Understanding the differences between categories and tags in WordPress is extremely important. The topic of categories vs tags often causes confusion for individuals that are new to WordPress. To get started, they are both used as a way to group content together. They also provide an easier way for visitors to navigate your site and find related posts. Now, let’s look at each one in more detail.
What is a Category?
My professor, Lorelle VanFossen, says it best, “categories are your site’s table of contents.” When creating categories, you should be thinking about how you can provide easy navigation for your visitors. Categories provide a broad grouping of post topics. A list of categories should give visitors a clear idea of what your blog is about. They should also provide readers with an easy way to find posts that are about related topics.
What is a Tag?
Once again, I’m going to have to quote Lorelle VanFossen in saying that “tags are your site’s index words.” Essentially, tags are your site’s micro-categorization. They are more specific than categories and they should give readers a clear idea of what a specific post is about. A single post will often have multiple tags, which provides insight on what specific topics are discussed in that post. Tags also make navigation easier. For example, if a visitor only wants to read about HTML, they could click on the “HTML” tag and view all posts that have been assigned an “HTML” tag. This is easier than searching through a category such as “Web Design” in order to find posts that deal with HTML.
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