Changing categories on this WordPress site

I have decided to restructure this site, in order to:

  • Make things easier to find
  • Improve our SEO
  • Produce better Analytics
  • Better separation of our key services and professional interests

I am going to start off by revising the categories here, at the time of writing this, they look like this:

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 10.30.50

Blimey, you had to scroll a bit to get to the next part of this article 🙂

My aim will be to whittle these down to probably the list below:

  • Web Development
  • Mobile
  • Content
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Contracting
  • Journal
  • Portfolio

Quite a cull – but then I want to use some of these categories in the main menu for the site and they will play an important role where permalinks are concerned. Let me explain…

Currently to dive into our photography section on the site, you need to visit https://nicklewis.net/category/photography-2/ which is a bit, well, crap to put it mildly. I would much rather it was https://nicklewis.net/photography and the same could be repeated for the new categories above.

Doing away with dates in blog posts?

First of all why? In this day and age dated content can lose out on SEO and content becomes relegated to the history bin.

Dangerous perhaps, as it could temporarily wreak havoc on my SEO and break existing links into this site but I do think that when you compare, the following two example links side by side:

https://nicklewis.net/2016/04/19/south-bank-vibe/
https://nicklewis.net/photography/south-bank-vibe/

The latter is waaaaaaaayyyyyy better!!! I plan to use the Redirect plugin to ensure that old links could still work if people really need them!!!

What about standard pages?

Well these are going to face a cull, a little bit of restructuring too but shall be cautious, as there are some old client events on here, wedding shoots, running events and other gigs.

How do you structure your WordPress sites? Are you as fastidious as me? Fussy should say!!!!

 

 

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