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Interscholastic Online News Network | Categories, pages and tags

Categories, pages and tags

It’s important from the beginning that you understand the difference between categories, pages and tags. If you don’t, it may cause some confusion, and you may end up having to undo some of your operations and re-doing them.

Categories are akin to sections in a newspaper or news website. That is, your categories may be things such as News, Sports, Features, Opinions, etc. Our recommendation is that you select a few standard categories (such as the ones listed in the previous sentence. There may be a point at which you want to create other categories for special occasions (such as Homecoming or Graduation) in which you will have a lot of content, but those should occur naturally as your site matures.

When a student creates a story (or “post”), he or she will need to designate a category for it. An article can be put into more than one category, and if it is, it will show up on any category page that is designated.

Categories constitute the main navigation routes through your site.

Pages are for content that is permanent or at least semi-permanent in nature. Most websites have anAbout page and a Contact Us page. You may want to create pages for other purposes such as Policies or for information about your school or institution. Links to pages will show up somewhere around the top logo of the page depending on the template that you select. Again, you should be judicious about creating pages because you don’t want to load up your site or logo with too many links.

Tags are keywords that students who write articles can put onto the end of their stories. These are words or phrases that will help users search and find stories that contain information about topics they are interested in. You should talk with your students about creating tags. Intelligent tagging can be a great asset to your site.