I'm building a WordPress website with mixed blog an page content. The primary/header bar navigation is hard coded in the template, linking to WordPress page IDs (e.g. /?page_id=3), and that variable is used to highlight the active page's header bar image. This seems to be an issue as many secondary and/or primary pages will soon be blog-like sections (not a actual blog, but I want the rss feed ability). There's a blog page as well that features "personal" and "official" categories. Here are the questions as a result of this:
1. Is there a way to see what the parent "page" of a blog "post" is to use instead of my page_id checking?
2. Am I correct in that I can split blog post categories, showing only the ones I want in different sections of the site?
3. When creating a sidebar template for the different website sections, some containing only pages, some full of blog content categories, is there a preferred method of checking what section of the site I'm in, revealing the appropriate sidebar links?
I haven't had my morning coffee yet so if any of this doesn't make sense, feel free to throw something at me.
I appreciate the assistance!