Tags and categories

I have been remodelling my web page today, installing the latest version of WordPress, and testing out a new theme and organisational structure. I have been using categories for a while in my blog, but have not used the tags feature because I didn’t really understand the difference before I read this:

Categories can be tags, sure, but not all categories are tags, and not all tags should be categories. I think of categories as a table of contents and tags as the index page of a book. If I’m searching for a broad topic, unsure of exactly what I need to find or the keywords, then I will hit the table of contents (categories). If I know the exact word I need in order to find the information I want, then I will hit the index page (tags).

This seems reasonable, and I will start to use tags and categories differently from now on.

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician living in Oslo, Norway.

One thought on “Tags and categories”

  1. I tend to think of categories as being exclusive, and tags as being inclusive. I prefer tags because they much better represent the multifaceted nature of most content.

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