Changing WordPress Taxonomies For Shrewdies

WordPress Taxonomy Bases For Shrewdies (screenshot)

Changing WordPress Taxonomies For Shrewdies is suitable for people who want to understand WordPress Taxonomies better.
It will help returning visitors find reorganized facts.
It is particularly useful for webmasters who need to change existing taxonomies.

In Changing WordPress Taxonomies For Shrewdies I explain what WordPress Taxonomies are. Then I explain how to change them without confusing visitors and search engines.

Introducing Changing WordPress Taxonomies

WordPress Taxonomies started life as WordPress Post Categories and WordPress Post Tags. Now that WordPress Post Types extend beyond Pages and Posts, Custom Taxonomies add more complication. However, for this explanation of WordPress Taxonomies, I’m going to ignore the custom types.

WordPress Taxonomies help visitors see how topics are organized. They also help you find related topics and similar articles on the same topic. For a reference website like this, taxonomies are vital. Some websites may never need to consider taxonomies, especially when the website has few posts. The default WordPress settings give one Category called Uncategorized, and no Post Tags. You can introduce taxonomies as your website grows. But, if you are considering using them, avoid random names for Tags and Categories. Try to adopt a naming convention that produces meaningful results, and avoids duplication. You never want duplicate taxonomy names. Also, you never want taxonomy names that might get confused with Page or Post titles.

Changing WordPress Taxonomies For Shrewdies

WordPress Taxonomies For Shrewdies are changing. is evolving from an Internet business focus to a general reference resource. The old taxonomies are not fit for this website’s new purpose. Not only are individual taxonomy names obsolete. The optional Taxonomy Bases are now a poor match for the scope of this website.

Changing WordPress Taxonomy Bases For Shrewdies

Taxonomy Bases are set in Admin – Settings – Permalinks. Most people ignore these, but I use them on to make reference groups clearer. On this website, I had set the Category Base to phase and the Tag Base to task. I have now changed these to collection and set. Thus, categories become Reference Subject Collections at /collection/subject-reference/. Tags become Sets of Topic Facts at /set/topic-facts/.
Changing WordPress Taxonomies For Shrewdies: Taxonomy Bases
For webmasters who are organizing taxonomies: if you cannot see obvious Taxonomy Bases that will help your visitors find related information, it is best to stay with the default blank settings.

Changing Individual WordPress Tags and Categories

There are many different ways to change individual WordPress Taxonomy records. If there is a mapping from old taxonomies to new ones, there are lots of programing options. Those options are beyond the scope of this article.

For, I am reviewing each Taxonomy manually. I will create new taxonomies as required, and add them to appropriate posts. In the past, I tended to create lots of taxonomy records, as soon as I identified topics worth writing about. Now, I realize this is futile, if not misleading. It can lead to taxonomy records with no associated posts. That is a pointless waste of time that nobody will ever see. Worse, is taxonomy records with only one associated Post. That is misleading to visitors. They might click for related posts, only to find the list only shows what they have just read! I will be removing many taxonomy records.

Once a taxonomy has no posts linked to it, it becomes redundant. As soon as this happens, I redirect all visits from the old taxonomy. I usually redirect to an appropriate new taxonomy. If not, I redirect to the blog posts page or home page. It is important to redirect old records to avoid 404 (not found) errors. These annoy human visitors. 404 errors also confuse search engines.

Changing Your WordPress Taxonomies

I’ve explained:

  1. What WordPress Taxonomies are.
  2. My changes to taxonomies.
  3. Some ways to change your own taxonomy records.

If you need more explanations or help, please tell me what extra information you need about WordPress Taxonomies. Normally, I would direct you to the forum now. I’m reorganizing forums, so please use the orange Internet Help button, or my Internet Support Helpdesk.

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