Adding Content Without Having It Seen On the Home Page or Feed!
Sometimes we need to add a post to our blog that stays mostly un-seen but is there if we link to it or selectively if someone searches for it.
This solution lets you control which posts (or pages) do not appear in a number of selectable places including home page, feed, blog search, archives, category pages and author pages.
This plugin is not the plugin you need if you are trying to prevent a page from appearing in your theme’s navigational menu.
This plugin also does not prevent the search bots from indexing your posts/pages.
This method is best if you are dealing with the need to occasionally prevent a particular post from appearing somewhere (other than Google/Yahoo/Bing etc) that you do not want it to and these posts are from different categories/tags on your blog.
If you have a frequent series of posts that you want to keep off the home page or feeds/etc (for example, I keep my weekly newsletter post off of the home page, but allow it elsewhere), then exclude by category rather than on an individual basis is probably a far more sensible and easier to remember to get the right things checked thank this is. (I always put my newsletters in the Newsletter category.)
Introducing: WP Hide Posts
(It’s worth noting that for a lot more in-depth introduction to what this plugin does/doesn’t, you can click the link above to its listing in the repository where the author has done a nice job explaining it.)
This plugin allows you to control the visibility of a post in various different views:
- The Front Page (Homepage, depending on your theme, this may not be relevant)
- The Category Page (listing the posts belonging to a category)
- The Tag Page (listing the posts tagged with a given tag)
- The Authors Page (listing the posts belonging to an author)
- The Archive Pages (listing the posts belonging to time period: month, week, day, etc..)
- The Search Results
For a WordPress page, this plugin also allows you to control the visibility with two options:
- Hide a page on the front page (homepage) only.
- Hide a page everywhere in the blog (hiding the page in the search results is optional).
WP Hide Posts is very powerful because it lets you create content that is not intended for the home page without fear!
I often use a similar approach (only I’m working with code) to allow me to write posts that are created for the search engine with no fear of them displacing my regular-reader-centric content from the home page or feeds.
While I do not actually run this plugin (due to working with code instead) and while I was using a similar approach (exclude by category) the whole concept here creates a lot of flexibility and freedom that sometimes you need!
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