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How To Organize Your Content Through Navigation and Wayfinding

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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 this. When creating a website, you can edit a menu to include not only pages, but also categories that can create a more complete experience.

This Talk guides you through the process to giving your visitors a better way to access your website other than through the word "Blog"

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How To Organize Your Content Through Navigation and Wayfinding

  1. 1. HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR CONTENT THROUGH NAVIGATION AND WAYFINDING aka. Pages vs. Posts & Categories vs. Tags Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 1
  2. 2. 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. Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 2
  3. 3. Agenda Introduction Pages & Posts Categories & Tags Live Demo Q & A’s Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 3
  4. 4. Find Me! Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa Email: shanta@shanta.ca My Web Site: http://shanta.ca Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 4
  5. 5. Shanta R. Nathwani Quality Assurance Manager at Weever Apps Inc. Co-organizer at WordCamp Hamilton Speaker at more than 30 WordCamps in North America Twitter: @ShantaDotCa Website: https://shanta.ca Shanta R. Nathwani - @shantaDotCa - https://shanta.ca
  6. 6. 1. Write down on post it notes all the main topics that you would like to see on your website. Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 6 About Us Events ServicesRecipes Contact Products Portfolio Blog
  7. 7. 7 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 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. Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca
  8. 8. An Example CATEGORIES AND PAGES MENU STRUCTURE Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - 8
  9. 9. Follow Along! We are going to put together our menu based on content we’ve already got. Follow along at: http://tantienhime.com Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 9
  10. 10. 3-5-7 Principle • 3 Clicks to where you need to be. • Few (very few) exceptions • No more than 5-7 items in a list. • This includes menus and lists Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - 1 0
  11. 11. 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 Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - 1 1
  12. 12. 2. Figure out which ones will be Categories and which ones will be Pages P A G E S C A T E G O R I E S Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 1 2 About Us Events Services Recipes Contact Products Portfolio
  13. 13. P A G E S C A T E G O R I E S 3. Change the colour of either one or the other so that you can tell the difference Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 1 3 About Us Events Services Recipes Contact Products Portfolio
  14. 14. 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 Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - 1 4
  15. 15. 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. Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 1 5
  16. 16. 4. Keeping the 3-5-7 Rule, start to structure your menus according to the topic, not whether or not your content is a post or a page. Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 1 6 About Us EventsServices Contact Products Recipes Portfolio
  17. 17. 5. Create your menu in WordPress using pages and categories! Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 1 7
  18. 18. Go Live! http://tantienhime.com/wp-admin (For Me) http://tantienhime.com (For You) Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 1 8
  19. 19. Resources How to create your menu: https://learn.wordpress.com/get-published-30/#lecustommenu (Created for .com, but still applicable) Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web: http://www.amazon.com/Information- Architecture-Blueprints-Christina-Wodtke/dp/0735712506 (until last year, used by our course) Don’t Make Me Think: http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Make-Think-Revisited- Usability/dp/0321965515 (one of the books that replaced IA) Evil By Design: http://evilbydesign.info/book/ (the other new book) WordPress.tv: http://shanta.ca/posts-vs-pages-and-categories-vs-tags-video-at-wordcamp- montreal-2015/ (my earlier talk, including creating the menu) My Course on Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/course/how-to-get-started-on-your- wordpress-website-using-gutenberg/?couponCode=SHANTA-WCROC (25% off discount code! Until Nov. 2 Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 1 9
  20. 20. Questions? Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa Email: shanta@shanta.ca My Web Site: http://shanta.ca Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa - http://shanta.ca 2 0

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