A Simple Guide on WordPress Categories and Tags


WordPress comes with many amazing categories and tags, which makes it easy to personalize your blog. But the chaos arises when trying to find the best option for your needs. Categories make choosing more accessible, but selecting the right keywords for each category can also be challenging. In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about categories and how you can choose the best one for you. 

The best way to understand categories and tags is to use the Category Template feature in WordPress. By default, all posts in a category are classified into one of eight Cover Story Types. The types are based on the post type (for example, an announcement post in the Announcement category) and its Hook » Get Info » post type. Each Hook » Get Info » has its own description, images and other details that help describe the content within the category. Category templates give you the ability to create new categories or re-order existing categories quickly.

In WordPress, categories and tags are precisely that — categories and tags. They are used to group related content. The difference between categories and tags comes down to how they are used. Category elements include header, footer, main menu, images, and select elements (the ones that begin with “item” and end with “child”). Keyword elements include title, meta description, and keywords. While both categories and tags are crucial for WordPress navigation (and just about everything else that depends on search engine optimization), there is a significant difference in terms of functionality between these two elements.

However, if you have an extensive topic that mainly covers different subjects and want to organize it based on some sort of organization principle (e.g., categorizing by topic rather than just writing about it), tags can help. For example, if you’re looking to go from a general home decor tutorial to “how to make mud flaps”, creating a title for each topic might make sense.

There are three reasons to use categories and tags in your WordPress theme: Improves the user experience when editing or creating posts, Categorizes content and enables a better search experience, Helps organize content on your website and keep it organized, Keeps developer data organized and allows auto-updating.

Adding categories to your WordPress posts is one of the most important aspects when creating blog posts. Depending on the popularity and traffic of your blog, you may receive emails from search engines announcing the newest post in a specific category. Categories allow visitors to quickly filter through content on your site, making it easier to find what they are looking for. They also help other bloggers see the content they might not otherwise find because they looked in the wrong place.

For assigning a category-> click categories panel–>post editor.
For creating a category –>click add a new category link–>name the category–> click add new category button.

For adding tag–>expand the panel–>type the tags separated with commas. You don’t have to repeat the process for every post because the second time you start typing, it will show up as a drop-down list. Then you can select the tag from the list.

For your blog post to show up in the correct category, you should first go to your WordPress admin and then select the one you want to use from your posts. This is because most WordPress users will type the category’s name in the URL itself when creating a new post. However, if you use classes in your post URL, all the posts in that category will appear in the same category index. You can avoid this mistake by creating a separate folder for each category (i.e., Photo Category | Blog).

Some SEO websites use categories in their website URL structure. You can set up by going to Settings > Permalinks. Selecting the category could allow visitors from certain countries to see your website more easily, for example. This is useful if you want the website to have a universal appeal but maintain control over adding specific pages for each country or region.

The number of WordPress categories and tags you have should be dependent on how complex your theme is. For example, if you have a very simple site with just a few pages, you probably only need a few general category categories. But if you have many plugins and templates installed on your site (and likely have lots of custom content), then you might need more categories or even branded categories for things like logo files or filing systems. This is why having a set amount of core categories that you can always fall back on is a perfect idea.

WordPress has many categories and tags, which can make it easy to get lost in the group. That’s why it’s important to know what’s better for SEO. For example, WordPress has categories for different types of content such as blog posts, pages, only certain types of files, etc. When choosing a category for your WordPress site, consider what kind of content it is and whether it will be helpful to users. Also, look at the tags to see if they point out relevant words or phrases in your content. This can help you make sure you’re placing the right keywords into the right sections of search engines.

The first and most important place you should optimize your WordPress site is wp_compat.example.com. You don’t need to change anything in wp-config.php, aside from selecting the language for displaying languages other than English (or using the default language). WordPress comes with hundreds of default categories and tags. It is much faster and easier to do SEO using categories than tags.

