Hi everyone and welcome to Shawn's Tutorials.

Today's version will be on static pages and blog rolls.

What they are and how to use them.

I have been asked over and over about what a static page is, how to set it up and why to use it.

Another major series of questions I keep getting asked is how to make a blog roll page and should it be the opening page of the website and if yes, why?

First lets go over the definitions and how to use them.

Static Page:

A static page is a page you create to greet people who visit your website.

What static means is this page will be the first page your visitors will see when they come to your website by the main URL and this pages content will not change.

Blog Roll:

A blog roll is a page you create to hold all of your blog posts.

This is a regular blank page that you can assign to be your blog roll, and as you write blog posts and assign them to this page they create a blog roll with fresh posts from day to day, depending on how often you add posts.

You can set this page as the first page your visitors will see when they come to your site.

*** NOTE ***

If you set your site to blog roll, you may have to create a navigation tab for your blog so you can navigate back to it after you leave the opening page.

You can find that training here:

Creating a Custom Menu Tab For Your Blog Roll


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Sophya Premium
Thank you vey much for your help! It was what I needed :).

By trying a little bit I found the solution to make a blog tab instead of clicking the title. First you need to create a "Blog" page, save it. Then you click Dashboard > Settings > Reading.
After that you choose static page and then in blog page you choose the page you already created.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Awesome!
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billyghawaii Premium
@shawnmartin

Hello Shawn: Someone mentioned having pages titled the same as blog categories and how blog articles assigned to that same category will appear on the appropriate page.

Example Pages
Guitars
Drums
Woodwinds

Blog;
Blog 1 cat: Drums. Shows up on Drums Page
Blog 2. Cat: Drums. Shows up on Drums Page
Blog 3. Cat: Guitars Shows up on Guitars Page

How do I accomplish this... it didn't work so I may be missing a step
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Shawn Martin Premium
You can assign any post to any category. Just look on your left border when your post is in edit mode and you will see a place to assign the post to a category. If you have trouble finding it just holler and I will help walk you through it :)
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vjohnson1022 Premium
Thanks Shawn. Great training!
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Shawn Martin Premium
You bet!
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IrmaStretch Premium
The link to test site two is broken
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks, I will fix that today :)
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Shawn Martin Premium
OK< all fixed, thanks again!
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SiobhanP Premium
The link yo test site two is broken :(
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks, will get that fixed :)
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Ivileivine Premium
Mahalo Shawn, I think I understood. I will be following you.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Welcome to the group!
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Ivileivine Premium
More like Ohana!
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Judy-B Premium
Just came across this training and was what I needed. Thank you, Shawn for taking the time. So helpful and clear. :)

Have a question: In trying to make a static page, I wanted it to be the home page, but it doesn't give me the option to choose Home though I have Home on the menu. It just lists About me, Privacy Policy and another one. Is there anything I can do to correct this? Thank you.

I've added Home to the menu and it says it's a custom link and the others say page. Hope this makes sense. :)
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Shawn Martin Premium
What you would do is create a new page, make that your home page and put your content on it, and then assign that page titled "Home" to your header menu :) Then select that page as your static page
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Judy-B Premium
Thank you so much, Shawn. That was the trick. It worked. Thanks again. :)
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad to help :)
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BrettLS Premium
Great training. Was really struggling to set up a static page and blog roll within my website. This clarified all, and was so simple to do. Thanks
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad I could help :)
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GracePlace Premium
Thanks Shawn. I love your training! So helpful!
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad to help!
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AmandaDelrae Premium
Hi Shawn! Thank you for the post. Exactly what I needed. Went with test site number 2 for my website: HolisticBlessing.com
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad to help :)
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Wayne66 Premium
Hi Shawn. Just a quick Q. Was wondering why the content on a static page stays the same. Does this mean that once it is published it can't be edited?
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upsgirl Premium
Static Pages are chosen as ones you want your visitors to see...first thing, You can change your Static Page whenever you like. Publish and change as often as you like.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Sure you can edit it and even change it.The point I was making in the training is unlike a blog roll which changes content every time you publish a new post a static pages's content does not change unless you change it. :)
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Wayne66 Premium
I think I like the idea that I can change, delete, add or subtract content when I want. It means that it can be kept fresh an up to date. Thanks Shawn. I think I need a guy like you on my team so I'm going to follow you.
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Wayne66 Premium
Thanks. I think I'm understanding that a bit better now. T's sure great to have people like you, Shawn, Labman and a host of others here to help us newbies get over some of the bumps. I repeat, so glad you're all there and even more glad you're part of my network. Have a great day.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Awesome!
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EdwardLarry Premium
Hi Shawn Martin I want to do a blog roll would you know what I need if you look at my website, Let me know. Thank you.
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Shawn Martin Premium
sure, post a link and I will take a look :)
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EdwardLarry Premium
Thank you edwardlarry.com
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Shawn Martin Premium
Nice work!
I would go ahead and create a page and name it Blog, then set that page as your home page as the training shows you
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EdwardLarry Premium
Thank you Shawn Martin, Ok in this lesson you say to transfer my content to the new home menu, How is that done, I appreciate your help.
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Shawn Martin Premium
You would create the blog page and make that your blog roll in the general settings. Then, all your posts will be there in one place.
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sure2win Premium
Thank you, Shawn. Clearly written and most informative. You have been a great help indeed. Many thanks again.

