This is a weird sitch, so bear with me...
I want to use WordPress' static pages to develop an educational institution's website, a fairly large one. The pages would be the primary aspect of the website; the posts would just serve to present press releases and site news.
The website currently has eight "sections" with about four or five "chapters" each. I need to keep this structure.
So this is what I want to have happen... please let me know if it's possible.
I'll have eight parent pages, one for each section header. The chapters will be pages listed under one of the eight parents.
When the user is looking at a specific section, (i.e. "Academics"), I want only the chapters from that section to be listed in the sidebar. In other words, I want only the pages under that parent page to be listed.
Right now, the "Pages" part of the sidebar lists all of the pages in hierarchy. For our page, that would be a list some 200 pages long - fine for a site map, but hellacious for average navigation.
Is there a way to have just the pages under a specific parent page show up? I'm willing to make custom sidebars for each parent page, but I need the sub-pages to update their own links.
Convoluted? I know.