Another aspect of the database conversion will be the way each page is created. I have spoken to David, the programmer working on this incredible task (full respect to David for even considering to attempt to undertake it with me!) and we have figured that there are a total of 5 different pages that will eventually exist in the guide. These are:
- 1. Guide Articles (activity and location guides - eg serendipity canyon, newnes camping, coast walk walking track, wottamolla)
- 2. Outdoor Organisations (clubs, groups, commercial organisations etc - eg UNSW Outdoor Club, tour guide groups, scout groups etc)
- 3. Information Articles (Encyclopaedia style articles - what is canyoning, hiking, whitewater, what knots should be used, dangers of canyoning, etc etc)
- 4. Special Dynamic Pages (Popular canyons, canyons in NSW, popular articles, completed articles etc - all updated by changes to database)
- 5. Regional Articles (Articles about large general areas. Includes National Parks, geographical regions etc. - New South Wales, Royal National Park, Bungonia, Blue Mountains etc)
Rus, the 6 pages you have listed are all covered under these 6 page types in one way or another. There will be no need to have any sort of 'category page' as the categories invariably are covered by the 'Regional Articles', or by the relevant 'Information Articles', and then again by the 'Special Dynamic pages'. Particularly so by the dynamic pages which will quickly and easily track all articles which are tagged as being a canyon (adding it to the dynamic page of 'All Canyons'), and if it happens to be tagged as NSW, then it will be added to the dynamic pages 'All Canyons' AND 'NSW' AND 'Canyons in NSW'. Again if it is tagged with Canyon, NSW and Blue Mountains then it will by listed in all of those dynamic pages appropriately...
This sort of format removes the hierarchical design of having subservient categories. I know hierarchies are more traditional, but these days Tagging systems are far more efficient thanks to searching capabilities.