How to Easily Add Two Blogs to a Single WordPress Site

If you have already created a blog, or are thinking of one, you may find yourself with  a couple of topics or more that would fit better on a separate blog within your single site.  They are just different enough but not so unrelated that they warrant their own site and WordPress installation.

This is actually very simple when using categories and your custom menus in WordPress. You can categorize certain posts and create buttons in your navigation bar to give your readers the illusion that they are two separate blogs. In this video I will show you how.

Note that this video was made before the release of the new WordPress editor, Gutenberg. But it was affect the concept of how this works.

Video Tips

Here are a few tips I suggested in the video:

Custom Menu Widget

When creating your two blogs, take advantage of listing them in the sidebar of any widget area using the Custom Menu widget.

Custom Sidebars

If you are creating the illusion of two blogs, you may also want to customize the sidebars for the separate blogs.

Example: You have categories on nature photography and a blog on urban photography that you have used to create the two blogs on your site. You might want to have only the recent posts from that category show up on that specific archive page and single posts. The same for the other category.

Example 2: You have a book you sell on the two types of photography you do and would like those highlighted only in the sidebar for each specific category.

In these cases you would add a custom sidebar widget. Plugins for doing this are:

Jetpack Visibility  – if you are already using Jetpack, this feature may have slipped by you. Whenever you add a widget to a widget area, you will see a Visibility button. This let’s you control where the widget appears and you can learn more about that here on this post.

Content Aware Sidebarsthis plugin is also incredibly flexible for controlling your sidebars, and with the pro version it brings some features that other plugins for this functionality do not bring to the table.

Themes To Help You Create Two Blogs on a Single WordPress Site

As I mentioned, any theme will be able to do this. I often recommend the Genesis framework and child themes. Their homepages make it easier to organize your content and blogs with an entirely widget based homepage.

At the time of this post, the theme we are using is the Mai Child Theme. It has some unique options for laying out that category archive page. Watch this video as an example of how a theme might give you extra options.

Of course there are likely many themes out there that might provide something similar to this or another unique way of creating a custom archive page. But if you are interested in the Mai Child theme you can go directly to StudioPress.com to see a demo and purchase your own copy.

Page Builders To Help You Create Two Blogs on a Single WordPress Site

Now if you really want to buff up your category page, you might want to consider a page builder. There are several on the market, but my personal favorite is Beaver Builder. This will essentially let you create a custom page for your different blogs on your single site and the sky is the limit. In this video I show you how you can do this with a simple example.

Of course you may have already be using a page builder that you can use. Now be aware, if you are wanting two very simple separate pages for your blogs this might be overkill. But yet, you can really take this as far as you can imagine with the content and layout you could pull into the page. You can see our own post on Beaver Builder or go to their site to learn more.


A few years ago I wrote a post on this and it has been one of my most visited posts when it was on BobWP with over 450 comments. Although it was timeless, I update it once, and now am doing it again with two additional videos to help you.

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204 thoughts on “How to Easily Add Two Blogs to a Single WordPress Site

  1. Thank you for this post. I have been trying for over a week to set something like this up on my new blog and couldn’t figure it out. The video was most helpful. Now if only I could figure out how to make pages within pages on my sight I will be set, LOL…

  2. Hello, I have Hotel and Flight Booking affiliate website in wordpress. I want to create another page for Local hotels which i Manage. How can i do it so that i can have payments from customer booking directly to my company account then i can do the reservations?

    1. Creating another page should be easy, it’s the booking part that will take some work and is another whole matter. If you don’t have that part in place, you would need to set up with both an ecommerce plugin and a booking plugin.

    2. Charles, If you would like to run two separate sites from the same WordPress install, you could configure WP as a multi-site. That way you could easily run two (or more) websites from the same WP install, keeping things like the payments and bookings completely separate.

      1. Hey Steve, that is an option, but I do know that some people who are multi-site experts say it’s really more of a pain to do a multi-site with just 2 or 3 sites. You could just as easily create two sites and use the manage module in Jetpack or another site management service to keep it all in one place. Just a thought and something I hear over and over and over again.

  3. Hi Bob, THANK YOU!! I cannot thank you enough for this easy to follow explanation. I was really struggling to figure out how to add two blogs to my WP site and you made it so simple and straightforward! Thanks again!

  4. Hi Bob,
    I have a quick question: I created the multiple blogs and it worked like a charm, using your category trick.
    Now however, I noticed that each page is titled “categorie: xxx” with the 3 “sub-blogs” I created. You can see what I mean if you go the blog section of http://www.frenchieshappyplace.com, and pick any of the 3 pages nested under.
    Would you know how to remove the redundant word, or would it require me tinkering with the code of my theme?
    Thanks!

    1. Yeah, it’s all dependent on your theme unfortunately. One thing I will do is a test first. I’ll go into the setting for the category and put the name there and see if it overrides the whole thing. In rare cases it does.

      And if your theme doesn’t have an option for it, the code tweaking is your only hope. There is probably some code snippet that should do the job, again, will depend on your theme. And if you do make changes to your theme functions file, it you are not using a child theme, those edits will be overwritten if your theme updates. Just in case you are not aware of that 🙂

  5. I do not think I am able to change that extra “category” word through the settings. I guess I will live with it, because I am not good enough at code and you lost me at child theme, ha! Ha! I am happy o have a beautiful, functioning theme that now has 3 blogs, so for now, I’ll keep developing my contents!
    Thank you again for responding so fast! I’ll know where to search next time I have a WP dilemma 🙂

  6. This is exactly what I have been searching for!! I created the illusion of 2 blogs using the categories but when I click on the new blog it has a title at the top that I cannot for the life of me figure out how to remove. Example – the blog I created was from the category volunteer blog. It now has a title at the top of the page that says – category – “volunteer blog”.
    Is there a way to remove this?

    1. Yeah, that is a question that gets asked a lot when it comes to this. Unfortunately that is theme related. So it just automatically titles it as the category name. Sometimes, with some themes, you can go into the category itself and edit that. Other themes might have a setting buried somewhere that lets you edit it. The last resort is to do a little code customization if you are comfortable with it or have someone help you.

      1. Sorry – I saw after that others had asked the same thing. thanks for posting the tutorial, super helpful.

        1. No worries, like I said, it’s a popular question.

  7. Hey! I am trying to set up 3 totally separate blogs with totally different domains into one…where I could then have a Home Page that fed all three into the one (ordering them chronologically by post)…but they could also have a stand-alone option. You can see examples of this idea at http://www.thepioneerwoman.com where she has all her blog post features feeding there on the home screen, but then you can click Confessions or Cooking to go to a particular post…

    http://www.magnoliamarket.com is another…they have featured posts on their home page and then a different link to all their different ventures…

    Is there a widget/theme/app for that??? LOL!

    1. Okay, so I’m a bit confused. The site you shared, she is basically using one theme, one site and just using categories. How the homepage is set up is the way the themes homepage is laying out the content… there are tons of themes you could do this with.

