Help! Speaking of Finding Photos Do You Have a Search Box?

On your website, that is! And is it usable? Can anyone find anything on your site?

Becky B is coming up with her new squares challenge on April 1st – NO FOOLING! One of my friends, the Eternal Traveler, is already gearing up for the new challenge – BRIGHT. Step One – find the picture! YIKES!

Let’s see, what did I call it? Where did I put it?

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My question is how do you find photos that might already work? Or better yet, how do OTHER PEOPLE find YOUR entries into Becky’s challenge (or anyone else’s, for that matter)?

Do you have a search box widget on your home page? On every page? On the back page where all your posts are listed? On your media files?

How do you use categories? When I first started blogging one of those email super blogger types that no one has ever heard of told me I had too many categories. So I spent hours deciding which ones to eliminate. Now. I’m back to using a lot of categories. What do you do?

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Help Lisa and me write my next post. Leave your comments in the box!

If you want blogging tips on several subjects you can search my search box. Also check out this great post I found by searching on Hugh Robert’s blog about Reblogging.


91 responses to “Help! Speaking of Finding Photos Do You Have a Search Box?”

  1. Lisa Bradshaw Avatar

    My photographs are monthly and I have a wordpress folder.. 😉

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I hear you, Lisa. Those are my two best folders. I have a folder for each year, then month inside of that, I have my WP folder mostly for photo challenges right now, one for each challenge and within that, each week (or however often they run.) It has helped me immensely!

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  3. runningp Avatar

    Your Search Bar worked – I typed in Woodlake Rose Garden and it popped right up. Great Before photos of your area. I need to send you photos of what it looks like now. I pulled Johnson Grass out from around your roses yesterday – We are making progress. Thanks so much for what you started!!! We miss you!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Sally. I can’t wait to see it. We leased a car yesterday so Vince could have one and so we can more safely transport our ebikes. I may drive out by myself now in April. I can’t wait to see the roses. Can you let me know as soon as you think they are in full bloom. I am so anxious to come see them! 🙂

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  4. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    Great topic. I have issues with finding photographs as well. I’m better at it with Lightroom’s amazing catalog that allows me to integrate information with file structure naming.
    Unfortunately, I’m not careful about naming my photos when posting them, so it’s hard for me to find and reuse a particular photo, often I end up uploading the same photo for a blog post when I am sure I used the photo before.

    On searching and categories, I’m a lot more organized. For my readers, I have the Search tool right up front in the right margin near the top. As a travel blogger, mostly United States, it is easy to catalog by state or country name. I also have some photography categories referenced since a geographic region may not be appropriate for the specific post topic. I also use tags for specific terms in the text when appropriate. Finally, I have a category called “But I Digress…” where I put everything else.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      John Bo, this is a great comment. You have pinpointed my problem exactly. I have been hit and miss over my nine years of blogging, And I haven’t blogged about just one thing like travel, so my categories are more scattered. I am trying to redo one of my pages to include a link to various categories like separate blog challenges. I have not been successful at that all morning.

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      1. photobyjohnbo Avatar

        I am lucky in that my topic is more self-organized than others.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That is true. I’m more eclectic.

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  5. Jim Borden Avatar

    I just have a basic search box in my right sidebar. I probably use it more than anyone else…

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I use my search bar several times a day. One thing I learned from Frank and others is that they send me links in my comment box of posts they think I’d like. I actually enjoy that, and do it sometimes myself when comments lead in the direction of a post I’ve written.

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        I also like getting links to relevant sites…

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          We are twins today, Jim.

