Tags are ad-hoc keywords that identify important information in your posts, names, subjects etc. that may or may not recur in other posts.
Unlike Categories, Tags have no hierarchy meaning there is no relationship from one Tag to another. Pages cannot be assigned to tags just the same with categories you can only associate Tags and categories with Posts or if your theme has other options such as testimonials, properties or staff you may find them in there.
Like Categories, they are two ways to add post Tags. They can be added whilst you are editing your Post and they can be added by the Tags menu option and I will come back to that in a moment.
Adding Tags whilst editing your Post will automatically assign that Tag to your Post, adding Tags using the navigation menu here will simply add them to the list available Tags.
When you click on this Tag menu option, you will be shown a list of Tags that have already been added, along with some blank fields to allow you to create a new Tag.
A list of popular Tags are also displayed in a ‘Tag cloud’ in the Widgets option and also these are ordered by alphabetically here for you as well.
To add a new Tag, you just give it a new name and the slug will be automatically created for you when you click “Save”. The description is not required, some themes might use it, to be honest, you very rarely see it, to be fair.
You can click to add your new Tag so here it is showing you at the top just because we have created it and you can notice that it has created the slug for us as well, it is a user-friendly URL of that Tag.
And you will notice, when you are hovering over a Tag, a few links will appear beneath, we have got “Edit” which allows you to edit the same properties that we have just created, or can see in the left-hand side.
You have got a “Quick Edit” which you can quickly change the name of the slug.
“Delete” will permanently delete it from the list of Tags, it will not impact any Posts that are assigned to that Tag it simply just won’t have that Tag any more.
And “View” you can view that on the front-end (of the website) if there is anything assigned to it, so if we quickly have a look at this one which has three Posts. It just simply lists all the Posts with that particular Tag and here is an example of one with lots of Tags assigned.
If you would like to permanently delete a lot of Tags you can select multiple checkboxes, go to the dropdown for “Bulk Actions” and select “Delete” and then click “Apply” and they will be permanently deleted again. And they won’t affect the Posts that are assigned to them as well.
Adding Tags within your Post, they will be automatically assigned to the Post immediately, so using the Block Editor which is the latest version, the Tags panel can be found just below the Categories panel here, on the right-hand side.
To add a new Tag you can simply write the Tag …if I can spell!… “John Lewis”, and to continue to add tags hit ‘comma’ and then start another one, and it will keep creating them.
If you have got one that already exists, it will try and make some suggestions and you can click on them, to assign that Tag to this particular Post. Then you would just simply update that, if it is a live Post or you can save the Draft as well.
If you are still on the old Classic Editor, the Tags panel is usually found just below the Categories panel which is the widget in the right-hand side and again, to add an existing tag you can click to choose the most used Tag link and that will list previously used Tags, most recently they are arranged alphabetically, or you can do what we have just done there, where you can type a new Tag in and separate it with ‘commas’ and that would add it to your Post.
If you don’t want Tags assigned any more, you can simply click the “x” and it will remove those Tags and then you would update your Post and that will save that for you.