Today’s assignment in the blog course 201 is about integrating features to draw traffic to older content. It includes widgets, related posts and a “Best of” page. First I tell about how I set up my website blog. Then I move on to how I display my articles. Following, I mention what I did with ‘the best of’, to end with a conclusion and a comment.
I created pages, not posts, to create my top menu. There you basically find anything you look for. Through feedback, I realised my homepage image worked confusing. People might think it’s clickable and could feel disappointed it isn’t.
I changed the image today. No, it’s still not clickable. It’ll be a lot of work to separate all the included parts, make them clickable and present them well on the homepage. What I did to, is telling specifically where you need to be to find what you want. I keep fine-tuning this image until it totally functions and looks like the way I want.
Every written article has its own category, but I use pages for the division.
For example my latest article: Neda: victim of Iran. You now could find it coincidentally by reading this blog page and click on it. Its steady residency is in true crime under Writings in the menu. For a shorter period you’ll also see articles in the text widget I use on other pages. You see the same on the homepage, but that isn’t a separate widget. My home page is a full-width page and I implemented the content of the widget into the page manually. The place of the latest articles in the widget I call In the spotlight, with a related image. The widget itself doesn’t have a title. It got displayed so big, it annoyed me.
To make sure older articles will be easily found later on, the suggestion is to create a ‘best of’ page. Mine will disappear behind the writings and true crime buttons, after they’re removed from the spotlight. I know where I want that page to appear. I even came up with a name.
‘Cold Case Library‘. It’s suitable, because I do write a lot about crime cases from earlier years, or cases that are not solved yet or very likely won’t get solved anymore. Older articles probably won’t get worked on anymore either. Then they would gather dust at some point. While they still are worth reading. I definitely followed up on this part of the assignment for day six.
For this assignment, I referred in this article to another article and I made a start of a best article page.
From the beginning I had a widget displayed, to point out written articles. At a certain point, it caused older articles to be forgotten. I covered that now.
The related posts feature has to wait. I want to have full control over that part and that takes a bit more work.
I’m not that far to give the Cold Case library page its own spot, in the shape of a clickable image, in the text widget, but that’s the near-future plan.