Content Architecture - WordCamp Milwaukee 2014

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Posts vs. Pages & Categories vs. Tags. There is so much confusion about what types of things should be put on a page and what should be in a post. Static vs. Dynamic content is the best way to tackle …

Posts vs. Pages & Categories vs. Tags. There is so much confusion about what types of things should be put on a page and what should be in a post. Static vs. Dynamic content is the best way to tackle this. An “About Us” page would be just that… A PAGE. If you are talking about something that is more time sensitive, then you want to do a post. Connected to this would be Categories and Tags. What are they? When creating a website, you can edit a menu to include not only pages, but also category archives that can create a more complete experience for small businesses.

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  • This, along with the next slide can take some good time. Call this “Content Architecture”.
  • Don’t have a menu item called “Blog”. That doesn’t tell me what’s in it.
    Spend time coming up with your Information Architecture before you make your menu. 3-5-7 rule

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  • 1. Content Architecture Shanta R. Nathwani, Sheridan College WordCamp Milwaukee 2014 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 1
  • 2. Agenda  About Me  Introduction  Pages & Posts  Categories & Tags  Live Demo  Q & A’s 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 2
  • 3. Main Idea  Posts vs. Pages & Categories vs. Tags. There is so much confusion about what types of things should be put on a page and what should be in a post. Static vs. Dynamic content is the best way to tackle this. When creating a website, you can edit a menu to include not only pages, but also category archives that can create a more complete experience. 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 3
  • 4. Find Me! Tweet Me: @TantienHime Email: shanta@shanta.ca My Web Site: http://shanta.ca 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 4
  • 5. About Me • Instructor, Sheridan College • Joint program with University of Toronto at Mississauga: Institute of Culture, Communication, Information and Technology • Web Design and Capstone Project • Independent IT and Social Media Consultant • Clients include NPOs, Real Estate, Software Development, Financial and Political Sectors • Bachelor of Commerce in Info Tech Mgmt., Ryerson University 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 5
  • 6. Post-It Notes • Used to put down all the pieces of information that you want to put on your website • Later on, you may want to colour (yes, I'm Canadian!) code them into categories and pages • During the presentation today, start filling in those post-its with your ideas of what you want on the site. You may not finish it today, but it will give you a start. 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 6
  • 7. An Example Categories and Pages Menu Structure 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 7
  • 8. Follow Along! We are going to put together our menu based on the content we’ve already got. Follow along at: http://tantienhime.com 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 8
  • 9. Pages vs Posts Pages  Static information for the most part  “About Us” is a great example  Does not use Categories  Can have sub-pages Posts  Dynamic information  Time sensitive  Uses Categories & Tags  “Upcoming Events” or “Events Attended” are good examples 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 9
  • 10. Categories vs. Tags Categories  Major classifications for information  “Events” is a great example  Can have sub-categories (much like pages) Tags  Describes the content using keywords  WordPress recommends 5-7 per post 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 10
  • 11. WordPress Menus Menus can contain:  Categories (sometimes called “Category Archives”)  Pages  External Links The number of menus that are supported depend on the theme you choose, so do that first!Since 3.6, you can now choose what menu goes where (main, sidebars). Again, dependant on the theme. 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 11
  • 12. Go Live! http://tantienhime.com /wp-admin 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 12
  • 13. Questions? Tweet Me: @TantienHime Email: shanta@shanta.ca My Web Site: http://shanta.ca 7/25/2014Shanta R. Nathwani 13