WordPress 101: Categories vs. Tags

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wordpress-categories-tagsWordPress allows you to organize your posts in two ways:

Categories

  • High level classifications, think of this as “umbrellas” of related information
  • Built into the navigation structure

Tags

  • More granular than categories. Another way of cross-referencing.
  • Best when tags are used multiple times (try not to tag if you will only have 1 item with that tag).
  • Think of tags as a form of interactive yellow pages. The tag link takes you to a collection of posts tagged with that keyword.
  • Tags can link to a generated page such as your searches do, listing all of the posts on your site related to that specific tag.
  • Tags should have short one, two, or at the most, three words.
  • Tagging gives you topical search capabilities for your site that are a middle ground between categories and all-out search, but it shouldn’t replace categories entirely
  • Use tags to give your readers an at-a-glance list of the keywords YOU find most important.

The differences between Categories & Tags

  • Categories don’t help search engines find information. Tags help search engines and tag directories catalog your site.
  • Posts are usually in one to four categories. A single post can list as many tags as you want.
  • Categories and Tags BOTH can link to a generated page such as your searches do, listing all of the posts on your site related to that specific keyword. This makes it easy for your users to find information quickly.
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