Using categories to create the appearance of multiple blogs

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  • #595379

    markgresser
    Member

    Hi,

    I am brand new to wordpress.com as of five minutes ago and want to know if it the right thing for what I want to achieve. You can assume I have negligible knowledge about anything computer related (which is pretty much true). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!

    I want to create a static home page that has links to multiple pages that are each effectively their own independent blogs (a personal blog, a travel blog, a photography blog, an art blog) I also want the static home page to have links to additional static pages that will be traditional web pages like “About me” and “Contact me”.

    From what I have read, I understand that with wordpress.com I have two options:

    Option 1: Create an uber blog/web page that simply has links to my separate blogs.
    Option 2: Create one blog and use ‘categories’ to group postings and display them on their own page.

    Is this correct?

    What are the pros and cons of each option?

    …I have read things about something called google juice that suggest using static pages may affect the benefits of number of visits to the site etc??? What is this all about?

    When should I choose one option over the other?

    For Option 1, if I want to use my own domain names (‘example.com’ rather than ‘example.wordpress.com’, is there any way of avoiding paying the registration fee for every domain?

    These are the main questions I want answered to begin with, but if you have the time, please consider the following regarding Option 2:

    To be clear, my ultimate setup would be:

    (1) A static homepage called ‘myname.com’ (that is, paying to register my own domain rather than using ‘myname.wordpress.com’). On this page there are links to other pages called ‘blog1’, ‘blog2’, ‘blog 3’, ‘about me’, ‘contact me’.
    (2) When you open a link to the ‘blog1’, you are taken to a static page. This ‘blog1’ static page has a link to my actual blog1 posting page (created through the use of categories). Is this possible? If not I would be happy enough for it to be: When you open a link to the ‘blog1’, you are taken straight to the blog1 posting page (created through the use of categories).

    Can anyone point me towards any tutorials or discussions on how to achieve Option 2?

    Do you know of any example blogs that have done Option 2?

    Can each blog page (created through the use of categories) have its own set of links to other static pages?

    What are my options for displaying the links to these blog pages from my static homepage? Can the links to the different blog pages be put across the top just like “About me” and “Contact me” static pages that are commonly talked about? If so, how? Similarly, do I have the same options for displaying links from my blog pages back to the static homepage and to my other blog pages?

    To do all of this, do I need to have a ‘master’ blog page that includes every post I write, regardless of category? Can this page be ‘hidden’? If not, I guess I could make this a “Latest news” page.

    Can all of this be done under a single domain name?

    Is there anything else I need to consider…Is there a limited number of pages I can have? What problems/limitations might I encounter if I do this?

    If these questions have been addressed elsewhere, then please point me towards places where I can read more about it. Otherwise any direct answers to these questions would be hugely welcome!!!

    Thanks for taking the time,

    Mark

    #595539

    markgresser
    Member

    Sorry…turned into a bit of a long one! I hope it is clear…prior to the last couple of hours searching the internet and the forum, I had no absolutely no knowledge of creating web pages or blogs…

    #595551

    markgresser
    Member

    Me again,

    Perhaps the easiest way to achieve what I want is to do the following:;

    1. Register a blog and purchase my own domain name “myname.com”.
    2. Create multiple other blogs for free, e.g. “myname.photography.wordpress.com”. Each of these can have their own theme, static front page and additional static pages.
    3. Display links to these blogs on the blog that I created at Step1.

    Would there be any problems with doing this?

    Mark

    #595558

    airodyssey
    Member

    Hi. You can certainly create several blogs if you wish. The benefit is that each would have their own theme, personality, static pages, etc.

    However, categories and custom menus are an easy and effective way of organizing your content:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/posts-on-pages/

    #595561

    markgresser
    Member

    Thank you! Your link and those that can be found within are answering some of my more tedious questions.

    However I would still like to know some more specific pros and cons of each option:

    (Option 1: Create an uber blog/web page that simply has links to my separate blogs.
    Option 2: Create one blog and use categories/custom menus to group postings and display them on their own page.)

    My current understanding is simply that Option 1 will give me greater freedom to give each blog their own unique identity (it also seems simpler to achieve to me).

    #595563

    airodyssey
    Member

    Well, I already gave some of the benefits of option 1 in my previous answer. :-)

    Now for some cons from a visitor perspective: they would have to subscribe to each and every blog (email subscription or RSS Feed) and overall, managing several blogs is more complex than managing just one. But that’s just my two cents.

    #595709

    markgresser
    Member

    Thanks for the advice…that gives me a few more things to think about. I appreciate the response :-)

    #595722

    airodyssey
    Member

    You’re welcome :-)

    #595729

    try habing all your blogs set up with one as the master blog so to speak. Then see if WP allows html link codes to be entered as the page titles as links to the other blogs. instead of new pages it should just link to the corrosponding blog. Thats what I did when i was on blogger

    #595731

    timethief
    Member

    @airodyssey and markgresser
    What you can do is to declare one blog to be the main blog and then create a custom menu with custom links in that menu to the other blogs. Then when the custom link tab is clicked your visitors will immediately be in the blog of their choice. See here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/ and here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-custom-links

    #595734

    markgresser
    Member

    Thanks to the both of you!! I have a bit more understanding about wordpress.com now and I think I will be able to achieve exactly what I want with one single blog, but using categories to create extra pages that will act like their own mini blogs. If not I will certainly be considering taking the option you suggest.

    #595735

    timethief
    Member

    to create extra pages that will act like their own mini blogs

    I hope you are crystal clear on the differences between posts and pages as What’s critical is to understand when creating a website structure is the differences between pages and posts > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/ There is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page. When we publish a post it automatically appears on the running page for posts and also on the Categories pages and Archives pages.

    We organize our posts by assigning Categories to them. Although there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page, we can create the appearance we have done so by creating a custom menu. In that custom menu you will be displaying Categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation to achieve what you want.

    These are the how-to instructions:
    1. You create a custom menu. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/

    2. You add the Categories you want to display and arrange them in the order you want.

    3. Then you add and drop and drag the sub-categories below the appropriate Categories, and when you have everything arranged in the menu that you want you save the menu.

    4. Go to the “theme location” module at upper left on the menu page. Select your custom menu name from the pull-down labeled “primary location.” Click the save button in that module.

    If you intend to create static front page then be sure to read this so you are apprised of the implications. The most Google juice of all goes to the Front page of a blog, because blogs are structured in reverse chronological order, and search engines are programmed to locate fresh dynamic content on the front page. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/

    #595737

    markgresser
    Member

    Thank you very much Timethief. Please know that I hugely appreciate the time you put into answering everyone’s questions on these forums. Whenever I search how to do something, I can almost always count on the fact that you have provided the answer! Same to Thesacredpath too!

    Thanks for pointing out all of the above. I have spent my evening organising my site and I have created a custom menu with static pages and category pages that I am very happy with. (I have it set to private atm while I am working on it). For someone without previous experience in web design, it seems like magic when you can make a web page and change it how you want! All of the instructions in the Support sites are very clear and easy to follow.

    Thanks, I feel I have an adequate grasp on pages and posts to achieve what I want. Currently I am happy with my front page being my ‘dynamic posts page’ that displays all posts I write. Although I have category pages where posts on particular subjects will also be displayed, the front page should act as a nice source of all ‘latest news’ from all the subjects I write and post about.

    Thanks again,
    I am having fun with it all!

    #595738

    timethief
    Member

    @markgresser
    I’m happy that you are happy and all that typing was not for naught. lol :D Thanks so much for the kind words. We Volunteers love hearing them as it validates the contributions we make to the community and makes us feel so gooooood! :)

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