleted it before your advice above came in. Have now read the link you advised and believe I fully understand; therefore your invaluable advice has again let to a “Resolved” stamp on this topic.
    Thanks, pal.

    #155008

    raincoaster
    Member

    You’re welcome. Best of luck with the blog.

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