One more thing, I clicked on one of your buttons and your email sign-up form popped across my WA home page. Please tell me how I can get rid of it. Thanks
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Jem
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Shawn Martin Premium
On one of my websites?
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sure2win Premium
Yes, Shawn. I clicked on a link or some sort of button and up came your email sign-up form and landed on top of the WA Front Page. It has an image of you in a circle and your site URL, http://justbuilditnow.com.

It reads, "I'm glad you made it ........."

Anytime I go to WA website, it still sits right there.


Hope you can tell me how to get rid of it.
Thanks.

Jem
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Shawn Martin Premium
There should be a no thanks or an x to close it out. If not add a bogus email address and sign up, lol
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sure2win Premium
Shawn, You made me laugh. There's no X and the bogus email is just not working. Try again!

BTW, where did you find that form?

Jem
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sure2win Premium
Yes, Shawn, I clicked on a link or some sort of button on one of your sites and up came the email sign-up form and landed on the WA home page.
It has an image of you in a circle and your website is http://justbuilditnow.com. Hope you can help me to get it off. Thanks.
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Shawn Martin Premium
LOL< there should be a way to opt out of the form. Can you do a screen shot so i know what you are seeing?
I just went to the site and the box has an X in the upper right corner, just click that and the sign up form disappears.
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sure2win Premium
The only I can see on the page is the one at the upper right hand of the whole WA page that closes that page. I have not seen any X on the form itself. Here's a screen shot -
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Shawn Martin Premium
I think you forgot the screenshot, lol
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sure2win Premium
I took the screen shot, but cannot get it pasted here. Maybe I did something wrong!
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sure2win Premium
Hi Shawn
I managed to get it cleared. I found some info saying that I could have picked up your cookie and all I had to do was to clear the browser cache and it would go. I cleared some recent history and the cookies, and the email block has disappeared.
So everything is in order now.

Thank you very much for the rest of your useful training. I was in a real quagmire about static pages, blog roll, etc. and your training has helped me tremendously.
Many thanks again.

