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[resolved] Using sub-categories and/or tags ? (5 posts)

  1. dodfr
    Posted 2 years ago #


    I need an advice about the best way of using sub-categories and/or tags.

    Actually I am filling a computer related blog that will have posts containing reviews, articles, software.

    I wonder if I should use sub-categories and/or tags.

    For example I have created "reviews", "software", "articles", "web sites" root categories and have also created sub categories for each root like reviews/security, software/security, reviews/internet, software/internet, software/benchmark and so on...

    But is it good to also create security, internet, benchmark.. tags or should I create only root categories and use tags for each sub ?

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If it was my site, "reviews", "software", "articles", "web sites" would be categories and "security", "internet" and "benchmark" would be tags.

  3. dodfr
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hey, that's a very fast answer... are you a bot ? ;-)

    That is also what I thought at the begining but when I tried to do some selection filters I had some trouble.

    For example if I have sub-cat Software/Security/Anti-virus and Software/Security/Encryption, and also Website/Security/Anti-virus and Website/Security/Encryption WP can show easy category filter menu so user can select only posts inside software/security.

    But if I create only Software and Websites root cats with security, anti-virus, encryption as tags, then how to produce easy menu or index pages that will list Security posts from Software category only ?

    Do standard WP installation permit such thing ? or may be there some plugin for this, or should I create one myself ?


  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    are you a bot

    My kids would tell you that I'm very un-bot-like. ;-)

    I do agree that the example category list that I have was pretty short and that you'll need to extend and fine tune your list. But remember that WordPress can also allow visitors to browse by tag as well as category. I think some of the more sophisticated search plugins can also allow visitors to filter results by tag and/or category.

    The key here, in my opinion, is that, if you find yourself repeating the same words/phrases when working out your category structure, you need to start thinking about using tags for some of those repetitive words/phrases/. Otherwise, your category structure can be come very overblown & unwieldy - both for you and your site's visitors to use effectively.

  5. dodfr
    Posted 2 years ago #

    OK Mr No-Robot :-)

    Thank you for your advice.

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