How to Easily Add Two Blogs to A Single WordPress Site

Two Blogs on One WordPress SiteIf you have already created a blog, or are thinking of one, you may find yourself covering a couple of topics you really want to separate into two blogs on your single site. They may just be different enough, but not so unrelated that they each deserve their own blog and WordPress installation.

This is actually very simple, when using categories and your custom menus in WordPress. You can categorize certain posts and create buttons in your navigation bar to give your readers the illusion that they are two separate blogs. Watch this video tutorial that will show you how in just a few steps.

NOTE: One thing I did not mention in this video, when you create these two separate blogs, you can also easily separate all categories assigned to each on in a menu in your sidebar using the menu feature and the custom menu widget.

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171 Responses to “How to Easily Add Two Blogs to A Single WordPress Site”

  1. I’m still struggling with a blog within a blogsite. I want static pages with my blog inside, but if I change the settings, the posts don’t appear.

  2. Very cool little tutorial, Bob Dunn.  Thank you!
     
    I recently had the same question and scoured the internet for answers!  I thought about doing something like this (and still sometimes wonder if that would have been the way to go) but decided to create a subdomain and a separate WP installation.  Each has a custom link in their respective menus to the other site.

    •  @tshombe  You are very welcome. And yes, there is that issue and having your own URL for each blog. And this is a great way to do it, some people are just wanting to split their existing content or find an easier way of doing things other than having two blogs to deal with. 
       
      But I feel that one blog will still get great SEO through categories and good content. Of course, pros and cons to both : ) Thanks for stopping by my friend!

  3. Thanks Bob – I had been trying to figure this out for a while, but was looking in to much more complex solutions, like creating customised page templates. You have saved me tons of time!

  4. Amazing! i can’t believe how easy it was. Thank you very much Bob. I’m a WP newbie and this saved me a lot of reasearch and work. Greetings from México.

    •  @Tomas PB Isn’t’ that funny how that works : ) Sometimes the easiest solutions are the hardest to find. Good to hear it worked for you, and thanks for the greetings.

      •  @bobWP Thanks again Bob, I have another question: Is there a way to change the adress for my 2 blogs?
        It says: mysite.com/category/myblog
        I would like to remove the word category from there.
        Thanks in advance, you’re so kind.

        • @Tomas PB Mmmmm, can you leave your URL. Would be hazy to check it out.

        •  @bobWP  @Tomas Of course, thanks for your interest:
          blog (category) 1: http://textuseditorial.com/category/las-peras-del-olmo/
          blog /category) 2: http://textuseditorial.com/category/los-abajo-firmantes/
          I would like to remove that “category” in the URL.
          Thanks in advance Bob.

        •  @Tomas PB I did get your URL’s but I think that comment is being held because of the links… no worries.
           
          Yes, WordPress by default will add the category in the URL.  Two options. 
           
          1. Is to create a rewrite in your .htaccess file, which most people are comfortable with… 
           
          2. I found this plugin that supposedly takes care of this for you. I’ve never used it, but it’s worth a try … http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/no-category-base-wpml/

        •  @bobWP You did it again Bob! I went with the plugin route. You rock! 
          It’s amazing all the things plugins can do for you and most of us newbies ignore. Just installed my favicon with one easy plugin too!
          But, i don’t know how safe it is to rely on plugins for many things. Maybe i don’t explain myself very well, my english is kinda limited.
          Your site was a very nice find Bob, keep the good work.
           

        •  @Tomas PB Glad to hear that! And thanks…
          Yes, if you can get around certain things without a plugin, it’s one less to have running on your site. But there are so many good one’s that make WordPress so much easier for the user : )

  5. This is very helpful. One question; how does one assign a different url to the other blog if they’re interconnected? I’m looking to start a new blog that’s very different from my other. Should I just do multisite if they’re unrelated or could I make this work?

    •  @MichaelTaylor2 Actually this works much better for blogs that have a common theme. Then you can always do a redirect to the category page with your URL. 
      But if they are both very different, I would recommend separate blogs. I have three, so I have three separate WP installs. I normally don’t recommend Multisite unless you are planning on doing a lot of different sites or blogs. It’s pretty much overkill for just 2 or 3. 

      •  @bobWP Thanks, that’s what I needed to hear. I was a bit overwhelmed by the mutlisite switch over anyways so I’ll just do a second install. Thanks!

  6. Bob,
    Your tutorial provided me exactly what I needed! Now I can have “general” blog entries displaying in blog format on my home page and “book reviews” displaying in blog format too!
    Thanks a ton!

