What is “Categories Widgets” for?

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  • #121444

    manu888
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    In Presentation>Widgets, I can choose “How many categories widgets would you like?”

    What is this for? since the content (the categories) will always be the same, just the title of this category box will be different?

    #121705

    timethief
    Member

    We have no idea how to use the multiple categories widgets. They were introduced by staff a few Fridays ago, unaccompanied by instructions of any kind. Will you please come back here and share whatever you learn about using them through the trial and error process?

    #121706

    atthe404
    Member

    This is WordPress voodoo. I wish we understood what it did.:)

    #121813

    redracer
    Member

    Typical of WordPress to make changes and/or introduce new features without any announcments and/or documentation at all :-(

    #121814

    raincoaster
    Member

    There was an announcement in the blog, but the blog’s not as easily searchable as if they’d used a decent service like, say, WordPress.com, to do the blog.

    #121905

    manu888
    Member

    ok I’m not the only one lost with this feature. at least I’m not feeling dum anymore :)

    #121918

    drmike
    Member

    We were actually scratching our head over it as well. (There’s a couple of threads covering it already.) There’s a regular wordpress widget that allows you to do multiple category widgets and assign a different link category to each widget and we were thinking that this was it but so far it hasn’t allowed us to do it.

    #121924

    timethief
    Member

    The original “announcement” contained no specifics or instructions for use. It was not made in the official wordpress.com blog. It appeared on a forum thread. And I have tried to assign a different link category to separate widgets and have failed. I tried and tried before I gave up. IMO at this point we need staff to communicate with us so we know how they are intended to be used.

    #121926

    drmike
    Member

    There’s no field to do it so I’m not sure how it would work in the first place.

    *chuckle* I still say it was added in because some *OTHER* wpmu install had it first. ;)

    #122048

    chiuz
    Member

    I was wondering the same thing. If the Category Widgets had the “Exclude” feature as the one in “Page Widgets” that would be aweome. That way, we could really sort the categories and subcategories.

    #122049

    timethief
    Member

    Now you’re talking. I’m on side with that excellent idea. :)

    #122050

    raincoaster
    Member

    Oh, that would be smart.

    #122051

    timethief
    Member

    Like tribbles they multiply but unfortunately they are all clones.

    #122052

    scrambled
    Member

    Maybe it’s so people can have a regular category list and a drop down one? Kind of unnecessary in my opinion, but I’m sure somebody asked for it.

    #122053

    As chiuz has suggested an exclude feature would render them more useful.

    #122064

    jpsipila
    Member

    I just hope they make it posible to separate ones categories, like categories 1 (news) categories 2 (movies) etc. So you could have several dropdows with a header and a lot of subcategories… there’s no point og having cat 1 and cat 2 now on the page…

    #122065

    timethief
    Member

    I believe most of us expected exactly what you described above but it’s not what we got. We got categories widgets that are all clones of one another. Please send your request to staff and add your voice to those of us who would like to see the functionality change so we can have what you described http://wordpress.com/contact-support/

    #122069

    londonccc
    Member

    Having got the same question marks in my head about the multiple categories widgets, and agreeing with what has been suggested in this thread, i.e. “exclude” or the ability to choose to show different categories in different widgets, I sent an enquiry/feedback to support. Got a reply from Mark who said there will be an announcement on how to use the widgets shortly. So I guess it’s watch this space, wait and see? In the meantime, I am just using the text widgets and putting links in there to specific post/page – clumsy, but will do for now. Any suggestion of easier or better ways appreciated. Thank you. :)

    #122070

    timethief
    Member

    Thanks for providing this update.
    I can’t think of any other way to address this in the interim either. At this point it’s text widgets or nothing.

    Whether we have the option to “select” or to “exclude” categories matters not to me as long as we have one or the other. Until we do there is no point to having the ability to create multiple category clones that I can discern.

    #122075

    michaeltree
    Member

    Did they ever post a resolution for this problem?

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