I’ve restructured my blog in response to assessor feedback on EYV that they found it tricky to navigate. It remains a single blog for all courses, but now reads as if it were a single blog for C&N. A few notes on how this is done for future reference:
- The WP database is structured around the categories – set up a separate category structure/hierarchy for each course and post every blog entry against the relevant category. Posts can then be extracted and displayed on a blog, using the categories as filters.
- Set the blog home page as a fixed page (eg an introduction to the blog) – otherwise it defaults to blog posts (all of them that you’ve ever created) – under ‘appearance/customise’.
- Create a menu structure for the blog using the categories, under ‘appearance/menus’ (see screen dump). The menu ‘navigation labels’ can be changed from the category labels that they take on initially to something more understandable. WordPress allows multiple menus to be saved using different names – so for subsequent courses, just create fresh menus based around the categories for those courses.
- An archives menu and sub-menus can also be created to view posts from previous courses, without distracting the assessors.
- It is likely the a subsequent course will be started before the current course is assessed. The menu for the subsequent course can be put in a separate tab (like the archive) and then moved to the fore once assessment is over.