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  6. BeckyB Avatar

    This is such a great post, and the discussion afterwards so very helpful. Brilliant – thank you so much for following this up. I would like my search button to be at the top as well as bottom, but can’t seem to do that with current theme easily. However I am now thinking of adding the widget again to side menu so it is at top.

    and you are so right on categories. I find them so useful for creating menus, but whilst like Jo I do have a category list visible, the fact categories and tags are at the end of every post does help 🙂

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  7. Toonsarah Avatar

    I have a search box at the top of every page, next to the menu. I don’t think I ever use it myself so it will be for others to say how useful it is 😉 Maybe when I’ve been blogging much longer I will find it helpful. I do use categories, which I sub-divide as follows:
    Destinations (organised by continent / country / and sometimes broken down further)
    Themes, including landscape, eco-tourism, food & drink, wildlife (again sometimes broken down further e.g. wildlife has a sub-category of birds)
    Photography, with sub-divisions of different styles of gallery (by place or by theme) and all the photography challenges listed separately so fellow-bloggers can, I hope, find them

    Whenever I create a new category I also add it to my menu, so I don’t also put them in my sidebar but I do have a tag cloud there. I did a very small and informal survey among Facebook friends who blog, as I was considering getting rid of the sidebar, but the feedback seemed to be that people do use them to navigate the site. I’m in two minds however and will be interested if your posts trigger a pros and cons debate on sidebars!

    When I want to find things myself I do it one of two ways. If I’m looking for a complete post I use my own menu as I usually know how I will have categorised it. However as I add more posts and each category has more within it, that will become cumbersome I guess. I may start to use my search box then! If I’m looking for a photo I use the search function within the media library. I try to make sure that I give each photo a title that will facilitate this – for instance, I always include the place name in the title even if I don’t want it in the caption.

    As to the number of categories, the advice I read is that you shouldn’t have more than 15 categories and tags in total as WP tends associate large numbers of both with spammers and won’t include the post in Reader searches etc. I have no idea if that’s correct but for the present it’s advice I follow 🙂

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    1. Toonsarah Avatar

      By the way, I see that someone else has included a screen shot of their menu, which is interesting. I would do the same but I’ve never been able to work out how to include an image in a comment on WP!!

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      1. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

        Here’s a link to a post I wrote about how to add screenshots, images and photos to comments –

        https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2019/04/25/how-to-add-an-image-to-a-comment-on-a-wordpress-blog/

        I hope it helps.

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        1. Toonsarah Avatar

          It does, thank you – I will save for future reference. It’s a shame it doesn’t work fully with self-hosted blogs however 😦

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          1. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

            No, I’m afraid it only works between WordPress.Com blogs. But I’m glad it’s helped.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Sarah, so many things don’t work as seamlessly on a self-hosted blog that you come to appreciate in a dot.com blog. Not that dot com is perfect because they constantly make changes and improvements that the users don’t always find helpful. In a self hosted blog, the improvements come mostly from plug-ins, which you have to keep updating when you get a notification. If you don’t things quit functioning correctly because the company that created the plug-in makes the old version unfunctional. After a while, your entire website can freeze up because the plug-ins don’t work. I didn’t find that the host services changed things so radically. As long as you update your plug-ins constantly, your blog should function well. WordPress.com is both – the functionality of all your plug-ins and the hosting service. But you give up some autonomy and choice. I liked the functionality of JetPack from WordPress.com, You can keep that software, but it doesn’t work as well. I hope this helps.

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          3. Toonsarah Avatar

            So is this blog a dot. com Marsha? I always understood that if you were on WordPress. com your url would have to include that? Yours is fully customised. And I read so many articles when starting that all said go with .org for its superior functionality, as did several friends. Would you say the opposite is true???

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            I pay $99 per year for the Premium service through WordPress.com. which takes out the wordpress.com in your address. You can pay more and run a full business through dot com. I don’t need that. But this is MUCH easier than dot org for me. For someone who is a technology whiz and enjoys experimenting with different plug-ins, I guess dot org might have advantages, but I constantly needed help from a web designer to answer blogging questions in addition to technology help from the hosting service. It was a nightmare and much more expensive. I just wanted to have fun blogging.

