jeff at jrm.cc
Fri Jul 8 05:13:42 GMT 2005
Kai Hendry wrote:
> That's true, but tags are easy. Managing a hierarchy isn't.
Correction, tags are easIER -- because they are simpler. However, a
hierarchy is much more flexible and can accomodate much more
functionality. Without heirarchy, I would have had to go to much more
trouble make my site which is divided into many sections, each with
different sub-categories, and each one unique to its parent category.
Tags, on the other hand, encourage "flat" categorization. For example,
A picture of my computer:
- pictures, computer hardware, case, metal
An article I wrote about a server case:
- computer hardware, review, tech, server
You run into the issue that, while these are completely different items
(one goes in a gallery, the other in a blog section), a "tagging" system
will lump them both together for "computer hardware" when they are,
categorically, different items.
Tags are great for lump sum categories where generalization is a good
thing, but when you are looking for actual control over the organization
of your information, hierarchies are simply better.
Aside from which is better of nor, WP doesn't force you to do any
difficult hierarchy management tasks anyway. As of WP1.5, it just isn't
easy enough to create categories on the fly (like you do when using
tags) without a plugin.
Solutoins: As in the other email, the tags plugin is great, and the
on-the-fly creation of categories is something that is being worked on
for 1.6, I believe.
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