Last week’s Spring Cleaning tasks covered cleaning up your WordPress install. We covered the benefits of installing WordPress manually, how to clean up after a quick-install, the importance of upgrading WordPress, and how to customize WordPress for a client by cleaning out unnecessary blog functions.
This week’s tasks are focused on organizing existing site content. Today’s post deals with digging into your Posts, Categories and Tags. They’re not fun tasks (probably why they go undone, right?), but they’re easy and setting aside the time to finally tackle these things will be worth it. These tasks are especially helpful if your site is blog-oriented or you depend heavily on creating content.
Why? Future publishing will benefit from these organizational tasks by streamlining category and tag organization. Plus, revisiting old or forgotten content can mean a chance to update old information or an opportunity to get ideas for additional content based on the popularity or feedback of a post.
1. Delete old or unpublished drafts.
Why? Really, they’re just unnecessary clutter.
Get started by visiting the Posts section from the WordPress dashboard. This birds-eye-view offers a super-quick way to scan a few important “clean-up” areas. From here, posts can be sorted into All | Published | Drafts.
Sort by Drafts to show all of the pending, unfinished or unpublished drafts. Consider whether any of these can be published and then clean these out.
2. Organize post categories and assign all posts a category.
Why? To optimize the archive and category view options of posts.
Again from the WordPress dashboard, visit Posts > Categories. Categories evolve over time and the life of your site, so taking time to evaluate your categories can help optimize the way posts are organized into archive views.
First, take a look at current categories. Note that this view offers the number of posts assigned to each. Which ones aren’t being used or have no posts assigned? Delete them. Next, think about which categories could be combined or need to be separated for the best usage.
Once you’ve organized your Categories, return again to Posts. Note the Categories column assigned to each post. Which ones were never categorized? Which ones could be better categorized? Make sure none of your posts are uncategorized.
3. Organize tags and assign tags to posts.
Why? Taking time to assign tags can increase site traffic.
From the WordPress dashboard, visit Posts > Tags. From here, you’ll see an overview of your tag usage. (What’s your tag strategy? Visit this oldie-but-goodie What Are WordPress Tags? post for a few tips).
Remember that tags are intended to be words or very short phrases that accurately represent the post or page. Note how many tags have posts assigned to them and make sure all posts have them.
Whew, we made it! Stay tuned to the blog for a few more tips this week on cleaning up your existing site content. To view all of this month’s Spring Cleaning tasks, visit the WebDesign.com Spring Cleaning Page.