      But you are wanting three separate blogs, domains and thus, three WordPress installs. If thats the case you could find a similar theme and just have those images on the homepage link to their own separate site.

      1. Thanks for your reply! My brand designer said that to get the featured posts to scroll onto the homepage as you can see at those sites I mentioned, that it would take a developer coding that specifically…but, its hard for me to believe that there is not a theme or design out there that can make that happen…even if I have to manually tell it which ones to bring into the scroll.

        I have three different businesses that have different names that I am trying to incorporate into one main blog while still maintaining there own domain identities…as I blog on each throughout the week, I would love that new post to feed into the homepage posts and it look like one blog…but, also have a scrolling header that features the most recents.

        I am a photographer and I am leaning toward a theme called Showit5, but it does not seem to offer this capability…Any ideas on a theme that might make this happen…I have googled several different ways, but your website is the first that I found that made me think its possible without hiring my own coder.

        1. Hi Kelli, yeah, I think more details would be needed for this. Also, to be honest, with the thousands of themes out there, likely there is something, but it’s not easy to find them. And you can never be guaranteed that you will find the perfect one. In fact, when I was doing coaching, people paid me to help them find themes… it was that much of a undertaking.

          Your designer may be right. If he/she cannot find one for you, and you do have specific needs, you may need customizations. Again, hard to say without really diving into a site and the goals 🙂

  8. Thanks for the tip – qep (quick, easy, painless)

    This in essence is adding another page to my site – ?

    Is there any way to add an additional title to the page, case in point

    The new blog is Sox Blog and the full title is Sox Blog, Notes from the Bull….Pen; The Good, Bad and Ugly – obviously I don’t want to include all of that in my page title in the menu (some of it is in the title attribute) but I’d like the whole title on the page when it opens – can I do that without adding a plugin?

    Steve C

    BTW – I subscribed to your page – thanks for the useful, no fluff, in English, info!

  9. Hey Steve, thanks, and yes, I think I understand. So if you name the page what you want, then when you create your menu you can add the page to your menu, and then change the label. So the page may be called About BobWP the Blogger, but after adding it to the menu, I can change it to About without affecting the page title. Hope that makes sense.

  10. Thanks! I was trying to figure out a solution for this situation. All the suggestions I got were way too complicated and I had a feeling there was an easier way. Great Tips.

  11. Helpful post.Thank you so much for sharing helpful information.

    1. Spam

      I am currently mobile via my iPad

  12. Thanks!, great tip. Worked for me EXCEPT that the categories won’t open when i click on either of the two i made as a menu. it seem to return as href=”#” from where ever i click on them from. What am i suppose to do?

    1. Mmmm, very odd. When you created your menu, did you add them as a category… as that’s an option. And if they aren’t showing up there, it would be that you have not assigned any posts to them.

      Or you can click on a category to view it from the back end, and then copy that category URL. You would then go into your menu, add a Custom Link, fill in the label and paste in the URL.. that should do it for you.

      1. When you created your menu, did you add them as a catego —– Yes,I did.

        And if they aren’t showing up there, it would be that you have not assigned any posts to them. —– I just verified, I did assign posts to them.

        Or you can click on a category to view it from the back end, and then copy that category URL. —- When i clicked on a category,the link appeared like this
        “domainname/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?action=edit&taxonomy=category&tag_ID=40&post_type=post”
        Is that what I should use as the custom link?

        1. Okay, so far so good, but what you are doing is clicking and getting a preview link. The best way is to go into your dashboard, go to posts > categories. Scroll over the category and click on view. It should take you to the category arive and give you a nice clean URL something like

          yourdomain.com/category/categoryname

          1. Ok,thanks. I just tried that too but it didn’t load the page. The address bar displayed the link correctly though but it never loaded the page.

            Does it matter if I have more than one custom link as a menu item? I’m just wondering if that has anything to do with it.

            Thanks for your support

  13. Thank you Bob for this post. I had struggled for two days with ‘experts’ telling me all the things I had to do to make the ‘2 blog concept’ work. I got nowhere.
    About 15 minutes after finding this post, I had the website doing exactly what I wanted.
    I bow before your WordPress greatness!
    Thanks!

    1. You are welcome and thanks so much for the kind words… you just made my day 🙂

  14. Being brand new to WordPress, I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to find a clear and concise tutorial like this one. I am amazed! I have wasted hours searching for what you were able to explain in 6 minutes. You rock! Thank you for spending the time to help out folks like me.

    1. Hi Devan, thanks for the kind words. This is the exact reason I do this blog and to hear stories like this brings joy to my heart 😀

  15. If you set up a blog subscription, can they subscribe to each blog individually or will it sign them up for both new blog posts?

  16. Yes, you will use the category feed. I believe this plugin will help you do it: https://wordpress.org/plugins/category-specific-rss-feed-menu/

    And if you want to just know what your category feed is, it’s buried in this codex on WordPress.org.
    https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Feeds

  17. I’m a novice but can usually get a video to work. Yours above doesn’t load. Sure would like to see it as I am trying to create a site with his and hers blogs.

    1. Mmmm, what is it doing as I cannot find any problem on my end. If for some reason your browser isn’t working with it, I also have it over on YouTube 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP_FOsZnBTQ

  18. I’m planning to merge two blogs into one. For example, let us assume, my first site name is “abc.com.” The name of my second site is “xyz.com”.

    Now, I want to transfer the blog content, images and comments from “xyz.com” to “abc.com”.
    I’m having only six blog posts on “xyz.com”. Apart from blog posts and their images and comments, I don’t want to shift anything from second to the first site.

    I came across different articles online, but I can’t see any video on this topic. Though I’m using Updraft Plus plugin on both of my sites, I’m not feeling confident in transferring the data. Have you made a video on this topic? If not, can you simplify the topic?

    I look forward to hearing from your side.

    1. I believe I understand what you are doing. And since I’m not an Updraft Plus user not sure how that plays into things. Are you not able simply use the “export” tool, and export, import those posts?

      1. I am trying to import the images, but I’m getting this message:

        405 not allowed nginx/1.10.1

        Some of the images are only uploaded.

        1. Yeah, I’m not sure what the heck that is.. sounds like something set in your permissions. Have you tried asking your host?

        2. I had a chat with the HostGator support team for almost two hours. In the end, they came up with a weird decision of upgrading my plan. Currently, I’m on shared server. Complete waste of time. The xml file, which I want to import, is just 1.4 MB.

          I don’t know what to do now.

          1. Ugh, that doesn’t sound good. They use to be a good hosting company, but now, well, it’s pretty obvious. I am thinking you are going to need someone to look through your site and figure out what’s going on. Wish I had bettr news… maybe it’s time to switch hosting.

          2. Thanks for your time Bob. Means a lot. I can’t breathe in this digital sphere without the support of people like you. Keep up the great work.

