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Blog Posts: Organize Posts into Categories

Posts can be organized into general topics called Categories to help visitors find related content. When a visitor clicks on a category link, a new page opens listing all the posts assigned to the category.

Category links can be added to navigation Menus, or you can add the Categories Widget to your blog. Depending on your blog's theme, categories may be listed along with the title and author for each post.

A few things to note about Categories in WordPress:

  • Posts can be assigned to more than one category.
  • Posts that are not assigned to a category are assigned to the category Uncategorized.   
  • If no posts have been assigned to a category, the category will not appear in the Categories Widget or in Menus on your site.

Assign Categories when Adding or Editing a Post

  1. On the Add New/Edit Post screen, look for the Categories panel (at right). If the panel is collapsed, click the Arrow to expand the box.
  2. In the Categories panel, check the category name(s) to assign the post to. To create a new category, click + Add New Category at the bottom of the box.
  3. On the Publish panel (top right), click Save Draft, Publish or Update. Once published, the post will be included among the posts displayed when a visitor clicks the link to a category the post is assigned to.

Add or Delete a Category from the Categories Screen

  1. On the Dashboard toolbar, click Posts, then Categories. The Categories screen will open.
  2. To create a new Category, on the Categories screen, under Add Category (at left):
    1. In the Name field, enter a name for the category. Note: Category names must be unique.
    2. To make this a Subcategory, select a Parent category from the drop-down. (For more, see Create Subcategories (Parents & Children), below.)
    3. Click Add New (at left). Your new category will appear on the Category List at right.
  3. To remove a category, in the Category List, move your cursor over its name and click Delete (below its name).
    Note: Deleting a category will not delete the posts associated with that category.
  4. To delete multiple categories at once, on the Categories screen, select the check boxes for the categories to delete, then from the Bulk Actions drop-down menu, select Delete and click Apply.

Edit a Category on the Categories Screen

  1. On the Dashboard toolbar, click Posts, then Categories. The Categories screen will open.
  2. If you only wish to change the name of a category, use the Quick Edit box:

    1. Move the mouse over a category name and click Quick Edit (below its name). The row for that category will expand to show a Namefield.

    2. Enter a new name then click Update Category.

  3. For full edit options:

    1. On the Categories screen, click a category Name in the list of categories (at right) or move the mouse over the name and click Edit (below the name). The Edit Category screen opens.

    2. Rename, assign the category to a Parent Category (see Create Subcategories below) or add a description, then click Update (at bottom).

Create Subcategories (Parents & Children)

Categories can have hierarchy. Posts assigned to a Child Category will be listed in results when your readers choose a Parent Category.  In the Categories Widget, a Child Category can be indented under its Parent.

To assign a category to a parent:

  • If adding a new category on the Categories screen, choose a Parent from the drop-down menu before you click Add New Category.
  • If the category already exists, on the Categories screen, click the Category Name (at right) to open the Edit Categories screen, then choose a category from the Parent drop-down menu and click Update.

Child categories show a dash in front of their names. For Example:

—Big Band

Add the Categories Widget to Your Blog

If a Categories widget does not already appear in a widget area of your blog, you can add the widget:

  1. On the Dashboard toolbar, click Appearance, then Widgets. The Widgets screen will open.
  2. For the Widget Area (ar right) where you want the Categories widget to appear, click the arrow to the right of its title. The Widget Area panel will expand to show any widgets already added to that area.
  3. If you do not see the Categories widget in the open Widget Area, look for it in the Available Widgets panel (at left).
  4. Under Available Widgets (at left), click Categories. A list of available Widget Areas appears below the widget name.
  5. Click the name of the Widget Area where you want the Categories widget to appear, then click Add Widget. The Categories widget will appear in the open Widget Area (at right).
  6. To configure your widget (optional), expand the Categories Widget panel (if it is not already open).
    • To give the Categories widget a different name from "Categories," enter a title in the Title field.
    • To show links in a drop-down menu, check Display as drop-down.
    • To indent "child" categories under "parent" categories, check Show hierarchy. See Create subcategories (above).
  7. At the bottom of the widget box, click Save.

 For more on Widgets see Manage Blog Plugins and Widgets.

Add Categories to Navigation Menus

You can add Category links to a navigation menu. For details, see Add & Manage Menus on Your Blog.