    • I love hearing that.. perfect timing : )

      Yes, it’s amazing when you start thinking outside the box of “categories” and learn what they can really do for you. Glad to hear it helped!

  7. Hello,
    Very good video tutorial but I have some questions. Our Home page is the blog format (just photo images) and I want to add Blog category. All the photo posts are now uncategorized. Due I make a “home” category and change all the photos to the “home” category? Our blog category will have all text entries. There is already a home tab. Do I have to change the home tab in the menu section? If you go to website will the home show up the way it does presently? Am I making myself clear?

    • Hey Jeff, yeah, I’m a little unclear of exactly what it is you want to do.

      So are you leaving the home page as is? Sounds like it’s just your blog index, or your blog page.

      And what do you mean by a blog category? When you say all text are you trying to split up the posts that have images and the ones that have text only. If you can give me an idea of what you want you navigation to look like and what each link in the nav bar will do, I might be able to better understand what you are trying to do…

      • Bob, this is a non-profit website for a 413 acre Preserve on the West coast of Florida: http://withlacoocheegulfpreserve.com I am using the Heatmap theme which doesn’t make much sense because it is optimized for adsense, but I use the same theme for other sites. I set this up as a full page template. The home page is the blog page, if you look at it. I use it to put oversized graphic images and videos and you can scroll down and see archived images. I want to create another page as a blog (maybe call the tab “latest news”) which will include written monthly updates and reports and will be archived like a typical blog. So the Home tab and the latest news tab will be a blog. Do I set up 2 categories (“home” and “latest news”) and quick edit as per your instructions? I was concerned that something strange would happen when I opened up the site.
        Do I have reason to be concerned that I will mess things up? Thanks, Jeff

        • Hey Jeff, that makes sense and yes, you should be able to do that fairly easy. As long as your theme works with the menu feature in WordPress, two categories would do the trick and it shouldn’t mess up anything….

          • Thanks Bob! I will give it a shot.
            Another question, if you don’t mind?
            I was asked if we can put a page on the same site that would allow board members to communicate with one another, but be a private page. Sounds like some aspects of a membership site? Does dialog between a couple of people mean another blog page or something different? Do you have a couple of suggestions? –Jeff

            PS I like the “are you real” box. Is that a plugin or part of Genesis Theme?

          • yeah, there are several options there, and you could look at some simple membership plugins to do that job… and the “are you real” box, yes that comes with CommentLuv Pro plugin

          • I appreciate your help and suggestions. –JB

          • Me Again,
            Bob, when you click here: http://withlacoocheegulfpreserve.com
            The latest news page shows up with the home posts underneath.
            When you click home tab it works fine and when you click latest news tab it is OK.
            But a fresh opening of site lands on the latest news.
            Am I missing one setting change?

          • I am thinking you need someone to pop in and help you with you nav menu. You need to make sure that whatever page you want people to land on is either 1. your default blog page, or 2. a specific page… not category as set in the readings settings

            it’s hard to say exactly what’s going on without being the backend : )

          • Do you mind “popping in”?

  8. Thanks, Bob. It worked almost flawlessly. I had to fiddle with some php code (first timer!) to get each category archive to show full content, and not just excerpts, and now – beautiful!

  9. Hi, thanks for your great advice. It works for me. However, I was wondering, is there a way to do it in such a way to remove the words “Archive for xxx Catagory” and replace with other (self determined) header instead? I want to Make one blog page for company “News & Events” and one blog page for “Blog”.

    Thanks in advance.

    • mmm, I imagine that has something to do with you theme, and you would need to actually do a little editing in themes php file. Some do this and some don’t even give a title..

  10. Hello Mr Dunn,
    Thank you for the tutorial.
    Would it be possible to push the concept a bit by having those categories appear in submenus of a general “blogs” parent tab instead of side by side in the menu as they are presented in your tutorial?

    • Adrian, great point. And yes, there are so many ways to do this, and that would be another good option. The beauty of being able to use the built in menus function of WordPress allows you to mix and match, whether it’s in your main navigation, or menus in the sidebars. Thanks for adding that idea!

  11. Great!
    So it is possible that categories could be “childs” of a parent menu called “blogs”?!
    What would be the trick for that?

  12. Wow. Thanks Bob. Was needing EXACTLY this information today. Just Googled and found your “how to”. Works perfectly.

    Thanks,
    Andrew

  13. Hey Bob,
    hope you’re doing good.

  14. Wow, i checked out so many plugins to use 2 Blogs on my Site… And your way is so damn easy, that i even dont have thought of it :D Thank you very much :)

  15. Thank you so much for this tip. One question though…Is there a way to disable the posts I select for the new categories from feeding through to my home pages as well?

