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  • Resolved jeffstamer

    (@jeffstamer)


    Hi all,
    Here’s my issue:
    When I go to my website (http://www.firefallphotography.com/home-page/) and click on the ‘blog’ tab. Nothing happens for a long time, then I get an error message that says “Page can not be displayed”.
    However, I can get to my posts on the web if I use their specific name (for example:
    http://www.firefallphotography.com/hummingbird-heaven/

    So I know my posts are out there, but something is wrong with my ‘blog’ page.

    I’ve already searched the forum but none of the solutions offered have helped.

    I am photographer, not a web designer, so if you can use small, non-technical words and talk to me like I was a five year old, it will probably help:)
    Thanks!
    Jeff

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  • Hi, Jeff. The slug (Pretty URL name for your page or post) for your blog page seems to be /blog-3. This suggests that you’ve been creating a few pages named “Blog”, at least three of them. So WordPress names them with successive numbers; e.g., /blog, /blog-2, /blog-3, etc.

    Go to your Pages listing and see if you can find the page “/blog-3
    — you should hover your mouse over the “View” link and watch your browser’s status bar (usually lower left corner). You should then be able to locate that page. If not, it doesn’t exist and you need to find the real blog page and then plug that into your top nav menu. Right now it’s pointing to blog-3, which may or may not exist.

    HTH

    Hi Joni,
    First of all, thanks so much for your help!
    I followed your instructions and my current blog page is /blog-4. So that might be the problem.

    Now, pardon my ignorance, but where to I find the ‘top nav menu?’ and how would I change it so it has ‘blog-4 instead of blog-3.

    Thanks again!
    Jeff

    Should be under Appearance > Menu

    Hi Joni,
    I went to Appearance > Menu and deleted the blog page (blog-3) that was there. I then added a new blog page. I right clicked and confirmed that the new blog page was ‘blog-4’. However, when I click on my website: http://www.firefallphotography.com/home-page/
    and then click on the ‘blog’ tab, I still get the ‘page cannot be displayed’ error message.

    What would you suggest next?
    Thanks!
    Jeff

    Are you SURE you are linking to the correct blog page? There can be no other explanation than that it is still pointing to the wrong page. Have you cleared out your browser cache?

    Oh, and this may sound silly, but I’ve done it a few times. Did you make sure to hit the big blue SAVE button at the right top and right bottom of the menu panel once you were done adding and configuring your menu structure?

    Hi Joni,
    1) No, honestly I’m not sure I’m linking to the right blog page…how do I know for sure?
    2)I cleared my cache on IE 10 again when I got your last note, but no change on the blog page
    3) Not silly…I’ve done it my self. I double checked and hit the SAVE button again…but still no luck.

    Let me know how be sure about linking to the correct blog page and I’ll give it a shot.

    Thanks!
    Jeff

    Well, I see you seem to have several versions of every page. The “About” tab links to /about-3 and so forth. To simplify your life, offload those other versions to your computer in a text file or something. That way you only have ONE About and ONE Blog page and you know those are the correct ones!

    Hi Joni,
    You are correct, I did have multiple old versions in my trash file. I went ahead and deleted them. Now I only have a single version of each page, including ‘blog’ ‘about’ and ‘home.’

    However, I still have that problem with my ‘blog’ page…you click on it and it thinks for a long time and finally comes back and says This page can’t be displayed.

    What can we try next?
    Thanks for all your help!
    Jeff

    Moderator kmessinger

    (@kmessinger)

    A quick look show your home page 404. Review this, http://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_a_Static_Front_Page

    Hi Kmessinger,
    I reviewed the link you sent me.
    I did have my Front page displays set up as instructed (I selected STATIC PAGE and have Front’ Page set up as ‘Home’ and Posts page set up as ‘Blog.’

    However, I do not understand the last part of the instructions in the link when it says: ‘Enable “Permalinks” to show the “page title” in the address, since /index.php?p=423 defeats the purpose of making a static front page.’

    I looked under Settings>Permalinks but didn’t see anything about “page title” there.

    What should I try next?
    Thanks!
    Jeff

    Moderator kmessinger

    (@kmessinger)

    Set your permalink choice to show a page name like, post name or day and name or month and name instead of the default.

    Under Settings>Permalinks>Common Settings, I have the fifth option selected (Post Name). I don’t have the default selected.

    Hi All,
    Looks like my permalinks are set correctly, but I still can’t access my blog. So we must have a different problem?

    I am open to all suggestions,
    Thanks!
    Jeff

    First of all, your home page should be at http://www.firefallphotography.com/ or http://www.firefallphotography.com/home-page/ … right now it’s rolling over to http://www.firefallphotography.com/-1 which is WEIRD.

    I hate to ask you to switch to the default theme because you may lose some of your current theme settings depending on how convoluted the theme is.

    I am also wondering if your .htaccess file isn’t somehow jacked up. Those are my only two ideas.

    I don’t think switching themes is going to help with the navigation issue. So don’t even go there. 🙂

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