WordPress Post Categories

Helping your visitors navigate through content

About WordPress Post Categories

WordPress Post Categories are a post specific way of ordering, searching and adding meaning to many posts. You can think of Categories like a table of contents, which allows the user to skip ahead to content that is directly relevant to what he or she needs. This provides a greater user experience, as the user no longer has to trawl through hundreds of posts to find the one they are looking for.

WordPress Post Categories names are important, and should reflect both what the content is about and what language the user would use to describe that content (keywords).

  1. On the right hand side you can add a new category.
    • Give the category a name. Use names that are descriptive and meaningful.
    • The slug will automatically populate with a lower case version of the title but can be changed. Always remember slugs must be url friendly, they must be lower case and hyphens instead of spaces.
    • Categories can be parented, select the category you want to parent your new category to from the drop down. Otherwise leave this as none.
    • Give your category a description. Descriptions are good for SEO as well as making your website more accessible and understandable.
  2. If you have lots of categories you can search your categories to go straight to the one you want.
  3. You can delete multiple categories, select the categories then select Delete and click on Apply.
  4. You can click on the name of a category to edit that category.
  5. A dash denotes a child category.
  6. Display and order by description.
  7. Display and order by slug.
  8. Displays and orders by the number of posts in that category.

Using WordPress Post Categories

When creating a new post, one of the most important things is to select or create a category for that post to sit under. WordPress post categories allow the user to more easily navigate the content of your site by breaking it up. You can think of WordPress post categories like different forks in the road, the user can choose the road (category) that is most relevant which will hopefully lead to the destination (content) they are after.

The Categories field can be found to the left of the main text area. You can choose to look through a full list of all the categories currently available to you, or filter by most used by clicking on that tab. If the category you need is not there or you need to create a new category, this can be done by simply clicking Add New Category at the bottom of the menu. You can also pick a parent category from the drop down list.


  1. Displays all the categories on the site, including child categories denoted by an indent.
  2. Select your category by clicking on the check box.
  3. Displays the most commonly used categories, especially useful if you have lots of categories.
  4. Adding a new category on the fly, clicking on this link will reveal more options.
  5. Give your category a title, make sure it’s relevant.
  6. Select a parent category if applicable, if not just leave this on -Parent Category-.
  7. Click Add New Category to create the category.

You can edit WordPress post categories by clicking on or hovering over the posts link in the admin bar and selecting Categories. This will take you to page where you can change the name of the category, the slug (how the category displays in the url- remember no caps or spaces), the parent and the description.

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