Web support for content editors: Blog post taxonomies: Categories, Tags & Syndications


Categories, Tags and Syndications are separate taxonomies that can be applied to a blog post, but each has a slightly different purpose.


Categories is a thematic taxonomy. It is a curated list answering the question “What is this post about?”

Examples:  “Events”, “Biomedical Research” or “Banned Book Week”

Categories are seen by the public.


Tags is like Categories, but more arbitrary. It is commonly used for grouping a set of posts together that may not be related by a Category or Syndication. It avoids cluttering the Categories taxonomy list with items that become too precise and numerous.

Tags are possibly seen by the public at the end of a post at the discretion of the blog owners.


Syndications is a taxonomy answering the question, “Where is this post to be published?” Instead of automatically appearing on a landing page, a Syndication can be chosen to toggle the post’s visibility on or off. Basically, a feed can be created for any location based upon a Syndication.

Examples:  “UI Libraries home page”, “Sciences Library home page” or “Open Access Week page”

Syndications are not seen by the public.

N.B. Changing any of these taxonomies for a post may take an hour or so to show due to caching.