    • Glad you found it helpful. Regarding your question, that would depend upon your theme and how you have your homepage set up. Some themes have an exclude option for the blog or the homepage.

      There is a plugin that I have used in the past called simply exclude. One of the options is to go into your categories and you will be able to exclude specific categories on your front/home page. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simply-exclude/

      • Had same concern, Simply Exclude did the trick. An immense amount of time saved!

        One thing is that Simply Exclude would sometimes leave out the checkbox options for all posts. This might be a small bug or a browser compatiblity issue (I’m using Firefox). Regardless, simply refresh your screen and the options boxes should reappear for all posts you are editing.

        Thank again Bob.

  16. Hi Bob!

    I, too, wanted to say thanks for making this video. I’m in the process of creating a new Web site and was on the verge of going through the complicated process of adding folders, doing multiple installs, and creating multiple databases in order to have two blogs on my site. Your video just saved me a lot of time and effort. Thank you!

    • Hey Wendy, that is great to hear. What I have found with multiple installs, or even trying to go with a multisite install, often it’s not necessary if you can just find these workarounds. Glad I caught you in time!

  17. That was a *much* simpler solution than I was expecting, so thank you!

    Is there any way to have a different header on one of those blogs?

  18. Fantastic. I did not know that was possible.

  19. Hi!
    I am starting my website (today!) and your video about how to create two blogs on the same site was GREAT for me! The reason I want two is because one will be in Portuguese and the other in English with different content, so google translate would not be an option.
    I am glad I found your website and I will be studying every tip you give!
    Thanks for the awesome work!

    • Cecilia, so glad this was perfect timing for you! And you needs is another perfect example of how this can used. Thanks so much for coming in and sharing.

  20. Bob, thanks for the tutorial, much appreciated.

  21. Hi Bob,
    I should have checked it but it, it is so easy but so much to learn about wpress…

    So I found your blog and what shall I say, you saved my life :)

    Thanks!
    Dario

  22. Thanks so much for the video it was easier then I thought. I think I am using a elegant themes wordpress theme. This works fine for the twenty eleven theme but when I activate the elegant theme it does not. Just curious if you have run into this problem? Could use some help.
    Thanks,
    Jamie

    • I am guessing that the Elegant them should have space for at least 1 menu, if not two. In either case you should be able to add a category easily to the navigation bar. And of course depending on the homepage, there might be other widgetized areas you could do this.

  23. Thanks a bunch. I tried doing exactly this, but both blogs were showing up under “chapters” and only the podcasts under “podcasts.” For some reason creating a new “chapters” category and trashing the old one worked, and now just the book chapters show up under “chapters” and the podcasts under “podcasts.” I don’t know what the difference was, but trashing the first “chapters” and creating a new one and adding it to the menu fixed my problem. It may be that filling out the “title attribute” helped. I didn’t have that on either category filled out, but I did the second time around. Thanks again. This really helped.

    • That’s great to hear you figured it out. Yes, anytime you put a category, page, post, etc in the trash, sometimes it still recognizes it as just being there. I’m not sure if that is what you are talking about. And yes, the title attribute can help.

  24. Wow! I wish I could pay you for this! This is exactly what we were looking for and other posts and options seemed so complicated. This is a lifesaver – can’t thank you enough!

    • After setting it all up I did have a question: Is it possible to do this with the categories being pages? Since the categories aren’t pages, I don’t see where I can edit the layout (it seems to be going to a default layout that is different from what I want). I’m also not able to add sidebars that I can tell. I’m going to keep investigating but any tips would be much appreciated. Thank you!

      • mmm, let me see if I understand what you are saying. You don’t want the index page (blog style) for categories? Yes, when you create a category link, it’s pretty much like your blog index page. Not really editable as it just pulls in the most recent. So what are you exactly wanting to do with the category page? If you want something at the top you can create a sticky post for that category. If you want, give me a few more details….

        • Thanks Bob! I hoped it could the same formatting as my blog main page, which is a Pinterest style look. I also hoped I could put a sidebar with ads on it but I understand from your reply that this may not be possible, which is understandable if it’s like an index page. Thanks again.

