_____/ On Sun 13 Nov 2005 07:42:31 GMT, [Jeff Minard] wrote : \_____
John Sinteur wrote:
If we're going to limit what we can do in browser functionality by
what search engines can do, we're on the wrong track.
That would make no sense, of course.
Yes, I too agree.
But to get this back on subject. Having a good, centralized page that
can give a browsing user a much better archive exploration sense is
something that WP does sorely miss.
It is often the *nature* of blog composition (namely linearity) that
should take the blame. It would be nice to combine inferred information
like tags, categories, context and so forth and convert 'some blog' into a
How many of us will ever enter a blog to explore it in its entirety?
Either blogs get syndicated or the front page checked periodically. Why
do we not follow the same path with so-called typical/proper Web sites?
Because the user experience is entirely different.
 To be complete, there are also search engines referrals, which are im-
portant as they attract readerships and subscribers.
There are general archive pages (a list of posts ordered by date --
essentially the home page if you hit "previous posts" enough) but
they are not what they could be. The side bar is far to cumbersome to
be called sufficient.
While a plugin would supplement this area, ultimately the core WP
should feature a more comprehensive and centralized page as an
archive jumping point like these serve to do.
If SEO is an issue, detect the search engines by their agent string
and give them a non-ajax theme optimized for them. That way, user
themes can freely use ajax and give a much better user experience.
If you could isolate Google, XML site maps would probably provide a better
answer. Search engines loathe it when the user-agent string gets sniffed
and different content is delivered for optimisation purposes. It is often
perceived as cloaking and can lead to banishment.
Roy S. Schestowitz
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