April 16, 2007


Categories - part 1

One thing that many bloggers do to keep things organized is to give each of their posts a category.  Suppose you're going to be posting once in a while about your favorite baseball team, the Toledo Mudhens.  You've decided that it would be useful to have a category called "Mudhen Mania" so that folks can find all of your Toledo Mudhen posts in one easy click.

Here's how.  Go into your editing menu, and on the sidebar under the Manage header, click on "Folders".  Look at the list returned, and find the line labeled "Category", with name and path both being "Example".

Click on the word "Example" under the Name column and you'll see the folder template set up for the category Example.  Take note of how things are filled out (scroll down too, or you'll miss the Index and Page template settings).  Back out and then at the bottom of your list you'll see a button marked "New".

Click that, and you'll see a blank form to fill out.  Type will be "Category", Name and Path will both be "Mudhen Mania", and the Link To will be "Category:Mudhen Mania (/Mudhen Mania)".

Scroll down and set your Index field to "Index.Entry" and the Page field to "Page.Entry" (note those periods between the words).  Then scroll down some more until you see the button marked "Save".  Click it and you're good to go.

Now, when you create a new post, in the pull-down Category list you can select "Mudhen Mania" and the post will be categorized that way.

Next time, we'll set up a list of all your Categories in the sidebar and show how to assign multiple categories to a single post.

FYI:  the category of this post is Presentation.  It's listed below next to the timestamp, and the category icon above (ABC123) will always appear next to posts in the Presentation category.

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1 A post on how to get a banner up there, and working, would be great.  Sometimes they show up in IE, but I can't get 'em to work in FF

Posted by: Phipps at April 16, 2007 11:34 PM (qfk0K)

2 When I set mine up, the "Link to" selector didn't have a "Category:[my new category] (/[my new category's path])" until the folder had been saved once. AFAIK, the system will do this automagically if you leave the selector set to "not linked" on the first save. YMMV.

Posted by: Old Grouch at April 17, 2007 12:32 AM (N7blS)

3 Old Grouch - yes, that's right.  You only need to set the "link to" if you want your new folder to point to the contents of another folder (this is useful if you want to display the same contents, but at a different URL, and with different templates).

By default, a folder will link to itself; "Not Linked" does the same thing.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 17, 2007 06:34 AM (PiXy!)

4 Also - if you link folder B to folder A, and then decide you want to unlink it, you have to set it as Not Linked.

The reason for this is that only one level of linking is supported.  If you link B to A ,and C to B, C actually ends up linked to A.  So if you link B to A, and then try to link B to B, B ends up linked back to A again.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 17, 2007 07:27 AM (PiXy!)

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6 Hi. Cool site.

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