  25. Hi Bob–

    Thank you for this post, it was very helpful, as are a lot of the comments on this post. I am new at this sort of thing, so forgive me if the answer is above in the comments (I think it is–but let’s just say I am still a bit confused!) but I am a photographer who is looking to have “two blogs” on the homepage of my wordpress site. (The homepage which I am looking to make more “static,” save the two blogs I want to display) I know my current theme probably won’t work (which is fine, I am on the hunt for one now that doesn’t display category archives as a grid as the current one does) but how do I achieve that look? (What I am going for when I say “two blogs” is the sort of layout that this site has: http://www.aliedwards.com) I think it has something to do with putting my category results into a navigation menu other than the main one….but I am stumped. And to take it one step further–is this dependent on what type of theme I have? I have now had three different themes, and it seems that some have horizontal menus, some verticals, I don’t know if that is theme specific or prophoto specific. (Would really love some sort of wordpress decoder map if something like that existed–I don’t know half the time where things are going to end up until I preview them!) And now I fear I have asked too many questions and confused you. Please let me know if you can help. Long story short, I know I can create two “blogs” with categories–but how do I get them to display like this: http://www.aliedwards.com. (And if there is a basic, free theme that would get this to work–please feel free to pass that info along:)) Thanks!

    • Hi Heather, sorry this got put into moderation and I just happened to come across it…

      Yes, basically you are looking for a theme that has widgeted areas that you can pull specific content into those areas. What you would do is assign those areas to certain categories. Now I cannot say for sure if the themes you have will do this. Also, as far as recommending one, there are just so many that often I need more information to find the one that works best for you. Unfortunately, people typically hire me to do just that as it often takes some time.

      If you need a little more understanding of what I am talking about, watch the video of this theme from StudioPress… http://bobwptrainer.staging.wpengine.com/how-to-set-up-the-homepage-on-the-agency-child-theme-for-genesis/ This is kind of what you are looking for. This is not a free theme though, and I don’t recommend a lot of them as it’s best to put a few dollars into a theme to make sure you get support and updates as needed.

      Hope this helps some.

  26. Just the ticket for what I wanted to do. Thanks for making it so easy to understand.

  27. Thank you, Bob, for this simple and easy solution. All of the other support resources I found for creating 2 blogs within the same site were so complicated and really beyond what I needed. You saved me time and a massive technical headache. Keep up the great tutorials. I will definitely look at your other videos. Thanks again.

    • Thanks for the kind words… sometimes that’s what happens in tech, solutions are created that are so much more complicated than they need to be. I like to keep it simple :)

      • A follow-up question if you will …. I have created two categories for a blog post – MAIN BLOG and PROCESS. The process blog page (newly created) shows only the posts marked in the category PROCESS. That is working perfectly.

        The Main Blog, however, shows both posts marked MAIN BLOG but also PROCESS. Does WordPress always have the default blog page show every post, regardless of category?

        Thanks again.

        Am I missing something?

        • Okay, this will be dependant on your theme… some themes allow you to exclude categories by ID, which means you could do it on your main blog page. Other choice might be the plugin Simply Exclude which allows you to exclude a category from your blog page. The plugin hasn’t been updated for sometime so not sure if it will be friendly with WP 3.6.

          Here’s another plugin that might work for you that I found, haven’t used it myself. http://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-category-excluder/

          The only other option is to create a category called Main Blog and hide your blog page and just created a new menu item for that category. Of course, that would mean any posts you have written you would need to go in and change the categories on it as well.

  28. very useful video.
    I wanted to make my homepage with selected posts from my blog, (not everything what i write, but, the best things) But I think as it is frontal page, static page, it is impossible.
    My be you have some suggestions?

    • Yeah, if you have the front page set as static for your theme, you can’t do that. Best you could do is add something to your sidebar. You might be able to add an RSS aggregator plugin but still not thinking you would be able to choose specific posts. That is a challenge and can’t think of any workaround unless your theme has a widgeted homepage.

  29. Hi Bob,
    Your solution works out for me! My question though: Is there a way to choose different head-pictures for each category-page? Since they have different subjects, that would be awesome! I am using the “Adventure Journal” Theme, if that has something to do with it (I have no clue cause I am new :)).. Thanks so much for helping!

  30. Hi Bob,
    Thanks for the great info! I do have a question for you… Is it possible to feature the 2 blogs on the home page? Like in a two column layout as well as having the menu bar links?
    I have been trying to figure this out for someone and can’t find much information so far.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Jaime, a two column layout is pretty much dependent on the homepage of your theme. If your theme’s homepage isn’t widgetized or set up that way, and it’s a single column content homepage, you would have to have a dev create a new template for your theme’s homepage. What theme are you using?

