Assigning Categories and Tags to Your WordPress Post

The next step to getting your post published is assigning categories and tags. These make your content easy to find and search able. First, let’s break them down and explain how they work.

Imagine you’re a secretary and you’re filing papers. You have five folders that need put into cabinets. Your cabinets are labeled:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Accessories

Your folders may be labeled:

  • Wireless Mouse and Keyboard – Logitec
  • Microsoft Publisher ’98
  • Photo Shop Elements
  • Cable Modem
  • Swingline Stapler

So, you put each folder into it’s appropriate cabinet…

Assigning Categories to WordPress PostsIn WordPress, Categories are like filing cabinets and Tags are like the names on the folders. However, with WordPress, you can put a post into more than one Category or Tag, unlike the user’s manual for your cable modem which can only physically be in one place at a time.

You’ll want to keep your Categories limited, just as you would the number of file cabinets in your office. However, Tags can be many!

For example: This post is in the category WordPress (which is a sub-category of Blogging) and the tags for this post are: WordPress, Tutorial, and How To.

Creating a category from within an Add New Post page:

On the right of the page, there is a box called Categories. At the bottom of that click the link + Add New Category. Type in a category name. If you’d like it to be a main category, leave the Parent Category option alone. If you want the new category to be the child-category (ie. 2nd drawer down in the Hardware file cabinet) then select a parent category from the dropdown list.

Next, select which category/categories¬† from the list you’d like your post to appear in.

Post Tags:

Adding new tags is as simple as typing them into the field, and clicking Add. You may apply as many tags as you’d like to a post. Separate multiple tags with commas.

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