To make The Gaelic Roundtable easier to navigate, we’ve made a few changes to our blog here on WordPress.
Firstly, we’ve set our Mission Page statement as our static front page. As a result, every time you visit The Gaelic Roundtable here on WordPress, you will now see our mission Statement instead of the Blogroll. However, since static front pages make it more difficult for incoming users to access our posts, we’ve added new designations to the Navigation Bar to correct this- and modified where the original links are held.
You will still find find the “How GRT Works” page in the Navigation Bar like usual, but the other links are no longer listed in the same manner they were. Instead, clicking on the “How it Works” link in the navigation bar will take you to the original “How GRT Works” page… Hovering over it, however, will give you a new dropdown menu that will allow you to navigate to your choice of the Step-By-Step Participation Guide and Code of Conduct pages instead. Additionally, our Updates and Announcements category of posts containing information pertinent to the continued development of this Blog will now be accessible in this same dropdown menu for easier access.
With the new room created by moving these pages into a sublevel navigation menu, we were able to add two more categories to the base Navigation menu. These are the “Topics” and “Roundup” menus- and they contain exactly what they say, organized first by year and then by each month within their associated years.
In other words, clicking on the new “Topics” link in the Navigation will take you to all Topics that we’ve ever posted here at The Gaelic Roundtable, in the traditional blogroll format that you’re familiar with from WordPress Blogs. Hovering over it instead will bring up a new dropdown menu containing a link for each year that we’ve been active. Clicking on a year in this submenu will take you to all topics posted within that specific year- again, in traditional blogroll format. If you would like to access a specific month within each year without digging through the blogrolls, however, then hovering even further over a specific year will bring up another dropdown menu with links to each individual month within it. Clicking on any of these months in this second submenu will take you directly to the post for that specific month and topic.
The Roundup menu system follows exactly the same format.
By making our Mission Statement the first thing that users see when coming to our blog, it cuts down on confusion concerning what The Gaelic Roundtable is, and what it aims to accomplish for the community; it makes us immediately identifiable to incoming users, both past and present, and will hopefully help to increase clarity about the project.
Setting the navigation up this way, too, is not only to help combat the navigation problems of having a static front page. it is also a a navigational method that will expand easily as our project expands; each time we add a new post, or enter into a new year, it’s a simple few clicks to update the existing Navigation to reflect the new content. This cuts down on the time we have to spend in order to keep the project appropriately updated, which in turn should help us run the blog more smoothly and consistently in the future.
Don’t forget to follow us on WordPress and subscribe to our Newsletter in order to receive regular updates; if you have any suggestions for improvements or increased accessibility- or you have questions, need resources, or anything else- you can always contact us at email@example.com… And if you like what we do, please consider donating, too!
Main site banner provided by Chain Image; corresponding post banner also provided by Chain Image; minor editing provided by The Gaelic Roundtable; we wish to thank The Kemetic Round Table for providing the Pagan and Polytheist communities with the Roundtable idea and format, and for having sustained their own Roundtable for so long- and the Celtic Roundtable for providing us with a stepping stone and model relevant to the Gaelic world.