Hello and welcome to this video, which tells you all about leveraging WordPress Categories and Tags. You’ll learn how to use them in WordPress to better organize your posts and make it easier for your visitors to find related content. You’ll gain new subscribers by getting your content shown higher in search results!
Before we get started, let’s have a look at what a tag and a category is in WordPress.
Tags are essentially keywords that you assign to each post. They are typically displayed underneath each post. Someone who is viewing your blog can then click on one of those tag links and an archive page with all of those posts containing that tag will be displayed.
Every post in WordPress is filed under one or more categories. Categories allow your posts to be classified into groups and subgroups.
The posts categories sub-panel is where you can edit and delete categories. You can also do this when creating posts!
To create a category, you can just enter a name for the category as well as a “slug” in the designated area. This is, in effect, the address for the category. You can also leave it blank and WordPress will create one for you. Then enter a description if you’d like and click on Add New Category.
Your new category will then appear in the list as shown.
Each category can also have a parent. This enables you to setup a hierarchy in the category structure. To do this, let’s use the category I’ve just created as the parent. I’ll enter a name for our new category. I’ll let WordPress create the slug. And I’ll select which category I’d like the parent to be. I’ll select the category I’ve just created and click on Add New Category.
As you can see, the new category is underneath it’s parent. You can identify it’s under it’s parent by the line beside it’s name. This means that any posts I create in this category will also appear under their parent category.
You can use the Bulk Action to delete any categories that you don’t need. And you can use the quick edit feature to make changes to the category. You can also use keywords, also known as tags, to sort your new posts.
Think of tags as a one word summary of your post. They allow visitors to quickly find posts that they may be interested in.
You can also click these tags. Every post with the same tag will be shown. You can edit all of your tags by clicking on tags on the left and see a list of the most popular tags at the top. These are just like categories in that they are able to be created here, edited in bulk, as well as deleted if you don’t want to use them.
You also have a search box in the top right if you’d like to search for any specific tags.
Now you know how to use categories and tags! Your visitors can find your content quickly and easily. Plus, search engines, like Google, prefer content that is organized and easy to find. Therefore, your content will be featured higher in search results.
In the next video, I’ll be sharing with you how to add and edit pages in WordPress. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video, and if you did, please give it a quick like and even share it with your friends!
Thank you and see you in the next video!