So you have created your own WordPress website and can’t wait to publish your first blog post. There is only one small problem: you can’t decide whether you should add categories or tags to your blog posts…or both?

You are not alone. Many bloggers are confused about WordPress categories and tags, so in today’s post, we will tell you everything you need to know. We will explain the difference between categories and tags, why they are used, give you examples of how to use them, and help you decide whether you should use categories, tags, or both.

What are WordPress categories and tags?

WordPress category and label are WordPress taxonomy. These taxonomies are used to organize and classify your content so that your readers can use your website more easily.

For example, if you have a food blog, your category might be Lunch, dinner, with dessert. You can use tags to further categorize each post in these separate categories, for example Convenient and quick meals, One-pot dinner ideas, or vegetarian meal.

What is the difference between category and label?

Although categories and labels have the same purpose, there is a Some differences between them.

  • Categories are more like broad groupings of your posts, they are the main topics you talk about on your blog
  • You can use tags to provide a more specific organization for your posts, they can even be one-off keywords for specific posts that will never appear again
  • Categories can be organized hierarchically and have subcategories
  • Tags cannot have subtags
  • You need to add at least one category in WordPress, otherwise it will become the default uncategorized category.This category cannot be deleted, but you can rename it to another name
  • Unlike categories, adding tags is completely optional

Why use categories and tags in WordPress?

As mentioned earlier, the main reason for using categories and tags is to organize and categorize your content. After organizing your content, your readers can browse your blog more easily.

For example, you can add main categories to the navigation or blog sidebar. This makes it easier for your readers to find the categories they are interested in, thus allowing them to spend more time on your website.

How to add and manage categories and tags in WordPress

Adding categories to your WordPress posts is easy.To assign a category to your post, just click category Panel in the post editor.If you don’t have any category, you can click Add new category Associated.Then, name the category and click Add new category Button.

Add categories to posts

When you start creating categories, you can also assign a parent category. After creating categories, you can assign them to posts by simply checking the checkboxes next to them.

To add tags to your posts, expand Label Panel in the post editor. Then enter the tags and press Enter or use commas to separate the tags. The tag will be created, and you can easily reuse it on other posts. All you have to do is start typing the label and it will appear in the drop-down menu. You can then click it to add it to the post.

Add tags to posts

Another place in the management category is to go Posts> Categories. Here, you can create new categories, add descriptions for each category, and customize the URL slug for each category. You can also assign parent categories, edit existing categories, and delete categories that you no longer need or do not want to use.

Category management page

In the same way, you can go to the admin tab Posts> Tags. The tag editing screen has all the same options as the category. The only difference is that you cannot assign parent tags because they are not hierarchical, as we have learned before.

Tag management page

For extended functions, there are also many category and tag plugins that allow you to perform more operations on the classification.

Notes on using categories in post URLs

Some websites use categories in the URL structure of their posts.You can set it up in the following ways Settings> Permalink. choose Custom structure. Then, you can set the permalink as follows:

However, if you set up and created many subcategories, your post URL might end up like this:

One disadvantage of this method is that if you decide to reorganize your categories and subcategories later, you will eventually have to create a lot of redirects to ensure that your links will not be interrupted.

Therefore, it is best to stick to a shorter URL structure and only use your post name. This will allow you to organize your content more flexibly, not to mention that shorter URLs are easier to remember and more SEO friendly.

How many WordPress categories and tags should you have?

So now you know what WordPress categories and tags are, and how to create, manage, and use them. Now, let’s talk about how many categories and tags you should have.

Generally speaking, there is no limit to how many categories and tags you can have in WordPress. You can assign multiple categories to the same post, or you can assign multiple tags to the same post.

The correct answer to how many categories your website should have is: the amount required to logically organize the content. However, keep in mind that if you start adding a large number of categories, you may want to consider using subcategories to make your website easier to navigate.

If you are just starting to use your blog, add some general categories to keep your content organized. Then, if you need more, you can easily create more categories. Remember, there are fewer categories with a lot of content, not dozens of categories with just one or two posts.

As far as tags are concerned, there is no limit to the number of tags you can add to a post. But similar to categories, there are fewer tags with multiple posts than tags with hundreds of tags and only one post.

WordPress categories or tags: what is better for SEO

As mentioned earlier, WordPress categories and tags are important for organizing your content and improving the usability of your website. Since website usability plays an important role in SEO, it’s natural for categories and tags to play a role in Google’s ranking of your website.

Each category and label serves as a landing page for that particular category and label. Therefore, they should provide the best experience for your visitors and readers. Combined with the facts, if you update the URL of the post, the category page becomes more important.

Similarly, if you have a directory site and the listing expires after a period of time, the category page will remain and is more important than a single listing.

In addition, your category and tag pages will block your posts or custom post types (such as products) Compete for the same term. For example, suppose you have a blog about video games. Optimizing each blog post for a keyword role-playing game can do more harm than good.

Instead, you can optimize individual posts for long-tail keywords, such as Japanese role-playing games, action role-playing games, strategy role-playing games, etc., while linking them to the role-playing game category.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you should not have the same categories and tags, as this can cause content duplication issues and assign multiple categories to the same post.

When we discuss SEO topics, you may wonder whether categories or tags are more suitable for SEO. There is no clear answer to this question, because both are used to organize your content, just in slightly different ways.

Final thoughts

WordPress categories and tags can help you organize the content on your website. You can use categories to group posts discussing the same topic together, and use tags to further describe each post.

The tips in this article will help you use categories and tags in WordPress correctly. The only thing to do now is to decide on your categories and tags and start using them to organize your wonderful blog posts.