How to … add tags and categories

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First you might ask what are these tags and categories.

When you go to a search engine and type in words to search for, the search engine then looks for tags, labels, categories in posts and websites that it has cached or referenced. The more accurate your tags and categories, the more likely your post will be found by a search engine.

But what is the difference between the two?

A category is like a big topic such as science, maths, interests, sports, family …

Tags are more specific such as fractions, minibeasts, cricket, jazz, mum …

So when you write a great post and you want other people to visit and leave comments, you need to consider what category and tags you will use.

Creating categories and tags

  • Step 1. Dashboard> posts> categories> type in name of category eg Family and friends
  • Step 2. Click on blue button and check that your category now appears on the right hand list.  This is the same as adding link categories to your blogroll. Repeat steps 1and 2 until you have added all your categories.
  • Step 3. If you know some specific tags that you will use, you can create them as well by going to dashboard>posts> tags and adding them in the name box then click big blue button. Repeat by adding one tag at a time until you have finished.
  • Step 4. Don’t worry if you need to add tags and categories later as you can do it after you finish writing each post and before you hit the big blue submit button.

Adding categories and tags to posts as you write them

When you have finished writing a post, you should see on the right hand side of your screen the areas for categories and tags. Just click in front of the category you want – make sure uncategorised doesn’t have a tick. If your post doesn’t fit a category you already have, then add a new category.

In the tag area, type in the tag slowly. If you have already created this tag, it should appear for you to click on. This will make sure you don’t have two tags – one beginning with a capital letter and the other with a little letter. Click the add button each time you want to add a new tag. You can have more than one tag for each post if you want eg dancing, jazz, ballet, competitions while the category for that post might be Dancing or My Interests.

Adding them to posts you have already published

If your teacher is approving your posts, they will need to give you editor rights for the time you need to add your categories and tags to your published blog posts. The quickest way to add them is:

Dashboard>posts> all posts> hover under post you want to edit but click the quick edit area. Now tick box in front of  category and type in tags. Click the big blue update button and repeat for the next post.

For more detailed help on tags and categories check out these posts by Sue Waters from Edublogs.

All about categories and tags and the widgets you will need on your sidebar.

Adding tags to posts

Teegan created a great video about tags and categories when she took part in an earlier set of challenges.

 

 

2 comments to How to … add tags and categories

  1. Mrs. Taylor says:

    Hi Miss Wyatt,

    thanks for visiting my blog lehrlingeaufreisen.edublogs.org and leaving comments on my student’s blogs.

    Me and my students are all new to blogging, so I am sure we will all be using your blog to help us improve our skills.

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