Suggestion of a new category structure
|Reported by:||hovenko||Owned by:||anonymous|
I personally don't like the way wordpress presents categories, with URLs such as "http://example.tld/category/some-category", and especially not the possiblity to put a post inside several categories. That's a job for tags. Therefore I suggests a new category structure where we use a page as the parent (or category) of posts.
Pages gets a URL like "http://example.tld/my-page". By using a page as the category of our post we can have a URL like "http://example.tld/my-page/my-post" or "http://example.tld/my-page/2007/04/14/my-post for our posts. As a bonus the "category" page would work as SEO Siloing.
New page template
This would also bring up the need for a new page template similar to the archive template, where the latest posts inside the category/page can be displayed together with the content of the page. An example would be that the five last posts in that category/page could be listed beneath the page content. This would replace the category templates where the file name of the template files ends with the ID of the category, such as "category-14.php", which is much harder to maintain on a page with many categories.
With this solution the posts will have only one category, the page it was assigned. That way it is possible to have post templates based on the nicename of the page. This will solve the problem that I have today when I need different layout of my posts based on which category it belongs to.
Default page for posts
The default category for posts will then (of course) be the front page, and a post on the front page will get a URL as "http://example.tld/my-post".
Posts and pages uses the same database table ($wpdb->prefix . 'posts') and we then need a link between a post and a page to make this relation possible. My purpose would be to create a new table ($wpdb->prefix . 'post2page') to handle the relation between posts and pages where we will have two columns, one primary key that would be the "post_id" and the other would be the "page_id", both referring to the same posts table and the column "ID". This is because I want to leave the posts table as is and as well making it easier to extend this relation later on.
There would then be no need for the categories as we know it from todays WordPress. Tags, that will come with the WordPress 2.2 release, will be able to replace the functionality of adding a post to multiple categories.