Another week already! This week I have lessons learned from IT, computer case mods, a screenshot tutorial, some photos of bands from the 70’s, recycling junk mail, and more. If you like any of the links, let me know. But, if you really like one of the articles, go ahead and leave a comment on the author’s site, rather than mine. Enjoy!
When I changed the structure of this site a couple of weeks ago by removing some pages and adding new ones, I considered having a static front page and the blog a separate area of the site. My initial thinking was that the front page should promote my professional services and that the blog should not be the primary focus. Ultimately, I decided to leave the blog as the main page because it highlights many of the things that I can do with WordPress and ideas that I am working on.
There are, however, reasons to have a static front page with WordPress and to have it set-up like a standard website with the blog being one part of it. I especially see this as working well for small businesses. For example, a childcare center could use WordPress for their website and have their main information as a static front page and then use the blog to highlight news, dates the center is closed, and parenting tips.
One of the problems with WordPress archives listed by month in the sidebar is that the list becomes really long when you have been blogging for a long time. Siel at green LA girl has been blogging since July 2005 and had removed her archive list from the front page sidebar because it had become so unwieldy.
I investigated a variety of solutions and Siel decided to use the Clean Archives Reloaded plugin, which creates a collapsible list or archived entries on an archive page rather than listing them in the sidebar.
Take a second to look at how the plugin works on Siel’s site and then come back and follow the installation instructions.
To install and set this plugin up on your site do the following: