Tags vs. Categories

Aug 10, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Hi there,

I'm new to BlogEngine.net and definitively like it! Now I am setting up my new blog and thought what for I should use categories and what for tags? Do you have any recommendations or best-practice for a noob? I don't think the idea is to have categories and tags for the same things. How do you use categories and tags?



Aug 11, 2009 at 12:16 AM

To me, tags are search filters while categories are groupings.

Posts that are related to one another should be put in the same category. Posts that you would like to show up when someone clicks a keyword on the tag cloud, should be tagged the same.

Look at tagging as a way to pre-populate search criteria in the search box, but instead of searching off of the whole content of the post, you get to specify the keywords to search off of.

Hope that helps! It confused me for quite a while too.

Aug 11, 2009 at 9:06 AM

thanks a lot - that makes sense to me. i'll try it with my topics.

cheers, marc