> Jem
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks for bringing this to my attention, this is a new one on me, lol.
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andrekish Premium
Nice one, Shawn - your training stuff is really good. Thanks - Andre
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thank you sir!
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SupportWorx Premium
Hi. It's the pest again lol. On page 2 of this training you say, "If I can clearly see what the site is about just by the header then I would use a blog roll." I may be thinking of this , but did you mean "If you CAN'T see what the site is about by looking at the header then use a blog roll..." ? Thx. -Alexx
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Shawn Martin Premium
No, if you can figure the site out from just viewing the header then go ahead and use the blog roll. If you can not figure the site out use a static page that will explain what the sites purpose is. :)
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SupportWorx Premium
I think I see... thanks so much. -Alexx
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Shawn Martin Premium
:)
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fyre Premium
Thank you for the training and just a heads up that the "test site 2" link seems to have an issue. " Test site 1" worked fine : )
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks, I will check that out :)
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fyre Premium
Any thing to help the people that help ADD me! Labman sent me your way. They way you put it (after reading at least 5 different versions of this topic) finally made the pictures come together in my head! Repetition ignition heehee. : )
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Shawn Martin Premium
Awesome!
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fyre Premium
Ps. someone might have said it before but, I have no time to read back...I dig how your (pic) Blog Roll is up front : )
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks~!
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mijareze Premium
Someone explained to me that you can add a "Read Full Post" button on your blog so that you only show part of it.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Yes, that is correct.
Here is the training on it
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AzlanS Premium
Hi, my blog roll( posts) is at my homepage (first appear on website). If I were to copy one of the "post" from the blog roll into another dropdown page (for better user experience), I would then have the "post" at two different places . Can we delete the "post" from the blog roll so that only the copied one ( at the dropdown page) left ?
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upsgirl Premium
Yes.
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AzlanS Premium
Hi upsgirl, thanks for the response. For info, I copied the url from the post to the dropdown page. The problem is when I delete the post, the dropdown page also is automatically deleted. Thus, for now I just leave both at two different places. What should I do?
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upsgirl Premium
Because your Post is linked to Blogs (top Page). So where do you want it? Want to make a Static Page? It will be the first thing we see when we open the site.
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AzlanS Premium
Actually, I start writing a product review as a post. Then along the way, I want to locate the review under a page entitled " Affiliate Product Review". To do this, I copy the url of the review from the post and paste it to the new page (under menu). Now , I have a review at two locations ( one at a blogroll post and another one at dropdown page under "Affiliate Product Review". The problem is , I can't delete the one from the post because the one at the page will also be deleted. Or is it okay just to leave both review at two locations ( post and page).
Azlan
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upsgirl Premium
Do you want your Home Page the same every time we open the site?
OR
Do you want your latest Blog to be the first thing we see?
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AzlanS Premium
The latest blog is the first thing we see would be nice.
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upsgirl Premium
So a Blog Roll...
ADD A NEW PAGE and call it BLOG.
Go to SETTINGS.
Then, READING and for Posts Page? Choose Blog.
Some Themes also make a Blog Page as a template. If they do, you will see it when you create a new Page under Page Attributes.
Under Template, select Blog Page or whatever their template for a Blog is called.
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AzlanS Premium
Thank you, it really helps.
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upsgirl Premium
We'll see...lol! Let us know when you are set...thanks!
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upsgirl Premium
Wow...finally? Cool! See you in the Community!
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Shawn Martin Premium
You can move it by assigning it to the other tab. You will still have it in the blog roll but this is OK, as long as the blog post address is the same there will be no issues. Do you know how to assign the post to different places?
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Shawn Martin Premium
This is fine as long as the post address is the same. You can assign the original post to the drop down page menu, this will take care of it. Get rid of the copied one.
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AzlanS Premium
Yes I know how to move by copying the url. Just that I wonder if it's okay to have a review at the blog roll and another page. Since, you mentioned it's fine, this confirm my assumption that no issues here.(not awkward). Actually this happened when I follow the boot camp training level 2 if no mistaken. Anyway, hanks
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AzlanS Premium
I can't get rid of the original post after assigning to drop down page. If I delete the URL ,both will be deleted. Any suggestion on how to get rid the copied one if I want to?
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Shawn Martin Premium
You have the original in the blog roll and on the drop down menu right? this is OK, just leave it there, it will hurt nothing having it twice as long as the URL for the post is the same in both places
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AzlanS Premium
Thanks Shawn, I'll just leave both of them . Is there any reason why the URL need to be the same?
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Shawn Martin Premium
Because then it is not duplicate content. That post can be posted in multiple spots on your website as long as it is all the same post with the same original address
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AzlanS Premium
Thanks again Shawn.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Anytime :)
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Boothe Premium
Thanks for this training. I was trying to make my blog page and my front page the same, but for some reason Wordpress doesn't allow that. It kept bugging out and showing content from all my other pages on my blog page so I was forced to just make a welcome page. Oh, well.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Just set your blog page as your home page
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Boothe Premium
I did that and it didn't work. I actually think my theme is the problem, but I like my theme. I went ahead and made a front page, anyway.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Gotcha, maybe reload the theme
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AnteroM Premium
Thanks Shawn great information!!!

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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad you liked it!
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larryf20865 Premium
Thanks Shawn
There's a light blub going off!!
Great writing Shawn.
Finished assignment, Getting Crafty with WP Editor.
Your definitions helped me understand my mistake....I think,LOL.
Larry
By the way Loes sent me here
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad to help!
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larryf20865 Premium
Hey Shawn
Would you mind taking a look?
Should I get rid of Guitars and how to play since I got the home pg as the static pg? Both are showing same article.
Sorry if my terminology is way off....
Larry
guitarsandhowtoplay.com
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Shawn Martin Premium
I think you are good because you need the tag line to define the site.

