Someone said on the hackers forum: “The analogy I use is that Categories are like a book’s table of contents, and Tags like its index.”
However, be aware that categories that are actual search terms are very strong Google magnets.
So, instead of using a category “lines we carry” think about “High Performance Motorcycles in Dayton OH”Â and then use tags to highlight the brands and product names.
Tags are ways to identify the keywords or concepts in each post- categories group the posts in ways that make sense for others. Lately, Google has started dinging sites for putting a single post in more than three categories (which is too bad)- so think carefully about your choice of categories.
Today we got the notification that netenberg had released the Fantastico updates for WordPress 2.3.1 after having 2.2.2 for the longest time. We’ve recently started using Fantastico to set up our initial installs of WordPress, but had done upgrades manually. Today, we tried the auto update feature for the first time- and have this warning: MAKE SURE TO DEACTIVATE ALL PLUGINS BEFORE RUNNING UPDATE. We’re not totally sure this guarantees an un-borked update, but, we’re pretty sure it helped after we reinstalled.
Fantastico is a script that runs from Cpanel on our server to help you automagically install a whole bunch of different Open Source software. It’s really handy, but, be prepared to be at least 30 days behind on most update packages (37 in this case).
Our main reason to switch to 2.3.1 was to familiarize ourselves with the new version of WordPress before the next seminar, but, I’ll give you the immediate highlights:
- ST Visualize Advanced Features pluginÂ is no longer required- giving everyone access to different levels of CSS tags, the paste from Word function, clean up mess code function, type color, etc.Â It’s been a plugin we couldn’t live without- esp. for the glyph finder- so it’s easy to find the Â©Â®â„¢Â½â‚¬ etc.
- The plugin list now tells you if there is a newer version! Long overdue.
- The tag feature helps you organize your posts and categories with yet another tool.
I’m sure we’ll discover other great features as we explore- but, as a warning to all- always disable plugins before updating.