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keywords vs tags? (4 posts)

  1. chanzero
    Posted 8 years ago #

    i'm interested in hearing thoughts on the differences & pros/cons of keywords as opposed to tags? not being real blog-savvy i initially installed jerome's keywords, which i think is great; i like how i can have the keywords inserted into the post's meta-keywords as well as appear at the end of the post as links to search results -- but then i started seeing how you can assign tags and link to the tagged posts (and god help me i just realized i'm not even sure what the real differences between a post's tags and its categories are now...)

    at any rate, naturally i could use keywords AND tags, but isn't this just sort of repetetive and perhaps adds extra queries that i don't really need if i'm only going to be putting the same words for both?

    any thoughts are appreciated! :)

  2. estjohn
    Posted 8 years ago #

    using Jeromes keywords, I made the keyword meta tag like this:

    <meta name="keywords" content="<?php the_keywords(); ?>" />

  3. chanzero
    Posted 8 years ago #

    i do that as well, one of the many reasons i like jerome's keywords :)

    anyone else with thoughts on tags? do you use them, or keywords, or both? and why?

  4. chanzero
    Posted 8 years ago #

    well, in case anyone is interested, here is some helpful thoughts on keywords vs tags vs categories from UTW author christine davis via her UTW forum (thanks christine!:)


    UTW allows a *lot* of flexibility in the way that you display tags on a post (and ways of displaying all of your tags in a few ways - tag clouds, and histograms and stuff);

    It also talks uses tagyu.com to make tag suggestions, which is pretty neat.
    You can also view an RSS feed of tagged posts (if you have a posts tagged bananas; you can view an RSS feed that contains those posts)

    Buut... it's missing the meta-keywords and search stuff; which is why I'm suggesting you stay with keywords for now, and perhaps switch plugins later.

    As for tags vs categories
    + It's way easier to add new tags on the fly than it is to add a new category
    - Categories can be organised into a tree, which can indicate the relationship of sub-categories to one another (and to the parent category)

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