Within WordPress – the software that I’m using to build this site – one can organize blog posts (v static pages, like “Home”, “Testimonials”, “Overview”, “AboutMe”, “Services”, etc) using two kinds of labels: categories and tags.
After reading lots of essays – like this one – I’ve learned the following: Categories are the table of contents of a blog, whereas tags are the index. That is, categories are very broad, whereas tags are very specific. Categories tend to be few, while tags may be many. Each post should fit into only one category, but can have several tags.
Advisers recommend that web site authors put a lot of time into deciding categories and tags early on. They should represent what the site is about, the topics that will be discussed on it, and that authors should resist adding new categories and tags too freely. Tags are also related to how search engines index one’s web site.
So, I’ve spent a couple of days pondering this.
Here’s what I’ve got so far.
Categories first (broad),
then tags (specific).
I’m open to suggestions and ideas.
By the way, this post will be filed under the category “site”,
with tags Web 2.0, social media, and WordPress.