Categories vs Tags in wordpress

When you are publishing an article on your WordPress site, you might want to use categories and tags. But what is the difference between the two?

Here this article will guide you through what the blog tags and categories are, how to use WordPress tags and categories and how they can help you build a better site.

Although the categories and tags may seem like they are the same, they are the two main ways to group content on a WordPress site. In simple terms, the categories are general labels, while tags are more specific (describe your messages in more detail). 

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About Categories

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Categories are the most general method of grouping content on a WordPress site. A category represents a subject or group of subjects which are connected in some way.

Sometimes a post can belong to multiple categories simultaneously. However, it is perhaps not the best idea to allocate more than 2-3 categories for a post. The point is to have your content well organized

For example, if you create a site that sells clothes, you may use categories such as men clothes or women clothes or kids clothes.

About Tags

Tags are a mechanism if you want to identify a piece of content with specific keywords. Simply select a few words that describe a given post the best.

The main difference between the categories and labels is how you use them. Somehow, the categories are intended to indicate the type of position, so to speak. Keywords, on the other hand, are much more in-depth and indicate the individual things that the post speak. Therefore, you can – or even should – use multiple tags with a single blog post. 

For example, if you create a site that sells clothes, you might want to use tags such as XL-paint, blue colour or XXL-paint, red colour or M-paint, black colour. 

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Difference Between Categories and Tags

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Categories allow you to broadly group post topics.Tags are usually more specific and unique to the actual content in that post.
Categories can be hierarchical.Tags are not hierarchical.
Every WordPress post needs a category and default one is uncategorized.Tags are optional.
Category URL
www.wpdtech.com/category/post-title/
Tags URL
www.wpdtech.com/tag/post-title/
For Example: You build site related to sport update.
Categories you can use – football, cricket, basketball, hockey etc.
For Example: You build site related to sport update.
Tag you can use – 22 player, running, goal, out, etc.

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