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        2. Marsha Avatar

          This is cool. I’m on my way out in a few minutes, but I definitely want to check this out. Maybe we could create an index page of all our blogging tips to post as a page, kind of like Cee does with her Love of Challenges pages. Just a thought. There are several people writing tips, and we could integrate the best of those posts.

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          1. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

            It’s a nice thought, but since WordPress is constantly changing its platform, many of the posts soon become out of date. It would mean having to constantly update posts (which I’m slowly in the process of doing). I’ve had one big change by WordPress on my blog this week, which I thought was just a trial, but it’s here to stay.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Is that taking away the WP Admin? We still have ours.

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          3. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

            Yes, I was referring to the new navigation centre that is being rolled out to all WordPress users. It doesn’t have a WP-Admin button, but I’m finding it a lot easier to use. I talked to WordPress yesterday about it because there are a couple of things missing from it (such as no longer being able to mark comments as not spam). They’ve also removed the link to the old Classic editor on the Posts page, although I’ve been using the block editor for a few years now, so that doesn’t affect me.

            Here’s what they told me –

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            Hugh, you are so up on things. I love it.

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          5. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

            I like to keep ahead of the game, Marsha. I love learning new things.

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            Me too, Hugh. Great minds, right?

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    2. BeckyB Avatar

      ooh are they saying 15 in total for both tags and categories – yikes. I have way more than 15 because of the tags! I thought that only related to categories – off to research

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    3. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

      You’re correct in what you say about tags and categories, Toonsarah. This is what WordPress say about both –

      You can add as many tags as you like to a post. However, the WordPress.com Reader will filter out posts using more than 15 tags and categories (combined) as an anti-spam measure.

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      1. Toonsarah Avatar

        Good to know I’ve been getting one thing right at least!

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  8. the eternal traveller Avatar

    I always include the latest hashtag for Becky’s challenges.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Carol do you put the hashtag in the body of the post, in the title, in the tags, in categories, or in the alt text, all of the above, none of them. ? There are potentially tons of places to include it. Any or all would be helpful. Thanks for helpful tip, Carol. 🙂

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        In the text and the tags 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, Carol. Good input. I know hashtags make a difference. I wonder how all that works. I guess it’s like electricity. As long as we know how to flip the switch to turn on the lights we’re good, right? Hashtags galore. The more the merrier. Hugh suggested that we put them in the title as well. I’m going off to bed now. Hope you are off to a great start to a wonderful week. 🙂

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  9. Lisa Coleman Avatar

    I just moved my search box to the top of my pages. It still appears at the bottom of my home page which I can’t change because of my theme. All other pages, including my blog page, the search is at the top of my sidebar. For instance, I sometimes want to put a link into a new post from a past post because something triggers a subject. I want to reference that past blog for any new followers who haven’t seen it (if they choose to click on the link).

    I begin my search outside of WP via a new tab in Chrome. I go to my blog and search my own blog. It is easy to put the topic or keyword into search. It will bring up all posts from newest to oldest for that search. I can then go through until I find the post, click on the post and copy the URL, paste it into the link for the new post.

    I now have an old post get new attention. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Great information to add to our post! I actually do the same thing. I open up my blog as others see it in a new tab on Chrome and I search. It seems so much faster than anything else I’ve tried including keeping my journal going. I’m not sure why you can’t change the location of the search box on your home page in your theme. Do you have a menu item called customize in your theme? For me that alters all the pages including home page.

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      1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Oh yes, I can change it, but not on my homepage. It is my theme and was told by a WP Happy Engineer that it won’t change on the homepage. I might play with it some more, but I’m guessing it won’t. I’m okay with it. I go to my blog page and it is at the top now so all is good. 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          If you’re OK, I’m OK.

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          1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            I’m OK! 🙂

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            🙂 Talk to you soon. 🙂

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          3. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            Let’s talk soon. 🙂

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            I’m going to be on Cee’s call tomorrow if you want to join with Carol and me.

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          5. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            Yes. I won’t be on the one on Tuesday. 😊

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            Bummer!!! Etsy?

