Adding / Editing A Category

Categories are created and used to classify and to organize all items added in the directory. For every item that the Site Manager and Members create, they should assign it to one or more category. The purpose of categories is to enable them to quickly display an item of a particular type of content and to make it easy for site visitors to find information.

DOCUMENTATION_CONVENTIONS_img3If you want the Members and the site visitors to be able to quickly access all of the directory’s listings related to travel, you could create a listing category called “Travel”. When a Member (or another Site Manager) adds a listing to the directory, he/she can assign it to the “Travel” category. On the other side, the site visitors can browse through this category in the directory front to see all of the available listings that are under this classification.

Determining the categories is one of the most important responsibilities of the Site Manager.  With the categories he/she selects, he/she is telling the Members and site visitors what kind of website he/she has and what type of business he/she is operating.

DOCUMENTATION_CONVENTIONS_img1You may find it easiest to keep your category names simple.  If you have too many categories, your site visitors may become overwhelmed.  Site visitors that don’t know where to start and don’t know what to do when they visit a website often go elsewhere.  This is true for both your Members and site visitors.  If your site visitors can’t quickly and easily find the information they are seeking, your Members will recognize this and opt not to post on your directory. Name your categories thoughtfully as your business will be built upon them.

While eDirectory allows the Site Manager and Members to associate a listing, event or article with up to 5 categories, other item types have unique characteristics when using categories.  For instance, a classified is only allowed to be associated with 1 category. A banner, on the other hand is not allowed to be associated with any category but every time you add one, the application asks you to specify which listing, event, article, and classified category or sub-category you wish your banner to appear within.

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To add a new category, do the following:

  1. In the left navigation panel, click on the Categories menu. After doing this, a page will appear like the one shown below:

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  2. Click on any sub-menu on the top of this page (e.g., Event Categories, Classified Categories).
  3. Click on the Add New Category link.
  4. In the Category Information area (image shown below), do the following:

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    1. In the Title box, type the name of the category that you want to add (e.g., Technology).
    2. In the Keywords for the search textarea, type the keywords with which the category will be indexed for a search. Add one keyword/keyword phrase per line.

      DOCUMENTATION_CONVENTIONS_img3If you have a category named “Automobiles”, you may wish to add keywords to this category such as Autos, Auto, Cars, Car, Trucks, Truck, SUV, etc. These keywords will help your site visitors find listings under this classification.

  5. Click on the Submit button.



Editing can be performed by the Site Manager when he/she wants to change the information that he/she supplied in the adding procedure.

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To edit a category, do the following:

  1. In the left navigation panel, click on the Categories menu.
  2. Click on any sub-menu on the top of this page (e.g., Event Categories, Classified Categories).
  3. Click the edit icon of the corresponding category that you want to edit.
  4. Do Steps 4 and 5 of the procedure that you perform when adding a new category. (Refer to the previous How To)