What is a WordPress tag?
What is the benefit of using WordPress tags?
Applying one or more tags to a blog post helps readers determine the subject of the post. Additionally, tag archives are a core function of WordPress. Tag archives display all posts with the same tag in one stream. This makes it super easy for readers to find all of the content that is related to their interest.
How are tags different from categories?
Unlike categories, tags tend to be created on-the-fly rather than being predetermined when a blog is created. Tags are often more granular than broad categories and result in smaller post groups. Essentially, tags are a second level of categorization for a post.
Tags are not hierarchical meaning they cannot have a parent/child relationship. Categories on the other hand are hierarchical.
How do I manage tags?
Tags can be created, edited, and deleted in multiple ways within WordPress.
Creating a Tag
Tags can be created in one of two ways.
Method 1: Tags Screen
Hover over “Posts” in the left panel of the dashboard then select “Tags.” On this screen, enter your tag details in the left column then click the “Add New Tag” button. You will see your new tag appear in the right column.
Method 2: Post Editor
While you are editing a post, find the “Tags” section in the right panel. Click the arrow to open the section if it is closed. Click the “Add New Tag” link. Fill in the tag name then push Enter.
Editing a Tag
Existing tags can be edited in two ways depending on the details that need to be edited. If you are only modifying the tag name and/or slug you can use Method 2.
Method 1: Tag Editor
Hover over “Posts” in the left admin panel then click “Tags.” Hover over the tag you’d like to edit in the right column then click the “Edit” link. On the tag editor screen, make your desired changes then click “Update.”
Method 2: Tags Screen
Hover over “Posts” in the left panel of the dashboard then click “Tags.” Hover over the tag you’d like to edit in the right column then click the “Quick Edit” link. Update the tag name and/or slug then click the “Update Tag” option.
When a tag is created and stored in the WordPress database it is given an ID number. This ID number is used to connect a post to a tag. Therefore, even if a tag name and/or slug is changed, the connection between the tag item and its posts remains.
Deleting a Tag
Deleting tags happens in much the same way they are edited.
Method 1: Tags Screen
Method 2: Tag Editor
How do I assign a tag to a WordPress post?
Method 1: Post Editor
When creating or editing a post, go to the “Tags” section of the right panel. Open the section if necessary and begin typing the tags you’d like to use. The tag field will begin populating with options based on the tags that already exist. You can choose to select an existing tag or type your new tag and push enter.
Method 2: Posts Screen
On the screen with all of the posts (click “Posts” in the left panel of the dashboard), hover over a post and click “Quick Edit.” Type your tags into the tags field then click the “Update” button.
Tags can also be assigned in bulk (to many posts at once) in this way. On the posts screen, check the box next to every applicable post. Next, select “Edit” in the “Bulk actions” dropdown then click “Apply.” Type the tags that you’d like to apply to the selected posts then click “Update.”
What else can I do with WordPress tags?
You’ll also notice on the tags screen that you can search your tags. If you have a lot of tags this is certainly quicker than paging through to find the one you’re looking for.
Tags are a way of categorizing WordPress posts included in WordPress core. When used, they typically provide a more granular categorization of posts than categories. There are many ways to add, edit, and delete tags. Tags are useful for organizing posts and viewing related posts both on the backend and frontend.