            Instead of transferring all the content in one go, I imported posts only. I had success with it. Now, I’ll read articles on redirection to preserve the SEO value. I’ll also transfer other things, say pages, media, one at a time only.

            Have a great life ahead 🙂

  19. Is it possible to allow comments on one blog but not another on the same site?

    1. So I am assuming that you mean another category that is on the same site. Unfortunately you would need to turn those off manually. On the editor page for each post you will find a box under discussion that you can toggle on and off. If you don’t see it, then go to the upper right, click on screen options, and make sure the “Discussion” box is ticked. Now if you have several you need to go back and do this on, you can do that with the bulk edit options.

  20. Thank you so much for this. I’d spent most of my morning trying to figure this out. You have made is so simple.

    1. Did you find a way to allow comments on one blog but not the other on one WordPress website?

      1. Did you see my reply above?

  21. Hi Bob,

    Your video was very helpful and achieved what I was after, however the category page does not display my blog as I would wish it to.

    As you can see on my site, I wish to have two different blogs under the menu links ‘The Blog’ and ‘And If You’re Going’, I created a category link as you advised named ‘The Blog (Category)’.

    However the format is not as I wish it to be. The featured image does not display, a menu bar appears and a ‘category’ title does as well. Essentially I would like the page named ‘The Blog (Category)’ to look like ‘The Blog’, just with specific posts set to it.

    Can you help!?

    Thank you very much for your video,

    John

  22. Thanks for this Bob, I have spent ages looking for a simple way to make this work, for my blogs. Who knew it was so simple. Just select the category and drag where you want it on the menu.

    Thanks Bob

  23. I was able to set up a new blog category, but at the top of the page it says “category archives” on my blog page. Do you know how to remove that? It’s really frustrating and makes my site look very unprofessional.

    1. That all depends on your theme. And each one is different. Sometimes you can change it by editing the description of the category. Other times, some themes might have a setting to change the archive title. Lastly, which is more often than not, it’s in the code and you would need someone to get rid of it there.

  24. Thank you so much for sharing. I have been trying to figure this out for a while and every other post I have read on the subject makes it too complicated. This is perfect! I will make sure to share this page with others that have the same questions.

  25. Hi Bob
    I did right the same way, you have guided in video. I have been able to post to the category I created but the same post is also posted default blog page( home-page).
    Kindly help.

    1. In order for it to not show up on the homepage, you are going to have to see if your theme has a setting to exclude a category from the blog archive. Then it will only show on the category archive.

      Or you might try a plugin like this: https://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-category-excluder/

      1. Hi Bob
        Thanks for the quick reply. Yes my theme News Pro( Genesis) has the option to exclude category. But I have created only one category named blog.

        When I create a post, it shows 2 category options to select from:
        Bog
        Uncategorized

        When I select Blog, the post is getting posted in blog category successfully but the same post is also posted on uncategorized front page http://www.it4nextgen.com/

        What I want:
        If I select a particular category, the post should appear only in that category otherwise it should appear in my home-front page.

        If needed, I can give you my wp password.

        Thanks

        1. hi Bob,

          Thanks…..Its done by installing the category-excluder plugin, as recommended by you.

        2. That’s great to hear 🙂

  26. Hi, thank you! Like many others I have search for days to find a simple solution. Scared to have to do some multisite-solution or rely on a heavy plugin that could mess up my WP-installation forever.

    My reason for wanting two “blogs”/categories is to have a simple way to blog in two different languages. Sometimes write about the same thing in both languages/categories and sometimes not duplicate it, just have it in one language/category. Do you have any thoughts on using this for two languages?

    I guess Google will hate it? Will it be lika having duplicated content, I know that is not positive? But it would be simple to manage for me and it would keep it all together light and easy. I also think the readers would find it a ok solution.

    If I wright in two languages, one for each category (with some subcategories to each), I would probably also have to upload my images twice, with title alt and description in first one language and then the other. Do you think that is a stupid way to go, especially when it comes to SEO? (the media library will also be twice as heavy, I know).

    And how to handle tags, can they also be separated into two categories/languages somehow. Or is it best not to use tags in this two-blog-solution?

    This is not a correct big company solution, I know, but I am a small company and I want it to be at least almost right 😉

    1. That’s an interesting idea and had never thought of using it that way. I wish I had a solid answer for you. So many times for me it has been the issue of across sites, not on the same one, and which one does google rank for? But with the other language I’m not sure. I know enough SEO to be dangerous, but this one has me stumped.

      I did a quick search and found someone blogging in two languages but didn’t touch on the duplicate content: https://travelblogsuccess.com/blogging-in-two-languages/

      Also came across this one if you haven’t seen it: https://www.sistrix.com/ask-sistrix/onpage-optimisation/duplicate-content/does-the-same-content-in-different-languages-constitute-a-duplicate-content-risk/

      Otherwise, you might want to find someone that has more SEO background and see if you might get an better answer… good luck!

      1. Quick reply! Thank you. Yes I know the questions are many after googling this for days… still haven´t found my perfect little easy lightweight solution for my little blog and some static pages. I will check the links and google some more. Maybe I end up using Polylang or qTranslate X in the end, but it feels like a risk putting this task into a plugin that might disappear or break the site some day…

  27. Hi Bob,

    I found your article and video today when my own theme designer didn’t answer my question about two blogs on one site. I did have to watch the video twice. but then figured out what I needed to do (add a page via categories on the menu, not by adding a new page), and it worked great! Thank you for article and making it so simple!

  28. Hey Bob, thanks so much. How did I not know this? 😛 Great stuff…
    -Dave

  29. Thank you so much for posting this. I have been struggling with trying to figure out how to do this for weeks! You are a life saver

  30. Hi Bob,
    Thank you for explaining this. I like to do two things with the ‘second blog’:
    1) make it private (not visible on website)
    2) specificly RSS feed this ‘second blog’ as a newletter with Mailchimp.

    Is that possible?

  31. This video is really great, but I feel like it might already be out of date (even though it is only a few months later now in November 2016). Now I can’t figure out how to add new categories because there are only a few option for tags, and there is no option to categorize from what I can see. The customizer is now completely different. Can I get some help?

    Thanks!

      1. No problem. Using the customizer and when things are constantly changing there, it can throw you in loops. I am still pretty avid on doing stuff in the backend as we never know what new will happen with the customizer 😉

  32. Fantastic! Works like a charm, thanks heaps!

  33. Thank you so much! Do you have opinions about which way is best presentation wise? Does it matter to your audience if you have blogs separated on the main nav or if you create a secondary nav? Is one option better than the other or just choose what you like?

    1. Yes, it really boils down to your audience and subject. Sometimes a second nav is necessary but if you can limit it to one nav bar, it will be more reader-friendly. Of course that is in a perfect world and again depends on the two topics you are blogging about. That probably isn’t the perfect answer, but it may take some testing to see what works and doesn’t work.

