Categories vs. Tags?

So I got a book on how to use WordPress recently, and it says that usually only one Category is assigned to each post, with the rest of the descriptors being Tags?  Is this common practice?  I was never taught the difference between Categories and Tags…I may have to clean up the Category Cloud now, it seems…


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Haru ("Codey") is a third-year Master's student in Library and Information Science, hoping to find a way to fuse their desire to make the world a better place and to finance their art.

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