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This is a collection of all the tricks&tips to help you set your diary the way you want. I think, it has grown big enough to qualify for a dedicated entry. Feel free to contribute with your comments. (please note the irrelevant comments might get privatised to preserve the idea of a cheatsheet)

HOW TO GET YOUR DD NAME TO BE DISPLAYED AS A HOT LINK WHEN YOU POST A COMMENT
I’ve noticed that it was a feature few of us miss from the old diary system: when someone posts a comment on your diary, their name isn’t displayed as a link, so you cannot just click on it to go to their diary pages to respond.

Apparently, it is NOT SO!!! The new diary can be set to display your name as a link to your diary very easy:
just log on to your Dashboard–>Users–>Your Profile
and edit it so that when it says: Contact Info: Website add the url of your Diary.

Also, it is worth noticing that this won’t work in retrospective, i.e. any comments you made before this edit, won’t display your name as a Hot Link. So, don’t forget to leave a fresh comment.

Also, please note that if you are NOT logged in to DD when posting comments on other diaries, then it won’t pick up your diary link, unless you specifically enter it into Website field for this comment.

FRIENDS NOTIFIES
It’s a bit confusing, methinks and not particular user-friendly. Here is my interpretation of how I think it works:

on Deardiary–>Friends page:
User Level Settings
– here you will see those who have asked permission to see your friends only entries and to get notifies. You cannot add anyone in here, THEY have to ask you to appear in this list.
Diary Level Settings
– here you will see all diaries whom YOU have asked to see their friends only and to get notified. YOU have to ask them first.

how to ask:
type their diary name in Friends field on top of Deardiary/Friends page (in Dashboard) –>Search–>Select diarist (from dropdown list) you want to get notifies from–>Add.
you will see their name in your Diary Level Setings and can tick Request Diary Notification. they will still have to approve it though, but once they done, you should see it on this screen as Yes in “They Notify You” column.

DASHBOARD HELPFUL OPTION
when you page through dashboard, playing with your settings, don’t forget to click Screen Options – it will give you more configuration options to play with.

For example, by default Appearance–>Menus doesn’t show a choice of link target. That means that you cannot choose if your external links should be opened in new tab/window. But select Screen Options in the top right corner of the Menues dashboard page and tick the box Link Target in Show advanced menu properties.

Almost every dashboard page will have a Screen Options – an additional menu that doesn’t come by default. Make sure you checked them out – it worth it.

One of the advantages of it I found particular useful – on Dashboard page (the top one) it gives you a choice of what to Show on screen – so when you log on into your diary, you can configure what you want to see there and what you don’t want to see. Makes your own welcome page a bit less cluttered.

STICKY POSTS VS RECENT POSTS
(Genesis theme only!)
If you mark any post as STICKY, the post will be placed at the top of the front page of posts, keeping it there until new posts are published. So really it is not as sticky as far as stickiness goes. You want to display few recent posts and also few posts from not so recent times that you want to have an instant access from any page of your blog. To always have a certain post handy for referral from any page of my blog, I put it as a Widget into Primary side bar:
Dashboard–>Appearance–>Widgets–>Genesis Featured Posts
You will have a choice of which posts to choose and how you want them to look. On my site I put them as a Sticky Posts sorted by the date.

HOW TO GET YOUR MENUS TO SHOW ON THE TOP OF A PAGE, UNDER THE HEADER
Dashboard–>Appearance–>Menu.
Create Custom menu first – put all the links you want in it, give it a name.
Then on the same Menu page – –> Theme Locations–> the top bar is Primary Navigation Menu. The secondary navigation would sit right under the Primary one

Basically, the idea is to create few custom menus and play with placing them in different places, You can also use Widget option for that as well as Theme locations.

 

Comments

  1. I’m going to ask you first, before I bugzilla Steve about it, but is there a widget to place a permanent image on the sidebar? I futzed around with them today and didn’t see one that fit the bill.

    If not, I’ll ask him for something.

    I’m still working on my Genesis theme. Not quite happy yet.

    • ok, I’ve figured this out:
      HOW TO ADD A PICTURE TO YOUR SIDE BAR.
      STEP1
      open Add New and pretend you are doing a post. Upload the image you want. Then insert it in your post. Switch to HTML view. Copy the code.

      STEP2
      Go to Dashboard–>Appearance–>Widgets, Add TEXT widget to the side bar to the place you want to see the picture. Do not put any title, just paste the code from STEP1 into Text widget. You may have to mess with the height and width to get it the right size. You can chose where to link the image to as well by modifying the location in the code.

  2. HOW TO PRIVATISE COMMENTS
    Apparently, it is not as obvious option as it was in the old DD. If you want to privatise a comment somebody left in your diary, go to Dashboard–>Comments, find the one you want to privatise and select Unapprove. This way you’ll keep the comment, but no one else will see it.

  3. Okay, if you would not mind going to my diary and taking a look, I am VERY near being done with it… except I cannot figure out (if there is even a way to do it) how to change the background color of the widget box to the neutral color of the rest of the post field.
    Any ideas? I changed ALL the colors on the left hand side of the design palette column. Am I missing something?? Whaddaya think?

    😉

  4. HOW TO HAVE LINKS TO YOUR FRIENDS DIARIES PERMANENTLY DISPLAYED ON YOUR PAGES
    Step1
    Create a Custom menu:
    Dashboard–>Appearance–>Menus:
    on the top right corner there is a “+” tab – “Add Menu
    Type a name for your menu and click Create Menu. I called mine – Friends links)
    Once new menu created, you can add as many Custom Links to it as you want – you have to open each friend’s diary and copy their url.

    Step2
    Place the menu where you want it;
    Once the menu with the links created, you can add it to any Widget on your page by dragging Custom Menu box to the Widget area (it will then give you a choice which menu to put)

    How to put it at the bottom of the page:
    the bottom of the page area called “Footer” in the Widget selection. It is devided into three parts (Footer1, Footer2, Footer3) Generally, imagine the bottom part of the page split into three equal columns – that’s these footers. to give you an idea: I have placed my Friends Links custom menu to the Footer1 widget. I have placed Misstick Digest drop down list into Footer2 area.

    You can play with the location and place your Friend’s diaries links anywhere where there is a widget available.

  5. Woo Hoo!

    Got me a diary link widget!

    Thanks so much!!!

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