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Create a Magazine Style Blog Site with Thesis 2 – Part 6 – Create the Category Structure

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The very first thing that we’re going to do then here is create our category structure. In order to do that, I want to show you the categories or the breakdown that Brian and I came up with when we were looking at the site trying to go through this exercise.

Identifying Static (Pages) Content on the Site

So looking at the content on the site, we identified the static content as Planning with Pre-conception and Pre-natal care, and Pregnancy and all that 1st Trimester, 2nd Trimester, 3rd Trimester content. All that makes sense to be maintained as static content. Then that Babies first year section where you’ve got the whole Month 1, Month 2, that kind of stuff, that make sense for this to be a static content.

Then of course, what we haven’t talked about at all, all this Admin Stuff makes sense to be set at content, login, register, any kind of admin pages that you may have, all that kind of stuff should be considered static content that should be contained as a page.

Identifying Dynamic (Posts) Content on the Site

Then looking at our Blog Content or our dynamic content, under Health or Pregnant, we probably want some health information that is constantly updating. There’s either new pregnancy diets or new pregnancy exercises and those kind of things can all rationally fall under dynamic content. So we see a need both for Pregnancy as static content and Pregnancy as dynamic content.

Same thing is true with Babies. We’ve got some Babies first year stuff but we’re also going to have this Babies dynamic content and then again, with Toddlers, Potty Training, Child Care, Health, Development, Education. And actually, I think we decided we’re going to add Education to this.

Identifying Categories

Because the content is going to be different from one to the other, we’re going to end up with our own category of Education for Kids and category of Education for Toddlers and Babies and Teens and that kind of thing. So then, our Teen section breaks down to Tweens, Bullying, Drugs and Sex and that kind of stuff plus the standards.

Then we get back down to Moms and this is the new category that we decided to add once we look at the posts. Now, all of a sudden you’ve got something, Mommy Blog and there was another clearly mom-related sort of thing that gave rise to the need to add that as a category of dynamic content.

Then there’s going to be a Family section with these as subcategories, Money, Travel, Health, Lifestyle, Technology, Family Recipes and Photo Galleries. Well, we don’t have any breakdown for Celebrities yet, but there’s still going to have a Celebrities primary category which may in fact, result in subcategories somewhere down the road here.

So, this is the structure that we will be implementing, both static and dynamic content as we reorganize the site here. Now what we’re just going to do is dive in and create these categories. You’re going to learn everything there is to learn about setting this part of the site up for categories. While we go through the exercise of actually creating all of these categories I want to draw your attention to a couple of things.

Components of a Category

When we create a category, it gets a name, it can have a slug if you want or it will generate its own slug. You can specify a parent, you can add a description which can be used on the page if you wish. You can give it SEO title tag and an SEO meta description, keywords, robots, tags, this kind of stuff that’s inherent in Thesis.

You can also give it an archive title and archive content and I’m going to show you what that means more specifically when we start working on these templates and you can assign it a custom template. Right now, all we’re going to do is assign categories and the parent-child relationship in those categories.

Create the New Categories

We’re starting off with the category of Pregnancy, we’ll let the slug be the slug, it’s a parent category so we’re not going to do anything with it, we’re just going to give it a name and add the new category to it. Then we’re going to give it a subcategory called Health and we’ll paste that in there and then as the parent, we’ll pick Pregnancy and again, add a new category.

Now, as we work our way through this process, we will continue to add more information here as we work on our templates. But right now, you can see that Health is designated as a subcategory of Pregnancy by having this little line here.

Then we’re going to create a new parent category called Babies. So we want to pick none for the parent and then it’s going to have a subcategory of Child Care so I pick Babies as the parent now, add a new category.

Note how, this is the slug over here, right so Child Care got lowercase and capitalized and so then we’ve got Health, you’re going to see something new happen now with that slug.

We pick Health, we’ve got Babies as the parent, we click Health here, now you can see under Babies, now it hyphenated Health with Babies because you can’t have two slugs that are the same. You can have names that are the same but you can’t have two slugs that are the same so it’s health-babies then Development and Education.

Then we’re into Toddlers, this is going to be a parent category again. We may stick with Todds as the name in the menu perhaps but Todds isn’t really an English word so we don’t have to call the category Todds for SEO purposes.

Then we’ll do Potty Training as a child of Toddlers and Child Care and Health, Development then we’ll do something new. Notice we have this Education category here? I’m going to assign this Education category to the Toddlers so I’m going to come over here and hit edit and it’s going to be the parent of Toddlers.

Then under Kids, we’ll be having a new parent category, no parent for it, then Kid Kouture and we’ll pick Kids as our parent, Kid Zone, Health, Development, Education. Then we’re going to add the new Teens so again, no parent, Tweens, we’ll have the parent of Teens, Bullying, Drugs, Sex, Health.

We’re getting close to the end here now. The Moms, it has none, Health, Work, Play. I just messed that up because that one I put under Moms, I put Family under Moms and we want Family as none.

Then we’ll add Money under Family and then we’re going to go over here to Travel and we’re going to add that one to Family’s, Health, Lifestyle, 3 more and now, we have created all of the categories that can be assigned to our posts.

Look at that, Photo Galleries, Family Recipes, Technology, Lifestyle, Health, none of those things got placed inside of Family so I’m going to go back and edit them. No, it is, it is Family.

In fact, let’s go up to screen options and show all hundred categories as well. There are 43 posts, Babies, Family, Kids, Moms, Pregnancy, everything organized the way I want it. So, that aspect of the Content Management System that is, our categories have been set up.

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