Taxonomy in WordPress is one of those things that everyone use, but they do not know that they are using it. Once you understand taxonomies you unlock the power of wordpress. Wordpress taxonomies are used as a way to group posts together. The names for the different groupings in a taxonomy are called terms. Using groupings of fishing lures as an example, we might call one group “worms“, and “crank baits” and “jigs“. Knowing this is powerful because it means you can think about your wordpress site dynamically. WordPress has two very popular taxonomies that people use on a regular basis: Categories and Tags plus you can use custom ones like portfolios (which I do on my site).
What this means is that you can pull posts exclusively from one category. Why might you do this? Let’s use my site as an example (www.larakroekerinteractive.com). I have 4 main categories:
Under ALL MEDIA and ALL PROJECTS the content is subcategorized: (360 Video, Photography, Video Stories) and (International, Music, Water Projects). When I create a portfolio it lives under a category. What this means is that I can filter the content within categories and pull posts exclusively into a wordpress page and filter the information. If you look at the front end of my site you will clearly see the what this means. These categories can be pulled in other powerful ways.
TIP: The order of taxonomies is via date so if you want to change the order instead of adding another plugin you can just change the date!
When I teach a workshop I make sure that wireframing, or mapping out your site, and understanding project content is well thought out because THAT is what drives good decision making in creating your categories (or taxonomies).