This blog is diverse. In terms of topics I’m not like a guy who is writing a “niche” blog. This is more of a “personal blog” because I talk about stuff that’s interesting to ME. And that means music, TV, movies, comic books, computers and stuff I do on the internet or even HOW I get on the internet (cable or DSL). But I also have recently started talking about race and culture-because again, that’s stuff that comes up so often and I DO have a degree in Anthropology from one of the most prestigious and expensive universities in the country-so what the hell, might as well throw my 2 cents around when some Obama thing happens and people can’t figure out what’s going on. But for a blog and especially for a blog with some money making goals that spread out approach can be very counterproductive.
So I got the idea to split the blog into maybe 5 or 6 subblogs using either subdomains or subfolders. So you’d se something like this http://welcomebackrosenthal.com/moviesTV or http://moviesTV.welcomebackrosenthal.com . I use WordPress and I’ve got a self-hosted situation (as opposed to the WordPress.com situation where they host for you but you don’t get your own exclusive domain name). Turns out you can set yourself up with subdomains from the server. Once you enact that feature it will create a folder and from there I get a little hazy. I tried to upload another WordPress to that folder and planned to use the same database, but it just shut down my main site. So I’ll get back to you on that experiment.
So this idea of creating a static page got in my mind. And the other idea of having my categories top story titles visible, but not actually having the full post seemed like that might be best for this blog. But how to do it? I searched for days before finding out that WordPress has a static page feature, maybe since version 2.2. Go to Options (now called Settings). Then Reading. There you can set any page as the “homepage”. I created a new index landing page that does not have a name, and WordPress will take all your landing page info and direct it to that new page. So your blog description, keywords, metatags, and all your goodies will now show for that new page. I didn’t name my page because by default it sticks the title of the page ON the page, and I didn’t need people seeing “home” since they know that already.
The second trick of getting category post titles is done with Sobek’s Post in Category . But this plugin is not an install and go type plugin. You do need to read the instructions. The good news is, it’s a 5 minute read.
The only problem you might run into is the quotes. If you copy and paste from his instructions page instead of using your own keyboard the plugin will error out, and not work . So you can copy and post, but delete his quotes and type them in yourself. And that’s it! You can put this category listings anywhere, and manipulate them in all kinds of ways. So I hope you use it, since it’s very powerful and really let’s you do something unique with WordPress. And check out my category pages to see how I uses the “post teaser” plugin.