Widgets,Page/Category Hierarchies, Categories and Tags

Widgets. Each section (e.g. Pages) on the Sidebar is known is known as a Widget.  There are many types available. Only Widgets for Pages and Categories (of Posts) are considered here (see Web Log Structure).

 To  place a Widget on the Sidebar, select Widgets from the Appearance sub-menu (on the Dashboard). With the pointer over the selected Widget, hold down the left mouse key and move the Widget into the Sidebar area. On the  Widget, click-on the small down arrow to enter options.  When finished click-on Save. 

Once a Widget has been created, new Pages or Categories (of Posts) will appear in the Widget, automatically in alphabetical order (although pages can be given a different order). 

Only Posts have Categories.  Posts can usually only be viewed by selecting a Category.  Although a Post might be viewed if assigned to a menu or  the result of a Search or from Meta/Entries RSS.

A hierarchy of Categories. Categories are created/edited from a sub-menu of Posts, at the left side of the Administrator’s Dashboard. Whilst creating/editing a Category, look for an entry point marked “Parent” and select a Category from the drop-down list.  The category that you are working on then becomes a “Child” to the selected  “Parent”.  The “Child” will then appear indented in the sidebar list (see the “Web Log Structure”).

A hierarchy of Pages. Whilst creating/editing a Page, look further down the panel  for “Parent”, then select from the drop down list. The category that you are working on then becomes a “Child” to the selected  “Parent”.  It will  then appear indented in the sidebar list (see the “Web Log Structure”).

Assigning a Post to A Category. Without an assigned Category, a user is unlikely to find your Post.

When creating a Post, use the Post’s menu on the left side of the Dashboard. The Quick Press option does not provide a means of assigning a Category. Always assign a Post to at least one Category and un-tick Uncategorized.. 

Category selection is further down the Post edit panel or can be done from quick edit. You are less likely to forget, if you first create a Title for your Post then assign a Category then write the Post.

You can assign a Post to more than one Category.  For example, “All Posts” and “What We Did” and “Aberfeldy Group”.  The Post will then appear whenever any one of these are selected by the user.

Assigning “Tags” to a Post.  Also lower down the edit panel.  Tags are words that associate with the content of your Post and will make your Post easier to find by Google/Bing etc.

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