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Categories and Tags in WordPress

Categories and tags are a very important part of WordPress. In most cases categories are found in the right sidebar when you write a post, or read a complete one on another website. Position for tags is at the bottom of the post. Categories and tags are crucial for content organization on your site. Besides that, a good structure of your content is important for SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). Are you new in world of WordPress? Read our introduction post First Step in WordPress.

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With categories, you can easily organize content on your website or blog. Categories represent a topic or a group of topics that are connected in some way. In some cases blog post belongs to the few topics, but good praxis to assign no more than 2 or 3 categories for one post or text.

For instance, if I have a post about WordPress themes or How to Install WordPress on a local server, I will assign the “Themes” and “Local server” categories. However if I write a post about themes and CSS tricks, I could add to my post categories “WordPress”, “Themes” and “CSS tricks”. Let’s see how to quickly add a category to your post. There are a two ways, here is a first one.

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With this illustration add categories to your post from Gutenberg editor. Make a new post, at right sidebar find “Document” tab. Default categories is “Uncategorized”. I already have “WordPress” category and “How To Install” subcategory. Follow my instruction from above and add at least one category.

Beneath categories is section for Tags. Click here to open drop down and type your tags separated by comas. Remember that tags describe your content more in detail, so put 5-10 tags. Just like for categories, tags you can add, edit or delete from Dashboard.

Now, let’s go to the back end to see second way for adding categories and tags in WordPress. Here, you can also delete your categories, subcategories and tags. Go to the Dashboard –> Posts –> Categories.

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Fill out name, slug, assign parent category and put a description, in the end click on “Add New Category”. This is very easy and self explanatory. On right side are my current categories. From here you can delete or edit your categories.

Let’s talk about tag’s

Tags are different from categories. They describe your content in more detail. With tags is possible to identify a piece of content by some specific keywords. It is a good practice to add a few words that describe content the best. For instance, if I write a post about “First Law Trilogy” by Joe Abercrombie (very good book series in Epic Fantasy Genre) I will put tags like a book, fantasy world, book lover, epic, and so on. Tags need to show the whole idea behind your post.

Look how to add tags from Dashboard. The procedure is very simple, just like with categories, Dashboard –> Posts –> Tags.

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Tags you can add, edit or delete just like categories.

How to optimize Categories and Tags in WordPress for Search Engine Optimisation

You already know how important categories and tags are. Before ending this post I want to put a light on SEO. Why is that important? Categories and tags sometimes may have a negative impact on SEO. With a few steps, you can prevent duplicated content.

The easiest is through Yoast plugin for search engine optimization. Just follow my instruction.

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Go to SEO –> Search Appearance –> Categories and click on No. Dropdown for tags is below, do the same. Don’t forget to save the changes.

Let’s wrap up

In the end, categories and tags in WordPress are very important for content organization. With theirs, help readers can easily find your content and have good navigation through these. Take some time to create a good categories and tag structure for the sake of your readers because you will get more and more benefits.

How you deal with your categories and tags in posts?

Nikola Nikolić

I'm more than 6 years in love with WordPress. I'm designing and creating websites using a vast number of Page builders like (Gutenberg, Elementor, Themify). I like to code from scratch with HTML, CSS, and JS. Now I'm learning custom WordPress themes. Additionally, I'm enjoying spending my free time reading epic fantasy books and modeling in Blender open-source software.