What categories should I use for my site?

As I’m finishing up this site, one thing I’ve gone back and forth on is what categories I should create. How specific do they really need to be? For example, If I write an article on how to create some nifty do-dad in PHP, would a Code category be okay, or should I have a PHP category. Both?

After thinking about it for a little, I decided to go to a few blogs I frequent and see what categories they use. Maybe I should be consistent with what others are doing. I’m not sure how many people really make use of categories, but maybe consistency would be important.

What I found is that there isn’t too much commonality in category naming. Some people use a lot, others not. It’s obviously dependent upon the type of blog.

One interesting thing I found out was that a number of sites had categories listed with no articles attached to them. Therefore, I decided to just start with nothing and create categories as I go. I’m sure I’m not the first person to do it this way, but it just didn’t occur to me right away.

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I’d advise starting simple and see what you end up needing. I’ve
ended up using pretty broad catagories in a focused area. However, I’ve
found that 10-12 categories is the sweet spot.

QUOTE: I decided to just start with nothing and create categories as I go

I agree with you here. Just let it evolve.

Site looks good :)
#1 | Jason | December 03 2005 at 03:16 PM

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