I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

An early spring clean

As I’ve been post­ing here more and more recent­ly, I’ve spot­ted a few things about the site which I’m not hap­py with. One of the biggest issues has been around how I sort posts and all the meta data that is relat­ed to them.
For the last few years I’ve used Word­Press’ built in Post For­mats to organ­ise the type of con­tent I post here. They’ve allowed me to dis­play con­tent in dif­fer­ent ways for each type of post I make. Along­side the Post For­mats I’ve been mak­ing use of cat­e­gories, each post got cat­e­gorised with a cat­e­go­ry that cor­re­spond­ed to the type of post it was. This week I realised how redun­dant those cat­e­gories are. Essen­tial­ly I’ve been adding the same infor­ma­tion to a post in two dif­fer­ent ways, con­se­quent­ly posts have not had much con­text in terms of what they are about or how to find sim­i­lar posts.
This morn­ing I’ve spent a bit of time chang­ing that. Posts are now cat­e­gorised in wider sub­ject areas and con­tain many dif­fer­ent types of posts. I plan to sur­face the Post For­mats infor­ma­tion when I redesign the blog to have a design unique to me and that doesn’t make use of one of the stan­dard themes.
One con­se­quence of the re-cat­e­gori­sa­tion of posts is that it’s sur­face how woe­ful­ly I’ve been tag­ging posts. Cur­rent­ly I have 337 tags across 686 posts. That’s a lot of tags, but even with just a cur­so­ry look over the tag list shows I’ve got many vari­a­tions on the same word. One of my next, and prob­a­bly most tedious tasks, will be to sort out and clean up my tag list so that they pro­vide bet­ter gran­u­lar categorisation.
It should pro­vide a more use­ful hier­ar­chy of meta data to the site, Post For­mat (type of post) \> Cat­e­go­ry (wider sub­ject) \> Tags (small­er sub­ject infor­ma­tion). Hope­ful­ly it means I’ll be able to find my own posts bet­ter, Word­Press’ rec­om­mend­ed posts might actu­al­ly be use­ful and return to the site, and read­ers will be able to find more posts relat­ed to the one they’re reading.

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