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  • Hello All,

    We have a print magazine where we are going to put all of the articles online when the magazine goes to print every month. We are stumped on how we should organize the articles. At first we were going to do a category / sub-category like current-issue/issue-10 then move articles to previous issue category once the next issue comes out. Now we descided to do an issues category with sub-categories of the actual issue number. ie

    Anyways, I’m still confused on how I should tackle this to both make it seo friendly and user friendly. Any idea’s?

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  • I guess I am going to go with – it seems to be the best way to organize things by magazine issue.

    Why do you want such long urls?

    I’d make the urls as short as possible, so[article-title]

    You can, of course, still present each issue on a page or set of pages that links to the articles in that issue… each of these pages could be something like[issue-number-or-title]

    And you can have unlimited pages of collections of article teasers according to subject / author / date etc. This allows users to, in effect, customize the magazine in ways not possible in print… so[subject-description][year]

    Basically, I would suggest making a page or pages for each issue that look somewhat like a print magazine. These can link to the articles in that issue. But the articles should be organized in a way that makes sense and are not limited by the somewhat arbitrary issue numbers. Issue numbers aren’t exactly an intuitive way of organizing things, so you do not want them in your urls. In my opinion, you basically want your urls to make sense to someone reading only the url.

    Good luck. Make sure you make use of the differences between print and online media in your solution.

    Why not use /year/issue-number/article-name/? If you will be assigning issues in the URL based on the category, see this:

    For performance reasons, it is not a good idea to start your permalink structure with the category, tag, author, or postname fields. The reason is that these are text fields, and using them at the beginning of your permalink structure it takes more time for WordPress to distinguish your Post URLs from Page URLs (which always use the text “page slug” as the URL), and to compensate, WordPress stores a lot of extra information in its database (so much that sites with lots of Pages have experienced difficulties). So, it is best to start your permalink structure with a numeric field, such as the year or post ID.

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