WordPress Tutorial – Make a Static Page Your Home Page – Part 3

This Beginner-level WordPress Tutorial is a follow-up to “Make a Static Page Your Home/Front Page” and “Make a Static Page Your Home Page – Part 2”.

Part 2 shows a way to hide the link to a page that you use as your home page so that people aren’t confused by the fact that there are two links to the same page in your navigation. That method works when you have navigation in the sidebar that shows subpages AND subpages are part of your site. If your site doesn’t have subpages, there is no way to hide the link to your home page. It will show as a subpage link. That sentence is no longer true! As an intrepid reader points out, the WordPress Pages navigation widget now allows you to exclude any page from its links.

The video tutorial below shows you how to a make a custom sidebar using WordPress Widgets so that you can remove page navigation from the sidebar and make the home page a subpage whose link does not appear in the navigation.

But the best way to go (I haven’t made a video tutorial for this yet) is to exclude the Home page from your Pages navigation in the sidebar using the Pages widget. As noted by a reader commenting on Part 2 of this Static Page / Home Page WordPress tutorial, you can keep Pages navigation in your sidebar without having to show a link to your Home page there.

The Pages navigation widget allows you to exclude any page using the page ID number.

Here’s how to find the ID number for a Page or Post.

You can insert the Page ID of any page you want to exclude into the “Exclude:” box when you Edit the Pages widget. Find the ID number of your Home page, put that in the “Exclude:” box of the Pages widget, and the link to the Home page will not show in the sidebar.

Mark McLaren
McBuzz Communications

WordPress Tutorial – Make a Static Page Your Home Page – Part 2

This Beginner-level WordPress tutorial by Mark McLaren of McBuzz Communications follows-up to “WordPress Tutorial – How to Make a Static Page Your Home Page (Front Page)”. Part 1 of this tutorial shows how to tell WordPress to use a specific page as your home page. Part 2 shows how to hide the link to that page that would otherwise be part of the main navigation.

Note that a Part 3 is also on the way. Part 3 will show how to hide the link to the page by making the page a subpage AND by hiding links to subpages with the help of a custom sidebar using WordPress Widgets.

Some WordPress themes have a default “Home” button in the main navigation. Not all WordPress themes do, but some of the WordPress themes offered on wordpress.com do. If your theme has a default “Home” button, you may need this technique.

This tutorial also talks about navigation some themes have in the sidebar with links to subpages and “subsub” pages, meaning “child” pages that have other pages as “parents”. See the Business Blogging 101 (mcbuzzvideo on YouTube) tutorial about “child” or sub-pages to learn more about that.

WordPress Web Marketing Tutorial – How to Comment on a Blog

I call this Beginner-level tutorial a WordPress Web Marketing Tutorial because it is a general tutorial about how to comment on a blog post and about why it is a good idea to comment: because it helps bring new visitors to your own blog or website. This is the “web marketing” part of the tutorial.

The tutorial also talks about the fact that some WordPress.com blogs require you to have a WordPress.com account (easy and free to sign up) in order to comment on a post.

Finally, I show the simple steps involved in filling out a comment form, and I explain what is meant by “comment moderation”.

Thanks to blogger Barbara Swafford for suggesting this topic.

Does Your WordPress Theme Allow Comments on Pages as Well as Posts?

Today Business Blogging 101 received a really nice comment from a reader who likes the tutorials and took the time to let me know about it. Not only that, but she plans to write a post about Business Blogging 101 on her own blog. Pretty cool!

Something else of note: This is the first time someone has used the comment form on a Page — as opposed to commenting on a Post. It makes sense. Most “Contact Us” pages have “Contact” forms. And anyone who wants to contact me is right to assume that the Contact Us page is the best place to do so. However, this blog’s theme is provided by wordpress.com hosting, and the “form” in this case is the same one that appears on pages for single Posts. (If you are wondering what the difference between a Page and a Post is, you are not alone. See the WordPress tutorial How to Make a Static Page Your Home Page.)

I’m pointing this out mainly because it occurred to me that it might be nice to have an actual Contact form on the Business Blogging 101 Contact Us page. But I’m not sure that’s possible on a wordpress.com-hosted blog — because you can’t add your own plugins. (Incidentally, there is a very good contact form plugin available for WordPress, called the Secure Form Mailer Plugin for WordPress by Dagon Design.)

Most themes do not — or should not, in my opinion — have comment forms on their Pages. They all have comment forms on single Post pages unless comments have been disabled. The purpose of a Page is to present information in a traditional website sense: relatively static material that you want site visitors to be able to access quickly from anywhere on your site, like an About page or a Contact Us page. I don’t really want people commenting on my About page, but the comment form is there by default and I don’t think there’s anything I can do to remove it. That’s one good reason to host your blog/website on third party hosting where you can tweak the theme to your heart’s content.

But, unlike an About page, the Contact Us page is a special case, and until a Contact form widget or plugin or some such is available for wordpress.com blogs, a comment form on that page is certainly better than nothing at all.

What do you think? On the home page, click on the “[#] Comments” link below — kinda hard to see unless you know what you are looking for. Or scroll down until you see the “Leave a Reply” comments box.

Here’s a quick update to the Comments versus Contact Form issue on WordPress.com-hosted blogsites: WordPress.com does provide a way to insert a simple Contact Form into a page.

WordPress Tutorial – Advanced “Back to Top” of Page Link

This Advanced-level WordPress Tutorial shows how to insert a “Back to Top” link in a WordPress Page or Post. The tutorial is advanced because it requires use of text editing software and FTP software to download and add HTML code to the header.php file in a WordPress theme. Once you add the HTML code to the header.php file, you can use the Code editing window in the WordPress Dashboard to insert a “Back to Top” link on any page or post. The advanced “Back to Top” link is superior to the “easy” “Back to Top” link covered in an earlier tutorial because it takes you to the top of the page much faster. A faster site provides a better user experience.

WordPress Tutorial – How to Make a “Back to Top” of Page Link

This Beginner-level WordPress tutorial shows how to insert a “Back to Top” link at the bottom of a Page or Post — or in the middle of a very long Page or Post — that takes you back to the top of the page when you click on it.

WordPress Tutorial – How to Download, Install and Activate a New WordPress Theme

This Intermediate-level WordPress tutorial shows how to change your theme in a blog/website hosted on wordpress.com. It also shows how to find new themes using sites like themes.wordpress.net and install them on a blog/website that uses third-party hosting. By third-party hosting I mean a web host that you pay for, like GoDaddy.com or Yahoo! or pair Networks hosting. Once you find a theme you like, you can download it, unzip the file, upload the theme to the wp-content > themes folder for your blog/website, and then activate it in the Dashboard.

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