Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Are you confused and overwhelmed at how to arrange and organize your blog? I was…for almost four years. When I finally moved to WordPress in December 2011, I decided to really put some thought into how I organized my posts, and to utilize my categories to the fullest. So I got busy making lists of the categories that I used over and over, and then deciding how to arrange all of the information so that my posts organized and easy to find for my readers. (One of my biggest pet peeves when I visit a blog is not having a clear cut way to locate older posts on topics that interest me.)
I’ve definitely found a blog organization method that works for me. I won’t say that it’s the only way, or even the right way, but hopefully this behind-the-scenes look at Addicted 2 Decorating will help you as you decide how to arrange your blog and your posts in a way that will not only help you, but will also make site navigation easier on your readers.
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.
I hope you’ll join me on my DIY and decorating journey! If you want to follow my projects and progress, you can subscribe below and have each new post delivered to your email inbox. That way you’ll never miss a thing!
Traci (@beneathmyheart)January 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm
Great tips, Kristi!
I am desperately trying to make my site more easy to navigate. I have not utilized “categories” like I should. This helped a lot.
BlancheJanuary 28, 2013 at 1:29 am
My partner and I stumbled over here from a different page and thought
I may as well check things out. I like what I see
so now i am following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page again.
Matthew IacopelliJanuary 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm
Great advice Kristi. Thnak you so much for sharing your tips in this video. I use a Gensis theme. You siad you use a plugin to create your project gallery. Can you please share the name of this plugin? Thank you so much. I love want you do.
Kristi LinauerJanuary 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm
I use the Genesis Featured Widget Amplified (on the Widgets page) in conjunction with the Portfolio pages that come pre-installed on the Lifestyle child theme. As far as I know, Lifestyle is the only child theme that comes with the Portfolio pages pre-installed, but you can manually add them to other child themes. Looks like you’re using the same Innov8tive theme that I’m using, so you would have to add them manually, and the .php code has to be uploaded directly to your server (i.e., not through your WP dashboard). I’d be happy to send it to you if you want to give it a try, but just a fair warning…the is a bit of coding that has to be done in order to get the gallery to look like you want it to look.
Matthew IacopelliJanuary 29, 2013 at 10:21 am
Thank you Kristi! That would be great! Please send me the .php to upload to my server. do you need my email address? Thank you again.
Matthew IacopelliJanuary 31, 2013 at 10:31 am
Krisit I download the Genesis plugin. Thank you. Can you send me that .php file? Thank you
JeanetteFebruary 4, 2013 at 12:15 am
Thanks for posting this, I’m going to have to check out the genesis theme now. Your site is beautiful! I’m in the process of migrating and already have a new blog name picked out. I think I will buy your book, too.
Christina @ The Frugal HomemakerFebruary 6, 2013 at 10:34 pm
Kristi, I can’t see the video? I am using chrome? do I need to try another browser? there is just a blank spot where the video should be.
Kristi LinauerFebruary 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm
Very strange, Christina! I opened this post on Chrome, and I could see it just fine. Anyway, try clicking directly to YouTube and see if you can just view it there:
robynskiApril 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm
Hi Kristi! You have truly inspired me to begin again. I have taken care of my mother in law for three years and basically quit blogging. She is now in an assisted living facility and I’m going to start blogging again. Your videos are great!
In this one you mention about coding menus and linking, and that you have a tutorial for sale. Where is the link to it? I think it may solve a problem I’ve run into.
Thank you in advance!
BridgettMay 29, 2013 at 9:55 am
manojJuly 12, 2013 at 10:44 am
i am the begginer for the blogger and now my site on working process and i want to know how to create a downline for the tab as like ur site
eg:in the category tab u listed some files called decoration by room and etc so i dont know how to create so please help me how to create as like that
GingerNovember 21, 2013 at 11:47 am
I have a question for you! If you do a DIY project that involves say…lighting. Making a beautiful light or re-doing lamps etc. What category would you put it under or would you put it under both DIY projects and Lighting?
ZenaidaFebruary 12, 2014 at 10:24 am
I blog often and I seriously thank you for your information.
This article has really peaked my interest. I will take a note of your site and keep checking for new information about once per week.
I opted in for your RSS feed too.
EvelinDecember 3, 2014 at 8:47 am
My daughter wants to make a blog but she doesn’t know how to organize it and I think that this article is right for her. Thanks a lot for sharing this information! Regards!
Diana GaffneyMarch 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm
Thank you for sharing your approach. I’ve struggled with the best way to organize my site, categories vs names of the navigation links. Tags…Your video was the most informative and specific, the search results I kept pulling up were not so I’m glad I finally came across your site. Beautiful design too!