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Categories and Tags
So, you’ve been blogging for a while and have started accumulating a large number of posts – congratulations! But, since older posts get pushed down the page, how do you help people find the items that are important to them? Let me introduce Categories and Tags…
Categories are a structured taxonomy that allow you to sort your posts. Let’s say you have some posts that are for “students” and others that are for “faculty”. By creating a category for each, you can allow users to view just the posts that are specifically for them.
Once created, simply check the correct category when creating new posts. Categories are not mutually exclusive, so feel free to check all that apply.
By default, all posts are “Uncategorized” and will not show up anywhere. Once you create a new category (and begin using it), the categories will show up on the sidebar as menu items. There is no limit on the number of categories that can be created, but since each one will show up on the sidebar, it is a good idea to limit categories to a reasonable number.
Unlike categories, tags are not structured. You can create as many as you want, whenever you want. This allows you to organically group posts together as they are created.
The most used tags will show up on the sidebar as a Tag Cloud under the heading “Explore”. Each tag in the cloud will be emphasized based on how much it was used. This structure will help your readers explore other posts that they might find interesting.