  34. Thanks Bob,

    Please excuse my complete newbie ignorance if this is so obvious or has been answered already.

    I had a few questions in regards to how to add another blog page to a wordpress site and didn’t think of doing it the way you explained it here. It has certainly given me something extra to think about – once I get my head around those pesky tags and categories ha-ha- Thanks.

    My way of thinking before I read and watched your video above was this:-
    I create a page called ‘Blog’ and then assign it as my main Blog page to sit in my main navigation menu. The standard process of adding a blog in wordpress – I think? I’m cool with that.

    I then use this ‘Blog’ page for my normal blog posting the same as everyone else would.

    But I wanted a second blog on the same site so I was just going to create another page and call it, say, ‘Blog 2’ and assign that page also as a blog format page.

    It wouldn’t be called ‘Blog2’ but you get the idea.

    The ‘Blog 2’ page would then be used solely for ‘User Submitted’ posts, possibly submitted via a plugin such as WPforms or similar. These ‘user submitted’ posts would essentially be in the form of ‘Testimonials’ but obviously with the added capability of them being a blog post and being capable of adding titles, images and adding far more content than a standard testimonial – if that makes sense.

    Ultimately, this ‘Blog 2’ page would be populated by my readers – with all content moderated and approved before being published.

    Is this pie in the sky and Is this method of adding ‘Blog 2’ even possible or would I be restricted in assigning more than I page as a blog page on some WordPress themes or all WordPress themes?

    Thank you in advance Bob and Happy New Year.
    Kind Regards

    1. In a nutshell, you cannot assign two pages as a blog archive or blog template. Depending on your theme, so have the homepage already assigned. Then of course there is the setting under your Reading Settings that only allow one choice. If you have the blog template as a choice in your templates on your page, doing two pages with that would just create a duplicate page (never did this but that’s my guess if it allows you to). So if you do want them both on a single WordPress install, then your only choice is categories and category archive page. Now with a page builder, you can customize the look more of that category archive page and have them look different. But that’s another whole ball of wax 🙂

      1. Thanks Bob,

        That’s a lightning fast response. Thank you.

        Still confused.

        I teach marine salvage divers to become instructors.

        They then go off and start their own diving businesses.

        I wanted a place on my website that they could manually propagate themselves with a ‘testimonial’ and be able to promote their own business through my site at the same time. Giving clients this opportunity of free promotion brings more clients in – (Win-Win).

        I therefore wanted a ‘Blog Page’ that they could access to do this with little or no input from me.

        They could add an image of their business etc and pretty much generate a whole blog post for me that would be entirely relevant to my site.

        The ‘Blog Page’ needs to somehow be ‘Keyworded’ to something like ‘Why I started diving’ or ‘My Diving Course Feedback’ or ‘Why Start Diving’.

        How do I manage to achieve this when the site doesn’t have any categories selected so far?

        Thanks.

        1. Scratch that. Been a long weekend. You already answered that clearly in the video.

          Thanks Bob

          1. Cool, glad you got it figured out. I know how one’s brain can get muddled over time with this stuff 🙂

  35. Hi, That was great. Thank you so much! I managed to create my two blogs, or the two-blog illusion, easily. The problem I have is that at the end of a post, where it says “Next Post” it links by post order regardless of the category. In other words, category 1 posts can link to category 2 if that is the next post created. Is there something I can do about that?

    Thanks!

    1. Mmmm, that is strange. If you are using the category archive page that should not be doing that. It should only show the archive posts for that category.

      If you are, my only other guess is it has something to do with the theme. Either a setting, or unfortunately how it is coded.

      1. Thanks for your reply! I don’t understand what you mean by “using the category archive page.” I created two categories. The only settings I saw were Name, Slug, Parent (none, Blog, uncategorized and I chose none) and Dexcription (I left it empty).

        Is there some other setting I should have made? I wonder if I need to swicth themes. I hope not since I finally got this one where I want it. Mostly. 🙂

        1. Oops! Update to above post. The “Parent” choices for the category I called “Becoming Italian” are none, Blog and uncategorized. The choices for the category I called “Blog” are None, Becoming Italian, and uncategorized.

          Sorry!

          1. No worries, WordPress can be fickle 😉 Glad you were able to figure it out.

          2. I guess I gave the wrong impression. I didn’t figure it out at all. I don’t know what using the category archive page means. I just was trying to indicate the only settings I see. 🙁

          3. Hey Lydia, trying to keep this in our thread. Okay, if you go into your dashboard, and click on categories, if you click on view on any category, that is your category archive page. So that URL is the URL for the category archive. If you go into your menus, you will see that on the right you can add a category directly to the menu.

            Now if any of your categories are a sub-category and, if you have a category archive, I think maybe the sub-categories might show up in the archives. I’m not sure and would have to test that.

            hope that makes sense 🙂

          4. Hi and thanks again. Yes. those are the pages I have been viewing for the categories. I tried changing the parent for both to “uncategorized” instead of none, but the posts in each category still link to each other, as if they were one blog. I can get to each “blog” separately, but once I am reading a post, the “Next post” link does not discriminate between the two categories.

            I think I have two choices:

          5. (Continued. I hit a return up there when I was not done)

            One choice is to love with it. The other choice is to find a new theme, maybe a magazine style, and treat one blog as a magazine format.

            Thanks again for the help!

          6. AH! Clicking my name up there takes you to it: http://www.lydiafaziotheys.com.

            PS I don’t kill any bugs either, except ticks. I thnk Mother Nature hadn’t thought it through when she made ticks.

          7. Can you leave a link here?

          8. Sure. A link to…?

          9. A link to your blog, unless it’s not live yet. Also, make sure each category is a parent category and not a under another category as that may be the issue.

          10. Ha, yeah, wasn’t sure if that was the right link as I couldn’t find many categories. But looking at it I think the problem is those parent categories. So my suggestion.

            Uncategorized – either ignore and not use this category or rename it to a category that you will be using.

            Other categories – go into your dashboard, under posts click categories. Now go in and for each category you created, change the parent dropdown to “none”. This will solve the crossover problem. And to be honest, I am thinking you don’t need to mess with putting any categories under a parent category unless there is some specific reason you are doing this.

            Hope that makes sense.

          11. First of all, I can’t thank you enough for taking the time with this! Yes, I have only two categories.
            Until this morning, both “blog” categories were set to Parent of “None.” Just this morning, I tried “Uncategorized” to see if that would help. I even tried with one category having th parent “None” and the other “Uncategorized.” The posts still want to play together and link to one another. 🙂
            Sounds like a new theme is my only hope. Maybe this Verbosa theme is quirky. Their support site does say something about handling blogs differently: “Verbosa does not include our usual Blog page template because the theme does not have a custom presentation page (requiring the use of a template to re-create the blog page separately).” I think that maybe I have to kiss the theme goodbye.

