BigAdmin Navigation: Categories vs Collections
By RickRamsey-Oracle on Jan 07, 2010
This is a perfect wave. If you surf, you'll appreciate how the offshore wind first ruffles the surface of the approaching swells and then sculpts the face of the tube into perfection.
I can almost feel the cold wind on my back.
Photo courtesy of 43 Things.
Photo courtesy of Sean Davey at Surf Photo Art.
The waves are kinda like our use of categories and collections. The perfect wave? That's what we'd like to do. The not so perfect wave? That fits us better on this one. For now.If you recall, the Sections and Categories blog entry of a few weeks ago explained how sections work. Sections are the main types of content BigAdmin provides, such as Articles, XPerts, Wikis, etc. Categories are simply the way to filter a section by the type of content. In other words, if you want to see all the Articles about Performance, you can go to the Articles section and select the Performance category from the pull-down menu. For example:
In a perfect world, we would also give you the capability to see all the sections for a particular category. In other words, if you were interested in all the content about Performance, whether it was a blog, a wiki, a video, or whatever, you would select the category and from the results, filter the results by blog, wiki, or whatever.
We kinda sorta do that, but in an imperfect way. We use collections. If you want to find all the content that BigAdmin publishes about databases, go to the database collection. It will list all the articles, blogs, wikis, interviews, videos, whatever.
Here are a few other differences between categories and collections:
- You can see a list of all collections on one page, but you can only see a list of all categories from the pull-down menu of each section.
- A resource can belong to multiple collections, but to only one category. This is a bit easier to see in the content submission page.
- There are many more categories than there are collections.
Ideally, categories and collections would be the same thing. For now, they continue to be separate things. Would we like to fix that? Yes. Can we? Not yet. So for now, please bear with us, and:
- Use categories to filter the content in a section.
- Use collections to see a list of all content, regardless of section, for a particular topic.
If you'd like to see more excellent surf photography, including a picture of the biggest wave I've ever seen (Outside Sunset, Hawaii), go to www.surfphotoart.com.