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A little advice (4 posts)

  1. KeithDickens
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I've been using post-nuke for years for my website and have recently come to the conclusion that it is just too bloated for what I want my website to become. I've checked out Joomla and Drupal but found that that WordPress has many of the more "homey" features that I was looking for.

    Here's my dilemna. My site is mostly about writing and I'm trying to figure out the best way to implement WordPress as a very basic CMS. Essentially all I need wordpress to do is manage the content in more meaningful way than i have discovered it capable so far. If I make a story a page of its own, then nest it under another page, that works pretty good except that the the menu structure always shows all pages all the time. If I place serveral stories under the same page the navigation menu could become quite long. Example:

    Writing (main page)
    ------->Science Fiction (subpage 1)
    ----------------->Story Title One
    ----------------->Story Title Two
    ----------------->Story Title Three
    ----------------->Story Title to infiniti
    ------->Fantasy (subpage 2)
    ----------------->Story Title One
    ----------------->Story Title Two
    ----------------->Story Title Three
    ----------------->Story Title to infiniti

    Is there a better way to manage this content in WordPress? A CMS plug in maybe?

    My website is located at http://www.keithdickens.com
    My wordpress test site is located at http://www.keithdickens.com/new/wordpress/

    I'm really digging the blog concept for my new site but if it won't manage written content better I might have to try something else.

  2. Austin Matzko
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    The menu structure that shows publicly can vary with whatever theme you use or modify. What you describe is probably just the default display for a blog, so you can customize it to show anything you want. This plugin makes it very easy to make navigation menus from anything that might be part of your WordPress install.

    Also, I'm not sure from your descriptions, but if you're going to regularly publish many stories under various sub-pages, you might be better served by making the sub-pages categories instead of what WordPress calls "pages." Then, for example, "science fiction" would be a category under which various posts categorized as such would appear.

  3. Bodhipaksa
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    If you do want to use Pages (and I do, for structured parts of my site) you can use the Fold Page List plugin to keep sub-pages hidden until the parent page is selected.

  4. KeithDickens
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Thanks you very much for the input! Those are exactly the suggestions that I was looking for. I starting trying to use NAVT but haven't quite got the hang of WordPress yet so I'm trudging through all new CSS and php styles.

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