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Content Architecture at WordCamp Ottawa 2016

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This is the Workshop that was delivered on the Sunday of WordCamp Ottawa

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Content Architecture at WordCamp Ottawa 2016

  1. 1. CONTENT ARCHITECTURE AKA. PAGES VS. POSTS & CATEGORIES VS. TAGS WORDCAMP OTTAWA 2016 #WCOTT 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. ABOUT (A BOOT) ME • Instructor, Sheridan College • Joint program with University of Toronto at Mississauga: Institute of Culture, Communication, Information and Technology • Web Design and Capstone Project • Instructor, Mohawk College • Computer Foundations and WordPress • WIT program funded via the YWCA • Independent Consultant • Clients include NPOs, Real Estate, Software Development, Financial and Political Sectors • Bachelor of Commerce in Info Tech Mgmt., Ryerson University • Serial WordCamper. Went to 7 last year and the year before that. • Co-organizer, WordCamp Hamilton Shanta R. Nathwani - http://shanta.ca - @ShantaDotCa 4
  5. 5. FIND ME! Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa Email: shanta@shanta.ca My Web Site: http://shanta.ca Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa http://shanta.ca 5
  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. • 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 7 POST-IT NOTES
  8. 8. AN EXAMPLE CATEGORIES AND PAGES MENU STRUCTURE Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa http://shanta.ca 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 http://shanta.ca 10
  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 http://shanta.ca 11
  12. 12. 2. FIGURE OUT WHICH ONES WILL BE CATEGORIES AND WHICH ONES WILL BE PAGES Pages Categories Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa http://shanta.ca 12 About Us Events Services Recipes Contact Products Portfolio
  13. 13. Pages Categories 3. CHANGE THE COLOUR OF EITHER ONE OR THE OTHER SO THAT YOU CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa http://shanta.ca 13 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 http://shanta.ca 14
  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 15
  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 16 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 17
  18. 18. GO LIVE! http://tantienhime.com/wp-admin (For Me) http://tantienhime.com (For You) Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa http://shanta.ca 18
  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) Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa http://shanta.ca 19
  20. 20. Questions? Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa Email: shanta@shanta.ca My Web Site: http://shanta.ca Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa http://shanta.ca 20