I am not fantastic at describing what I need, but here goes :)
This is using category.php file.
When clicking a top-level category page link on my menu I want category.php to display child and grand children category headers along with 5 titles and excerpts of each child and grand children category in that top-level category but no top-level category posts.
So if someone clicks a menu item that is a top level category it displays each child and grand child category header, 5 titles & excerpts but I do not want to show posts from the top level category (I really want the top level to act as a gateway to it's children & grand children.)
Then when someone clicks either a category header from one of the child or grand child categories it takes them to a page listing all posts from that child or grand child category (showing something like this - http://paste-it.net/public/j635f6b/). That paste-it is my current category.php which displays posts from any category (top-level, child & grand child) when a category menu link is clicked.
Can anyone make sense of my nonsense and help?
Look forward to hearing from you.
All the best,
Erez S answers:
so you don't want the category page to show posts from the category itself,but only from it's child category and grand children category?
fix me if i'm wrong
Yes that is correct. Essentially, when a user clicks on ,say, Arts & Entertainment they are shown a page that shows - for example - music, arts, theatre child cats with post excerpts. Like this mock-up I did: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=10ogrr8&s=5
then when they click child cat it takes them to my current category.php as per my paste-it code.