Do you use WordPress? If so, you might be, like I am, confused about the difference between Categories and Tags.  Here’s a roundup of a few useful posts I found to get to the bottom of this as I’m trying to organize my blog.

Tom from ManageWP says:

But in a nutshell, if categories are the table of contents for your blog, tags represent the index.

– via https://managewp.com/wordpress-categories-tags-seo

WordPress.com’s support forum provided this example:

-via http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories-vs-tags/

In thinking about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), here’s a useful tidbit from Syed at WPBeginner:

You are better off with 5 generic categories that have fresh content rather than 30 top categories where majority are not updated.

-via http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/categories-vs-tags-seo-best-practices-which-one-is-better/

So:

  • Use CATEGORIES to choose a few basic themes, like a table of contents
  • Use TAGS to pull out the nitty-gritty details, but don’t go overboard; limit to a max of 10 per post; can serve as an index if you want to look something specific up later