a few weeks ago I started to use WordPress 3.0.1 with the Thematic Theme Framework to build a personal, but professional quality website. My goals with the site is to:
- provide content -- translations of various, 2 000-15 000 words essays -- in different categories, but with:
- category pages with dynamic, chronological listings of the content,
- category pages with descriptions above the listings,
- subscription options (feeds) for each category,
- eliminating any sign of the comment system on the category and content pages
- provide an additional blog that is clearly separated from the main content, but included in the main feed of the site; and the blog should support commenting.
- If I use pages I have to create custom page templates to have dynamic page listings and feeds; but I will have a clean URL.
- If I use posts I have to create custom category templates to include descriptions on the dynamic listing pages, and I don't like the "category" part of the URL.
- Or should I use posts for the content, but then create pages with custom post listings, instead of making category templates?
- Or should I use custom post type? I have no idea about how dynamic listings and feeds work with custom post types.
- And lastly, how to provide an effective, clutterless permalink structure for categories/posts that doesn't confuse users but also doesn't hurt server performance?
Obviously I would choose the option that needs the least modifications/hacks, and provides the best usability in the long term. But I'm not confident about any of these options, and I don't even know which option should I research on the internet. There are many articles, but I suppose many of them are obsolete in the light of the new custom post types.
Could anybody provide some ideas about what route should/could I choose? I feel that there is a lack of clear/official implementation strategies if we are talking about CMS, and especially CMS+blog, use. :(
(BTW, sorry for the long post. I have problems with keeping things short... :))