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Organize your site

Published Nov 10, 2020
Updated Mar 25, 2021

Quick summary

  • Who can do it? Administrators, Editors
  • How to reach it?
    • Planner > Formats
    • Planner > Categories
    • Assets > Tags

What, Why

Think of your website as a massive plot of land. Even though you might be developing only 5% of the area right now, you need to plan and demarcate the entire land appropriately at the start. Hence, you must break your property into appropriate, neat slots in advance ensures that there is no overlap later on. Your website is not much different from a massive piece of land.

The science (and art) of Information Architecture spatially breaks down your site, so your audience (and team) know how the site is structured, what space is where, and how to navigate it.

Out of the box, WordPress provides categories and tags for this.

Categories

Use categories to create clear, logical and distinct buckets of the pieces of information. A very popular MECE framework can be used to organize the information. It stands for Mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive which means that there is no overlap (mutually exclusive) between the buckets and each item having place in one bucket only. (collectively exhaustive)

Tags

Use tags to annotate content with people, places, organizations, and things referenced in the post. This can be very specific to the post you are writing.

Formats

Use formats to tell the audience how you produced a post: analysis, reportage, opinion, analysis, and so on.

Presentations

Use presentations to show the audience how the post looks on the site. We support three presentation types: article (standard) , gallery and video

All of these help to define your content into smaller chunks making it much easier to find and focus on.


How

For categories

  • Name of the category. Try keeping it short
  • Slug is the URL of the category page
  • Parent category allows you to create hierarchy or nesting. We recommend not to add more than two levels (parent and child)
  • Description needs to be less than 280 characters. Add keywords that can help in searching and indexing the page better.

For Formats and Tags

Unlike categories, tags and formats do not have hierarchy or nesting between the parent and child. They are all created at one level. Rest of the fields are same as explained above.

How to connect categories, tags and format to a post?

TBD or maybe move to FAQ section

“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve got the fish, you forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve got the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you’ve got the meaning, you can forget the words.”

Chuang Tse

Formats exists because of the story and the topic of interest. Once you’ve got the story, you forget the format.