      • Hi Bob,
        I haven’t chosen a theme yet. I wanted to make sure it was possible first. I have been looking at themes with 2 and 3 columns and a navigation bar at the top. So far I like My Life and Pinboard. Do you think either of them would work for a 2 blog omepage?
        Thanks,
        Jaime

        • That’s good then… are those both free and on .org? I know that with the StudioPress themes, which I use a lot of, many of them make it very easy. But I can peek at those two if they are easy to access.

          • Yes, I found those on wordpress.org. I haven’t looked at StudioPress yet. Their site is down right now.

          • Peeking at those two I thought Pinboard might, but from the back end, no. I typically recommend purchasing a premium theme like those at StudioPress… well worth the money down the road.

            A couple thoughts –

            1. When people are looking for a theme, they often hire me to find the best one. If you would like some help, you could always purchase some time under my training and coaching.

            2. The Metro Theme from StudioPress is a good candidate for what you are looking for. Not sure where you are in the WP learning curve, but I have a video series over on my other site that includes training on that theme… just a thought: http://bobwponline.com/choose-build-your-blog-class/

          • Thanks Bob,
            I like The Metro theme, but it may be a bit too busy. I did find one called JournalClutch http://www.s5themes.com/theme/journalcrunch/ that is similar but much more plain? Do you think it would work?

            And where do I go to purchase some of your time?
            Jaime

          • Actually a lot of those themes like Metro can be used to not display all that you see. That is what’s misleading about demos. As far as that other theme, it might work depending on your exact needs and how you want posts displayed in the columns. Would have to get into the backend of that one as well.

            I have my hourly retainers here that you can check out http://bobwptrainer.staging.wpengine.com/wordpress-coaching-training/

  31. For some reason I can’t see the video—it’s just a black screen. =/

  32. Wow! thanks for this. I’ve been looking for an easy solution for this for 3 weeks now. I was about to give up. And it hs taught me again that the answers to problems are very often very easy.

    Great stuff Bob!!

  33. Hi Bob! Does this not work for some wordpress themes. I tried all the steps and it not adding it at the top menus. It’s creating a spot next to each post that you can sort them. My site is drummerben04.wordpress.com if you want to take a look at it.

    • P.S. in the menu structure I have About as a page and then My life and Natural Living as a Category. It appears as though you put two separate categories as separate tabs. I guess in my theme pages only show up at the top.

      • Ha Ha Sorry for the bother. I finally figured out that if you go to customize menus and then choose your custom menu it appears. It was hiding in this menu I created called Menu 1. Thanks for the videos and tutorials though, really helped create my blog.

        • No worries, I can’t tell you how many times I have asked a question, then figured things out in the meantime :) Glad you were able to get it working and you are very welcome!

  34. I inherited a site and 2 blogs: Main Blog and the photo blog (in the website section above). They would like the Photo Blog to have a different design than the regular blog, something like this: http://thebumptobirth.com/. Is that possible? Thanks.

    • Hey Yvonne, yeah, that is a different animal. It can be done, but not as easily. If you want it to actually be integrated into your current site, then a developer will need to create some custom templates for you. The easiest way is to create a separate blog, link to it, but make it appear seamless (with some design work) and also make it easy for someone to get back to the main site.

      For SEO (search engine optimization) the first choice is your best option. If you go with a separate blog, then have the install be a subdomain, eg, yourdomain.com/blog.

      Wish I had a simpler answer ;)

  35. hi bob! thanks so much! i just book marked you page! glad i found you. so i have a question, is there anyway, after separating the two blogs that i can not have those posts be sent in an email for those who are following me?

  36. Hi Bob,
    I’ve been trying to figure this out and finally on a google search you turned up! I read thru all the comments to make sure I couldn’t figure it out, and I still can’t. My blog is the home page, and when I did what I think the video says to do….added category and a page and assigned them together. My blog post still only feeds to my home page. My theme is headway and perhaps it’s something to do with that. I’m trying to feed my goodread reviews onto my blog as a post but want them to be separate appearing as is in a separate blog. Goodreads says to auto post to your WP blog post this in their app http://www.yourblog.com/xmlrpc.php . It works going to my home page, but I can’t redirect to another page. Any ideas?

    Yikes, sorry so complicated, but in any case I’m ex tactic to have found you and have signed up.

    Thanks for this wealth of info!

    • Hey Pam, thanks… and yes, not sure if there is another setting in Headway that is causing this. Trying to remember all my steps in the video since it’s been awhile, but did you also check your reading settings. Check out this post and see if that might be the problem.

