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WordPress Categories and Tags Tutorial | WP Learning Lab

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WordPress Categories and Tags Tutorial

Categories and Tags are used to organize your website’s content. Ideally each post that you write will fit into one category, but it can have multiple tags.

By default WordPress creates a category page directory where all of the posts belonging to a particular category are listed. WordPress also creates tag pages that list the posts in a particular category.

Also by default there are no tags for pages and no categories for pages. However, you can find plugins that allow tags for pages and categories for pages.

You can manage WordPress Categories and Tags by hovering of the “Posts” menu item in your admin area and then clicking on either Categories or Tags.

Once in either the Categories or Tags management area you can create and delete categories or tags. You can change their ‘slug’, which is just a funny name for the URL where they are found. You can also add a description. The descriptions are used by some themes, but not all of them. So there’s a chance that you’ll add a description and no one will ever see it.

You will also be able to create categories and tags on the post creation page. When you are creating a post you will see a Categories Meta Box and Tags Meta Box on the right hand side of the page (you may have to scroll down to see them).

To assign a category to a post simply click the check box beside the one you want. If the one you want isn’t there you can create one.

To assign a tag to a post simply type the tag into the Tag Meta Box and you will be shown suggestions of tags you’ve already created or you can create a brand new one. Be careful not to create too many tags for your site. Tags are meant to organize your site’s content if you have too many tags your content actually becomes less organized.

I hope this information helps you! If you have any questions leave a comment below or ping me @WPLearningLab on Twitter.


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24 thoughts on “WordPress Categories and Tags Tutorial | WP Learning Lab

  1. what's the significance of categories and tags though? can I put them in a website page or are they just in the background doing nothing?

  2. Hi, I am stuck with 'category'/Author' in my articles, right below the title of my article posts. When I click the on 'category', it takes me to
    But I already have a seperate page for this category under…I am not sure what I should do.. Should I try to hide the category and author? Because it doesn't seem like I can edit the hyperlink to direct it to the page I created.

  3. Is there a plugin where I can have (2) separate Recent Posting, separated by categories? Example: On the left Sidebar "Recent Posting" relating FEMALE SELF-DEFENSE, main page "Video", right Sidebar "Recent Posting" relating MALE SELF-DEFENSE. I separated them by categorizing the female and males separately but when I add a post, it shows up on to the left and right Sidebar. Then I went to the page to see if both Categories was check, but only 1, not both, so I am a little confused. Then I added "Recent Posts Extended" Plugin in the Widget Sidebar, but no love, it can assist, that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  4. Thanks, information lives on forever. Even though you posted this in 2015 it has helped me gather a better understanding of tag usage and I learned info I wasn't even looking for. very informative thanks again.

  5. is there a way to batch edit categories. For instance, I want to upload hundreds of photos to be set into separate categories. Can i click on 50 or 60 photos at a time and add them all a specific category, or do i have to do it one by one

  6. Thank you for this helpful tutorial..
    I don't have any common post which appears in multiple categories however my home page displays the latest posts which do have their respective categories, will it be OK for SEO?
    And does the same principle apply in case of tags. I mean we should use as minimum tags as possible or probably no tag.

  7. Hi, thanks, is there a way to add categories to images so they can be sorted? I.e. I have a portfolio site with lots of images and I'd like to make it easier to categorise them into photography, painting etc? And then show the categories for a visitor to find the genre etc? Cheers

  8. Hello Bjorn, I have 3 pages each wih a simple list of Spare Parts, each List and page mention the brand for those spare parts, Is it OK to use "Tags" for Brands ? that way if a user clicks on certain Brand (in tag) will be redirected to a list for that particular brand.
    Thanks for your series of Videos!

  9. Bro how can i manage category serials in website..I want to change category serials in this site

  10. The problem with your tutorial is that it's just terrible for beginners, and even intermediate users of WordPress. You don't explain at all the significance of categories or tags, even briefly. There's no practical explanation of g
    oal or purpose. If that were first provided then there'd be some ideal of where you're going and what the viewer's objectives should be. Terrible.

  11. My problem with this is that on my page, the tags butt up against the "leave a comment". This seems to me to be bizarre. These should be separate. So for example I might have Tags: bicycle, riding. leave a comment. How about the Tags being VERY separate from where the leave a comment section is???? I cannot seem to be able to get ANY help with this! Please direct me to somewhere that I can get an answer.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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