Categorize your content using a taxonomy

A site Taxonomy is a very useful way to categorize and organize how content is displayed on your site. Terms are organized into groups called “vocabularies.” For example, a vocabulary called “Fruit” would contain the terms “Apple” and “Banana.” Taxonomies appear throughout many of the website’s content Edit screens.

**Content types in the Template share a Universal taxonomy AND each content type has their own taxonomy.

Since taxonomy structure is important to the overall site structure, only users with an elevated user role in the Drupal system can add or edit Taxonomy Terms. See User Roles for more information.

Adding a news taxonomy term

STEP 1 - Locate the taxonomy

Click Structure in the top horizontal menu.

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Click Taxonomy to begin creating your list of vocabulary terms.


A list of terms will appear or you will need to create them.

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STEP 2 – Add a term

Click list terms next or add terms

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Click + Add term. (This link is located above the column of names.) A new page will appear.

Add terms

Add a name for the News vocabulary term. This is the only required field.

Click Save

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You will be presented with another form -- this is because the system is anticipating that you will be adding another term. If you are done, click the tab in the upper right named List. Your new term should appear in the list.

Optional – order the terms by dragging and dropping.

STEP 3 – Save

Click Save at the bottom of the screen.

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Add content panels to pages that are now able to list the different categories for News, Events, or People. Remember to change the page layout first.

Free Form Tagging

You may use the Tags field while editing content to add a free form tag. This will help make your content more discoverable by the website's search engine.

For example, if you always refer to someone as "Bob" in your content but people search for "Robert" then you should add "Robert" to the page so that it is returned when users search the website. 

screen shot of the tags field in the edit view