          12. Yeah, this sounds like the red flag for sure….

            Verbosa does not include our usual Blog page template because the theme does not have a custom presentation page (requiring the use of a template to re-create the blog page separately)

            And you are very welcome… good luck!

  36. Bob! You’re the man! I hate making any kind of updates to my WordPress site – usually ends up in wasted hours and frustration. Watched the video and followed it and ‘Hey presto!’ had my blog split into two within about two minutes! Keep up the great work!

    1. Very cool. I’m with you as well. One blog and WordPress install is enough to have to keep up 🙂

  37. Thank you so much. I blog about raising my son with special needs however, I also have some things to say about being a teacher, and more. I wanted to have another site, however, I thought was to time- consuming to maintain. I found your lesson to be easy for even me, a non-techie to complete on my own, without bother the tech person handles my blog.

    Thank you so much for your help. Great information and taught very well!!

  38. Thank you very much for your post, you saved me a lot of time. I kearn somethig that i was planing to learn from long time. Best regards

  39. Thank you so much for this post! I am pretty new to the WordPress world and am slowly building a niche site…and I really wanted a way to have a blog that is “separate” from my niche blog but still on the same site. This is exactly what I needed, and you made it very easy to follow along. Much appreciated!

  40. Maybe someone here can help.. I have about ten sites, all WordPress of course and want to put them in a network. Easy enough, through links. What I am looking for is a way to log in to all sites at once.. s there a miracle plugin for that?
    Second, I want other people with their own sites to join this network. Is there a plugin that would put a PREVIOUS/NEXT scenario at the bottom of the page. With so many plugins and so little time, I thought it best to ask for help instead of searching for ever trying to find one that suited my needs.
    Thanks in advance

    1. What you need is hard to answer here. There are so many options and in order to give you sound advice, someone would need to know more and ask the right questions. For a starting point look at multi-sites and buddypress.

  41. Hi Bob. Your tip got me working at http://peterlclevinger.org/ (Motif theme) with category separated blogs under the Tournament Summaries tab and News tab and its children. But I’m having a similar problem to Linda Theys with the previous/next links being mixed category at the bottom of a clicked into post. My category “golf-tournament-summeries” has no parent. “other-news” and “scholarship-news” have parent “News.” Changing the parent dropdown for both of the news sub-categories to “none” did not solve the crossover problem. I did get some relief by installing the plugin “MP Post Navigation Same Category.” It doesn’t fix the problem but it pushes it down by adding new previous and next links that ARE restricted to the same category as the post. You can see that on the site. Can you think of any other solutions? Thanks.

    1. Okay, I think I see what’s going on. When you click on a category archive, and there is more posts on that, typically it will go to the next page of posts in that category. But, if you go to a single post, it is always going to show the next or previous post of your blog, not the category. Honestly I’m not sure how you can get around that as by nature, a single blog post will always work that way.

      Most users will click on a category and browse the posts that way vs. single posts and expecting to move to the next article in that category.

      Confusing, but that is how it works.

  42. Thank you so much!!!! This was exactly what I needed. 🙂

  43. Thank you so much for this. Very helpful. This post has helped me to figure out how to segregate one blog on two pages!

  44. I’ve been contemplating separating my two genres of blog posts out, but wasn’t sure it was possible. Luckily this tutorial came up in my first round of search results!

    Thanks for the info- this is a simple fix to splitting up my blog topics without the hassle of creating additional blogs/websites.

  45. I’ve wanted to have two blogs on my site for a year and never managed to work it out. I finally found this article and it’s exactly what I needed. Easy to follow and understand, with the right amount of information and follow up resources if needed. You teach very well. Thank you.

  46. I think my problem might be a special case, but at it’s simplest it would involve two blogs, one Personal and one Professional. I would want it to be easy to get from the Personal blog to the Professional, but the Professional blog would not have an obvious connection to the Personal. Obviously, there are limits to how strong the barriers could be, it wouldn’t be anything like wise for some personal topics, and the obsessively curious would exploit common elements such as the domain name, but something such as an overtly political technical analysis of some claim (“necessary hashtags” for instance) I would be reluctant to have one link away from a blog filled with cat pics.

    1. Yep, that is the case where two separate blogs need to installs. Making it easy for the reader is the key point here and what your goal is. I have found from my own experience, that the link from business to personal will be less obvious as not to distract either current readers that only want it and, of course, perspective clients. Then on the other hand, making the link from personal to business can be a lot more obvious. The latter being more of why they should visit your business site.. what’s in it for them.

      Where to put those links is a challenge. I have tried nav bar, sidebar, footer and found there is not one solid solution. Your best option is to test difference placement, wording, etc. Good luck!

  47. Thanks Bob.

  48. Hey I’m planning on having 3 different blogs, but occasionally a blog post might need to be shared between 2 or even all 3 blogs. Any ideas on how to achieve this?

    1. Depends on how you do this. If it works to simple create them on the same blog and separate them out then simple cross-linking between posts will be good.

      If they are three WordPress installs, several ways to go with this and a mix of them works. Linking from blog to blog within the post. Pulling in the RSS of another one and using a sidebar widget to display the recent posts from xxxx blog. Scattered links on all sites and if appropriate in the nav bar as well. There are several ways to do this.

  49. Thank you so much for this post. It was exactly what I was looking for, really easy to follow and has given me great results. I’ll be checking out your other stuff too and definitely recommending to others. Thanks!

  50. Thanks Bob! That info helped me do exactly what I wanted to do (really quickly too!!!)

  51. Hi Fab video

    Is it possible to get this in written format for a blind client, so they can learn to understand how to do this themselves.

    Thanks

    1. Yes, I am actually working to make my way through some of my older posts that are video only, and adding text and screenshots for an alternative of watching the video. Hopefully the text portion would help those clients.

      This is on my list, but there is a lot to do with limited time… will try to get to this one sooner as it is one of my more popular posts.

  52. Wow…Thanks for Sharing!

  53. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’ve been trying to figure out how to add categories as ‘menu options’ for ages.

  54. Hello sir ,
    Very informative and useful article thanks for giving me a hope !
    Sir actually we two people are running our separate two blogs both are at WordPress.com Free but now I want to host my own website as well as we both want to merge our blogs in a single blog
    Is there any chance to merge our blogs on a new webhost website without losing followers and posts .
    Please help me out

    1. To answer your two questions.

      The posts can be exported and imported via the dashboard on both.

      The subscribers, that takes a little more efforts on your end and having the people at WordPress.com help you. For that I would visit this link: https://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/moving-your-subscribers/

  55. Loved your vide as I have been trying to figure out how to accomplish this. One question, though; I followed instructions but my post still shows up on my front page as well as the new category page. The idea is to make it look like 2 blogs. How can I delete from front post page?

    1. I may have just figured it out. Do I have to create a static front page in order for this to work? I currently have my front page as the “your latest post” page.