  37. Hi Bob.
    Thank you for posting that video. It is perfect for what I need. However, I ran into a couple of difficulties with the two blogs. I need a “blog” blog and a “q & a” blog. The “blog” will be just like a regular blog, and there’s no problem there. The “q & a” blog, though, needs a static paragraph on the top of the page to invite and let users know how to participate in that section. Also, the side bar should be different from the “blog” sidebar. The “q & a” sidebar needs a custom form for users to fill out and submit their questions. So what I need here is a static paragraph and a custom sidebar on the second blog. Is there a way I can do that? Thank you so much for your time and attention.

    • Okay, on the static piece… a dev can usually add some code but a couple of other options. Create a post and click to make it static… that post will stay at the top and can server as that. The other option is dependent on your theme… if you go in and edit the category, there is a place to put a description. Some themes will show that at the top of the category archive page, some don’t, so that all depends.

      Custom sidebars. If you are self-hosted and not on WordPress.com, there are a few options. If you are using a Genesis child theme, you can use the plugin Simple Sidebars. Also, you can use WooSidebars (video here)… it works on most other themes besides Woothemes. And if for some reason that doesn’t work there are several other plugins that you can find on WordPress.org.

      • Wow, thank you for being so quick to reply! Now that I am looking into it, I realize that I managed to create the two categories and put them on the menu, but I am not being able to make the posts assigned to the q & a category show there… It goes to blog still.

        I am a newbie, so I couldn’t find where to click to make that post static…

        I am using mysitemyway’s Echelon theme and the website is installed at WordPress.org. I’m trying to do that here: ghoebermorales.com.br Right now, “Conexão GM” and “Blog” on the menu are the categories, if you’d like to take a look. Would you be able to tell what I am doing wrong?

        • Actually let me see if I can clarify, since typically when I go in to start to fix and troubleshoot, I get hired for that :)

          You should be able to create a category called “Q&A”, assign posts to that category and then add it as a category to your menu under appearances > menus.

          As far as a sticky post, when you are in editing or creating a post, and where you click to publish it, find “visibility” and under public you will find “Stick this post to the front page”. Just remember that if you do this only assign it to the specific category. Or it will show up on your regular blog page. You may have to experiment with it a bit.

          • Thank you once again. I’ll try to make that work again, and if I don’t, I would like to know how much you’d charge for your service – to solve this issue. :)

          • Actually I work with a one-hour minimum and you can see my rates under my training and coaching.

            Another option for smaller things like this might be more affordable, you could give Tweaky.com a try…

          • I figured it out! And in the end, I didn’t need to use the categories in the menu. It was all about shortcodes within the theme. It’s all good now. I just need to figure out now how to fix the breadcrumbs and the category link at the end of the post. I’ll start following you from now on. All the best!

  38. Thank you so much for this! I have been looking all over for this. I was going to have to do a much more complicated system with separate log ins for each page. This is so quick and streamlined!

  39. This is a great idea, and I’ve been trying to get different categories to show up on my menu for ages. It doesn’t seem to be working for me, though. Perhaps it’s the theme I’m using? I’m using Dolce at the moment. When I go into menu, it doesn’t show categories as an option to add to the menu… Is there anything I can do to change this?

    Much appreciation in advance for any help you can give!

  40. Okay – so I think I figured it out by using the “links” option in my menu editor.

    BUT – I have another question.

    I don’t want one blog feed with all my posts – I want three separate feeds – one for fashion, one for beauty, and one for travel… But when on my blog’s main page, all of the posts are there, even though they are all filed under different categories. Is there any way to change this? Also, the format is different when you click on the categories in the menu than it is on my main page – see the difference?

    http://www.curvy-canadian.com

    vs.

    http://curvy-canadian.com/category/plussizefashion

    I much prefer the format of the main page. Is there any way to make the category pages look like this?

    Thanks so much again for your help!

    Karen

    • Yeah, the links would work, but really strange that they are not appearing. You might contact the theme dev and ask why.

      And most of these themes have a custom template for the homepage, specific to it, which is different from the archive page which is what you are seeing with the category page. You would need a dev to help you do some coding and create a template to be assigned to the archive page.

