Not sure if this what category this question belongs, but I am at a critical crossroads and need direction.
I have a local online news site.
It's been live for about 6 months, and I have thus far used my theme's built-in "category by archive" feature to display posts in a particular category. (Just now learning the best way to build a proper seo sitemap and make use of seo funtionality for news publishers.)
Now that my site has begun to grow. I am running into some growing pains. I am implementing a section dedicated to "Outdoors".
Now here's where I need guidance. My "Lifestyles" category is the parent of the "Outdoors" section. With my permalink structure, that automatically creates the post archive at "http://rheareview.com/lifestyle/outdoors"
So what I have is a page which has a custom layout for my new "Outdoors" section. Now I have a solution for providing a fluid transition to archives in placing a link to "http://rheareview.com/lifestyle/outdoors/page/2"
What is the best way to force wordpress and seo sitemap to display this section correctly. Can I make a change to the database or is there a plugin that will help? I want the sitemap to show "Outdoors" when people go to the outdoors section I want them to see the 10 posts in a custom layout as seen on page, but I want them to be able to go to older posts at bottom. The main concern is that I want my site indexed properly in the sitemap while retaining as much built-in wordpress post-indexing features as possible.
Whatever method I choose will be used in other sections of my site as well. I also need the solution to be permanent in that I can't have changes wiped out during a future update to my theme or wordpress itself.
What I want to do is when the category "Outdoors" is shown in the post teaser in the post. The link does not go to "http://rheareview.com/lifestyle/outdoors" but goes to the custom section "http://rheareview.com/outdoors"
Thanks in advance to everyone who has taken the time to help.