The Modern Categories enables the category pages to be built with the block editor, just like the homepage and recipe index. This allows:
- more topical expertise for be demonstrated for E-E-A-T
- higher quality, user-focused content on the categories
- CTAs (calls to action) to promote ebooks, newsletters and featured content
- better organized "parent" categories by showing sections of individual child categories
With the Feast Plugin v.10.0.0 release, you can now add custom content just like you do with the homepage and recipe index.
See it in action here:
(yes, I misspelled sandwiches)
To enable the Modern Categories, just check off the checkbox in the Feast Plugin and hit save.
In Admin > Feast Plugin > Modern Categories you have the ability to create custom content that will replace your existing category title and description:
This takes you to a screen where you can see the custom content, and which category it's assigned to:
When clicking on "Edit" under the Title, you'll be taken to the block editor to build your own custom category page.
The category that the custom content gets assigned to is found in the right-sidebar of the block editor under "Assign to category":
On the front-end category page, the custom content section can be accessed via the (admin only) link:
IMPORTANT: posts displayed using the FSRI block will be excluded from being displayed in the normal category post listings below it.
The settings for your category pages are located in 3 areas:
- Admin > Posts > Categories (individual category pages)
- name (used for Yoast breadcrumbs)
- archive headline (used for category h1)
- archive intro text (used for category content)
- layout settings (sidebar vs. full width)
- Yoast title and meta description (used for Google)
- Admin > Feast Plugin > Categories
- enable the modern categories
- display subcategories
- 3-wide vs. 4-wide default category display
- display 40 posts per category
- order by last modified default category display
- Admin > Feast Plugin > Modern Categories
- custom content
- the page title and content here will entirely replace the name and archive description from the actual category pages
- custom content
The layout follows the recommended settings in the how to use categories page:
- 4-wide on desktop
- 2-wide on mobile
- only show the image and title
As of version 9.9.0, we've added the ability to display images 3-wide on desktop so that they display larger:
This has no impact on SEO or pagespeed.
You can enable a full width layout on your categories in the "edit category" page, but it comes with some trade-offs:
Personally, I'm a BIG fan of having the sidebar on a site. It's a strong sitewide signal for internal linking purposes.Casey Markee
But if someone was to remove it JUST from categories, I guess that would be something they could do… at least it wouldn't be "as harmful" as removing the sidebar completely.
I just personally don't see much value in doing this for most sites. It's purely cosmetic for desktop users only.
If you want to enable a full width category page, go to Admin > Categories > Edit (on the category you want to edit) and select the "full width" layout under "Layout Settings":
The Modern Categories automatically exclude the introductory text when not on the first page of the categories.
We recommend ordering the category page by modified date instead of published date, to help surface the best content for your readers.
This also helps Google crawl and index the content you're updating.
The categories use the default image size setting in the Feast Plugin (same image size as the FSRI block):
Ensure that the Modern Thumbnails are enabled for this.
Posts per page
While we recommend limiting a category to 24 posts, there are some cases (eg. parent categories, not recommended) where you can have multiple pages of categories. In this case, we recommend setting the Posts per page to 24:
Note: our recommendation was updated from 20 posts per page, to 24, in May 2022, and then 40 later on.
The reason we've turned this into a checkbox rather than having you manually set it, is that most bloggers don't have the time (or care enough) to test and optimize this. We're comfortable with updating this number (up or down) in the future on your behalf, based on testing and monitoring.
This is simply one less thing on your 83-item to-do list.
Frankly, the only reason you wouldn't display every post in a category (even 1000 posts) is because of DOM node issues relating to pagespeed.
Note: if you do feel like managing this yourself because you have all the free time in the world, you can manually set it yourself in Settings > Reading > Blog pages show at most > #
We recommend against using subcategories in favor of a flatter site structure, but for users who have 500+ posts and have historically used subcategories, you can now generate a list of subcategories directly on the parent category.
Just to be extra clear: do not create subcategories (nested categories). This is only here to help bloggers who have made this mistake (in our opinion) in the past.
This will display all subcategories, even empty ones. We recommend deleting empty categories until you have enough content to make them useful (minimum 4, preferably 8 posts) per the how to use categories guide. Category pages need content. Sites with excessive low quality, empty pages can incur a site-wide penalty from Google.
Recipe time + rating
You can enable the recipe time and recipe rating display on categories in the Admin "edit category" page:
This is enabled on a per-category level and can be useful for categories where the total time is important, such as:
- 30 minutes or less
- instant pot recipes
- game day appetizers
Remember to fill in your archive intro text - we still see a lot of people missing category descriptions which is a big SEO issue. Google penalizes websites with high quantities of thin content and we recommend that every page+post+category on your site has unique content.
This format will be applied to the search pages as well, in a future release.
We recommend going to Yoast > Search Appearance > Taxonomies > Social Title and removing the word "Archives" being appended to the end of each category.
For developers, we've added the following hooks:
feast_before_archive feast_after_archive_intro feast_after_archive
Thanks Mike Zielonka for the request.
We don't recommend or support content excerpts on the category pages because:
- it adds DOM nodes to the page, which slows pagespeed and can cause CLS issues
- it doesn't format well on mobile, which makes up 80% of pageviews
- it creates an accessibility burden because the screen reader must read all the except text, while a sighted user can easily navigate past it
- your title + image should convey all the information necessary to help the reader understand what the recipe is about
- it creates a false sense of content on category pages, even though the excerpt is all duplicate content to the post (every page requires UNIQUE content, not duplicate content)
- It introduces unnecessary and complex configuration requirements such as where to cut off text, how much to display, and outdated "read more" tags
Overall, we've made the intentional decision not to support excerpts anywhere in our setup, including the homepage, category page and search pages. We believe this is a mobile-first, user-experience focused approach that greatly simplifies site management and supports a modern aesthetic.