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Help Readers Find the Good Stuff: Organize Posts with Shortcodes

Helping visitors quickly find what interests them is key. The faster you can guide a new reader to content that…

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  1. Michelle, I believe you are reading my mind! This is the second day that I’ve thought about adding a feature to my site and what do I find this morning? Of course – a post on how to use shortcodes.

    Thanks for all your help.

    Dionne

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    1. Similar, yes, but with a little more versatility, since you can add all kinds of parameters for what/how things display. And since you can have other things on the page, you’re not just limited to a list of posts. But for lots of folks, adding categories to a menu will be just fine.

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  2. Hi Michelle, I’ve been using shortcodes since I discovered them in Zero To Hero. (Thanks for that.) I did have a question I haven’t been able to answer for myself: If I create a page to display posts in a certain category, does the display list update itself when I add new posts to that category, or do I have to manually edit the post in order to update the list?

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    1. Well, sure, when I returned to my blog – the pages had the posts listed in the category, but no thumbnail…does it just take time?

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