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WordPress Tutorial: Categories/Tags

The following tutorial will teach you about categories and tags.

What are the categories and tags?Think of the categories as a table of contents in a book. Categories are important because they help organize, and group content so it’s easy for users to find. Tags are a lot like the index of a book.  Tags are keywords designated to an article, or a post that when a search is done, and a keyword matches a designated tag the content attached to the tag will show up. Tags can either be specific to one piece of content or multiple pieces of content.

Where to find the categories and tags?

When creating a post categories, and tags can be found to the right of the screen.

A picture of the category and tags option in post editing

Where to find categories and tags on the front side of a website?

Tags can be found at the bottom of a post.  Categories can also be found at the bottom of the post.

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WordPress Tutorial: Categories: Add New Categories

When writing posts in WordPress it is often useful to have related posts categorized together. This way if you want to see more post on the same subject it is easy to find.

With the categories feature on WordPress you can do this. If you are viewing the WP Admin part of your WordPress site take your mouse and hold it over the sidebar on the area that says “Posts,” then once it appears move your mouse over to the area labelled “categories” and left click .

Now you should be in the categories section. Viewing this page you should now see a section that say “Add New Category” on the left of the page and on the right a box with your current categories you have made so far (if you’ve made any). If you have not made a category yet you should have a default category that says something like “uncategorized,” and if you haven’t made any other categories then this is where all your posts live.

categories under post in sidebar

Lets focus on the “Add New Category.” First Enter the name you want the category to have, next you’ll see a drop down box called “Parent,” this box gives you a selection to relate the article you are creating to another. For example; If I revolve my site around Football and have a category named “Football,” if I make a category called “How to Throw a Football” I might relate the two using the Parent function. Next, below parent function you will see a place to put write a description. This is used to give a little more information on your category. Lastly, just click the “Add New Category” button to officially create a category.

Now that you’ve created a category, all that’s left to do is use it! When writing a post look to the right on the sidebar and scroll down to the section called “Categories.” You should see one category already selected which would most likely be your default category. Now all you have to do is click on the box you want to set as categories that you think relate to the post and the content within it. That’s how you use and make new categories.

When adding categories while writing a post you can do this here as well on the post editor page:

Categories in the post editor.

WordPress Words: Categories

Categories: “Each post in WordPress is filed under a category. Thoughtful categorization allows posts to be grouped with others of similar content and aids in the navigation of a site.”
WordPress Codex

About WordPress Categories

Categories are an essential part of WordPress. They help group like topics and posts together, which makes it easier for people to search by topics that interest or pertain to them. Categories are not to be confused with tags. Categories tend to be based on broader topic points than the tags that people enter for their posts.

Categories can be placed in a number of different places, depending on what themes and widgets you are working with. They can be displayed at the top of a post, the bottom of a post, on the menu, in the sidebar or in individual post view. Continue reading WordPress Words: Categories

Taxonomy: Tags in WordPress

Do you know how to use tags properly when making a post? Tags are easy to use and a very powerful tool. They pick out topics that pertain to the post they correspond with and guide your readers to related topics. They are not, however, to be used like categories, which are similar in definition but are used much differently. Tags are your site’s index words. Categories are the table of contents.

How would you handle your posts if you had a blog about, lets say running marathons. At the very least you would have three categories…training, stories, and community. Within these three categories you could easily separate advice you have to give from the stories from past marathons and still have a space to post about what’s happening in the running community. Continue reading Taxonomy: Tags in WordPress

Some Beginner Don’ts for WordPress

I found the article, “Beginner WordPress Bloggers: 10 Things You Shouldn’t Do” by Tom Ewer to be very helpful for a new WordPress student and I’d like to highlight a few of the suggestions in my own collection of do and don’t tips for those new to WordPress, especially students in the Clark College WordPress classes. This comes from a student who can say “been there, done that, didn’t get a t-shirt.” 😀

Don’t Moderate Comments

By setting your comments to be moderated on your site, comments are held back until you approve them.

If you check frequently or use an email or mobile app to get notifications of comments waiting to be approved, this is okay, but it takes extra time and attention.

Moderating comments doesn’t prevent comment spam, and can prevent a lot of your viewers from coming back because the experience will be lacking compared to a live conversation. Your delay in approving moderated comments can frustrate the commenters.

By default, WordPress moderates new commenters by holding their first-time comments in moderation until you approve them. Once you have approved them, you are basically telling WordPress that they are okay people and their comments will not be moderated in the future.

To manage comment moderation in WordPress: Continue reading Some Beginner Don’ts for WordPress

Categories Versus Tags

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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