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I just don't get it, what's the point of categories? (6 posts)

  1. pamelapc
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'm new to wordpress.

    I was using blogger before, very simple. Title, post, tags, comment.

    I'm not really sure what all this category business is about. I don't think I really have a use for it, but maybe that's because I don't understand its potential.

    So I would like someone to enlighten me.

    Because I feel I don't really have a use for it, just seeing "uncategorized" sitting there on every post, and everytime I edit my posts bothers me. hmph.

  2. kersti
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I think of them as large tags, the ones that you use all the time. If you were posting about books think of them as the fiction/non-fiction type of split.

  3. Robert S
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Once you categorise posts you then have access to standard WP functions that allows you to display posts by that category eg: Category Widget.

    Categories and Tags gives you a way to classify posts in two different ways. As Kersti mentioned if you were classifying books you might end up with the following categories:

    - Fiction
    - Non Fiction
    - Reference
    - Religious
    - History

    And if you were going to use tags - you might have something like the following:

    - Author #1
    - Author #2
    - Yellow cover
    - Red cover
    - Hard back
    - Soft back
    - Year published
    - Publishing house
    - etc...


  4. lokrin2000
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Categories are very broad items that you use over and over and over again. You probably want about a dozen or two (dozen) categories at most.

    Tags are a finer sort for items that are not used that often. You can have hundreds or thousands of tags.

    Take the forums here for example. Each forum would be a category and then each post can have tags that are applicable to it but not to the forum as a whole.

    Such as the Plugin and Themes forum (like a category), may have a tag for kubric theme or a tag for wp-dtree plugin.

  5. Robert S
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Good explanation lokrin2000!


  6. pamelapc
    Posted 6 years ago #

    ah ha. very helpful. thanks everyone!

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