In WordPress, categories and tags are known as taxonomies which help your site construct navigational elements. You can develop a proper site structure that is meaningful by dividing up your content into categories, tags. When a user comes to your site, they can easily browse through your content by topic rather than browsing chronologically as default setup of your blog.
Advantages when using tags and categories: WordPress tags and categories are important because they give people the ability to navigate your site and quickly get to exactly what they want to find. Your posts will be appeared in the Topics listings of any tags or categories you use. Therefore, using tags and categories to your post is the best way to increases the chance that other WordPress.com users could see your content. Remember the purpose of sorting your content efficiently is to help users find it.
Tags are similar to categories, especially in how they’re displayed and used on a website, they are generally used to describe your post in more detail. Categories and tags offer an opportunity to increase traffic to your site via search engines. However, Categories and tags have very distinct uses.
What’s the difference between Categories and Tags?
WordPress categories are used to create groups of content that fit the primary topics of your site. All posts should clearly fit into each category. In orther words, categories are intended to create logical groups of content and assist readers finding the right type of content on your site. This is where tags come in. Categories arranged in a hierarchy, so you can create sub-categories.
You can’t come up your site with all the right categories at the first time, the best way to grow your site is starting with generic categories and work your way down with subcategories. To optimizing SEO for your site, When starting out, you may writing 1-3 post a day so you should add 5-7 generic categories that have fresh content rather than 30 top categories where the majority are not updated and only have one or two posts.
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Tags are used to create groups of content that apply to multiple categories (micro-data that you can use to micro-categorize your content). They help to describe specific details of your posts, each posts will be often have multiple tags applied. WordPress is unlimited number of tags you could assign to a specific post. By default, Tags are NOT meta keywords for your Website, so you have to use plugins to configure using your tag values to be in the meta keywords ( such as WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin – this plugin help you easily adjust the information on meta tags to optimize SEO). Tags are not hierarchical.
For example if you have a News website. Your categories can be: News, Sport, Business, Jobs, Real Estate and Classifields. Now when you write a post about sport, you will add it in the Sport category. You can add tags like football, tennis, badminton etc to your post. Both are useful and functional taxonomies.
One of the biggest difference between tags and categories is that you MUST categorize your post without adding any tags. If you do not categorize your post, by default, it will be categorized under the “uncategorized” category.
A post should typically be in no more than one or two categories, and tagging should be limited only to the most relevant topics covered in the post.
All categories and tags should represent a keyword that a reader would potentially search for. In practice, the process of choosing categories/tags should be closely linked with the site’s SEO strategy because it is critical for SEO. Basically speaking, a site with blog content that fits neatly in 6-10 keyword focused categories will likely deliver better search engine ranking for those terms than a site with a bunch of categories that may or may not be related to targeted keywords.
WordPress tags and categories are important because they give people the ability to navigate your site and quickly get to exactly what they want to find. Now, you can be able to understand the individual purpose of categories and tags as well as their combined purpose for your site’s usability.
Hopefully that this article helps clear any and all you confusion of WordPress categories and tags, and how to work with them. See you again in next tutorial!