What is a Taxonomy?

A WordPress taxonomy is a categorization tool used to group similar posts and other content. Properly using taxonomies on your website can help improve search engine rankings.

More About Taxonomies

There are two types of default taxonomies: categories and tags. You may also create custom taxonomies.

A category is a broad grouping of posts. For example, if you run a movie blog, your categories can be Suspense, Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Romance, Animated, etc. A post is assigned Uncategorized if you do not identify a category for it.

Categories are also hierarchical. Therefore, you can create subcategories to be more specific.

To add a new category in WordPress, navigate to Posts > Categories. To add them to a post, click on the gear icon in the top-right of the edit post screen. Then, select the Categories panel to choose the categories or add new ones.

On the other hand, tags create a topic-specific taxonomy. For instance, your movie blog can have tags for characters, actors, writers, directors, etc. Unlike categories, tags are wholly optional and non-hierarchical.

You can add tags from your WordPress dashboard in Posts > Tags. You can also add them when editing a post by clicking on the gear icon in the top-right of the screen and then navigating to the Tags section.

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