I want to have different individual archive templates for postings in different categories. Why? Because the way I implemented my Daily Links and Amazon entries means that the individual pages for those entries will usually be a blank page. Additionally, traversing the “linked list” of the various individual entries will bring the casual surfer (or more likely a crawler like Google) to those blank pages.Obviously, I should just remove the links at the top which form this linked list. But wouldn’t it be nice if I could link around postings of certain categories? Maybe by linking to the next posting of a given category?
A possible (heavy-duty) solution is writing modules for new functionality in MT:
- Turn off archiving for certain categories. More generally,
- Enable the blog author to specify templates based on the category of the posting. Possibly this could have some kind of “MTArchiveAbort” tag in the template to tell MT to stop generating the page and link around the posting. If just this tag was implemented, and some conditional tag based on the value of the posting’s category, you wouldn’t even need to implement “turn off archiving for certain categories” because you could just have a bunch of individual archives which abort themselves for the categories which are persona non grata and no archive templates which don’t abort those categories.
- Also sort of related: shouldn’t you be able to disallow comments on certain categories of postings?
- Keep all the individual archives, but force them to go into directory trees named for the category. Then, turn off all access to the individual pages for the “Link” category postings. Not a real elegant solution, since the archive pages are still generated when you make a new posting… Although I could just tell the web server to redirect all requests to that area to my main index page!
Also note that this idea is compatible with having different individual archive templates for each category- For example:
- The categories are A and B
- The individual archive templates are x and y
- The template x is for category A, and might look ugly for category B
- The template y is for category B, and might look ugly for category A
I want to have different individual archive templates for postings in different categories. Why? Because the way I implemented my Daily Links and Amazon entries means that the individual pages for those entries will usually be a blank page. What should I do?