Using Categories to Organize Your ContentUsing Categories to Organize Your Content

Drupal comes with a module called Taxonomy which allows you to categorize your content by pre-defined terms or tags. A term or tag is basically the same as a category so don't let the terminology confuse you. The easiest way to understand the taxonomy module is to test it out. Let's say you are building a website about fish and want a way to organize your content into two categories: Fresh Water and Salt Water. Here is the process you would follow:

  1. Go to Content management > Taxonomy and click Add vocabulary
  2. Vocabulary name: Fish
  3. Description: Detailed information and pictures of fish from around the world.
  4. Help text: You can type instructions here that will display on the create content page.
  5. Content types - Select the content type you want these categories to show. For this example I will choose page.
  6. Under settings I'm going to leave all boxes unchecked and then click save.
  7. On the next page you'll see the Vocabulary you created named Fish, beside of this click "add terms".
  8. For the term name type Fresh Water and click save. Repeat this process and add Salt Water.
  9. Finally go to Content management > Create content > Page and you'll see a drop down menu entitled Fish that will allow you to add this page to either the Fresh Water or Salt Water categories that you created.

Options for displaying your category links in menus and blocks

  1. Manually create the links
  2. Use the menu blocks module
  3. Use the taxonomy menu module