I am working with a non-profit organization to convert its established static (HTML-based) site to a CMS-based site.
That said, as we continue moving forward, looking for a theme -- or working to tweak an existing theme -- I have run across a challenge that I've come up with several possible ways to handle, but looking for input for others who may have dealt with the situation.
The organization's Board is committed to preventing linkrot when and where possible. Because the site is established, and because it is an HTML site, it has many directories.
I know we can use categories to create the appearance of directories, but that won't necessarily solve all the issues. For example, a sample URL right now could be:
Now, while the second example sounds simple enough to handle with a category, it isn't, though. Because of the organization's mission, what would be the category is also a keyword, as well as other topic/content areas of the site, hence the problem.
What I need to be able to do is make WordPress fake the existing directory names.
One quick reply will be to use redirects. The Board has considered that, but has told me to explore all other viable options, as this isn't favored, in the least, primarily because the organization has thousands of printed copies of many different items that are mailed out, including several URLs that are giving us concern.