Some people argue that categories are better for SEO, and some disagree. The main idea behind categories is that they help your readers understand what you’re trying to get at and what topics you cover concisely. However, tags can also be very important for effective SEO. This question comes down to how closely related (or not) your keywords are to each other. If you have many similar keywords, your tags will be very general and may not be helpful for optimization purposes since there is little overlap between them.

Wrapping up

So, are you looking for a new way to organize your blog? Use WordPress categories and tags. The best way to get started with categories and tags is to create a list of topics or keywords you cover throughout the blog. You can also use them if you want to create a more organized blog by subject but don’t want to use many visual parts of WordPress, such as the menu system or the widgets that come with it. Some people like to group related topics under a single category, while others use tags to group related posts.

Email us at info@engagebranding.com for further queries related to this post.

Related Posts

Engage Digital Branding

Ste 48, 226 High Street, Croydon

5.0 22 reviews

  • Avatar Sami Satti ★★★★★ a month ago
    Engage has great customer service. They are very responsive in listening to our ideas and proposing optimal solutions. They also get things done on-time and when … read more we need it. Our last project was time sensitive and Engage help meet our deadlines.
  • Avatar Florida Hawk ★★★★★ a month ago
    Sean and his team at Engage are great to work with for our company's website project. They are very knowledgeable and professional. They asked a lot of questions … read more to gain an understanding of what I wanted initially and accommodated anything else I wanted as the project developed. I highly recommend them for your website needs.
  • Avatar hendrison young ★★★★★ a month ago
    Really good bunch of guys and easy to talk to. Not the tech savvy type but they were able to explain things in simple terms. I recommend their wordpress maintenance … read more package as it will save you a few quid.
  • Avatar Percy Snow ★★★★★ a month ago
    Really impressed with the outcome and the process to arrive at the final version. As a new business owner, I was able to trust Engage to do what they do well, so … read more I could focus on my business. Thanks Engage team!
  • Avatar Charles Powers ★★★★★ a month ago
    When we began our search for a web development agency, we knew that a knowledgeable firm was very important to us. We wanted to work closely with our web development … read more partner and schedule calls as needed. We also needed to find Wordpress gurus who understand advanced features, can custom code and provide wordpress maintenance.
  • Avatar Luffy Parkour ★★★★★ a year ago
    5 stars! Very pleased with the website. Fast, reliable, responsive and our customers have already commented on it being much better than the last website.
    … read more are also very helpful if you're unsure about anything when trying to edit the website yourself after completion. We highly recommend :)
  • Avatar Phillip Solito ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Best website and branding company, does exactly what they say. Extremely efficient, responsive, and reliable. We used Engage Branding to build our website and for … read more social media management. It has been great working with the team.
  • Avatar Rachelle Heise ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Engage offer an exceptional service and high quality with their team of web developers. They really are a one stop shop for your next project. The best people for … read more wordpress
  • Avatar Rebecca Long ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    I'm blown away by the quality of Engage Digital Branding work! Not only does my site look extremely professional, but it's also fun and relevant too. … read more I highly recommend using Engage Digital Branding services and I plan to hire him again in the future!
  • Avatar Sophie McDonagh ★★★★★ a year ago
    After going to 4 agencies quoting me over 5k for my wordpress site, i decided to use this company. Better design than the others and half the price. Great value! … read more
  • Avatar Kasia McCartney ★★★★★ a year ago
    Extremely knowledgeable, great value, and always responsive! After picking a cheaper company, it was a total disaster. Engage branding corrected my mess of a website … read more and now I can't be happier!
    Would highly recommend!
  • Avatar Nadesha Martínez ★★★★★ a year ago
    Engage Branding have some very knowledgable staff who are able to explain things in simple terms. Even when I didnt have all my content, they were patient with me … read more and helped me along the way.
  • Avatar Grace Thompson ★★★★★ a year ago
    Very knowledgable and always available when I have questions. Their WordPress Website Maintenance package is AMAZING!

start the conversation!