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Managing Categories and Tags

In this WordPress Video Tutorial we will examine how to use WordPress’ categories and tags, as well as how categories and tags can improve your WordPress website through boosting accessibility, UI, SEO, and conversion.

WordPress Tutorial Transcript

Hello, and welcome to LifeGuard. In this video, we’re going to talk about how to Manage your Categories and Tags. Categories are used to group a number of posts. Let’s say for example you have a cooking blog. You’d likely have several posts that talk about Baking. It would then make sense to create a category called ‘Baking’ and put all of your posts about baking in that category.

Tags are typically used to indicate a subject that a post touches on. For example, if you had a post on Brownies, it would be in the Baking category, but you might want to tag it with ‘chocolate’. This way whether you had posts under the Baking category, or even a Desserts category, a user could click on the tag ‘chocolate’ and see all of your other posts that are tagged with ‘chocolate’.

Now that you have a general idea of how to use Categories and Tags, we’re going to start off by looking at Categories first. To get an overview of your categories, click “Cateogories” under the “Posts” menu in the sidebar.

To add a new category, simply type the name of your category into the Name box. The slug is the url version of your name. It’s important to note that you should only use lowercase letters, numbers and hyphens in your slug.

For example, if your category name is Sample Category, you’d want to make your slug something like sample-category. Notice we used lowercase letters and a hyphen instead of a space.

If you want this category to be a sub category, you can set the parent to any existing category. You can also add a category description. Keep in mind many themes may or may not show the category description. By default, most themes don’t display it.

One thing to note is that you don’t always have to type in the slug manually. If we have a name of category such as ‘Example Category’, and leave the slug blank, when we click ‘Add New Category’, WordPress automatically creates the slug based on the title.

Now, let’s take a look at Tags. Come back over to the navigation and click ‘Tags’. This should look pretty familiar now. It’s pretty much the same interface as the Categories page. To add a tag, we’ll do it just like with did with the Categories, name, slug, and optional description.

The next thing we’re going to use is Bulk Actions. When you have a list of tags, sometimes you need to delete several of them. You could come to each one and click ‘Delete’, but there’s a faster way to do that. It’s much quicker to check each tag, and then click the Bulk Actions drop down menu and select ‘Delete’. Then apply, and all of them will be deleted. This removes all of them at once and it’s much faster than doing it individually.

Why should you use Categories and Tags? There’s a few reasons. One of the nice things is their natural Search Engine Optimization benefit. Having categories and tags helps your website rank better in the search engines. They also make pages easier to scan as well as make your site site easier to browse and search—especially with the basic WordPress search form.