(Also check out my wordpress tutorial series “Building a WordPress Multiple Topics Blog“!)
Hi all, Alan here.
I want to announce a new wordpress tutorial series that I have been thinking/working on:
Synthesizing Blog Posts
This series addresses the following problems I found when writing blogs and visiting other blogging sites:
- Valuable blog posts are hard to find with wordpress’ chronological archiving system.
- Bundling blog posts, like bundling pages into a book, makes knowledge in the posts more useful and searchable.
- Visualization techniques (word clouds, maps) are better ways to organize posts and make them easier to find.
Synthesizing your blogs can potentially drive more traffic to your site, as it makes viewers easier to find valuable knowledge hidden in your posts.
An example is my Bike Route Map. It solves cyclist’s problem to immediately find bike routes of different difficulties and regions in Taiwan, a thing that I wish I had when I came back from the U.S..
Here are the tentative topics I want to cover:
Extending default post: Custom Post Type
This enables us to create custom posts with different meta data (eg: latitude, longitude) to display, search and organize.
Extending default post query: Custom WordPress Queries
This enables us to search with different criteria: latest posts, featured posts, most popular posts, etc.
We will introduce some commonly use visualization techniques like Google Maps API, and else.
If you have other topics that should fit into this series, let me know in the comments and I’ll look into them!