You might not be sure what WordPress categories and tags actually are, and how they’re different. Knowing this can help you use them correctly.
In this article, I’ll explain the differences between categories vs tags for organizing your content, and how they can impact SEO rankings.
What’s the Difference Between Categories and Tags?
Categories are meant for broad grouping of your posts. Think of these as general topics or the table of contents for your WordPress site. Categories are hierarchical which means you can create sub-categories.
Tags are meant to describe specific details of your posts. Think of these as your site’s index words. They let you micro-categorize your content. Tags are not hierarchical.
For example, this blog post on HomeTech is in my category “Blogging”. You can see all the posts in this category by going to Blog » Bogging in our navigation menu.
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One of the biggest differences between tags and categories is that all WordPress posts must be filed under a category, but they don’t have to have tags.
If you don’t give your post a category, WordPress will automatically assign it to the default category. This is called “Uncategorized”, but it’s often helpful to rename the “uncategorized” category to something like “Other” or “Miscellaneous”.
Note: By default, only blog posts have categories and tags in WordPress. However, you can add categories and tags to your WordPress pages using a plugin.
How can You Add Categories and Tags in WordPress?
You can add categories and tags in WordPress when creating or editing a post. You’ll find them on the right-hand side under the ‘Document’ settings.
You can also go to Posts » Categories and Posts » Tags to add new categories and tags.
I hope you now understand what’s the difference between category and tag. You can always drop your comment if you need further assistance on this.