Installing an Extra Blog Page on WordPress

Installing an Extra Blog Page on WordPress

You can’t do it…

It always starts like that; “You can’t do it!”  No one can resist the temptation to type that, myself included, but don’t give up…

Installing an extra Blog page on WordPress is an old trick that all the old hands know, but WordPress is growing everyday and new users are stepping up all the time, so we thought we would help them out a little.

Strictly speaking installing an extra Blog page on WordPress is impossible.  You can however, fool WordPress into giving you two, or three, or as many as you think you can fit into your menu, through Categories.  What you will actually be doing is splitting the Blog page by using Categories, but relax, it’s very easy to do.

So let’s get down to the “how to” of it;

When installing an extra blog page your first step is to decide what you would like to call your new page.  Blog is already taken of course, and really, that name has been done to death by now.  So let’s say you want to carve your niche by doing Reviews of products, films, music or video games.  It seems like Reviews would fit quite nicely so, click on the Categories link under Posts in your dashboard.  (In most WordPress installations you will see Categories listed directly below Add New under Posts on your WordPress dashboard.)

This will bring you to a new window where you will set up your new Category.  Enter Reviews in the top line and the word reviews in the slug line.  (In case you did not know yet, slugs are always the lower case version of the name line.)

Next you must decide whether you wish this to appear on the menu as a top level item (parent), or as a child of another menu item.  If it is to be a top level menu item you can skip the next line in the setup window.  If it is to be a sub-menu item, then this line is for choosing the name of the parent menu item.  Go ahead and set that now.

The last entry is for a description and is completely optional, so much so that I have never used it once.  You may skip it and save your new Category, or experiment with the description if you like.  Just remember to save your new Category when you are finished.

One more step

Once you are sure that you have saved your new Category click on Menus under the Appearance tab.  Once there you will see a selection for Categories (lower half of the page).  Expand that and you should see your new Category waiting for you.  (If not, something went wrong and your save didn’t make it, you will need to repeat or check the above steps.)

Now select the checkbox next to your new Category in the small window, then click the Add To Menu button.  Drag and drop your new menu item from the bottom of the list to where it belongs.  Now save your menu.

Remember Categories, Categories…

We have just set up our new Blog Page with the name Reviews, and we have placed it into the menu.  Now when we want to direct our new posts to the Reviews page we only have to remember to set the Category before we Publish/Update the Post.  Once we do, it will be routed to our new Reviews page automatically.

Not selecting a Category before saving a new post will send it, by default, to the Blog page. However, returning to the editor window and Updating with the Category set will remove it from Blog page and place it in the Reviews page instead.

We now have two active Blog pages, or at least what appears to be two.  By repeating these steps with different names we can actually add as many Blog pages as we like.  We just have to remember to use the Category to send the Post where we want it to go.

So why don’t we just go ahead and call it a new blog page?  It looks like a Blog page, it acts like one, it even reads like one, so why not call it one?  We can’t call it a page is because if we go to our pages the Reviews page is nowhere to be found.  It is a menu slight of hand that comes stock with every WordPress.  You just have to know how to set it, and now you do.

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