Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
What's the difference between tags vs. categories in your blog? A lot. Knowing the difference between tags and categories can help you better structure your blog for browsing and SEO. Personally, I hadn't noticed the issue before because I only have tags on my MSDN blog. As part of my research on effective blogging practices, I hit the issue. Now that I've experimented with a few blogging platforms, the difference between tags and categories is more obvious. For example, WordPress 2.3 supports tags in addition to categories.
Categories, Internal Tags and External Tags
Tag CloudsI think the big benefit of tags is creating browsable tag clouds where you can discover related content. Whereas categories are just one topic, you can use tags to find related content. For example, you might browse a "security" tag and then browse a "performance" tag to find the intersection of content tagged both "security" and "performance".
Notes from LorellIn Categories versus Tags - What’s the Difference and Which One?, Lorelle makes the following points:
Notes from ProbloggerIn Using Categories and Tags Effectively on Your Blog, Michael Martin makes the following points:
The End in MindIn the ideal scenario, to use tags and categories more effectively (assuming your blogging platform supports it), you would have the following in place:
Turning It Into Action
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Good stuff! While I understand the difference between internal and external tags, don't see a lot of the blogging platforms out there implementing internal tags AND categories.
@Anil John, I agree, there are structurally different but not being used by many engines. Even Community Server only uses tags (over categories).... :: sigh ::
Thanks for the info. I wish most CMS or even blog engines would take this info and run with it.
Good points. I've sent the feedback to the Community Server team.
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