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  1. markbaigent
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi All

    I am working on my first blog and am new to WP.
    I am having problems working out the best way to plan/continue the site/blog.

    I have a story 7000+ words which I have broken in to pages.
    Although the story is complete and can be read "as is" it now appears that it will also continue to grow. (more heart trouble)
    I was planning to use the blog section to add
    medical/exercise/nutrition posts.

    But
    I am doing this correctly as I need the story pages to be consecutive I assumed that It would have to be pages not blog posts.

    Am I on track or going in the wrong direction?
    http://backtothelight.co.uk/

    best wishes
    Mark

  2. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Might consider using something like the http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/in-series/ plugin.

  3. tina rowe
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    To any expert, my advice will sound really, really stupid, I'm sure! But I often want to post a series of things over time but I want each to appear as a consecutive part of a group of posts, NOT show up as my daily post.

    If that is what you want, here is what a non-expert like me does it, in a convoluted but ultimately successful manner:

    First caveat: My WP template does not make the date of each post really obvious. I specifically wanted to avoid that for this very reason! Some templates have the date as almost like a big calendar thing at the top of posts. Ick! The dates on my post are small and at the bottom of each post. Hardly noticeable. I'll bet you could get rid of the date altogether if you know what you're doing. (I don't!)

    FIRST STEP:
    How to date the post:
    I write the post, then before publishing it in the "write post" window,
    I change the publishing date and time to come right after the last one I did on that topic. It doesn't show up on my home page as the post of the day, because it is "buried" back in that time frame. It only is seen when someone clicks the category. That takes them to the first post for that category, which is my most recent one.

    How to make sure readers know the correct date of the post:
    On that post, the untrue date will show wherever it appears for the template you are using. Put the date and topic in your Post Title.

    For example, you write a post on October 15, 2008,
    You title it:

      October 15, 2008--Another Angioplasty, Darn It!

    (But it has a "publication date" of Jan. 1, 2008.)

    You write a post on October 17, 2008:

      October 17-2008--Angioplasty a Success! Hooray!

    (That shows a publication date of Jan. 2, 2008

    How to use Categories to make it work
    Make one category with the title of your book and do a brief explanation of the category:

    My Breaking Heart (The original text and updates.)

    That way, people can go to those posts easily.

    An option: Make one Post Category with the book title: MY BREAKING HEART

    Make each chapter (if each chapter is a long post) a sub-category of that main category. The main category will be to the left and under it, slightly indented, will be the subcategories. (At least on my template it looks that way.)

    If you do that, you will have the chapter titles on your home page under "Categories). Not everyone would want to have that long list, but you might.

    Final Warning: I just goof around to make things work, so this might not work for YOU! Check out my site at:

    http://www.tinalewisrowe.com and you can see how I do some things. You won't see any of the posts that I've done this consecutive thing to, on the first page, because they are back a few months. But some of that series I just wrote this last weekend! People who are interested in the topics will find them, which is all I care about. My site is not commercial enough to make that important.

    Sorry for the long response!

  4. markbaigent
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi Tina

    Thank you for such a detailed answer, I have printed it as I am sure that it will be useful.

    I have decided that the story element of my web site needs to be accessible on the from page all the time. This has made me decide that my web site will be a web site with a blog not a blog only. I found a widget called Flexi pages that does what I need, ie I can seperate the story pages from the home page and about page etc. It will also allow me to add the two more stories that will complete that part of the web site but keep them in seperate page groups.

    http://backtothelight.co.uk/

    Best wishes
    Mark

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