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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Ivileivine Premium
Mahalo Shawn, I think I understood. I will be following you.
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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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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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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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Glad I could help :)
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GracePlace Premium
Thanks Shawn. I love your training! So helpful!
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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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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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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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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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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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sure, post a link and I will take a look :)
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EdwardLarry Premium
Thank you edwardlarry.com
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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:)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do you want your Home Page the same every time we open the site?
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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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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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We'll see...lol! Let us know when you are set...thanks!
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Wow...finally? Cool! See you in the Community!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gotcha, maybe reload the theme
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AnteroM Premium
Thanks Shawn great information!!!

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Glad you liked it!
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