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Have you changed your theme yet or are you still using the default?
I am using twenty eleven
Great. Do you have a link to your site that I can see?
Thanks. Ok, are you in the admin section?
any chance we can do this on the phone?
yes i am in dashboard
Sorry, we don't offer phone support. This will be quick, I promise.
Ok, on the left, click Appearance, then Widgets.
I am in dasboard
On the left side of the main section, you will see a bunch of widgets (Archives, Calendar, Categories, etc). On the right, you should see Sidebar 1 (and maybe more). You drag the widgets you want from the left to where you want them on the right.
So, drag Categories to the Sidebar 1 and you should see room made for it.
Make sure you click Save, then refresh your main site. You should see it.
You can rename the title and reorganize as needed.
Recent Posts widget will give you the past posts.
awesome, thank you.
Anything else you can advise me on in terms of widgets and makign my blog search engine friendly?
There are a few plugins that help with SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Click Plugins on the left, then at the top, click Add New. Search for SEO.
Click Install for the one named WordPress SEO by Yoast
oh no, here comes my ignorance. . .where are plug ins? On dashboard?
Yes, sorry - On the Dashboard, on the left-hand side.
does it say the word plug ins?
or am I looking for an icon?
Should be just below Appearance.
The icon looks like a plug for a lamp.
I've got tools and users
Is this self-hosted or are you on wordpress.com ?
I thought I was on wordpress.com
should I log out and log back in on their site?
Ah, ok, that is why. Only self-hosted Wordpress blogs can have plugins.
okay, no worries then. You solved my big problem. THANK YOU.
No, it's ok. There are two different types of Wordpress blogs. Self-hosted allows more control over your site. Wordpress.com sites are better for getting started.
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thanks you too!