A taxonomy is a structure or system for grouping similar things together. The Linnean system that classifies living things by Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species is one example.

WordPress taxonomy allows you to organize your content through categories and tags. You can choose to display these taxonomies in your blog’s sidebar.


wordpress taxonomy

A list of categories for a pizza restaurant’s website, as shown in the WordPress Administration Area. A dash (-) indicates that the category is a child of the higher-level parent item (New Menu Items).


In addition to categories and tags, WordPress also use the following taxonomies:

  • Post Formats
  • Custom Taxonomies