Note:This article highlights best practices regarding page categories on sites. For instructions on how to create page categories, click here.
Site managers can create page categories to organize site pages. This is done on a per-site level, meaning page categories created on one site will not be reflected on another site.
Unlike topics, which act much like hashtags on social media posts, aligning similar content and making things easier to find in search results, page categories help you find content more easily when filtering content on a site. Site managers can use them to their advantage to help group content for End users, creating a more streamlined experience.
Simpplr recommends adding page categories that help separate types of information throughout your site. For example, if you manage your company's HR site, you might want to have the following page categories to help keep content from running together and getting too crowded:
- New Hires
- US Policies
- Global Policies
- Company News
- Performance Reviews
Every time someone publishes a new piece of content on the site, they'll be given the option to choose one of the page categories created by the Site manager.
Below is an image example of an HR site and the page categories used.
One practice is to have your page categories broad enough to where more topics could fit in each one, then include the more specific topic in your content title. For example, for the page category "Benefits" you may have many more topics under that, such as:
- Mobile Phone Reimbursement
- Broadband Reimbursement
- Meal Reimbursement
- Health Insurance
- Gym Facility
- Worker’s Compensation
- Accidental Insurance & Term Insurance
- Shift Allowance
- Parking Policy
- Certification Reimbursement
- Reimbursement of Professional Membership
- Leave Travel Allowance
- Medical Reimbursement
- Relocation Assistance
You may want to create a page for each of these topics, naming them as such. If so, use the page category "Benefits" and title your content "Mobile Phone Reimbursement".
Or maybe you have an employee handbook that covers all of these topics in one PDF. In that case, it may be better to create a page category called "Employee Handbook" and in the page containing the PDF, assign topics to the content.
Rearranging your page categories may be useful to help highlight the most important content at the top of the list, while moving less important items further down the page.
To reorder your page categories:
- Go to the site, then click the Content tab.
- Scroll down to the list of content ordered by category and click and drag any category list to rearrange it.
Is it possible to change the order in which the page categories are listed on a site?
Hi Emily. Unfortunately this is currently a limitation of the platform. Page categories can only be organized in Manage site by date created (newest to oldest or oldest to newest). However, there is an enhancement request for our Engineering team to allow more flexibility with page categories.
A site manager can reorder how the page categories are displayed for everyone.
Go to the Content tab on the site, place your mouse cursor over a page category heading, and then click and drag that page category up/down to where you want it in the list of page categories. How you order the page categories there will be reflected in the Filter's Page categories list and in the Page categories tile added to that site's dashboard. Note: If you create a new page category after reordering your page categories, the new one will be displayed first. If you don't want it there, drag it to where you want it, of course.
Two best practices I have regarding page categories that works for most sites:
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