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How to make a category page act like a regular page?! (7 posts)

  1. pixelrage
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've been using WordPress since the early 2000s, and one thing that has upset me for years is how the software was built to not allow users to treat category pages like regular pages.

    For instance,

    mysite.com/cars/honda/accord

    ...I'd want to turn "mysite.com/cars/honda" into a fully immersed page, since it would be of high value to the website user and a major portal page to several dozen sub-pages, including "accord". However, it's not possible to do because WordPress was made to treat categories as nothing more than machine-generated lists of "posts" within them. Frustrating.

    I know of the "category-#.php" trick, but it is extremely time consuming to have to hand-create individual pages just so that they show up instead of a standard category page.

    My question - is there any plugin, edit, fix, ANYTHING, now in 2011 that makes a WordPress Category page be fully editable to the same extent as a Page or Post?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. theotherlebowski
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    why not just have mysite.com/honda as a landing page for honda specific info and then create create a category family for posts like:

    cars
    |-honda
    |-accord
    |-next car
    |-and so on...

    for things like the accord with the tag honda where you can add new info about the accord so that users can visit mysite.com/honda and see a couple of paragraphs with info about the accord and click a link to visit a category called mysite.com/cars/honda/accord

    or just search a tag cloud for all posts and content tagged with honda.

    there's no need to tear hair out or try to reinvent the wheel, just use the tools available with a bit of imagination :D

  3. theotherlebowski
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    that didn't quite indent the way i hoped...

    cars
       |- honda
            |- accord
            |- another car
  4. pixelrage
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the reply - it becomes a little tough to do this, when in my example, "/honda" MUST behave like a portal page and be entirely custom built, rather than anything auto-generated.

    Currently I'm looking to move over a site from another platform to WordPress, and in order to do this, I'd need to hand-create some 120+ custom pages via the "category-#.php" method just because WordPress doesn't allow you to manually edit how a category page looks, and it's so daunting that I am looking for alternatives. It would probably take me half a year to complete :/

    The other huge issue is that WordPress forces a "mysite.com/category" where "category" (or whatever else you choose) is forced in the 1st level of the URL...that is also breaking the breadcrumb trail and hurts both usability and SEO. These are two issues I really wish the dev team would recognize and fix at some point, but I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel as they remain the same, every time WP is updated :(

  5. theotherlebowski
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    in that case, one word: multisite.

    it's the best solution for your needs, it is complex to set up though so be patient and thorough!

  6. pixelrage
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    That is also a possibility - building a separate WP installation in a folder...

    I just wanted to post one more thing for anyone who might find this thread - another possibility is to modify your theme to display a "category description" - most if not all themes do NOT do this out of the box, and instructions can be found here:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/category_description

    and there's also a plugin for using HTML in a category description here:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/allow-html-in-category-descriptions/

    Unfortunately, NONE of this will work if your theme does not have a "category.php" file - like mine :(

  7. JoJoInNY
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I was looking for a similar solution and found a Redirect plugin (Quick Page/Post Redirect DEV) at http://www.fischercreativemedia.com/

    I configured the plugin settings to redirect the category "slugs" to specific pages. It worked like a charm.

    Just make sure you get the full path of the slug, including any parent categories.

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