How WordPress Works: Category Vs. Tag [Infographic]

Confused by the difference between a WordPress category and tag? Here’s a infographic explanation below. Be sure to review my last 2 infographics How WordPress Works and How WordPress Works: Page Vs. Post.

How WordPress Works: Category Vs. Tag Infographic

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<p>Created by Tracey Holinka of <a href="">Chaos To Clarity™</a></p>


Website taxonomies are made up of Categories and Tags that organize information. As a blogger, you use categories and tags to group posts together and make it easier for readers to locate related posts.

Category Tag
Focus Broad topics Narrow subjects
Equivalency Describes things that are equal in particular way/s Describe unequal things that need not be related at all
Hierarchical Yes No


A foodie blog consisting mainly of recipes could have categories like “Desserts,” “Breakfast,” “Entrees,” etc. Each recipe would fit into at least one category and also be tagged by ingredient or specific type of food—like cookie. If the blogger often refers to people who created the recipes, they could be tagged as well—then a reader could search for all Dad’s recipes at once.

Post Title: Dad’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Category: Desserts
Tags: chocolate, cookie, Dad

Post Title: Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Category: Breakfast
Tags: chocolate, banana, buttermilk, pancake