Blog Tip Tuesday: How To Add Categories To A WordPress Blog

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Today’s Blog Tip Tuesday post will show you how to categorize your blog content – but before we tackle the how, let’s take a look at the why…

Why you should pay attention to blog categories.

Categories provide a helpful way to group related posts together, and to let your readers know what a post is about. Categories also make it easier for people to find your content, and this includes you, the blog owner. As your blog content grows, you will find that the categories feature is a helpful way for you to quickly locate specific content.

How to add categories to a WordPress blog.

There are two ways to add categories to a WordPress blog – (1) via the Categories Module; (2) via the WordPress Dashboard.

(1) How to add categories to a WordPress blog via the Categories Module.

You can assign and/or add new categories to posts before you publish them using the Categories module to the right of the post editor. Select the checkbox next to a category name to add it to a post.

Tip: Click the Most Used tab at the top of the Categories Module to select from your already created categories that you use the most.


If you would like to add a new category to your blog and associate it with the post, click + Add New Category.

Tip: Use the Parent Category drop down menu to “nest” a category within a category.

(2) How to add categories to a WordPress blog via the Dashboard.

You can also add new categories and manage existing ones from Posts -> Categories in your dashboard.

You will be presented with a list of your existing categories and an option to add new categories. You can add a new category by filling out the fields below:

Note: Both Parent and Description fields are optional. Only complete if you wish to.

How to edit Categories

You can easily delete a category, edit its name or rename it via the edit screen as shown below:

If you have a lot of categories that you want to delete, then you can use the bulk actions feature. Once you have selected the categories you want to delete select Delete from the Bulk Actions menu, and then click Apply. The categories will be deleted. When a category is deleted, all posts that were only in that category will be assigned to the default category. If a post was also in other categories it will remain untouched.

Setting the Default Category

A default category (uncategorized) will be assigned to published posts if you don’t specify one. The default category can be changed under Settings -> Writing in your dashboard.



Marie Ennis-O’Connor BA, MIAPR, holds an Honours degree in History from University College Dublin. She is a graduate of the Irish Academy of Public Relations and has worked in a variety of PR roles over the past 12 years. Marie is editor of several award-winning blogs ranging from life sciences to health to business. She is a panel member of the newly established Bloggers International and is a regular contributor to Health Works Collective, an online community for thought leaders in international healthcare. She is a featured blogger on Webicina, an online service that provides curated medical social media resources in over 80 medical topics and over 17 languages, and has been awarded a top blogger accolade by Empowered and most inspiring writer by WegoHealth. Marie is also in demand as a trainer in social media marketing and travels the country teaching small business owners how to get online and maximise their online presence.

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