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Category Sub-Blogs

Partition your blog into several sub-blogs using categories. This allows for supplying a unified blog in addition to "specialized" sub-blogs.

Motivation

WordPress offers comprehensive tools for tailoring your content. Categories, for one, allow a reader to focus on content most relevant to him. However, the current category behavior has several shortcomings:

  • Requires expertise from the reader (he can't access a "ready-made" blog for his topic)
  • Cannot search within a category (or filter by tag, date etc.). This can be referenced in short as no closure.
  • Hard to get the RSS feed within a category
  • Cannot change blog title when browsing a specific category (to create a look & feel of a dedicated blog)

An alternative approach, opening several separate blogs has other shortcomings:

  • Inability to aggregate several topics together
  • No single identity for author / subscriber
  • No easy exploration of other content offered by same author

Category Sub-Blogs

The solution offered in this plugin is to treat categories as separate sub-blogs. This consists of the following aspects:

  1. Offer closure while browsing a category: All filtering actions (e.g. searching, filtering by date or tag) only access posts within the currently selected category.
  2. Following a link from outside automatically selects the relevant category.
  3. RSS feeds & The blog name change for different category selections.

Specialized Templates

In order to enhance the look-and-feel of separate sub-blogs, it is advisable to use custom themes for your categories. Luckily, this is already a built-in feature in wordress. Read this.

Requires: 2.5.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 2.8.6
Last Updated: 2009-12-1
Downloads: 1,036

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