      1. Yeah, that gets a little trickier to have your homepage pull in a category archive page. Normally I would say yes, making it a static front page would be what you would do, but you cannot select a category archive page as a static page in those settings.

        Ideally, your theme might have an option to either choose or exclude categories for your blog archive page, but not all of them do.

        Unfortunately I can’t think of an easy workaround there except to use either a page builder or a plugin like Conductor to create a custom blog archive page that you could assign as a regular page.

        Wish I have an easier way to do this for you.

  56. Thanks so much for this video!!! Helped me so much!!!!

  57. Thanks Bob,
    I was trying to figure out the same and I found your post,
    It really helped me, I am putting your website in my top list for the WordPress…

  58. So – your recommendation is good here but shall be misinterpreted
    by some to say ‘Don’t use click on here’.

    1. I am a little unclear of what you are specifically referring to in this post.

  59. Thanks for the great article. The thing I still can’t figure out is how to use the normal blog sidebar widgets – Recent Posts, Recent Comments, Archives, Calendar, Search, Tag Cloud, etc. – and have them display content related only to one of two blogs. So far as I can tell, the sidebar plugins recommended in this article allow custom page placement but don’t provide a way to limit widget content to a single blog or to post categories.

    1. Yep, this option can do only so much without having to create two blogs. And those default widgets that come with WordPress don’t have any options for control over that. You might search WordPress.org to see if there are any widgets that might display comments and recent posts by category. I wold be surprised if there wasn’t one for recent posts.

      As far the the search, the WordPress built in search is not that great anyway. And even the free plugins don’t have great results. I know a plugin that will let you prioritize search and exclude taxonomies, but not split them out into different search boxes.

      As far as tags and archives, nothing comes to mind. The calendar, personally, I think is a useless widget but that’s just my .02 🙂

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  63. Dear Bob,
    thank you so much for this post!!!
    You saved my blog’s idea! Now, my blog can be multilingual 🙂
    Thank you one more time 😉
    Best regards,
    Marta

  64. I am continuously looking online for ideas that can facilitate
    me. Thanks!

  65. Need Help !
    I have two sites with same username and same account
    1 is bharati8.wordpress.com and the other is travelinggalkitchen.wordpress.com

    I am not getting notification for my kitchen blog, dont know what is the reason.
    I want to know how can we manage two sites effectively , should i change username?

    Asha

    1. The fact this is two different sites, and on WordPress.com is another whole deal that this post really has nothing to do with.. more of a troubleshooting issues. I would contact WordPress.com and use their forums to see if you can get someone to help you.

  66. Thank you for this extremely useful post.

    Is there a plugin or an easy way for me to add a blurb and heading to each of my “separated blogs” so that I can explain a little about what the blog posts on that page are about at all?

    I had a look at conductor and while I understand it allows you to play with the layout, I wasn’t sure if it would allow you to add a heading and text to a blog page if your theme doesn’t actually facilitate that.

    Any support much appreciated.

    TIA

    1. Yes, if you have them set up via categories, conductor would work to add that content to those pages. We have an older review on our site here, but I believe I cover that point in it.

  67. Great explanation, but I have a question (I apologise if it’s been asked before but I did look through).
    I have a site with 2 categories and I want them to be styled differently when the post is displayed. Is this possible? i.e. category 1 has a different background colour, smaller featured image to category 2 posts.

    1. Really depends on how much. My initial guess would be to check out Beaver Builder, as you can do amazing stuff with any page on your site.

  68. This was SO helpful for my new site layout! thank you!

  69. Hi,
    Thank you for this great tutorial. This worked for me, except for the formatting. The two blogs don’t look anything like the original blog. I realize this is probably a “theme” issue but I was hoping you could help me narrow down options for fixing (I am new to WordPress and working with an established site). Here is a link: http://www.idearoominc.com/category/configurator/

    I can’t find a way to edit them. There is an “edit category” button but it only has the option of adding a description, which is not enabled in my theme. I can’t see any other way to edit that page. Do you think I could edit that page with a page editor like Visual Composer? Alternately, would I be able to create two new pages and somehow feed the blog categories onto the new pages?

    Thanks for any help you can offer!

    1. Hey Brittany, yep, you hit the nail on the head. This is theme related… and the homepage and your actual blog archive is a template all to itself. Very odd as in most cases the category template is very similar to the blog archive template, but obviously not in the case of this theme. Not sure if there are any settings specific to the category archive page layout but am guessing not.

      And yes, other than using a page builder you are talking code customization on that page template. So a page builder would do the trick. And most page builders have an module that let’s you bring in specific content. But you will want to double check that for sure. I am not familiar with Visual Composer, but I am guessing they might.. but I would double-check on that.

      Myself I am a fan of Beaver Builder which would do it for you. It has a module called Posts that allow you to pull in any category you want. If you are curious about BB, I have a post here that gives you an overview: https://bobwp.com/take-control-of-your-wordpress-site-with-the-beaver-builder-plugin/

      What you need to remember though… is that if you are wanting a exact duplicate of what your blog page looks like (again, not sure why your category archive page looks so funky) it cannot even be guaranteed via a page builder. Someone would need to duplicate your template for your blog page and make it your category archive as well. Again, coding involved there.

  70. Thanks again. This is very helpful. I do not need an exact duplicate of my blog page. I will settle for anything that looks decent. I will try a page builder.

  71. Is there anyway to Display some Tags on category ?
    for example
    I have 2 Categories
    as a Menu
    If someone clicked on category 1 will display some tags
    if clicked on category 2 will display Different some tags

    1. If you are referring to displaying posts on a page based on a category and tags at the same time, there’s no easy way of know of. You can display a tag archive just as you would a category, but to do both might require someone to code a template for you, and at that, I’mm only second guessing since I am not a coder.

  72. Just wanted to say thanks, Bob. I wanted to add a second “blog” format for a “tax news” section on my website and must have read a dozen or more possible solutions on the internet. They all said it was easy to do, and perhaps it was for someone knowledgeable in programming. For me, it was a nightmare, until I came across your solution. You said it was easy, and it most certainly was. I set it up in a matter of minutes and am now doing some fine tuning. You explained it in plain English where the average user could understand. Many thanks again and the best to you.

    1. Hi Gust, you are very welcome. And yeah, unfortunately so many make things so much harder than they can be. I think it became so natural for me to find not only easy solutions, but ones that would work because that’s what I wanted myself 🙂

      And from this comments in this post this is clearly one of those WordPress things that somehow needs to be more obvious. Oh well, that’s WordPress for you. cheers!

  73. Hi Bob,

    I did this and it worked like a charm in that it created the second blog with the category I needed. My only problem is that the original blog also is displaying the posts in my second category/blog. Is there a way to prevent this and have them be separate?

