Adding tags and categories to blog posts

Add tags and categories to blog posts in a Journal Page to organize your content and help visitors find similar posts.

Formatting tips:
  • Tags and categories must be 80 characters or fewer.
  • Tags and categories aren't case-sensitive. For example, entering Apples, apples, and APPLES creates a single tag or category.

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Categories vs. tags

In general, use categories to divide content by subject or type. We recommend categorizing relatively conservatively. Too many categories can be confusing or overwhelming to your readers.

For example, on a recipe blog, you might categorize your posts by meal type (breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, etc.)

Tags, on the other hand, can be used liberally. On a recipe blog, for a post categorized as "lunch," you could add tags for ingredients (kale, tomatoes, tempeh, dressing) as well as qualities visitors might want to search for (quick, low-calorie, easy, healthy, vegan).

When a customer clicks on a category or tag in a blog post, they'll see all the posts filtered by that category or tag. In this example, visitors could see a list of lunch recipes, recipes using kale, or vegan recipes.

Add tags or categories to a post

While creating or editing a blog post, click the text above Categories or Tags to add a new tag or category. If the blog post doesn't have tags or categories, the text will say None.

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To add categories, choose from ones you've previously created, or type in a new category and click Create.

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To add tags, start typing in the field. Existing tags appear in a drop-down as you type. Separate multiple tags with commas.

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When you're finished making changes to your blog post, click Save & Close.

Edit or delete tags

You can bulk-edit, add, and delete tags and categories in Journal Page configuration. 

  1. Log into your site and go to your Journal Page.
  2. Enter Structure mode.
  3. Click Configure This Page
  4. Click the Categories or Tags tab.

In these tabs, you can:

  • See an alphabetical list of all tags or categories.
  • See the number of times each tag or category has been used.
  • Use the Create field to add a new tag or category.
  • Click Make Tag to turn a category into a tag, or click Make Category to turn a tag into a category.
  • Click Remove to delete a tag or category. This removes the tag or category from all blog posts, and can't be undone.
  • Click Edit next to any tag or category to change its text. This updates the tag or category on all blog posts, and can't be undone.

When you're finished, click Save & Close.

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Remove tags from a single post

While creating or editing a blog post, you can remove individual tags or categories.

  • Tags - Click the tag, then use your keyboard to delete it.
  • Categories - Click the category. In the menu that appears, click the category to de-select it.
Tip: You can delete a tag or category from all posts in page configuration.

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Create a tag cloud

To add a visual depiction of your blog's tags and categories to your sidebar:

  1. Enter Structure mode.
  2. Click Add Widget next to your sidebar.
  3. Choose Tag Cloud and click Select & Configure.
  4. Use the Target Journal drop-down menu to choose which Journal Page's tags or categories you want to show.
  5. Use the Type drop-down menu to choose Tags, Categories, or Both.
  6. Use the Widget Display section to choose how the cloud will look. An example displays on the left.

Options include:

  • Display Count - Choose how many tags and categories appear.
  • Show Tag Count - Display the number of times each tag or category is used.
  • Tag Count Filter - Set the minimum number of tags or categories needed to display. For example, you could choose to only display tags that are used 5 or more times.

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When you're finished, click Create Widget. The more frequently a tag or category appears on your site, the bigger it appears in the cloud.

Visitors can click any tag or category in the cloud to go to a filtered page of results.

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Vies all posts for a tag or category

Click any tag or category to see a filtered list of posts, or use this URL structure:

Tag http://yoursiteURL.com/yourblogname/tag/tagname
Category http://yoursiteURL.com/yourblogname/category/categoryname

For example, your URL for a particular category might look like this:

http://www.myawesomesite.com/blog/category/recipes

You can use this URL to create a text link or a single link in your navigation. You can also filter a Journal Index page or widget by tags or categories.

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