As I’ve had time over the summer to see how this site works (and what doesn’t work), I’m mulling over some changes I would like to make. Much of these changes would involve more “work” on the author’s part, but in the end, it would make the site easier to use and to navigate for all of us.
One of these changes would involve using creating “pages” for the fiction and not using the current plug-in; however, there are still some bugs involved in this. I’m currently playing around and researching how to work out those bugs.
There are a lot of advantages to using pages for our fiction. One is that it’s easier find things. Authors are in control of how their work is listed. Using pages means that there can be a table of contents for multi-chapter works or series. An author can create a title page for a multi-chapter work and then create sub pages for each chapter. To make things easier for people, I could create templates that an author could “clone” and then paste their story into to post.
The disadvantage of this is that the process of posting fiction is less automated. If I could find plug-ins to help with this, that would lessen that disadvantage. Another disadvantage is that currently, WordPress defaults to having comments off on pages and I haven’t found how to turn them back on. Authors would also have to remember to add new works to their own author pages until another solution was found.
This is still in the mulling over stage. I’m playing around with this using my works only.
Stay tuned for more updates.