TouJours Create Category and Tags


How do I get my menu to work?

First: categories!

Learn the different ways to add categories so you can create a menu item using those categories.

In addition, the use of tags is also explained.

Categories and tags help with the organization of your blog.

Category: an overall summary word for a topic your blog frequently covers. An example for this blog is “Tech Practice.” Most of my posts show a particular practice in WordPress or other tool used with WordPress [ like YouTube or Thinglink]. This post will be in the category “Theme customization.”

Tag: a detail word that describes the details in a particular post. For this post which is in category “Theme customization,” the details are toujours, tag, category, and menu.

Look at the bottom [sometimes top in other themes] of this post to find the tags and categories for this post.

Notice when you choose a category or tag how the URL changes.  You can use that URL to create a link in a post as well.  For instance, a tag for these Toujours post is “toujours.”

Here is a URL link to all posts tagged “toujours.” Take a look at the URL to see how the ‘tag’ helped find all those posts.

This video uses  The Toujours theme by Automattic.

TouJours Theme First Set Up


One of the nice features of The Toujours theme by Automattic is the “featured posts” in which the three most recent posts are displayed above the blog post area.

This video [excuse its imperfections please] explains the first set up to get ready for that element in this theme. Other similar themes will follow a similar pattern.



The TouJours Theme Elements


Newer themes add pizzazz to your blog with slideshows and featured images and posts. The Toujours theme by Automattic is a clean theme with header photo, top menu, slideshow, three featured posts [3 most recent], posts, and sidebar.

This video gives you a short tour of the possibilities.

It was created to help new bloggers use a more sophisticated theme in my: Jump Start Guide to Tech 2016 byJennifer Gonzalez.

Please excuse my errors as I am also just learning.

Links Open New Page

How do you make your links open in a new page?

This answer is in two parts 1) links in blog posts and 2) links in sidebar/footer in widgets

PART 1 For links in your blog posts:

Highlight the text to which you want to add a link:

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Then click command [mac] or control [pc] and K to open the link popup — or go to the link icon in the editor tools:

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A window will pop-up — add your link and check the box that says “open in new window/tab  [whatever the user preference is, that will happen].

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Your link is highlighted and opens in new window/tab:
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PART 2 For your Links in a Blogroll:

Be sure you are in your dashboard with this URL

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In the left sidebar of your Dashboard, you will see  “Links”  — hover over to reveal menu and choose “All Links”

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Click “All Links”

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A window will open with a list of all your links displayed.  Hover over the link you want to edit and click “Edit”

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The window will look like this — scroll down to area called “Target”

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In Target area, click the top choice: blank — new window or tab.

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Click “Update Link” to save your changes.  See upper right of the Edit Link page.

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That link in your widget will now open in a new page.  Repeat for all links.


For more information:

WordPress Help on Linking

WordPress Help on Links in Menus

Blog Roll

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Do you have several blogs you follow?

Do you have your own blogs and websites?

Do you have categories of blogs?

Wouldn’t it be nice to share those in an organized way?

There is a way — a blog roll using the “Links” widget.

Here’s how:

1 First create link categories under from your Dashboard under “Links” –> “Link Categories.  This would be things like

  • My Blogs
  • How To Blogs
  • Writing Lesson Blogs
  • etc

You’ll want each category of your blogs or websites to have its own “link category.”

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2 Next, add the links for each of this blogs, choosing the link category to which they belong.

Do this in Dashboard –> Links –> Add New

Name: name of website or blog

Web Address: URL

Description: Tell what it’s about; this will show up when the cursor hovers over it. In the example below, I chose to put the blog author’s name.

Categories: Select the category you set up that fits this website.

Target: How do you want the link to open?  I usually chose “new window”

Sometimes you want to save links, but not make them public; just check the “Keep this link private” box, and it will not display publicly.

Click “Add Link”

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3 Add the category to your blog in a sidebar or footer using widgets.

In Dashboard, go to Appearance –> Widgets  or go to your theme and choose customize.

Select “Widget” then sidebar or footer. Next click “Find a Widget” and search for “Links.”

Select/Add it.

Click its dropdown menu.

Choose the category you want.

You can add more than one “Links” widget.

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Examples of Links as Blog Rolls:

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For more information:

WordPress Help Blogroll Links

WordPress Help Blogroll Menus

WordPress Help All About Links