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  • I’m in the process of building a semi-static WP site which functions partly as a blog, and partly as a professional portfolio. For the professional side of things, I’d like to showcase about 20 publications, linking to static on-site links (i.e. subpages, right?). BUT here’s the part that seems tricky to me: I’d like them to appear on several different parts of the site (in the lefthand column like links), but not on every page of the site.

    I’m sure the answer to this is really obvious, but I’m not quite sure how to do it! I’m new to WP, so I don’t quite have a sense of terminology or the most appropriate means of doing simple stuff! Thanks!

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  • Chris Olbekson


    Level 12 Bug Squasher & Forum Moderator

    You would add your publications as posts then WordPress will display the posts on whatever page you specify in your reading settings.

    The posts page will be handled by the index.php template file. Some themes will show just the_excerpt of the post which is the first 50 characters and the post title will be what WordPress calls the_permalink. When you click on this permalink it will take you to a single page that contains only the single post clicked.

    Different themes handle this in different ways. You can use the custom menu feature to create a sidebar menu that would be placed in whats called a widget that you can drag and drop in your dashboard so that it is positioned where you want it.

    When you add a page to your site it will only contain the static content you enter via the page editor.

    I would suggest searching for a theme that has a similar structure and appearance your looking for.

    Thanks! I’m not sure if I was clear enough in explaining what I’m trying to do. I’d like to have a blog–yes. But in addition to the blog, I’d like to have the portfolio section–which will be a subsection of the main site, and doesn’t need any of the functionality of a blog. The portfolio pages are supposed to be static.

    The “custom menu feature” is great to know about! I think that may’ve answered my question!–I’ll try it out and see!

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