    Thank you,
    Olivia

    1. Yep, that is a common issue. Basically you have two choices here.

      The easiest one is if you theme has some setting where you can exclude categories on your archive page. For example, most Genesis child themes have that option in the settings. But not every theme does 🙁

      The second way, but will take some work, is to not use your blog archive page as you blog. Instead set up a category, call it simply blog, and assign every post that you want on that page to show. If you have just started or have a few posts this won’t be too time consuming. But if you have a lot it may be more challenging. If there are just a few you would want to exclude, you could do this.

      1. Create new category.
      2. Do a bulk edit of your posts and assign them all to the new category.
      3. Then go in and select all posts you want to exclude, do another bulk category change and deselect that category on those specific posts.

      Good luck!

  74. This isn’t working. We can assign a category to a blog post but don’t have the menu options shown in your video. We are using the baskerville2 template. Do we have to use a certain template to get your options that were shown in the video.

    1. Yeah, hard to say as I am not familiar with that theme. Very odd as you should be able to add to a menu via Appearance > Menus. The only other thing I can think of is that the menus are set up through the theme, which is kind of weird, but possible. Or if you had someone create your site originally, they may have hid that option, which is not the way to do things.

  75. Hi Bob! I am new to WP. I have a couple of blogs that we have written for our family on holidays and such. I would like to use WP (rather than Blogger which we are using now) in order to create a family homepage where our blogs reside. I have figured out how to separate the posts using categories but i would like to have a side widget that shows the blog posts for that specific category. I can only make the widget appear for one category and then it displays all posts regardless of category. Is there any way to use the categories to separate the blogs AND then have a side widget that displays all available posts in that blog (or category)?

    I hope i make myself understood, being new to WP:-)

    1. Yes, what you can do is go into Appearances > menus and create a new menu and add the categories you want, then save. Now open the sidebar, add the menu widget and choose the menu from the drop down that you just created. Here is a post that might help you.

      1. Thanks for quick response! however, i don´t really understand. When i choose a blog (category) on my start page I will send people to a page containing those blogposts that have that category. On that page i would like to show a sidebar widget containing all the posts in that category (like the archive widget). If i create a menu, how do I control so that only posts from the specific category are added?

        Axel

        1. When you create the menu in WordPress, if you look the the left-hand side you will see an option that is categories. Create new menu and click the categories you want there. Save that menu and name it, for example, custom category menu or whatever you want to call it. Now go into your widget area of your dashboard, add the custom menu widget to that sidebar area and from the dropdown choose whatever you named it. On that post I shared there is screenshots of it down further in the post.

  76. ok, thanks. I think i got it. The next thing i would like to create is a sidebar widget that shows only the posts in the category. I would like to have something like a monthly archive widget showing not all posts on the site but only the posts with a certain category – like a filter of sorts. I can´t find information on that. In this article your first example under Custom Sidebars it sounds like it should be possible but i don´t understand how.

    Thanks again!

    axel

    1. Yes, you will need to use something that will give you a custom widget/sidebar area, which is another whole deal. If you are using Jetpack on your site, there is an option for that: https://bobwp.com/extra-sidebar-widgets-come-jetpack/

      If not, there are several plugins out there, including this one, although, personally I have never used it. https://wordpress.org/plugins/content-aware-sidebars/

  77. Thank you. Your explanation was so easy to follow and has worked a charm. Many thanks. Annette

  78. Thank you for your help. It went quickly and smoothly.

  79. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    Helped me big time! You’re the best! Xx

  80. I am just starting out and not at all techie, but I am a writer and once you start writing one thing tends to lead to another…. I am still debating whether or not to go with wp.com or wp.org. Is it possible to do this on either?

    Ruth

    1. Yes, this works either way. How it presents itself, especially if you want a homepage that allows you to do this more outside of the menu, will depend on how the theme works. Typically it will be controlled by your menus and your widgets. Good luck.

  81. The challenge I have with using categories, is the comments do not show up. I am now looking for a work around so comments can show up with each blog post. Any ideas?

    1. Yeah, I don’t know of any. The thing here is that typically on any archive page, you don’t want to add the full post, as it makes it easier for readers to scan. So if you just do the excerpt or the first few characters of a post, you want to make sure that people click through to possibly leave a comment. On the other hand, if it is simply a comment count, depending on your theme, there may be a way to add that to the meta.

  82. thanks, Helped me a lot.

  83. Thank you very much for this post, it saved my life!

  84. The problem I have here is that I don’t have a clue as to what your talking about. Is this for .com WP or . ORG
    I have a WP. Com blog, I want to run another WP blog and they would be unrelated. Does it need to be under my existing account ( easier) or star fresh with new.
    I find WP to be so confusing but BLOGGER so bland.

    Ok that’s my beefs

    1. It can work for either one. Categories basically work the same whether it’s self-hosted or on WordPress.com.

      Simple answer. If it’s unrelated, yes, start a new blog on your WordPress.com account so you can manage both in one place.

      Not sure what was unclear here, but hopefully this small suggestion works for you.

  85. These ways are very simple and very much useful, as a beginner level these helped me a lot thanks fore sharing these kinds of useful and knowledgeable information.

  86. Hi Bob,

    I have created a new category and created a post for it. However, when I publish that post, it automatically sends it to the main blog. Any advice on how can I get it to post ONLY to the category I selected for it?

    Thank you!

    1. First part of the answer > This is really dependent on your theme. And each theme, if it does have the option to do this, will be different, unfortunately. And of course, not all themes have the feature. Basically, it’s a setting that let’s you “exclude” a category or categories on your blog archive.

      The other work around is this, something I have done.

      1. Create a category called “blog” or whatever you want.
      2. Assign only posts to that category that you want to show up.
      3. Remove the “blog archive” from your site, and replace it with a category page using the category that you name it, in my case “blog”.
      4. So essentially you have created a category that will have all posts in it except the ones you don’t want to.

      How much work will depend on how many posts you have. Use the bulk edit in your post page and select all that will go into the category of blog and assign them to that category.

      Hope this makes sense.

      1. Thanks Bob,

        What I did was create two new categories, one named ‘blog’ and one named ‘news and media’, all of my existing posts were under the category ‘news’.

        I’ve added the two new categories to the menu structure per your video, but now the problem is that the link is named “https://ourcompanyname/category/blog/” and “https://ourcompanyname/category/news-and-media/”

        I would like that link to be https://ourcompanyname/blog/” and “https://ourcompanyname/news-and-media/”

        Is there a way I can achieve this and still have it appear as two separate blogs?

        Thank you

        1. Okay, that has to do with your permalink and how it was set up. If you look at your settings and permalinks, you will probably find that it was set up to include the category. Some people choose that option. The thing is you would need to change that and this can be dangerous as it could result in a lot of page not found. Not if you are still developing your site and it hasn’t been up and public which many posts, then it’s not as much of an issue. You can do redirects, but that can be a pain as well. So just be careful and understand what that would do to your entire site.

