Send blog posts from 3 different categories to separate pages

  • charred

    #3937

    Hello,

    I’d posted this question on the WordPress support (http://wordpress.org/support/topic/set-up-3-separate-blogs-or-rss-feeds-on-3-separate-pages?replies=1#post-2699368) but realized that the answer didn’t seem to make much sense to me with the Graphene theme. I’m new to PHP and to using WordPress, so if you could help me figure out how to do this with Graphene theme, I’d be very appreciative.

    We’d like to create blog posts that are addressed to three different audiences (e.g., adoptive parents, birth parents, adoptees). To make the site as easy to find information as possible, our visitors would prefer that blog posts on a page only relate to their interest or situation. So, I’d like to create a Blog menu item with sub-menus of “Adoptive parents”, “Birth Parents”, and “Adoptees.” Then I’d like Adoptive parent posts to go to the Adoptive parent page, Birth parent posts to go to the birth parent page and Adoptee posts to go to the adoptee page.

    Right now we’ve got 3 categories representing the three audiences, so the post author can assign the post to one or more of those three categories. However, all our posts show up in the same blog page regardless of their category. We don’t want them all showing up together, and I can’t figure out how to separate them and send them to different pages.

    Is what I want to do possible? If so, could you please walk me through the process. I’d be eternally grateful.

    Thanks for any ideas!

    Mod

    Kenneth John Odle

    #26622

    First, create a custom menu that you can use in your navigation bar.

    Here is a good tutorial that will show you how:

    http://blog.kjodle.net/2011/08/25/how-to-create-and-use-custom-menus-in-wordpress/

    Second, use a static home page, directing your readers to one of those three menu items.

    Mischief managed!

    charred

    #26623

    Thanks so much. I think that problem is 95% solved…now all that is left is making sure the arrangement of the menu items makes sense to our users.

    Using that link you provided, I was able to get it to work in a secondary top menu and a side menu (I think we want one or the other). I haven’t done usability testing yet, but I suspect the way the secondary top menu looks, it could be confusing; but the side menu widget might not be obvious to the users. Any way of having these three pages show up under the Blogs item as a dropdown like that other top menu item that has two child items?

    http://thenationalcenterforadoption.org/wordpress/

    Any opinions or further advice?

    Thanks.

    Mod

    Kenneth John Odle

    #26624

    Any way of having these three pages show up under the Blogs item as a dropdown like that other top menu item that has two child items?

    Yes. Just edit the menu, and then drag those items under (and slightly to the right) of the “Blogs” menu item.

    Also, using a good permalink structure really helps improve your blogs usability. It’s much better than having all that confusing PHP code in the URL.

    charred

    #26625

    Thanks for your help.

    I’d hate to ask more…but your further suggestions didn’t work for me. This is what happened:

    1. The Blogs menu suggestion: I only created one menu item called “Blog” and then in the “Themes Locations” section I chose “Blog” as the secondary menu choice. The others I left blank. If I changed anything for the “Header Menu” then my header would only show one of the pages in the menu bar (and it would have children pages if I did as you suggested and would drag the items in an outline like fashion) This is hard to describe, so I’m not sure if I’m giving the right picture.

    2. I’d be happy to establish a good permalink structure, but I don’t know how to do that. Do you have any instructional links you could direct me to?

    Thanks so much for your help!!!

    Mod

    Kenneth John Odle

    #26626

    If I changed anything for the “Header Menu” then my header would only show one of the pages in the menu bar

    Create a custom menu to use for the main menu header. It should look like this:

    Home

    Blog

    Adoptive Parents

    Birth Parents

    Adoptee

    Find Family Members

    Get Involved

    The Process

    Adoptive Families

    Birth Parents

    Adoption Terms

    Contact Us

    I’d be happy to establish a good permalink structure, but I don’t know how to do that. Do you have any instructional links you could direct me to?

    I just use “Day and name”.

    charred

    #26627

    Awesome!!

    Thanks so much. I think I’ve got all those set now.

    I really appreciate your help.

    Mod

    Kenneth John Odle

    #26628

    Looks great!

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