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tags point to main blog tags (10 posts)

  1. dallasm
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm using multisite sitewide tags (great plugin) to pull posts to my main blog.
    I'd like the category and tags links which appear on the single posts page to point to the main blog page rather than be scattered across multiple blogs (acutally I thought I'd have one at the top and bottom, one pointing to the same blog and the other to the main blog.

    I thought I could use switch_to_blog to change the permalinks of the tags, but no such luck: no tags appear at all when I do this.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks

  2. dallasm
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    As an alternative, I guess I could change the heading of the tag to a permalink to the main site tag so all the individual sites tags point to the main site.

  3. Sitewide Tags takes your posts and COPIES them to the tags blog (main blog in your case). The point is to have them all be in their separate sites, not all in one. If you want all your posts in one site, why bother to have multiple sites?

  4. dallasm
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi, Ipenstu,
    Currently for a given search term, due to overlap between my sites, searchers will often see the tag pages for the individual sites.
    The idea of sitewide tags is for the main blog to be the portal for the other sites.
    I'd like the visitor to go the the tag page with the most posts (ie the main blog), rather than have to individually visit each blog's tag pages.

    When the user clicks on the permalink they are taken to the individual subsite to view the single post, so they end up at the subsite.

    For user experience and SEO I think its better to have the main page come up for the relevant tags (rather than multiple scattered listings of tag pages for individual blogs)

    The posts remain in their original blog, but I'd like their tag links to point to the main blog as a focus.

  5. The idea of sitewide tags is for the main blog to be the portal for the other sites.

    Right.

    I'd like the visitor to go the the tag page with the most posts (ie the main blog), rather than have to individually visit each blog's tag pages.

    What 'each blog's tag pages'? By default (unless something changed in 3.0 that I missed - very possible) there is NO page that lists all your tags. You can make one, but I do not believe this is built in. You didn't activate the SiteWide tags on each site per-site, did you?

    When the user clicks on the permalink they are taken to the individual subsite to view the single post, so they end up at the subsite.

    Yes, this is by design and how it's supposed to work. I'm unclear on if this is what you WANT (you made it sound like you did NOT want this and, if not, then you don't need MultiSite cause that's how it's SUPPOSED to work - that's what I was driving at there).

    For user experience and SEO I think its better to have the main page come up for the relevant tags (rather than multiple scattered listings of tag pages for individual blogs)

    SEO is a non-issue here. so forget about it for now (you'll just make your head hurt ;) ). USER experience... Well now. That's a kettle of sardines. But this whole 'tag pages for individual blogs' thing is confusing. I don't know what you mean by that.

  6. The posts remain in their original blog, but I'd like their tag links to point to the main blog as a focus.

    You mean on the sub sites, yes?

    Because the MAIN site WILL have tag archive pages that go across all subsites.

    you may want to do this:
    http://wpmututorials.com/how-to/make-a-tags-page-like-wordpress-dot-com/

    on the main site, not the sub sites.

  7. dallasm
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'd like the visitor to go the the tag page with the most posts (ie the main blog), rather than have to individually visit each blog's tag pages.

    What 'each blog's tag pages'? By default (unless something changed in 3.0 that I missed - very possible) there is NO page that lists all your tags. You can make one, but I do not believe this is built in. You didn't activate the SiteWide tags on each site per-site, did you?

    On my site theme the tags are listed at the end of each post in the loop (like the front page and category/tag pages) and in the single post (in case this isn't normal).

    So on the main blog front page, we have posts from all subsites, in order from most recent to least recent. Each of these has links to categories and tags. clicking these links takes you to :
    mainsite.com/tag/tagname or mainsite.com/category/categoryname

    On the subsites, on the front page or category/tag/other archive pages and also on the subsite single post pagesthese categories and tags are also listed below the post. Clicking them takes you to the relevant mainsite.com/tag/tagname or subsite.mainsite.com/category/categoryname or subsite.mainsite.com/tag/tagname (except I'm stripping the category base with wp seo)

    I've got a news site and often categories overlap: so similar stories in the news, weather, and cyclone sites might all be tagged with "flood", with the tags all pointing to:
    mainsite.com/tag/flood from the main site but to weather.mainsite.com/tag/flood fromt the weather site and news.mainsite.com/tag/flood from the news site and cyclone.mainsite.com/tag/flood from the cyclone site.

    Now this is OK in some ways, but if most of my flood info is actually on the weather site, but the news site is a much bigger site with better PR overall, then googlers would often find news.mainsite.com/tag/flood ahead of weather.mainsite.com/tag/flood even though the flood archive might not be as useful.

    I'd rather they instead found mainsite.com/tag/flood, which would have links to the individual posts from all the blogs.

    I'm thinking something like a link on tag pages to the main site tag would do the trick:

    eg:
    Read more about "><?php the_tag() ?> at mainsite.com

    That way people can find extra info if they need it, and google will see several subsites pointing to the main site as the authority.

    Although I'm using multisite, its not multiuser, and its basically all branded the same so the individual blogs don't matter so much.

    Thanks for your input and ideas

    Dallas

  8. Next time use <blockquote></blockquote> to wrap around your quotes :) Makes it easier to read, thanks.

    On my site theme the tags are listed at the end of each post in the loop (like the front page and category/tag pages) and in the single post (in case this isn't normal).

    Okay... That's as it should be. You can edit your theme to remove them from the main (tags blog) site if you want ... or anywhere else. Those aren't 'tags pages' though, they're just a list of tags at the bottom of posts. :) Semantics, but thank you for explaining what YOU meant.

    So on the main blog front page, we have posts from all subsites, in order from most recent to least recent. Each of these has links to categories and tags. clicking these links takes you to :
    mainsite.com/tag/tagname or mainsite.com/category/categoryname

    Just edit the theme on the mainsite to REMOVE the tags and then you won't get dupes. You only want the tags on the child sites, I would think. Right?

    I don't believe you can code them to go to the childsite anyway (is that correct Andrea?)

  9. Although I'm using multisite, its not multiuser, and its basically all branded the same so the individual blogs don't matter so much.

    WPMU was rolled in to wordpress as multisite. it's the same thing.

  10. dallasm
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Andrea, I known multisite/multiuser are equivalent, I just mean its not like I'm worried about an indidual blogger missing traffic because the main site is recognised as the primary one for the archives.

    I want the tags to display on both sites, I just want the child site tags to point directly or indirectly to the main site tag archives: sounds like I will be best to do it on the tag archive page, saying "read more about tag on mainsite" on the subsites.

    Thanks Andrea and Ipenstu

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