changing blog-type posts to direct links offsite on home page

My website is http://www.studentsuccessclub.com

I really like how my home page looks as far as "latest news" goes but I want people to be able to click on Read More and be taken directly to the news page referenced in a new window. What happens now is they first go to another of my pages then they have to click again in a place that is less clear for them to get access. I want to eliminate the in-between step.

I asked about this in Live Support yesterday and was told I might be able to do that by not using Posts but just adding the content. I don't know how to add a new box on the home page that would do this. Can I? All that I've said about Latest News also applies to the Spotlight section except that the links on it aren't working and I don't know why not.

To just create content and put it on the home page, I tried creating a new page called Latest News and then making it a Spectacula widget and assigning it to 3rd column or to 1st footer only on the home page (dynamic widgets) but nothing showed up. What is the widget position on the home page that would let me put Latest News right where it is now but not make it a Post?

Thanks very much!
Joanne

    aecnu

    Greetings Joanne,

    Thank you for being a WPMU Dev member!

    I don't know how to add a new box on the home page that would do this. Can I?

    Are these Latest News posts being rendered by an RSS feed?

    Do they appear as posts in your posts listings?

    If this is true above, perhaps one of the best solutions I can think of other then having to go into a great deal of coding is to simply use a redirect plugin and manually add redirects to your posts.

    For this I may have a solution for you - have you tried the Quick Page/Post Redirect plugin?

    That could definitely do the job for you - I would love to hear how it goes if you try it out?

    All that I've said about Latest News also applies to the Spotlight section except that the links on it aren't working and I don't know why not.

    When checking the Spotlight section just now it appears there are no contents for me to check out.
    However this could be a permalinks issue too but would become irrelevant if using the Quick Page/Post Redirect plugin sending them straight to the actual article.

    To just create content and put it on the home page, I tried creating a new page called Latest News and then making it a Spectacula widget and assigning it to 3rd column or to 1st footer only on the home page (dynamic widgets) but nothing showed up. What is the widget position on the home page that would let me put Latest News right where it is now but not make it a Post?

    Sounds like a great widget, however, in this case we are ahead of ourselves in resolution trying to fix it the way that it is currently structured in which I am sure you understand by my responses above.

    If this thread is not resolved because the suggested action did not work or you have any more questions related to this thread, please feel free to post them below including any new symptoms or errors and tick the 'Mark as Not Resolved (re-open)' box below the post area (or else we'll miss it!)

    Cheers, Joe :-)

    CoachJo

    Joe,

    THANK YOU! The Quick Page/Post Redirect plugin is EXACTLY what I needed. Points for you!

    Joanne

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