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          7. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            No, maybe on a day trip somewhere, but it is supposed to rain. If it does, then I may be home and on the call. 🙂

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            Have fun. I hope it doesn’t rain. You need a nice break. 🙂 I found some great reflecting pictures that I’m posting with my Wednesday blog on travel.

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          9. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            May rain on Tuesday. I may be joining the meeting. Playing it by ear at this point. I’ll be working on the roundup blog Thursday because we are staying home. I guess I could have done bird weekly, but we are going to St. Marks on Friday so I’m glad I made the decision to not do it. 🙂 Looking forward to your travel this week. I will probably have a post for it. 🙂

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          10. Marsha Avatar

            Yay! I worked on it yesterday. It just takes a little bit of time every day. I’ve got to do our followup on Organizing photos with categories and tags today to get ready for tomorrow. I think Story Chat is coming up on Tuesday, but I put that one back one week. I’m so glad you might be able to make it on Tuesday. 🙂 YAY!

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          11. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            I usually write your quote Wednesdays on the same day. I have PT on my foot tomorrow and then we are going to go birding somewhere after lunch. We have a 20 degree swing tomorrow. High is 88 today and 68 tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing the follow up blog. 🙂

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          12. Marsha Avatar

            Wish me luck. I’ve got most of it done. I learned a few things from Cee that I want to add in.

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          13. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            Good Luck! 🙂

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          14. Marsha Avatar

            How about sending me some pictures – like that gorgeous one from Friday???

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          15. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            Which one or which photos? I just emailed you asking what photos you would like. I can send you the original jpgs that will be nice a clear. Email me back and let me know. 🙂

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          16. Marsha Avatar

            I went ahead and used mine, but on our next article we can use yours. I just live the red and white reflection!

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          17. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            That sounds good. You can use any of my photos whenever you want. You are talking about the first one of the spoonbill?

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          18. Marsha Avatar

            Yes, it is so lovely. Right now I don’t have a post in mind. I was going to use it on the one I wrote for yesterday.

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          19. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            Well, save them up. I was going to write about that trip too, but now I’ve changed my mind after yesterday. I’m going to schedule my travel quote for tomorrow because I need to rewrite it. Plus, I have already done 3 blogs today. This is me taking time off. LOL!

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          20. Marsha Avatar

            OMG, Lisa, you need a break. I stayed up last night until 3:00 am working on my categories and tags. I’ve gone for years when I though I was doing the right things, then a few stray comments from Becky and Cee, and something clicked. I’m down to 18 categories and only 3500 tags!

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          21. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            Yay! You are going to start getting more traffic! Sometimes less is more. I wrote 6 blogs today. Only posted 2 & reblogged Sue’s memorial page. It’s gonna get crazy the next couple of days. After birding tomorrow, I’m going to need a break. 😂

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          22. Marsha Avatar

            Well it is Easter, so enjoy some additional time off.

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          23. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            It is and we are on our way to birding. 🦅🦩

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          24. Marsha Avatar

            See lots of birds! Take lots of pictures. 🙂

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          25. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            We saw quite a few birds. Added 10 new birds for the year on our list, but didn’t see the flamingo. Hit all the spots where he has been spotted the in the past week and he was hiding out somewhere else. 🙂 Got new pics for Bird Weekly coming up next week. 🙂

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          26. Marsha Avatar

            Super Birder strikes again! 🙂

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  10. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Yes I have a search block on my side bar 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You get an A+ on your whole website. It is so easy to search on your website. I go there at least three or four times a week even if I don’t check in because I’m looking for information on one of your challenge topics or something else on For the Love of Challenges. Very easy to find things!

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  11. anne leueen Avatar

    I use categories but the idea of a search widget is new to me.I will have to look into that. To search my photos in media I click on My Site then select WP Admin then Media and put in the date . I usually have an idea of when I used the photos and it is much , much faster than scrolling down through years of photos!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      No kidding. And sadly, that is what I have been doing! Sometimes, not always, but more often than I wanted to.

