What I Learned About Categories and Tags

Categories and tags used on blog posts are used to help organize the content of a blog based on the nature of the content as opposed to the date when the post was made.

Categories are mainly for structural organizing.   A category can be a parent of another category, and similarly can be a child of another category.   A blog will likely have no more than 15 or 20 categories, and that is if it is loaded with content.  A developer can have as many categories as is desired.

Tags, on the other hand, are like keywords for the topics of a blog post.  A post will likely have from 3 to 10 associated tags.    A developer can also have as many tags as is desired.

At this stage, it is expected that this site’s categories with closely follow what the expected navigation structure of the page will be when it is fully developed. Since this is a site about cooking with cast iron, the initial categories will likely be:

  • About Cast Iron
    • Reasons to use cast iron cookware
    • Clean and maintain cast iron cookware
    • Cast iron no-no’s
  • Recipes using cast iron cookware
    • Main courses
      • Meat and protein dishes
      • Vegetarian dishes
      • One-pot meals
    • Baking recipes
      • Desserts
      • Breads
  • Shop

The anticipated tags will relate to these categories, with some tags like:

  • Benefits
  • Cleaning tips
  • Seasoning
  • Avoid this
  • Dinner
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Pizza
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Desserts





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