WordPress: What are tags?

Tags are the lifeblood of your blog, they help other people to find your posts and provide a useful way of grouping your posts by topic.

Do I have to use tags

No, you don’t have to use tags. However, they can be very useful so I would recommend using them. You can use as few or as many tags as you like on each post.

What are tags?

Tags are words, rather like keywords, which help describe what your post is about.

What is the difference between tags and categories?

There are no hard and fast rules about this but basically categories are for a broad grouping and tags are more specific. For example if your blog is about food and your post is about lasagna, you would perhaps use the categoriesRecipes, Pasta, Dinners and the tags: lasagna, tomato, beef, cheese.

I use categories for organising my blog and tags for telling people what a post is about.

How do I know which tags to use?

Again, this is up to you. Use tags relevant to your post, so for your lasagna recipe, you might want to put some of the ingredients as tags: lasagna, tomatoes, pasta, beef  as well as maybe some more general descriptive tags: recipe, cooking, food.

If you are using a WordPress hosted blog your tags can also be picked in searches to help interested readers find your content. WordPress also publish a list of popular tags on WordPress if you want to get some ideas.

Are tags case sensitive?

Or put another way is the tag: recipe different to the tag: Recipe – the answer is no. Capital letters don’t change a tag.

How many tags can I use?

As many as you like, there is no limit to the number of tags per post or per blog.

Do I have to re-type the same tags every time I use them?

No. Underneath the tag box in the right sidebar there is a link Choose from the most used tags. If you click on this it shows you a tag cloud of your most used tags. Simply click on each tag to add.

How to I manage my tags?

You can see our tutorial on editing your blog tags within BlogPad Pro for iPad here.