Tags

Tags are a very important feature on the web. Tags are prevalent in just about every blog or gallery on the web today. Tags are used to categorize content without needing to put it in a specific location. For example, if a blog post has the category "local eats", instead of needing to be in a literal folder called "local-eats", it stays in blog but can be accessed by searching or browsing instead of needing to navigate to a specific folder to find the content.

Sitemason Tags are a very powerful feature used throughout our suite of tools.

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Item Tags

The most likely use for Tags is to tag an article or event with categories that describe the item. For example, say you have a blog post about local spring festival. You might apply the tags "event", "festival", "spring", "nashville", etc. Then on your website, your viewers can browse all your posts tagged with "festival" by clicking on the tag link in the post.

It's a great way to organize content.

To add a tag to an item in Sitemason, go to the Tags tab, and you'll notice a single field prompting you to "Enter Tags". Sitemason employs a smart tagging system where, when you put your cursor in the Tags field, a list of all of your current tags will drop-down to offer you an easy way to scroll through your existing tags.

If you want to add a tag that doesn't yet exist, start typing, and when you're happy with your tag, hit Return. It will also search through your tags as you type, so if you can quickly pair down long lists of tags to find the one you're looking for.

Managing Tags

Above the item level, in the list view of the tool, there are two Tabs for managing tags, one called "Tags" and the other "Tag Groups". Tag Groups is covered in another tutorial, but when you go to the Tags tab, you'll see a list of all your existing tags for your tool.

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You can add tags in this location or in an item directly.

From the Tags list, you can update a tag by selecting it and opening a third panel and optionally include a Tag Description. Add and Deleting tags is rather straight forward, and similar to adding any other items in Sitemason.

Beyond adding and deleting, you can also commit some Actions unique to Tags for Merging and Splitting tags.

Merge

Merging Tags is useful if a Tag was added inadvertently or is no longer relevant. To Merge Tags, first select the Action, then select the item to be merged. From the Action menu, select the target tag from the drop-down you intend to merge the first into.

Split

Additionally, you can Split tags to provide some more specificity with two tags. An example for splitting Tags might be an article tagged with "fruit" and it's found necessary to tag those articles with "fruit" and "vegetables". So splitting the Tag will assign both tags to all articles tagged with "fruit" and you'll have a new tag "vegetables" available for future articles.

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