This blog platform, WordPress, has room to improve, especially in the area of documentation. Besides the packaged documentation, I have borrowed several texts from the city library, including the entries from the series: Sams Teach Yourself, For Dummies, and Smashing.
I found I wanted to do several different types of entries, publicly available chronicles (like this post), publicly available reference material (like FAQ), private notes about what I intend, and possibly others. WP readily provides at least the three well articulated needs. I spent too long trying to figure how to share the reference material, that is, how to throw something on the top/front page to enable easy navigation.
WP has a lovely dashboard. The dashboard has a link to a menu manager. The menu manager offers the ability to view and edit menus. But I had difficulty figuring out how to place those menus for the reader to access.
WP seems to suffer from a failure that plagues the industry: the failure to state the obvious. Here it was that WP was already showing a pair of menus on the front page. I could not see them because they were empty, completely. To make matters worse, these empty menus were named outside of the normal name space, so that the menu manager did not offer them for update. To add to them, I needed to create conjure up a name for a new menu and then “locate it” in one of the existing but empty menus. When I figured that out, I was able to produce a menu called ‘Nav’ that included links to the abstract page and the FAQ page. Locating ‘Nav’ in the ‘primary menu’ caused it to appear, not quite where I expected it nor quite where I wanted it, but in an adequate location.