Categories & Tags: what’s the difference? (let’s end this confusion now!)

Categories and tags are used widely across iReports, but for many their use is confusing; after all, don’t they both just do the same job? Well, not quite. It’s time to end the confusion…

Categories relate to a report’s subject. For example, a report about drugs used to treat bronchitis would be found in the ‘Respiratory Disease’ category. Categories are used to bundle related pieces together and make it easier for publishers to sell packages of linked material. They also make it easier for users to find information.

Read four tips for making the most of Categories.

A category relates to the subject and is used to organise and sell research. Tags, however, are used to detail all the elements that are mentioned within a report.

Tags apply across all categories. As a single report will mention many different topics, it’s likely to have multiple related tags. For example, our report about drugs for treating bronchitis might have all the companies it mentions listed as tags to help users find related content.

The reason we have both tags and categories is that it would just not be practical for tags to do the job that categories do. Categories help us apply necessary structure to content enabling us to order it into deep hierarchies.

Read about using Tags.

Read five tips for making the most of Tags.

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