Another option would be adding a custom header with that tag line, is that possible?
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larryf20865 Premium
Should I use that second menu for custom header?
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Shawn Martin Premium
You could try that and see if it will work but I am not sure that will do it.
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larryf20865 Premium
OOHHH OK!!!
So just leave it the way it is?
Please say yes,LOL!!
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Shawn Martin Premium
I think it is fine the way it is, lol
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larryf20865 Premium
You've taken a big load off my shoulders Shawn!!
thank you!!
Now I can let my hair grow back, LOL!!!
Larry
Have a good one bro!!
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Shawn Martin Premium
:)
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geowanda Premium
thanks much! very helpful.
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Shawn Martin Premium
You are welcome!
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MJAlex Premium
Wonderful lesson! Really helped. Thank you!
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad I could help :)
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mjdimarco Premium
great info
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thank you!
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mbani Premium
i figured it out .. thanks for the great info :)
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad to help!
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mbani Premium
what if we've already created pages .. i am trying to get one of my pages to be the static page now and seem to be having trouble... ?
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Shawn Martin Premium
Just assign that page to be the static page through the drop down menu
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mbani Premium
thanks!
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Shawn Martin Premium
You are welcome!
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Anewcreature Premium
Great break down. You really simplified this issue. Also thanks for sharing.
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Shawn Martin Premium
You bet, glad i could help :)
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Manchini Premium
very nice training :)
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks, hope it works for you :)
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Manchini Premium
it worked and I even did other thin gs on ma website you can see it if you'd like fineoutfit.com :)
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Shawn Martin Premium
Link does not seem to work
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Manchini Premium
it works why? others saw it without problems I entered with this link it worked I don't know what s the problem
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Shawn Martin Premium
It is working now. it was redirecting to a site for sale page
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Shawn Martin Premium
Nice work, site is coming along nicely!
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Manchini Premium
Thank you :) I am glad you liked it :) today I will insert a nice banner :)
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mbani Premium
I like your website :)
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-Charlie- Premium
This is some great training. Even though I follow all the steps it still doesn't work for me though. One day I'll show you what I mean but for now I just need to add content and not get side tracked so much.
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Shawn Martin Premium
PM me Charlie when you are ready to figure it out and I will be more than happy to walk you through it. :)
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Terri37 Premium
Great info, Shawn - thanks!
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad to help!
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macey321 Premium
Thanks Shawn. Very helpful........Frank
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks frank!
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Kathy1952 Premium
Still awesome I see, Shawn! Miss you! Kathy
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Shawn Martin Premium
I am here! Come see me :P
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NicoleJBN Premium
Great Tutorial and good explanation on when to use what page. Thank you for this. :)
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad to help :)
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TJ Books Premium
Good info, Shawn. Got to come back maybe. My sites open to the latest post, some have the roll and some may not. I'll have to go check as I update my sites every week, each site on a certain day except one which I update every day. Usually three or four sites a day. Takes three hours every morning. John
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Shawn Martin Premium
So glad to see you back and active :)
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Christabelle Premium
Great tutorial! Thank you, Christa :)
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad you liked it :)
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cjholloway Premium
Hey great post my friend >> nice dunny paper lol

My Best >> Chris
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks Chris
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hildacbg Premium
Thanks a lot Shawn. Great tutorial. Greatly appreciated. Blessings!
Hilda
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks so much, you might want to re read it in about 2 hours, I have a small mistake I need to fix.
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hildacbg Premium
I will. Thanks again!
Hilda
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davyrobot Premium
Hi Shawn! -

Let me start by Congratulating - on creating such wonderful - well thought out - training!

I have moved this to a folder 'marked' - training-to-be-shared

As having access to such great training will save me a lot of time!

Thank you very much indeed! :)
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Shawn Martin Premium
You are very welcome~!
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dynamite8 Premium
Greatly appreciate your time in this clarification for all of us. I did a static page for my site. I think it depends on what kind of site you have, as to what would be the right choice.
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Shawn Martin Premium
I agree
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Great stuff Maestro! Clear, well written, informative, bottom line, I have a static page right now and I can't decide if I should change to a Blog Roll.
Being married for 40 years, I'm not used to making important decisions, or even minor ones.... 8^/
When in doubt... do nothing.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Amen, lol
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starryzero Premium
Thanks for the training
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Shawn Martin Premium
Hope it is useful!
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AlejandraB Premium
Great info, nice and clear, thanks!
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Shawn Martin Premium
You are welcome :)
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JoZahn Premium
As always, great info, thanks for posting Shawn!
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad to yhelp
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AngelaHall Premium
Thanks Shawn :)
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Shawn Martin Premium
This one was for you dear, lol
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AngelaHall Premium
I know! It was sweet. I put another post up just now and it still looks the same, with just the titles.
http://thebossqueenb.com/internet-marketing
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mrpeter Premium
Great training Shawn. Nice and clear. It's really appreciated!
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks :)
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TravelHacker Premium
Great training, Shawn!

