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How to Configure WordPress and Thesis as a Blog – Part 5 Understanding and Using Tags

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This is part five of five in a series on How to configure WordPress and Thesis as a blog. In this session we discuss the use of tags and categories, how to add tags and how they work in general.

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Okay so then on to tags. Tags are very similar to, let’s see…oh, isn’t that funny? A whole bunch of crashes there. Tags are very similar to categories in that, again, they apply only to posts. They don’t apply to pages. But they’re intended to be a many to one relationship between posts to tags. That is, you should have… well, it’s anticipated that you have several tags for each post and the tags should be descriptive of the content and should say something about what the content is. But tags are not hierarchical so you generally don’t want tags inside of your URL structure. You can’t have a tag that’s a subcategory of another tag. You know, you can’t have NextGen examples as a tag, single images as a subtag.

And so, in here, you might have, for this you might have images as a tag and then rotated images as a tag and then you could add those. After you get to the point where you have lots of tags, you’ll have a substantial selection here of tags to choose from that… I mean, you can select choose the most used tags since we just put in two and it’s not showing you anything. But if you choose the most used tags, you’ll see a good selection of tags there to select from and you’ll also, once you have a bunch of tags in there, you can choose to see all tags or you can start typing a tag name here. And as you start to type a tag, a name will be suggested for you. Now, it’s not happening with this because there never were any tags set up. But it will… let’s just go to my site again.

Okay, let’s go to my dashboard. We’ll look at posts and we go to this post. Let’s go to those posts. We’ll look down at post tags. You know, you can click this thing to see the post you know, the most used tags here for example. Or you could start typing in here and this thing is going to start giving you choices, right? So I could pick navigation or navigation menu or image navigation you know, based on what I’d started to type. So that’s quite a handy feature for, in the case where you have a whole bunch of different tags. And of course, the more often use the tag, the bigger it is so that’s something else to keep in mind. That’s how these tags generally work.

And so, let’s see, many tags in one post are not hierarchical. I showed you how to add a tag to a post and the next thing I’m going to show you how to do then is to edit or add tags from the post tag screen. Oh isn’t that funny? I haven’t saved this. Where did I go? I didn’t save that one so those tags didn’t get saved. Anyway, so you could add image and add a new tag and in this case, then you can add again SEO details and meta description and meta keywords and robots meta tags. You can see here that I have my SEO set up not to index or follow tags and the reason is because indexing tags and categories results in duplicating content. So I don’t index tags. I only index categories and that way, I reduce the amount of content on my site that gets duplicated in the Google index.

But you can still, for your archive pages, have an introductory archive and an introductory content in exactly the same way as you can do for categories. You can add a new tag like that and now it’s there, ready for somebody to pick from. You can rotate images as a tag, as a new tag. When you hit Add New Tag, it automatically creates the slug for this. There’s that slug, rotate images. So you can create them from here and then you can, once you’re on a post, you can insert them into the post from that screen too.

And a tag archive page behaves exactly like a category archive page. Now something to keep in mind is that you can also, say, a category page….you can see how many posts are under this category. It says 8 posts. If you click on that, it will take you to a list of all 8 posts that are there so you can see you know, fairly quickly, which posts are under that category. And the same thing is true with tags. Again, you know, I have 13 posts tagged background images and so if I click on that, I can see them.

So that is an overview of how to use or of the various elements of your post, of a blog system for a small business website. And it can be a very powerful tool and I absolutely encourage people to do that. Your blog can draw a lot of traffic to your site which is of course, what you’re interested in so…

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