First, it is important to understand that “posts” and “pages” are two different things
Pages are fixed information that stays the same. For example, your contact me page, or your home page.
Posts are blog entries (basically)
When you create a custom menu, you can ask for a Page to be created (wordpress does this behind the scenes) that shows all of the posts that are in a specific category.
This is how to create those specialized pages.
First you need to decide on your site structure. What types of information are you going to offer? Just like when you build a house (or anything else) having an overall picture of how this is going to work and setting it up at the beginning is easier than making changes mid-stream.
I started with sketching the basic things I wanted to cover in a menu format across the top of a spreadsheet, and listing the type of content that it would include. Type sof content include static pages (a page you make and then edit rarely), blog posts by category, hyperlinks, pictures, etc.
It is not important at this point to get it perfect, this is jsut to get you started. Here is my (VERY) rough draft.
My Main Menu
|ABOUT US||CONTACT US||Getting Started||LESSONS LEARNED||REPAIRS||TOOLS||SUPPLIERS||EXPERIMENTS||USEFUL SITES||FAQ||CHECK OUT OUR STORE!||making website help|
|Page||page||sub-categories||sub-categories||sub-categories||sub-categories||sub-categories||sub-categories||hyperlinks||hyperlink with current offerings|
|setting up your amazon account||shipping||xbox||seller||products|
|setting up your ebay account||packaging||playstation||repair||tools|
|buying the supplies that make life easier||cleaning||miscellaneous||inventory|
|setting up your office||pricing||
Log in to your wordpress account as an administrator
Under your “POSTS” setting, select categories
You only need to create categories for the items that you are going to have blog posts show up in. We will create any static pages later.
Create a category for each title heading that you are going to have. You can also have sub-categories. You can nest these, so that if they click the main header, it will show all posts. If you click the sub-header, it will only show ones in that specific category. First I made all the main categories. I changed a few of them, like making website help into wordpress. I realized that some of the items (Like the getting started sub-categories) would be better as pages than posts. I also realized that I needed another section called “Guides” for areas where I would put step-by-step instructions like this one. For my sub-categories, I made the slug (internet address or URL version of the name) the name of the sub-category followed by the name of the main category. For example, this post will be under “wordpress_guides”. You can follow any naming method you would like, and can change them at any time. I also created a category called “Mindset” for general articles that I think are important, but not directly related to instruction. Once you have your categories and sub-categories the way you would like them. Remember that you can always change this structure later (and I am almost sure you will), so it is important just to get started. Don’t spend a lot of time trying ot get it perfect. You can change it.
Now click on the appearance tab on the left, and select “Menus”.
You can create different menus, so that you can change them when you want. Many themes also allow multiple menus to be displayed at the same time. Once you have created a menu, all you have to do is select the pages, and the categories that you want displayed on your menu. You can click and drag them to the appropriate level, so that they are displayed in the order that you want. If you put an item on there that you do not want, simply click the drop-down menu on that category or page and click remove. To nest categories, drag them on top of each other. Make sure that the shadow is indented before releasing. Try to organize things in logical ways that people would look for the information. Remember, ease of use is much more important than being very fancy. In order to rearrange the sub-items in a menu, click and drop them on the main heading with the one on the bottom of the list being first. In other words, everytime you drop a sub-heading on top of a heading, it moves to the top of the list. That is it!
Now, everytime that you warite a post under the appropriate actegory, it will show up on the page that you want it to. Any questions, please contact us. I am not an expert, but I do enjoy trying to help people. I would like to give credit to this page http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/, as it helped me to figure it out. There are many more things you can do with your menus, but this page was specifically about getting pages with blog posts to show up the way you want it to. For further help, refer to the hyperlink above.
One of the other things that I did was to add a hyperlink to our store to the menu. Under “custom Links”, just type in the URL (web address) that you want to add, then the label you want displayed. Click “add to menu”, and you can move it around like any other label. Have fun with it!