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Re: [wp-hackers] 2-3 plugins

_____/ 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
*topical* site.

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[1]. Why
do  we  not follow the same path with so-called typical/proper Web  sites?
Because the user experience is entirely different.

[1] 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.



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