How to link a specific Wordpress Post directly to the main domain (no category!)

Ian I.
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Hello,

This question has probably been asked many times before, but I just couldn't find the answer.

For our new site (built on Wordpress) we want 5 selected posts to be displayed directly under the main domain.
Or otherwise - their permalinks to be domainxyz.com/particular-post1/ up to domainxyz.com/particular-post5/

We don't want to change the overall permalink global settings. We still have the rest of our posts nicely organized/categorized.

I know that I could create a page instead of a post.
Unfortunately we need the post functionalities that are not present for pages in our Wordpress theme/template.

Please, feel free to ask for more information if needed.

Thank you,
Ian
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do these posts ever change or are the permanent, the same  all the time? is it  specific posts?
is your main page your posts or a 'landing' page? (EDIT: i.e. a static page)
You may want to use some sort of plugin for "sticky" posts like Ultimate Posts Widget. For Ultimate Posts, you would put a widget on your page & use the plugin to determine what shows for the posts you like.

ease of use for displaying any kinds of posts within your widget areas

There are similar plugins here.  Ensure that the plugin is supported with your version of WordPress.
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Thank you all for your replies.
Those selected posts won't change (or at least not too much). The only change we expect is comments.

Not sure if some of you understood what we need to achieve - we don't need "sticky posts".
And we don't really won't to use any plugins as we already have too many installed on our site (any new plugin would slow down our site).

All wee need is those 5 pages to behave as posts.
I was thinking maybe it would be sufficient to create a page template that would mimic a post.
Basically we need to display the author, date (top of the page) and comments (at the bottom).

Or I'll just wait for more inputs here.

Thank you,
Ian

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Our main page (home page) is a "page" , static page..
You should probably create pages rather than posts for your scenario. You can link the page/s in your menu so they are readily available.
or create one page with the 5 'posts'...

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The bottom-line here is to achieve this url (or permalink):
www.domainxyz.com/particular-post1/ 
or
www.domainxyz.com/particular-article1/ 
etc.

Creating a page and link specific posts to that page won't get us there. It will be just a "landing page".
You see when creating posts, Wordpress always forces you to select a category. If there's no category selected then the "Uncategorized" is assigned by default. And this is how the final permalink is affected.
I know there's a plugin that could "get rid" of categories but again we only need that for a few posts. We want to keep our categories.
I am amazed how unflexible WP is!

Yes, the only option is to create pages. We already know that.
Now how to add comments at the bottom of a page? Our WP theme does not come with that option.
I'm willing to PAY for this if someone can create a new page template or come up with a reasonable solution.
Open to gigs, offers or whatever they call it here at EE forum.

 Thank you,
Since you want the comments at the bottom, you should build a custom post & link to it in your menu. You could downplay the category by making it simple like "1". Your link would be www.domainxyz.com/1/particular-post1/ 

Since you want category names on most posts you cannot arbitrarily remove it from a single post. Wordpress uses the same URL structure for all posts.

Alternatively, you can create your page & include a select post at the bottom using a widget like I mentioned before. Perhaps something comparable is included in your theme. Look for short-codes that display posts.

The flexibility of Wordpress is within the themes, plugins, & widgets. Do you know what theme your site uses? Many newer themes include the capability of adding blog posts or other features via shortcode.

You might want to try MotoPress. There is a lite version too that might suffice
If you want to try Gigs, create a project here - https://www.experts-exchange.com/gigs/

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Thank you, Randy.
I'm quite a newbie here, I'll try the Gigs section.

Thanks,
Ian

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Thanks for the directions.

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