  41. Hi Bob, I have a simple question thats giving me Complex Soulutions!!!…lol…Here’s what I have and Need To Work ASAP Before My Website Launch New Years Ece Midnight. 1 I have a Theme I’m using that is Set up already and it uses The Static page Setting under Customize in WP (It;s Currently My Home/Index.htm Page/ I want to KEEP this Page as the MAIN Hub of my MEmbership Community). I’ve created another Home Page to become the 1st page Visitors See when accessing my web address. It’s purpose is to Register Basic & VIP Users (Set-Up Process & Profile Pages) as well as Login Existing Members (All are Auto Re-Directed To Appropriate Plases WIth My Members Plugin/UserPro). However, When I try to SWITCH my Newly Created Homepage/Index.htm page I can’t get this to work!!! At All!!!!….Help. I’ve tried WP Theme Test Drive Plugin/Jonradio’s Multiple Themes Plugin/ and Theme Test Drive Works with another Theme as the 1st page (Static) but when I try to switch back to my Websites MAIN Default Theme EVERYTHING Displayed Changes….and My Original Home Page is Displayed without Original Settings. I need to Some how create a way for me to have 2 Seperate Pages that BOTH use WP’s Static Page Feature & Settings. Is This Possible or Is There A PLUGIN To Help Me. I Need To Solve This ASAP. Thank You. Blessings.

    • Hey Don, not exactly sure what is going on without looking at it. But my initial thoughts, why is the extension for you page /index.htm. This is a WordPress site right? Also, to actually use the static setting for WP, that can only be done with one page. You can create other landing pages and send people to those directly through the URL. Other than that I’m just not sure.

      And if you are doing stuff with redirects, and trying to incorporate an html page that might be a bit beyond a simple explanation. You might just want to get someone to help you. If you are on a tight budget, you might try Tweaky.com and see what they would charge to look at it. Sorry couldn’t be more helpful.

  42. Hey there Bob,

    Just wanted to say that for that last few hours I have been looking around for something like this and your instructions (especially in the video) is the only thing that makes sense.

    I don’t need to touch code at all and it was easy. Once again, many thanks.

  43. Hi Bob! My name is Catarina and your video was so helpful!!! THank you so much , I can finally have my two blogs separate :0)

    Feel free to visit my site… i will be up running sometime soon. The above blog is still my blogger.

    Blessings,

  44. Hi Bob! I appologize… after I went back to my blog I noticed that even though I assigned both posts to separate catergories. Both post still show under the blog. Is there a way that I can change it. I would like to have my blog in my blog post and my baking in my baking post.

    Would you be able to help?!!! Thank you so much

    Catarina

    • Yes, I could but to save you a few bucks…. first, this will depend on your theme and what features it has. If there is any setting that allows you to exclude categories on your blog page, that would be a start. Otherwise, instead of setting up your blog as the standard blog page, you could create a category called blog, then add it in your nav menu. That way you would have two separate categories, “blog” and “baking” to keep them apart from each other.

  45. My wife has recently started blogging & wanted her ‘own’ blog on our site so this is very helpful & easy to follow advice. Thank you

    Can you please help me with a related challenge?

    Is there a way to have different subscription lists for each blog? I currently use Jetpack to manage my subscribers and can’t see a way to do this with Jetpack.

    ANy ideas would be really helpful Bob.

    Thanks

    • Hey John, I don’t typically offer support like this through the blog comments, but you can create RSS feeds for different categories. I’m trying to remember if Jetpack let’s you put in a custom feel or just pulls from the site. If the latter, it unfortunately won’t work with it.

  46. Fabulous! Thank you for such a quick and clear solution to my issue. That was just too easy!

  47. Thanks so much for this, Bob. I recently changed my business but kept the website. I wanted to keep the blog I had built up with lots of good content on productivity, but also wanted to start a new blog with my new topics (online marketing). I thought this would involve a redesign and was dreading the amount of money a programmer would charge me. Now I’ve done it all myself with your very easy to follow instructions. Now I can finally start my new blog. Thanks again. :)

    • Hey Isi, that is great to hear…. sometimes there are options but they just aren’t obvious, which makes it even tougher. Glad I was able to save you some time, costs and headaches…. cheers!

  48. Great tutorial.
    Question: So these are essentially archive pages of categorized posts. They’re generated automatically.

    Is there a way to have it so that you have the options that you would normally have when you create a new page? Such as enabling discussion and commenting, and having a featured image?

    • Hey Andy, I can’t think of one just because they are an archive page. I believe the only way around that is to do or have someone create you a custom template for that kind of page. Can’t even think of a theme that would have this kind of option….

      • Ooh, I just found a way to do kind of do what I want. But now I’m running into different problems.

        So if I create a post, click on screen options, and click on the discussion checkbox, you can enable commenting. So I guess I’d have to do that for every post in the category.

