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Sidebar On Separate Page ? (7 posts)

  1. rvblog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm currently using WP 1.5 beta-1 Jan-10-05

    I'm in the process of converting the WP 1.5 default (Kubrick) theme from a dual column (sidebar on right side) to a single column (no sidebar)

    Is there a way to create a separate menu page (or sidebar page) with all the sidebar info on it like Search, Pages, Archives, Categories, Links, etc that you can access through a link in a site navigational menu without using the create pages option in the admin panel ?

    Example :(Navigational Menu looks like this):

    Home | About | Contents |Photos | Contact

    When you click on the Contents link, you would get only the sidebar items on a separate single column page.

    Under the current dual column WP default (Kubrick theme), if you go to the sidebar and click on the "General" link under the "Categories Section" of the menu, you get a separate page entitled "Archive for the General Category". The same thing occurs when you click on a month under the "Archives Section"

    Using a similar thought process under a single column layout, I would like to be able to go to the navigational menu and click on the "Content" link to get a separate page entitled "Contents" with all the sidebar info.

    The reason for wanting to do it this way is because under the WP default theme, the "General" link under the Categories Section does not appear under the "Pages Section" in the sidebar, nor do any months like December, etc. If I use the "Create Pages" option in the admin panel to create a "Content" page, the new Content page appears under the Pages Section in the sidebar, something that I do not want to happen. I would rather the Pages Section include only pages with articles, photos, or whatever, and not include the content page.

    Is there a way to do this ? Is there a way to create an "invisible page" that can be accessed via a navigational button (without showing up under the Pages Section) and open in a separate page similar to when you choose the catagory link, or an archive link.

    Thanks

  2. Yngwin
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It is possible, though you may have to hack it. I'm using a similar idea on a new blog I'm developing [Rubicon] where I use Nicer Archives for the archives link.

  3. divrom
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It's very doable and relatively painless. Search the forum for topics like "wordpress as a CMS"

  4. divrom
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Just found a new template that seems to do what you're talking about: http://scottdot.org/

  5. rvblog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks for the reply

    @Ynbwin:

    Nicer Archives is cool for searching a database - but I can't see how it can be used for creating a sidebar menu

    @Divrom:

    You may have misunderstood my original question.

    It looks like you're suggesting that I "create pages".

    Creating pages is a great feature in WP 1.5 and the feature will be very useful for creating static content articles etc, but as I said in my original post, using the "create pages" feature for my sidebar menu is exactly what I'm trying to avoid for the reasons that I cited above.

    Also, the template example that you suggested in your reply is based on Manji, and, if I'm not mistaken, in order to use the navigational menu in that template, you have to "create pages" to link to them.

    As for using WordPress as a CMS:

    I had an old style static type website based on html and css with no database. I'm moved to WordPress to get away from that type of website. To start using WordPress as a CMS, which as I understand is a way to manage information on a website like I used to have is counter to why I moved to WordPress in the first place.

    Thanks anyways.

  6. divrom
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Ah, apologies. I'm still using 1.3, so wasn't aware of some of the features you're thinking of.

  7. rvblog
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    No problem divrom

    Just for your information though, 1.5 is not much different than 1.3 - and 1.3 has the ability to create pages - so my question would also be relative to 1.3 users as well.

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