  87. Hi Bob! I hope you don’t mind my question, I’ve been going through your page and haven’t quite found my answer yet.

    My blog is a poetry blog, and I want those blog posts to be the front page when you open my site. I want an additional menu called a ‘personal blog’ where I have separate blog posts that are not poetry. Am I able to have my latest poetry posts as the main page, or do I have to have a static page as my front page? Could you explain how I do that, if so? My customizable pages do not look the same as the ones on your video, so I am having a hard time following the same instructions (I’m on Mac, with the free layout)

    Thank you for your help! -Michelle

    1. Yes, the way the page looks is determined by your theme, so likely it will look different. Most archive pages are simply a list of blog posts. For example, my front page layout is based on the theme I am using. In reality, yes, you can do this with archive pages using categories. But again, if you use your themes default homepage, again that is dependent on the design. Otherwise, you just assign under your reading settings which page you want to use as your homepage. Hope that isn’t confusing…

  88. Thank you so much for this tutorial!!! I have been trying to figure this out for a long time, and it has helped my so much!

  89. Thanks, Bob, works, and much appreciated! 🙂 Peter

  90. Thank you for this post! I have been pulling my hair out this weekend trying to figure out how to keep my mom blog posts and my teacher blog posts cohesively on one blog. Your post was the most helpful one of all the ones I looked through! I think I have it straightened out now! 🙂

  91. Thanks, Bob.

  92. Nice Post Thanks for Sharing with us.

  93. This post has to belong to the BobWP Hall of Pages. I don’t know if anyone mentioned it and as you noted in a video, “You can make this as complicated as you want…” but when I first thought of where you were going I thought of WP Multisite. I love Multisite even though I have yet to use it on a client project.

    1. Ha! It’s been there for me and others for quite sometime 🙂 As far as Multisite I’m with you there. Powerful stuff, but never had to use it. Kind of hoping it’s something I don’t have to explore beyond a distant fondness.

  94. Thanks bob, itn’t it’s multi site feature in wordpress adding two blogs in a single wordpress site do you mean adding two wordpress in a single site right ?

    1. Yeah, it’s really a matter of wording. Multi-site is creating two separate sites from a single install, although you still two sites to manage. Typically multi-site is overkill if you are doing just a handful of sites. A lot of work to go to and more things to deal with. Where multi-site works best is several blogs, or maybe I should day dozens or even hundreds. For example, blogs within a university.

      As I mentioned, if you have two topics that do not relate at all, and you do need separate sites, best just to create two WordPress sites and manage updates and other maintenance through something like ManageWP.com.

      So yes, this is creating two blogs on one site or the illusion of two blogs on one site. Several advantages to this and what a lot of people find they really need in the end.

  95. Thank you for making this tutorial!

  96. WordPress is NOT user friendly. Why can’t I just post to another page instead of fussing about with catagories and secondary catagories? It’s no wonder why so many are leaving WP and just going back to basic web page builders. It never used to be this difficult and frustrating.

    1. It all depends on the user. And I agree, it has a learning curve… all tech does. Having taught and worked with people for 10 years on WordPress, I never promised anyone it would be easy… very few things in life are. And it’s like other software, how you use it, your comfort level with tech and what your expectations are, vary so much from person to person. I have heard it all for sure.

      I also think for some, yes, basic web page builders do the job for them. But they aren’t the solution for everyone. And although some may be leaving, obviously from the growth of WordPress, more are hanging on or joining in. There is not cut and dry “WordPress is easy and great” or “WordPress sucks.” It’s all depends on the person.

      To answer your question, I’m not quite clear on what you are saying. Post to another page? Yes, you can. This particular post is more about separating content out on your site, and no platform has any easier solution I believe.

  97. It was really helpful thanks for adding so much value to us 🙂

  98. This is such a useful article. Thank you very much 🙂 My blog is looking infinitely fuller and more professional now.

  99. Oh my gosh! This is so much easier than any other way I have tried. Thank you so much!

  100. Hi Bob, thank you for this post. I have a question about the urls. I want to build an additional site on my current WordPress but I wanted to know if there is a way for the urls or be masked with the new url? I’ve built a category for the new blog and I plan on forwarding a main url to it so it’s easy to tell people the site. But I’m wondering if the individual blog posts/pages in that category can make the url to match too? I hope that makes sense lol.

    1. Hey Toyin, yeah, good question. Off hand I can’t think of a way to do that without having some kind of redirect in place that covers it all… which I’m not even sure is possible, or advisable. If I am understanding right 🙂

      Also, not sure how that would play into the SEO as well. I know that I have had URL’s in the past that I did something similar. Eg, had a podcast on it’s own site, pulled it onto this site here and then have the URL redirect to the category page, but never worried about anything after that.

      I do know that my redirect was set up where my domain was. If that’s the case for you, you might ask you host if there is some way and if it’s a good thing to do (if you trust their expertise).

  101. fantastically helpful thank you

  102. Great post. I’m just setting up my site and wanted to have a bunch of different categories go to different pages. The category setting works like a charm. I just tested it and everything shows up only on the pages I want it to. Thanks a million! P.S. My site isn’t up yet. Still developing it.

    1. Glad to hear that was perfect timing for you. Wishing you the best with your new site!

  103. Hey there, I just wanted to follow up and say I ended up doing post themes and category themes and it worked out great.

    1. Cool, and thanks for letting me know 🙂

  104. So this DID help, but a new problem arose: Now, when I click on the category from the main menu, it displays the actual word “category” before my title! Looks like – Category: My Title

    How do I get rid of the word “category”?

    1. I wish I had a simple answer for you… but unfortunately changing that depends on the theme. Some make it easy, while others require you to have to change some code … ugh!

      Of course, if you are using a page builder of any kind, that throws another loop into it.

      So what I would suggest as far as an easy way to to see if the theme has an option is to open that category archive, then on your top edit bar when you are on the front-end of your site, click edit category. Either it will take you to a place where this can be easily edited or else, like I said, it’s baked into the code.

  105. Great post, Bob! Talking to you on my podcast right now 🙂

    1. Now I call that multi-tasking 🙂

  106. Wow! Wow! Wow! I really like Beaver page builder. It is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much for this informative article!

  107. Hi Bob, this tutorial is what I’ve been looking for. How do we add ‘categories’ in the blog for readers to choose from like a standard WP blog?

    1. I apologize, but I am a bit unclear on what you mean. Can you give me a bit more details?

  108. I meant a 2nd blog with a widget or module that shows the different categories of the blog. Say if I have a weight loss blog, then the categories will be ‘Fitness’, ‘Nutrition’, ‘Supplement’, etc

    1. Okay, so just a blog as I understand it. It’s the same thing basically. You can use your menus to separate the categories out on any WordPress blog. Where those menus appear is based on your theme. Same with the sidebars. You can create a custom menu, then use the custom menu widget to display it in any widget area. That includes your footer widget areas if your theme has them or again, any widget area. Not sure if that answered your question. 🙂

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