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Hope this is the right forum, and I apologize for the length but I feel like I need to explain the context.

My inquiry: I'm wondering if anyone in the community has experience with, recommendations for, or an implementation of a global category system in IPS4+.

Our site has millions of forum posts, thousands of articles, blogs, and more dating back to 1999. We're currently on IPS3.4 and are in the process of manually upgrading to IPS4 (our techs didn't do very well to encapsulate the major customizations we made to IPS).

As part of that switchover we're evaluating how to better organize the information across the site, but one of the keys with this is to standardize the categorization across the IPS apps. We believe this opens up new possibilities for "information hubs" and to provide our members with faster access to the content they want.

We have a similar setup between Articles and Forums right now in IPS3.4 so the users access content through the same category systems, but each of those apps has their own category silos. And in IPS4 categories don't even exist for Blogs, so we already know we'll need to add those. And of course we'll need to add something for custom databases too, but I think that further supports the idea of a global categorization system.

A second part of this is that the new information scheme we've come up with is a tiered system. From an implementation standpoint we see the first category level, which we'll call Tier 1, being the global category discussed above.

Tier 2 to 4 we see as categories that can span across all Tier 1 categories and as an implementation might be better as Tags. But we don't want these to be global tags. We want them to be treated more as category selection, where tags are specific to each tier. Key of course being these are global across the entire system.

Using gaming as an example you might have..

Game A
Tier 1: Adventure
Tier 2: PC, Mobile
Tier 3: Casual, Hardcore
Tier 4: 2D

Game B
Tier 1: Action
Tier 2: Web
Tier 3: Hardcore
Tier 4: 3D

The idea is that I could query for all 3D games and Game B would show. Or maybe all Hardcore games and both A and B would show. This fits our site very well because of the way our content might touch several points across all tiers but have one major category that it fits (tier 1).

Anyone have any suggestions? Or is this going to need to be a custom add-on/application/plugin?

Thanks!

 

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38 minutes ago, khawkins said:

Hope this is the right forum, and I apologize for the length but I feel like I need to explain the context.

My inquiry: I'm wondering if anyone in the community has experience with, recommendations for, or an implementation of a global category system in IPS4+.

Our site has millions of forum posts, thousands of articles, blogs, and more dating back to 1999. We're currently on IPS3.4 and are in the process of manually upgrading to IPS4 (our techs didn't do very well to encapsulate the major customizations we made to IPS).

As part of that switchover we're evaluating how to better organize the information across the site, but one of the keys with this is to standardize the categorization across the IPS apps. We believe this opens up new possibilities for "information hubs" and to provide our members with faster access to the content they want.

We have a similar setup between Articles and Forums right now in IPS3.4 so the users access content through the same category systems, but each of those apps has their own category silos. And in IPS4 categories don't even exist for Blogs, so we already know we'll need to add those. And of course we'll need to add something for custom databases too, but I think that further supports the idea of a global categorization system.

A second part of this is that the new information scheme we've come up with is a tiered system. From an implementation standpoint we see the first category level, which we'll call Tier 1, being the global category discussed above.

Tier 2 to 4 we see as categories that can span across all Tier 1 categories and as an implementation might be better as Tags. But we don't want these to be global tags. We want them to be treated more as category selection, where tags are specific to each tier. Key of course being these are global across the entire system.

Using gaming as an example you might have..

Game A
Tier 1: Adventure
Tier 2: PC, Mobile
Tier 3: Casual, Hardcore
Tier 4: 2D

Game B
Tier 1: Action
Tier 2: Web
Tier 3: Hardcore
Tier 4: 3D

The idea is that I could query for all 3D games and Game B would show. Or maybe all Hardcore games and both A and B would show. This fits our site very well because of the way our content might touch several points across all tiers but have one major category that it fits (tier 1).

Anyone have any suggestions? Or is this going to need to be a custom add-on/application/plugin?

Thanks!

 

1.  No, this is not possible in default IPS.  Each app is a distinct application, and you would need to create categories in each app.  There is no 'global' categorization that stretches across apps.  

2.  With that said, I strongly encourage you to check out Group Collaboration by @Kevin Carwile, which allows you to create hubs of nodes from different apps.  This is the closest that I've been able to mimic what you want.  

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5 hours ago, Joel R said:

1.  No, this is not possible in default IPS.  Each app is a distinct application, and you would need to create categories in each app.  There is no 'global' categorization that stretches across apps.  

2.  With that said, I strongly encourage you to check out Group Collaboration by @Kevin Carwile, which allows you to create hubs of nodes from different apps.  This is the closest that I've been able to mimic what you want.  

Thanks! Definitely planned to look at and possibly use Group Collaboration.

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