FAQs, The BoomBox and More with Jerry

I’m kicking off a series where I answer some common questions asked by clients and readers and show you what I’ve been listening to this week.

What’s in the Boombox

Year of the Tiger by Myles Kennedy.

This album came out last month and is Myles Kennedy’s debut studio album.

Kennedy comes from heavier rock projects (Alter Bridge, Slash’s band). His new album Year of the Tiger is a more singer/songwriter album, and it just cooks.

A lot of Zeppelin-style guitar and composition, especially Zep songs like “Battle of Evermore” or “Going to California.” The Kennedy album makes use of little rhythm sections and fantastic songwriting.

The lyrics are great, and that guy sure can sing. “Love Can Only Heal” is my favorite song on the album, and there are some nice acoustic guitar parts throughout the whole album.

Highly recommend checking it out, especially if you like listening to more 60s influenced singer-songwriter style music. The album does have his “hard rock” kick to it, but it’s subtle and nicely done.

FAQ: What Are the Differences Between WordPress Categories and Tags?

WordPress posts, pages, and products rely on Categories and Tags, to allow you to organize your content into better, well, categories.

According to the WordPress best practices, “Categories” are the broad category, and a specific tag is something that identifies the product. WordPress advises that Categories should definitely  be used, while tags are more “optional.”

If you were adding a simple product like a Men’s Crewneck T-Shirt, the “category” might be “T-Shirt” where the tags are “Crewneck” or “Red.”

Realistically… You can set it up with what makes sense to you. The difference between a category and tag is more important to the shop owner (you) than anyone else. I personally recommend using categories over tags if you have to choose because WordPress offers more out of the box in regards to SEO and organization of categories.

In fact, a lot of websites I utilize don’t make heavy use of tags anymore at all. This was a much different practice six or seven years ago when SEO was different and changing.

Ultimately, it will boil down to how you choose to organize your products. I recommend you organize it in a way that makes sense to you, without going overboard. You’re not trying to impress anyone with your organizational skills, you just want to make it easy for users to navigate your website.

Using the example of T-Shirts, specifically the “Men’s Crewneck T-Shirt” I would recommend:

Category:

  • T-shirt
  • Men

Tags:

  • Crewneck
  • Cotton

Don’t get crazy and think you need to capture everything like “cheap t-shirts” or “cotton t-shirts” and “cotton” and purposely misspelled categories. You will achieve much better success in the long run if your site is simple, and this includes the way it’s organized.

So, use categories for the core keywords and products or pages you’re offering, and tags to fill in the blanks with little one-offs.

 

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