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Adding tags and categories

You can use categories and tags to organize content and help visitors find content that interests them. Categories and tags are available in:

  • Blog posts
  • Gallery images
  • Events
  • Products
  • Album tracks
  • Project images

For help managing existing categories and tags, visit Renaming, deleting, and merging tags and categories.

Formatting tips:

  • Categories must be 25 characters or fewer.
  • Tags must be 80 characters or fewer.
  • Categories and tags are case-sensitive. For example, entering Apples, apples, and APPLES creates three categories or tags.
  • You can add as many categories and tags per item as you'd like.

Categories vs. tags

In general, use categories to divide content by subject or type. We recommend categorizing relatively conservatively. Too many categories can be confusing or overwhelming to your visitors.

In a Products Page, you might categorize your items by type (shirts, pants, rings, bracelets, hats, etc.) In a blog, you might categorize your posts by length or style (haiku, personal essay, dramatic monologue, etc.)

Tags, on the other hand, can be used liberally. In a blog, for a post that you categorized as "haiku," you could also add a "haiku" tag (so visitors who search by tag can find all your haiku posts), but you can also tag with keywords, year, month, subject matter, or anything else visitors might find interesting. Tags are like the original hashtag. If you can see yourself saying, "hashtag awesome" or "hashtag beach vacation," consider making those tags.

When a customer clicks on a category or tag in a blog post, they'll see all the posts filtered by that category or tag.

Add categories and tags

You can add tags and categories in the editor for each collection item. The example below is for a product, but the process is the same for blog posts, gallery images, events, and album tracks.

To add categories and tags:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Pages, then click the page with the item you want to categorize or tag (for example, a Blog Page or Product Page).
  2. Open the editor for the item you want to categorize or tag. Categories and Tags appear in the bottom-left of the window.
  3. To add tags, click Tags, enter a tag, and press Enter.
  4. To add a new category, click Categories, click Create Category, enter a category, and press Enter.
  5. To add an existing category, click Categories, then select a category from the Pick Category list.
  6. After adding categories or tags, click Save or Save & Publish.

Category and tag display

Categories and tags display differently depending on the page and your template. Below, you'll find examples of how categories and tags display in Blog Pages and Event Pages.



Use blocks to display categories and tags

In addition to showing them in a post or item, you can display categories and tags in other blocks.

Archive Block

Use Archive Blocks to create organized lists of links to blog posts, gallery images, products, and events. Display and sort content by category or tag in the Display tab.

Summary Block

Use Summary Blocks to filter which posts display from the targeted page by category, tag, or both. Enter the tag or category name in the Display tab.

Button Block

Use Button Blocks to add buttons that link to items (blog posts, for example) filtered by category or tag.

Tag Cloud

Use Tag Cloud Blocks to display lists of categories or tags in various layouts.

Link to categories and tags

You can link to a collection filtered by category or tag from text, images, buttons, and your site navigation. To learn more, visit Adding links to categories or tags.

Some page types display links to filtered content automatically:

  • Events Pages - "Filtering by:" text appears before the category or tag. The text style follows the body text.
  • Products Pages - For categories, the category navigation shows that category as active.
  • Blog Pages - In some templates, the filtering category or tag displays at the top with accompanying text.
Tip: For Blog Pages, you can choose the number of posts that appear on the landing page in Blog Page Settings.

Use categories and tags to display related products

When you add categories and tags to products, you can display related products on product item pages. By default, the related product section uses a product's first category. If it doesn't have a category, it uses the first tag.

Impact on search

Categories and tags are indexed for search in Search Blocks, so they're useful in helping visitors find relevant content on your site. For more information, visit Using Search Blocks.

Categories and tags are also indexed by search engines.


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