Tags in WordPress

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WordPress tags are a great way to group related posts together and briefly describe them to readers.

By default, every post comes with a Tag pane in the editor sidebar, allowing to add relevant tags to content.

While this feature is commonly found in posts, it may also be available for pages and other post types to help categorize and organize content effectively.

Adding relevant tags to WordPress content improves user experience and site navigation. However, make sure to use a limited number of descriptive tags to avoid clutter.

Add tags

To add tags in a WordPress website:

  1. In the editor, type the tag word in the Tags field located in the Tag section in the sidebar. Note, add as many tags as needed.
  2. Separate tags with commas or the Enter or Return key on a keyboard.
  3. Publish or update post when ready.
Preview of the sidebar editor with active Tags section in WordPress.

Remove tags

To remove a tag in WordPress:

  1. In the editor, locate the tag area in the sidebar.
  2. Click on the “X” to the right of the tag you want to remove.
  3. Repeat this process for any other tags you want to remove.
  4. When finished, click the “Update” button to save changes.

With the right use of tags, a WordPress website can become more organized, user-friendly, and enjoyable for visitors.

If you can’t locate the tag area in the Editor, it may be due to the tags feature being disabled or the theme not supporting it. While professional WordPress themes like Themes Harbor generally support tags in posts, other themes may not offer this feature.

Tags vs Categories

Tags are different from categories:

  • Hierarchical vs. Non-hierarchical: Categories have a parent-child hierarchy to divide content into sections, while tags are non-hierarchical, allowing for more flexible organization.
  • Broad vs. Specific: Categories are intended to be broad topics that group together related content, while tags are more specific and describe particular aspects of the content.
  • Mandatory vs. Optional: Categories are usually mandatory and require every post to have at least one category. In contrast, tags are optional and can be added or omitted as desired.