If we did away with (got rid of) categories, the problem (IMHO) would not be solved.
Here's what I need to do:
Premise – Articles are posted in the main content areas of the site (as opposed to modules in mod positions).
I run a site that supports a school music program. Within the program we have 4 groups or classes:
- Beginning Band (BB)
- Advanced Band (AB)
- Jazz Band (JB)
- Color Guard (CG)
The homepage of the site is used to provide program-wide info/articles/notices of interest to all students within the music program. It also serves as a central location to point students to group/class areas within the site.
Students use a menu item to go to the area they are interested in (AB students go to the AB area, etc.).
Once in a group/class area, info pertaining to that specific group/class is presented.
In other words, these group/class areas are like mini sites with the larger main music program site.
This is all easily doable and works well with the existing Joomla! Framework. Sections and Categories work fine (for the most part) for this and allow me to organize the site without undue menu clutter where not needed. Cats and SubCats (v1.6) will work fine as well I am sure.
Now comes my point of contention.
Some of the articles pertain to more than a single group/class.
For instance, I need to write an article about an upcoming performance that involves both the AB and CG group/classes.
Recall the premise – articles are posted in the main content area. Remember too that articles may be associated with only one (1) category.
When my AB and CG students go to their respective group/class areas of the site, I want that article to be placed in the main content area of BOTH group/class 'pages', center stage if you will, so that the students do not miss it.
Also note that since the info is not relevant to the BB or JB students, it should not presented in their group/class areas.
I do not want the article to be associated with a menu item (as darb suggests in the message above this one) as I don't want the students to have to go looking for this info (discover philosophy). I want to make sure they see it (serve philosophy).
In other words, I want some content (articles) to be presented in only one of the group/class areas and some content (articles) to be presented in MORE THAN ONE of the group/class areas. Simply allowing content to be associated with more than one category would easily facilitate this.
BTW – Just to be complete with the above scenario.
When I have info of interest to ALL students, I could:
- Associate it with the 'Program' category and it would appear on the homepage.
- Associate it with all categories except the 'Program' category and it would appear on all of the group/class pages, but not the homepage.
- Associate it with all categories and it would appear on the homepage as well as on all of the group/class pages.
Easy to understand and use and it allows me to target info to the specific area or areas required.
I don't know for sure, but it seems to me that allowing for this functionality would be easier than to abandon categories all together and rewrite the menu structure framework.
I hope some of the devs and/or key players will join in on this conversation.
Do you want to be able to associate a content item (artlcle) with more than 1 category in Joomla!?
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