WordPress provides two ways to organize and classify your posts: categories and tags. Categories have been around for ages, tags came about a few years ago. You are free to use them in any way that suits you. But the folks at WordPress have defined the intended use of categories and tags. I tend to use them in much the same way and so will describe that here.
When I begin a new blog, I think about the topic and look for broad categories in which my future posts will likely fit. Much as I organize my filing cabinets with files in broad topics (such as “automobile” or “holidays”), I try to select a few, generally applicable categories.
To set up your selected categories, follow these steps:
Go to: http://www.YourNewDomain.com/wp-admin
Login using the username and password provided you by Win with 1.
In the left sidebar, select Posts>Categories. Enter the new name in the “Add Category” field. Use something short and descriptive.
Add a slug in the “Category Slug” field. I will generally use the same words that I used for the category name, only will no capital letters and hyphens in between words.
For example, on my mortgage-free home blog, I have the following categories and slugs:
- Site Work
- Foundation & Framing
- General Living
- Pixel Ads
Later, when I actually write a post, I select the appropriate category or categories that fit the content.
You can also add categories on the fly — while writing a new post — if the correct categories are not available. To do this, follow these steps:
In the right sidebar of your Add New Post page, find the Categories heading.
Select “+ Add New Category.”
Type in the new category name.
If you want to make this new category a subcategory, select the “Parent category” in the drop down menu.
Click the “Add” button.
When the new post is ready to publish, take a minute to add the appropriate tags. I use the tags as a way to further clarify the article theme and content. For example, if the article was categorized as “automobile,” the possible tags might be: tires, insurance, maintenance, or Toyota. If the category was “holidays,” the possible tags might be: Christmas, entertaining, or menus.
Make your tags more specific. You can use as many as are pertinent to the article and they can be longer if it makes sense. To add tags, simply follow these steps:
In the right sidebar, find the “Post Tags” heading.
Enter all the tags you like, separating each one with a comma.
Alternately, you can click the “Choose from the most used tags in Post Tags” link to select popular tags you’ve used before. [Note: this list will not include all the tags you’ve ever used.]
When you are satisfied with your list, click the “Add” button.
Some of the tags on the mortgage-free home blog include:
- house plans
- square footage
- light fixtures
With your posts properly categorized and tagged, you make it easier for people to find your site and then find the content they are interested in. This also aids tag-based blog search sites like Technorati and Del.icio.us. Make sure you take the time to categorize and tag each of your new posts.