I'm attempting to display just publish title as well as their links inside a set category. However am encountering issues comprehending the Codex. Any help or guidance could be greatly appreciated.

It appears that you're focusing on your templates. It essentially means you need to edit correct template and place the best tags.

First of all, you must know the way the template is selected. Wordpress has special hierarchy for each view. Webpage is generally home.php and groups are category.php or category-1.php. If any file is missing, Wordpress simply takes next out there. Last around the hierarchy list is index.php that is selected if not one other file is located. [http://codex.wordpress.org/Template%5FHierarchy#Category%5Fdisplay%5D%5B1%5D

Next, consider the template tags. Exhibiting only title with link means you'll need title and permalink tag. Other things is optional.

I personally use mtss is a lot during my blogs. Useful when you wish to show featured products or such.

http://codex.wordpress.org/Template%5FTags/query%5Fposts#Category%5FParameters

http://codex.wordpress.org/The%5FLoop#Style%5FPosts%5FFrom%5FSome%5FCategory%5FDifferently

You may have seen the above mentioned link. I'll explain how it operates.

Posts are loaded while using loop. Should you perform a Query Posts right before the loop, you can decide on choose category (or many groups) as well as limit the amount.

<?php query_posts('cat=1&showposts=5'); ?>
<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
  <li><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
    <?php the_excerpt() ?>
  </li>
<?php endwhile; endif; ?>

You should use the above mentioned code as numerous occasions you want. Pick the category ID (are available in the admin) and the amount of posts you want to exhibit.

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