        But with this archive page method – all posts would still go to whatever your actual posts page is and the archived page. Do you know of a way that will disable this so that the posts only go to the archive page?

        • Yes, you can enable comments globally or if you just want specific posts, that is your option.

          On the second part no. Your archive page will not show comments, they only show on your full post page. There might be a way to disable the hyperlink on the archive page, but that would take some coding and I have no idea where to begin with that ;)

  49. Bob,
    good instruction, thanks
    dan

  50. Hi Bob! Thank you for sharing, it really sooooooo easy :)
    Have a nice day, best regards :)

  51. Thanks for this great video! Does this only work if I have a static home page? Is there something within the theme that needs to be turned on for this process to work? I followed your instructions, but the two new category pages did not show up on the menu. I do not use a static front page for this site. Thanks for your help.

    • You will need to add the category archive page to your navigation menu. You should be able to do that by going to Appearances > Menus, choosing your menu and adding it from the category options on the left.

      • Thanks for the quick reply Bob! I don’t see an option to add an archive page in the menu options. Is it possibly a widget?

        • If you are in your menus, all you need to do is add a category to your menu, and that will automatically create an archive page for you.

        • Hi Bob, I answered my own question. I had to add the ‘categories’ widget to my sidebar and then click the add ‘primary navigation’ and add ‘top level pages’ for the menu to show up. Really appreciate your help!
          Nancy

  52. Oh, one more question please: is it safe to remove my home page? That is where I currently had my blog running, but will now have it divided in two categories. Should I create a static homepage?

    • Yeah, you are going to have to have some kind of landing page whether it’s you blog or a static page. And no, your blog page is just a archive page that pulls in your latest posts. You can always easily add it back anywhere.

  53. Hi Bob,

    Just to Thank you for this great post! I have been looking for a solution to make a landing page with my latest main posts (photoblog) and another blog (news) with mainly text All under the same site. I have followed your instructions and used the simply Exclude Plugin as you mentioned in the comments and it worked like a charm!

    Thank You!

  54. Hi Bob,

    I was led to your site and was surprised how clear you explained the issue. I am also a newbie and would appreciate greatly if you could explain also how I can install two different themes one with English topbar names and one with Russian topbar names. Though the buttons English and Russian exist already on my WP site but they call the same one created theme with english menu. Would you help please? With much gratitude and thanks, Michael.

    • Unfortunately there is no easy way to do this. You can go to the multi-site route, but on just two sites, it would be overkill, and probably something, as a new user, you don’t want to have to learn or understand.

      I helped a client that had this same need with Spanish. But thinking it through, the easiest thing was to create one site with a WordPress install, set it up, then do a second install and copy your site over there, and make the language change. As I said, not the easiest solution, but probably your best bet. It will take some work though…

  55. Hi Bob,

    Excellent video. I had searched all over for how to do this and it seemed the only way was via WP_query and adding one or more loops. While that may have been good to learn how to do, it seems there is a lot of trial and error with getting the loop to output exactly what you’re after.

    I’m excited to give your method a go! Thanks!

    • Hi Kevin, thanks. And yes, it’s good to know those things, but I am very fond of keeping it as simple as possible. Especially since a lot of my readers and clients don’t want to have to touch code ;)

      • Indeed. That could have turned into a giant rabbit hole in my case! One more comment is that for anyone applying this method to a theme that states “Category: Archives: CategoryName” and wants to get rid of that. You can hide that with a very small amount of CSS — Inspect the element to determine it’s class and then add a rule to hide that element (i.e. .categoryarchivesclass h2 { display: hidden; }

  56. Hi Bob, thanks so much for the video. I have now created 2 blogs in my website. One slight issue – I would like one of my blogs to be my homepage however the previous homepage HOME is coming up when you type in simplelifestories.com. I have removed the HOME menu item from the Menu but the page still exists. How can I implement this please?
    Thanks

    • Hi Cynthia, yeah, that’s a bit trickier with a standard theme to get the homepage be a category archive. I can think of a couple workarounds with certain themes, but not sure how to do it with a simpler theme. There might be other solutions like some coding or someone creating a template for your homepage, but something easy, just not sure. Will come back if something comes to me.

  57. Hi Bob –

    Helpful tips here, thanks for taking the time to demonstrate!

    Best,
    Laurie

  58. I tried this, but for whatever reason, all post are showing up in both blogs. I want only the post catergorized as End of All to show up in the End of All blog (comic) and the ones catergorized as blog to show up in blog, and only in blog.

  59. Thank you! Wish I’d seen this sooner…

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