The Small Design Studio with Big (Green) Plans
Posts are a simple concept, but a simple concept with plenty to cover.
From custom post types to categories and tags – the whole thing can get a little confusing.
So we’re going to take a long look at some of your options when it comes to WordPress posts.
Let’s say your blog covers a couple of subjects, or you have two audiences. Maybe you just have a few specific columns.
Then you need to be using categories. WordPress categories split your posts into separate sections on your blog.
As an example – we use categories for each different column on Nascent -[intlink id="189" type="category" target="_blank"] Pro-Design[/intlink], [intlink id="4" type="category" target="_blank"]Client-Ed[/intlink], [intlink id="188" type="category" target="_blank"]Five Finds[/intlink], and our [intlink id="187" type="category" target="_blank"]Wednesday Quote[/intlink]. Categories make it much easier for us to build navigation for each column.
You can also have sub-categories – all of our columns are a subcategory of our blog.
Another great use for categories (when it comes to designers) is the Portfolio. Our portfolio is one big category, with subcategories of Graphic, Print, and Web.
Here’s a little tip (for non-designers) – you can use portfolio themes as e-commerce themes. The portfolio section of most themes makes for a great shopping area, especially the more customizable ones.
Alright, that was a lie, but it just reminded me of a song for some reason…
So what are they really good for? Identifying the topic(s) of a post for the most part. If you have tags visible in your posts’ meta users can click on a tag to see articles with similar topics.
But there are more powerful uses for tags.
Using tags as hooks for widgets, for example. The widgets we use on our homepage (#2 and #3) use tags to identify featured posts to slap ‘em on the front page.
Some SEO plugins also use tags as meta keywords for search engines. It’s not the best for SEO, but I imagine it helps a little bit.
The important part is to keep the tags relevant to your content. We covered that in [intlink id="1660" type="post" target="_blank"]5 WordPress Essentials[/intlink], so we aren’t going to repeat ourselves in depth.
Finally, we come to the all-powerful Custom Post Type.
Here’s the funny part, though – Custom Post Types are really just posts that go into a specific category by default.
Why use them, then? Because you can alter the interface for the post editor on a custom post type. It’s also much simpler to use for the end-user of a theme.
For instance, many portfolio and e-commerce themes use custom post types to make it easier to add portfolio items or products to a specific area of the blog.
Due to popular demand, we’re going to analyze the various user roles for WordPress blogs – find out how to give special people special powers and learn how to break a spammer’s keyboard by demoting them to “Subscriber.”
So that deal with breaking a spammer’s keyboard probably isn’t true – but it will frustrate them, anyway.
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