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Blog design concepts
When creating a blog do posts generally replace pages? Say, I want to create a blog on ethnic cuisine. Is generally the case that I only have one about me page and several categories like Indian, Thai, Chinese cuisine etc... Then create tags for the various ingredients such as chilli, cumin, fruit, rice, potatoes etc?
Candice Eisner10,514 Points
There are a number of ways you could work this - using WordPress' built-in structure with different pages for each item, or by using custom post types and custom fields. Really, WordPress is a really powerful tool and can be customized a lot when you know some PHP and have some understanding of theme development.
Since you're already a Treehouse student, I'd recommend looking at the WordPress track and doing the courses, especially the How To Build A WordPress Theme course. It's well worth your time, especially if you're looking to publish a professional blog and are interesting in learning to code too. :)
Candice Eisner10,514 Points
Posts and pages both serve their purpose, and can exist together on a single blog.
Page are items like an 'about me' page or similar. You could have a few different pages if you wanted to.. maybe a 'contact me' page or a 'my favourite food blogs' page. Totally up to you.
Posts are blog posts. You could have different categories for different cuisines, sure, and then different tags for the ingredients being used. That's a perfectly acceptable structure for your posts, and should make it reasonably easy for people to find what they're looking for in your post history.
Thanks perhaps you could be kind enough to provide some more examples. Of course food is just an example I am toying with here. Say, if I was to create legal or political blog with a the goal of using case law (or legal precedent) to convey my message. I would have actual message which wont be more than 500 words. There would be whole bunch of supporting documents consisting of court decisions, existing legislation, governmental policiie and expert reports.
How would I use catagories (or any wordpress too) to structure the blog to convey my message most effectively?