I recently followed this tutorial on creating category pages with Genesis, http://my.studiopress.com/tutorials/category-blog-page/
But, then was directed to Bill Erickson’s article on why you shouldn’t use genesis blog template page. http://www.billerickson.net/dont-use-genesis-blog-template/ (thank you for that link, Sridhar)
Just looking for more opinions on this matter. Do you use the WordPress method for creating category pages? Or do you use Genesis method? Pros and cons?
I couldn’t argue with Bill Erickson or Sridhar, but I’m not sure you’re talking about the same thing here.
Bill’s article is about setting up your overall blog. The StudioPress tutorial appears to be an older creation about creating single category blog pages using a (blog) page template.
Genesis category pages naturally follow the WordPress template hierarchy, presenting them as category archives. Bill E. likes the built-in Genesis way of handling these. See the last paragraph of his comment here.
If you’re using Genesis, it provides a category intro title and description fields. Go to Posts > Categories and edit a category.
See the fields under “Category Archive Settings” : “Archive Headline” and “Archive Intro Text”. This gives you a category introductory section that can be unique for each category. (See: http://www.genesisframework.com/category/category-1/). This area also has fields to tweak your “Theme SEO Settings” individually for each category. Try this method against the tutorial you cited to see the out-of-the-box difference.
So you can follow Bill and Sridhar’s blog recommendation. You can also use Genesis capabilities with your category pages.
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