How to make category tabs in wordpress.com
One design feature that many WordPress blogs have and that no TypePad blog has is page tabs. You have probably seen them on many wordpress.com blogs, and you can see them on this blog too: The tabs “Home”, “About”, “Contact” and “Scoreboard” are pointing to pages. But did you know that you can make them point to categories instead?
WordPress versus Typepad
You can make pages in TypePad, but no page tabs; in TypePad you only have a Pages widget, much like in WordPress, albeit with much less functionality, as I described in this post: WordPress beats TypePad (again): Pages.
Page tabs are URL tabs
Page tabs are much more than just page tabs. A page tab appears as soon as you write a page and publish it: The page title becomes the page tab title. But did you know that you can make the page tab point to any URL on your blog? This way you can make it point to categories and list all posts within a certain category by clicking the “page” tab. Actually, you can make the page tab point to a certain post, if you want it to.
How to make the page tab point to a URL
The trick is to enter the URL in the page title, just like you write a link using HTML:
<a href="URL">TWO WORDS</a>
Remember that you must use at least two words to designate the URL, otherwise this will not work. The URL for the category you want to point to is like this:
or if you want to point to a tag:
So, if I want to point to a category in my blog, I could write this:
Limitations and uses
Obviously, this little trick has it’s limitations. You must use at least two words for the link and if you have many categories or tags, you cannot do this for all. On the other hand, this can be a nifty little trick for promoting certain categories or tags that otherwise may get lost in the “clutter” on your blog, or you could use to promote “This week’s topic” (category or tag) or similar. In any case, it can make your blog a more fun place to be.
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