You mention that when the blog roll is on the home page, the only way to go back is to hit the title of the site in the header, but you can also create a homepage that will be your blog roll. For example, on my site www.projectswag.org, the page you land on is a blog roll and once you click on a different page, you can get back to the blog roll by either hitting the site title in the header or by clicking the 'Swag workshops' page.

Hope this helps... (Unless I misunderstood your question?)
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bill808 Premium
Whether you have your blog as the home page or choose to designate a static page as you home page is up to you and to a large extent the purpose of your blog/website. Traditional websites where all static pages. You had to program them in html and be a programmer to make a change. When WP introduced pages to the WP capability the paradigm changed. Websites and blogs merged and now we have webblogs that combine both features and make adding posts and pages to our webbogs very easy. Traditional website developers are out of work unless their clients are Fortune 1000 companies that need complex websites.
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Shawn Martin Premium
TravelHacker, but if you create a home page for your blog roll how would that work? The blog roll would be your default page the theme sets as the home or opening page if you set the settings to current posts right?, It does not supply a tab for it, so how would you label that home without making the home page an actual static page? Or was that just the answer? lol
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TravelHacker Premium
Sorry, I don't understand the question? Would you mind to clarify?
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Shawn Martin Premium
OK< If I choose the blog roll as my opening page, most themes automatically make your URL addy open to the blog page. There is no tab for it or a way to put it on your header menu as HOME> How would you do that?

( See folks, the research continues even after you make the tutorial, lol )
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TravelHacker Premium
I think I understand you question, but still not 100% certain ;)

Have a look at these 2 sites: www.projectswag.org and www.wheressara.com

The first opens to a blog roll and has a 'SWAG workshop' tab to click once you leave that page. The second opens to a blog roll and has a 'Home' tab to click back to once you leave that page. (Haven't added other pages yet, but that won't make a difference.)

Is this what you are referring to? Here, these open to the blog page, but also have an option in the header menu. Is this what you are looking to do?
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Shawn Martin Premium
Yes, that is exactly what i am talking about. Now the magic part, how do we do that? ( I love this place )
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TravelHacker Premium
Ummm... good question. I'm going to go into my admin section and see what I did. I'll be right back :)
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Shawn Martin Premium
LOL< been there before, thanks so much.
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TravelHacker Premium
Do you want to head over to chat and this will be easier to communicate?
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Shawn Martin Premium
I am there
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Shawn Martin Premium
OK, I need to fix the tutorial, I have a bit of it messed up. Thanks for catching that!
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TravelHacker Premium
Happy to help out when I can :)

It's fun to realize how much I've learned from being around here!
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CarlaIves Premium
Great job explaining things, Shawn! I sort of skimmed it as I'm ready for bed, but I bookmarked it to take abetter look at later. I may switch one of my sites to a static page. Not sure yet.
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Shawn Martin Premium
I hope it is easy to follow. Thanks for bookmarking it, makes me feel good,. :)
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kholmes Premium
Nice explanation and review for what that means. Great Job!
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks
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kholmes Premium
I do have a question though. I have my home page as static, and all the content for the most part is the same. But I decided to change and add featured items for my store with Amazon...right now doing Halloween...is that not a good thing or should I create a separate page for that.
I have the blog roll page working well.
Took me a bit to figure it out, one of those things that was so easy I over thought it..Lol. :))
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Shawn Martin Premium
Feel free to post a link so i can follow what you are asking. :)
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kholmes Premium
Well, here is my home page set as static page:

http://brightoncomputerandretailstore.com/

What is interesting, the way I had it before I was ranking 38 with Google for this page, now that I revised it and removed a ton of other content that was a bit confusing probably. I am now ranking 2.5 on Google Analytics for this page.
And here is my post blog roll that I set up in my menu for reading:

http://brightoncomputerandretailstore.com/blog-computers/

This is now ranking 4.1, it was running at about page 5 for a while till I changed some of my blogging routines. Well, actually I didn't even have a blog roll till about two weeks ago, was having a duhh moment on how to get it set up. I just had a long running page with all the blogs on it.

Thanks, I appreciate you taking a look. :))
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bill808 Premium
And you can have many static pages. I think of a static page as a page in a reference book. I want it to always be available. The blog is like a newspaper. Like the picture. The blog post is like a piece of tissue paper, used and discarded. It rolls down the page and disappears from view. A blog roll is also define as the list of recent blogs and the blogs archived by month that are often seen in the side bar of a blog/website.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Exactly Bill
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lyndi5 Premium
Thank you so much for this. I have been looking for this kind of training.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Glad I could help
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kellyrae82 Premium
Thanks for clarifying as this is a question I have had!
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Shawn Martin Premium
You are welcome :)
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