I'm new to WordPress and I'm confused about Pages vs Portfolio posts. I created a two-column Portfolio page and 8 portfolio items. The Portfolio page now nicely displays 8 images associated with those items and links to the portfolio item page. I also created 8 Pages with those portfolio item names so that my main site navigation can direct visitors to a specific category of portfolio work. What I want to do is have unique pages for each portfolio category where I can display multiple portfolio work links and images with perhaps a sidebar.
Is it possible to link portfolio page images to pages, rather than portfolio items? If not, can a portfolio item be built as a page with sidebars and can portfolio items be included in main navigation like pages? Any references to documentation would be helpful as my site documentation doesn't explain this. Thanks!