[wp-hackers] Some Thoughts/Enhancement Ideas In And Around The Category Side Of Things

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Wed Feb 10 15:13:49 UTC 2010

On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 6:49 PM, Mark McWilliams <admin at wpkid.com> wrote:
> Well you could say I was shot down in Trac earlier today!
> http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/12183
> I know fine well this topic is brought up time and time again, in fact I was
> pointed towards talk that happened last year, which must mean that something
> really needs to be looked at, and I feel that what I'm thinking about could
> quite easily be built and/or expanded upon without much work required? :)
> I'm sure you'll soon tell me if I'm right or not!
> So I'll dive straight in...
> Parent Category: The idea behind the main category if you like, acts, or can
> act like a placeholder. Take any forum software for example, when you create
> a new section you have to decide if it'll just be a topic area, or an actual
> forum section? So in WP we introduce a new dropdown menu with a topic
> category option or a posting category if you like. (Are you following?)
> Now because we'd have had the /category/ prefix removed from core, it'd show
> and work as follows!
> Say we take this parent/topic category idea and with the name of BLOG, it'll
> have the slug of /blog/ and would show at  http://www.site.com/blog/ and
> like I mentioned above, you could decide if it'd just act as a topic for
> other categories, or if it'd be a main category itself?
> Child Category: I'm sure most of you know how a 'child' or rather
> sub-category works, and really this is no different! This is looked upon as
> the actual category section, the one you can add a certain category too. Now
> if we take WORDPRESS NEWS as the category, it'd have /wordpress-news/ but
> being attached to the /blog/ topic, it'll now show up as
> /blog/wordpress-news/ which just looks way smarter without having the
> /category/ bit showing and looking out of sync with pages!
> Another example could well be  http://www.site.com/blog/freebies/ which
> means the list can go on and on, but you get the picture?
> You might argue that it's not much different than what we currently have at
> the moment, I'll admit, it's not, and with Custom Taxonomies and Custom Post
> Types you never know what can happen, they're only thoughts I have, not much
> more than that! =) The additional features that could be added to the
> category options would only help, in my opinion, become much more of a CMS.
> In fact, for a little inspiration I'd take a look at WooThemes.com website
> who do this very well with the addition of a plugin (Top Level Categories),
> but then why should something as standard as this come down to a plugin,
> that not everyone knows about?
> A couple of people did respond to the Trac Ticket, so do take a look at what
> they posted, and the replies I posted to them, of which I had a couple of
> questions... http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/12183
> What are your particular thoughts, how far should we go with regards to
> improving the category side of things, let the discussion begin.

I find it amazing, and more than a little humorous, at how far people
will go just because they don't want the word "category" in their URL.

IMO, categories are fine, don't need any improvements at present, and
some people just need to get over it.

Sent from Memphis, TN, United States

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