Understanding Article Categories, Topics & Tags

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Organizing information on the internet is part art, part science. With Locable there are 3 concepts you need to understand to help readers find the content they're interested in:

  • Categories
  • Topics
  • Tags

Categories are broad content groupings. They're the broadest way to organize content into logical breaks.

Topics are narrower content groupings than categories but more formal and structured than tags. They're also associated with Categories and thus act as sub-categories i.e. Topics=Sub-categories.

Tags are entirely free-form ways to organize content. Tags should generally be plural i.e. Recipes is better than Recipe, likewise Firefighters is better than Firefighter. However, Police Department in the singular makes more sense.

As an example: On ESPN.com categories would be the sport i.e. Baseball. Topics would be relevant baseball topics like Schedules or Standings. Tags would be the name of individual baseball players, teams, and the like.

Editing Article Categories

You can choose pre-defined Article Categories or add customized Categories for use on your website. You do this by going to Settings > Categories, and then selecting the Article Categories tab. 

  1. Select the Article Categories tab
  2. Choose which pre-defined categories you want to include on your website by clicking the checkbox 
  3. Add Custom Categories if you don't see the category you are looking for in our extensive list
  4. Identify which article categories should be featured on the homepage