Creating Tabs to Separate Your Post Categories with a Static HomePage

Teachers who teach more than one class have the option to categorize their posts and create tabs under which the posts will be separated by category.  The tabs will then appear in the main menu.

  1. Log in and go to your dashboard.
  2. The first thing you need to do is create your post categories.  From the dashboard, click “Posts”.

  1. Under Posts, select Categories.

  1. Enter the name of a class you teach and then click Add category. You do not need to enter the “slug” or change the parent category.

  1. Repeat the above for each of the classes you teach.

  1. Next, you’ll need to create a homepage.  This will be the static page everyone sees first when they go to your blog.  To do this, hover over the +New tab at the top of the page.  Select Page from the dropdown.

  1. Give your homepage a (1) title (e. g., “Welcome”) and (2) add some text to help students and parents navigate your page.  Then (3) click Publish.

  1. Next, hover over Appearance to the left.  Click Customize.

  1. From the menu at the left, click Static Front Page.

  1. Select Static Page.

  1. Select the (1) name of your homepage from the dropdown menu. Then (2) click Save and publish

  1. Next, you’ll need to create a custom menu. This will allow you to create the tabs for your post categories.  To do this, click the left carrot button in the customize window to the left.

  1. Select Menus.

  1. Select Menu 1.

  1. Click (1) Add items. Then (2) select Category. (3) Select the categories you’d like to include.  Check the box next to (4) Primary Menu. Finally, click (5) Save changes.  You can also remove other pages you don’t want from the menu by clicking the “x” next to the page.

  1. From this point on, when creating new posts, be sure to mark the post with the correct category so it appears under the right tabs.  You may select one or more categories for each blog post.

If you would like to suggest changes to this help sheet, please email Bob Harrison at harrisr@dearbornschools.org.