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VOTE NOW! Case study: Page or Post?
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Reece Morrel
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September 17, 2010 - 5:09 pm
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What a great teaching moment!  Help me decide/understand how to organize my information.  Do I use a "Page" or a "Post"?  When you cast your vote, please explain your reasons.  Thank-you BYOBW-er's!

 

Version 1 of my web site will include about 1 dozen court cases.  During the next year it may grow to 3 or 4 dozen cases – time permitting.  After that who knows?

I want to organize these cases as 2 lists.  The first list will be organized by Court in descending order of importance (i.e. Supreme Court, Circuit Court, District Court, Tax Court, etc.)

The  second list will be organized by Topic – and a case can be listed under more than 1 topic.  Topics may include "Cohan Rule", "Gambling Session", "Win/Loss Statements", "Reward Cards", etc.

(Obviously, the first list will have a link to the second list and vice versa.  For example:  "Click here to see the cases organized by Topic")

When I list the case, the case name will be a link to the full text of the case.  I would like to allow comments about each case below the case itself.

 

Here are the questions to vote on:

1.  Lists of cases – PAGE or POST?

2.  Text of each case – PAGE or POST?

3.  Do I use TAGS to organize the TOPICS?

Thank-you everyone!

Here are my domain names in case I forget to list them in my post: http://www.LadyLuckDiary.com, http://www.TulsaFencing.com, http://www.GamblingTaxInstitute.com and  http://www.TaxThinkers.com

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September 18, 2010 - 8:11 am
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This is a great question!  Here's how I'd do it using default WordPress functionality.

I would make each individual case a post. This is the typical "post" type content and organization.  Pages don't have categories or tags and can't be automatically queried or displayed by category or tag.  Posts can.  The central purpose for both categories and tags is to provide a means of automatically displaying a set of data (posts) by content descriptors.  

I would use categories for the courts.  You want the courts organized by order of importance, which suggests hierarchy.  Categories are hierarchical, and each post should really only have one category.

I would use tags for the topics.  A post can have as many tags as you want.  Tags have no hierarchy.

Displaying the lists should be the job of archive pages.  An archive page is automatically generated by WordPress and will display all posts of a given category or tag.  In Thesis 1.8 you can now add introductory text to archive pages by each individual category or tag.

In conjunction with archive pages you can use category and tag widgets to provide navigation between categories and tags.  This automatically provides the functionality of "Click here to see the cases organized by Topic".

Outside of default WordPress functionality I would consider using a custom post type for court cases and custom taxonomies for courts.

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Reece Morrel
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After doing some more research and study.  I agree.

But this raises another question.  I will have POSTS for the Court Cases, but I also want to have my regular blog-type POSTS.

How do I make sure that my Court Case POSTS show up on a Court Cases "Page" and my other regular blog-type POSTS show up on their separate "Page"?

Is this what you were hinting at with the custom taxonomies stuff?

As I enter Court Cases, I really don't the Court Case POSTS to hit the RSS feed - I don't won't to overload it with a 20-page court case!

Any other idosyncracies I should consider?

Here are my domain names in case I forget to list them in my post: http://www.LadyLuckDiary.com, http://www.TulsaFencing.com, http://www.GamblingTaxInstitute.com and  http://www.TaxThinkers.com

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So this sounds to me like the perfect application for a custom post type, and you may as well then use the custom taxonomy.  It'll take some time explaining how to do this but I'll jump back in on this in a day or so.

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