Thursday Jan 07, 2010

BigAdmin Navigation: Categories vs Collections





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.






This is not a perfect wave. I can't tell you what this feels like because even looking at a wave this size scares me half out of my mind.





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.





- Rick

Friday Dec 04, 2009

BigAdmin Navigation: Sections and Categories

To continue with an explanation of BigAdmin's structure in response to questions raised at LISA Baltimore....

All of BigAdmin's content is grouped into sections, which the home page calls out as "Resources and Sections":



Each section lists all the content of a particular type, such as:

(This is only a partial list. Here is the complete list of all sections).



In other words, if you wanted to browse all of BigAdmin's Feature Articles, you would select 5. Articles and FAQ's:



Here is what you would see:



By default, BigAdmin's most recently published and updated feature articles are displayed in that list, most recent on top. However, you could filter all the Feature Articles by category:



You can see all the categories in a section by "pulling down" the category menu:



When you select a particular category, the list is updated to display only the feature articles in that category.

Next blog: collections.

- Rick
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