Tags on Pages
I’m not sure if this have been addressed before, but can someone please help? I want to add tags on Pages, yes pages not post. I can’t seem to find tags when editing Pages. Is this even possible? Thanks a bunch!
The blog I need help with is laineyscraft.wordpress.com.
Pages are intended to be used for stsic contant. We cannot assign either categories or tags to static pages.
Sorry :( I meant to type “static content”. Pages are meant to be sused for static content that rarely, if ever, changes. Posts are for dynamic content and that’s why we can assign tags and categories to posts but not to pages.
But is it possible to put like a common tag for the whole blog? I don’t know how to explain it but putting one time tags that will show on the sidebar. Or will it just populate everything from Posts?
No it’s not. There’s a default Category and if you wish you can change it to an approriate one for for your blog. http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/#setting-the-default-category
This does not apply to tags. See here please > http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories-vs-tags/
You can use a Tag Cloud widget and it will automatically populate with the Tags you assign to posts . http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/tag-cloud-widget/
You can use a Categories Cloud widget and it will automatically populate with the Categories you assign to posts .
Ok, thanks again timethief! I’ll just figure out something that will work. :)
I’m not certain I understand what it is that you’re trying to do in the “big picture”. Can you explain why you want to do this?
Hi justjennifer! I wanted to put tags in the ‘home’ page sidebar through Pages not post. And as per timetheif that’s not possible. Only way to populate tag widget is by entering tags through Post.
I know what you mean laineyscraft.
Hi themazfactor! By any chance do you if it’s possible? :)
I’m quite confused – why can’t we tag pages again? Yes, my pages are for static content. Tags would help my readers navigate through that static content. Why does the fact that the content is static reduce my need for tags at all?
And related to that – tags would help with the SEO for my pages, right? Why should pages be abandoned to search engine limbo? Or are there other ways to practice good SEO for pages without any access to tags or categories?
No one is abandoned to search engine limbo. When the search engines index your pages, they look for and pull keywords out of the body of the page. And quite truthfully, as much abuse as there has been with tags, it won’t be long till the search engines do exactly what they did with meta tags and simply quit paying any attention to them at all. None of the major search engines even look at meta tags.
Take a look at this post by Timethief. It covers the bases very well. Do as she suggests and you not have any problems. WordPress.COM has the best SEO around right out of the box.
Thank you for that reply – I do hope that is the case. However, I’ve seen other wordpress members on this forum strongly demean the use of pages, saying that it was “like bringing a donkey to a horserace” in terms of SEO.
And there still is the user-friendly issue that I would like to be able to organize my content via tags and a nice table of contents, but it seems like I have to choose one or the other. Right now I like how the table of contents looks using “pages”, but it looks like I’d lose that functionality if I went to “posts”. However, I’d like readers looking at one page to be able to check out 3-4 similar pages via a “tags” function, but it seems like I can only do that with “posts”, not “pages”. I still don’t think I’ve understood exactly why I have to chose one or the other.
Are the any ways out of this? The best I can imagine is just having to imbed a lot of direct links into my pages, which isn’t really going to jive with the appearance I was looking for.
Blogs are designed so that dynamic content is found on the front page. If you choose to redesign the conventional structure of your blog so it becomes page based then you have to accept what comes with that territory. Pages and posts are different — very different. You cannot assign Categories or Tags to pages — period.
Static Pages sit outside the blog structure. Static pages cannot have Categories and Tags assigned to them. Pages do not appear in our RSS feeds. Most Pages do not have date stamps in their URLs. They have very little “google juice” Other bloggers rarely if ever backlink to static Pages in their published posts. Consequently, Page structured blogs have a very difficult time:
1. securing traffic;
2. securing comments;
3. securing backlinks;
4. achieving authority in their niche;
5. achieving Google PageRank.
Read more here > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/
Pages and sub-pages can be used very effectively for several purposes on a blog but choosing to create a static front page, rather than having posts displaying on your front page is a traffic quenching choice, that has a negative impact on discover-ability, as well as holding reader attention. Read more here > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2009/12/29/static-front-blog-page-yay-or-nay/
Search engines do not ignore pages, it is just that the landscape has changed and far more sites are going dynamic using posts instead. The key really is keep fresh stuff appearing on the site on a regular basis. This is one of the reasons that nearly every generally static business site now has a blog associated with it, to keep fresh content for the search engines to find.
Some types of sites are best served by a page based layout.
Search engines do not ignore pages, it is just that the landscape has changed and far more sites are going dynamic using posts instead. The key really is keep fresh stuff appearing on the site on a regular basis. This is one of the reasons that nearly every static business site now has a blog associated with it so as to keep fresh content for the search engines to find.
Some types of sites are best served by a page based layout.
It all depends on the content.
Adding tags to a static website really isn’t going to do much as far as search engine placement. Dynamic content is what keeps the search engines coming back for more.
I’ve seen a few blogs with very good search engine ranking and substantial traffic that do not use tags at all and in fact have only a handful of categories.
Okay, I’m understanding the issues better with each reply. It’s an, um, interesting system.
So, if I understand correctly, would a problematic wikipedia page that required frequent edits to fix the content have at least one strategic advantage in search engines over a really solid wikipedia page with the best content possible that didn’t require changes?
Hopefully the search engines will continue to learn over time….it seems like there should be a place for “this is absolutely the best reference for the information you’re looking for” without needing a “and now we’ve added a blog to tell irrelevant stories that gets our SEO up!”
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