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    2. BeckyB Avatar

      Search function is so useful, many themes seem to add it automatically for you in your menus or footers, but if not do look to add one if you have side-menus and footers. So useful 🙂

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  12. restlessjo Avatar

    Oh help! You know I’m rubbish at this 🤣💕 I used to use Categories but when I changed to a paying site I lost my sidebar. Or should I say I coveted the space more and eliminated it, along with footers. I do have a search on the front page just under the Header but I doubt anyone uses it. Hopeless! Don’t take any tips from me 🤗💕

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are so funny, Jo. I think the one at the top is fine. Even if your categories don’t show on your page (which I think is way to much busyness) the function still works when someone searches on your site. You might be surprised at what people look at on your site. So one question, do you still have WordPress.com and pay for it, or WordPress.org and have an outside service like Bluehost or Go Daddy or some service like that?

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      1. restlessjo Avatar

        WordPress and pay for it 🙂

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  13. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

    Hi Marsha, I have a photography category on my blog, which has 5 sub-categories – Daily Squares, Lens Artist Photo challenge, Wordless Wednesday, Sunday Stills, and Thursday Doors. So if anybody wanted to look at my Daily Squares posts, they would choose that category to see a list of posts. Here’s a screenshot of the categories I mentioned.

    Yes, I have the search bar widget on my blog, so it shows on every page of my blog because it’s on the widget bar. I recommend that every blogger has a search bar on their blog for several reasons. I’ve written posts about it.

    And yes, categorising your blog posts is vital. I liken blogs not have categorised posts as walking into a library to look for a certain book and finding that none of the books has been put into categories. You have to search the whole library for that book on the six wives of Henry VIII, instead of just looking in the history section for it. How many people would bother?

    When looking for photos for certain challenges, I use the search bar in the WordPress media library to look for suitable photos because I label my photos when I add them to the library. It seems to work well.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are an inspiration, Hugh. I’ve learned so much from your posts. Could you send me the links to your posts about searching so that I can link them to our next article?

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      1. Retirement Reflections Avatar

        I wholeheartedly agree. Hugh is a real inspiration for blogging and photography tips — as are you. Thank you both!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thank you, Donna. 🙂

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      2. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

        Hi Marsha,

        Here’s one of my posts that mentions having a search bar on a blog –

        https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2019/08/26/15-blogging-mistakes-every-blogger-should-avoid/

        I’m also attaching a link to a WordPress page that shows how to install a search bar.

        https://wordpress.com/support/widgets/search-widget/

        I hope this helps?

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, Hugh! Do you have a post on linking categories and sub categories. You mentioned doing that. I wanted to link my various challenge categories on one page.

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          1. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

            Here you go, Marsha.

            https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2019/03/28/how-to-add-a-sub-category-to-your-wordpress-blog-post/

            Some of the images may be slightly out of date. Why? Because I lost the WP-Admin button on my blog this week and now have the new WordPress dashboard. From what I hear, it’s something WordPress is rolling out to all users.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            That’s a little scary. I don’t use it often, but trying to figure how to do the category thing, I did. I finally gave up and asked you.

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          3. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

            I found many things a lot easier to do in the new navigation centre with no WP_Admin button. It’s just a matter of trying things out. The more you use it, the easier it becomes.

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            I’m glad. I had no trouble with the block editor. In fact I like it better than writing in Word or Google Docs because I can move paragraphs around. Thanks for the update. You are a rock star. 🙂

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      3. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

        I also forgot to mention that I have a menubar on my blog, which lists certain features. For example, I have a link to Photography on it, which brings up all my Photography posts when clicked.

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    2. bernieLynne Avatar

      Why did I not know all this when I started years ago!

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      1. Marsha Avatar

        We all keep learning. I’ve been at this for nine years, and I learn something every day. 🙂

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