Largo Taxonomies

WordPress provides a standard way to organize posts by Categories and Tags. These are referred to in WordPress as Taxonomies. Largo adds several other taxonomies: Post Prominence, Series, and Post Type. Here's how to use them to organize site content and display it where you want.

Covered in this Section

  1. Introduction to Taxonomies
  2. Categories
  3. Tags
  4. Series
  5. Post Prominence
  6. Post Types

Introduction to Taxonomies

Taxonomies help organize your content into logical groupings of related content. For example, all posts assigned to the Category of Politics can be found at http://yoursitename.org/category/politics. If you add a Politics link in your menu, users can easily find all posts in the politics category.

Largo also creates an RSS feed for each taxonomy term, so people who use RSS can subscribe to their topics of interest.

WordPress comes standard with Categories and Tags. Largo adds several other taxonomies:

  • Series (optional) allows you to create a multi-part series or project with a custom landing page.
  • Post Prominence allows you to highlight a post more prominently on your homepage and other archive pages.
  • Post Type (optional) provides a way to group posts by content type, like video, podcast, or commentary.

Managing Taxonomies and Terms

You can create, edit, and manage your site's taxonomies in the dashboard under the Posts menu item named after the taxonomy. For example, here's the category list page:

category list page in WordPress

You can add a new Category, or edit an existing Category by clicking on it:

editing a category in WordPress

When creating or editing a Category, you can add a Description and a Featured Image that will display on the Category archive page. You can also select a sidebar to use on the category archive page, which allows the display of widget-based content related to that Category.

Hint: For consistency, we recommend capitalizing every word in tags, categories and custom taxonomies (so: “My Favorite Series” not “My favorite series” and “Campaign Finance” not “campaign finance”) and you should also always use full names of public figures, places, etc. without titles (because titles can change over time, e.g. - “Grover Cleveland” not “President Grover Cleveland”).

Back on the category list page, if you hover over a Category name you'll see links to edit or delete the Category.

category links on the category list page

Clicking the View link takes you to the Category archive page. On the right side of the row is a number showing how many posts are assigned to that Category. If you click the number, WordPress will take you to a Posts list screen with only the posts in that Category where you can edit the posts, perform Bulk Actions, etc.

Cleaning Up Terms with the Term Debt Consolidator

Without careful curation, a site can wind up with multiple terms that mean the same thing. Or, if your content was migrated to Largo from a previous site, the number of imported Categories and Tags can be quite large.

INN built a plugin called WordPress Term Debt Consolidator to analyze a site's Categories and Tags and identify terms that might be redundant. The plugin provides a report of terms that are similar, and an interface for administrators to merge redundant terms.

The WordPress Term Debt Consolidator can be added in the dashboard under Plugins. If INN is hosting your Largo site you can ask us to enable it for you.

For more on how to use it, see the Term Debt Consolidator docs.

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