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 that allows the user to skip ahead to content that is directly relevant to what they need. 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.
Category names are important and should reflect both what the content is about and what language the user would use to describe that content (keywords).
- On the left-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 category name. You can edit the slug if needed, but remember slugs must always be url friendly. They have to be lower case and use hyphens instead of spaces.
- Categories can have parents. 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.
- If you have lots of categories you can search and go straight to the one you want.
- You can delete multiple categories. Select the categories then select delete and click on apply.
- You can click on the name of a category to edit that category.
- A dash denotes a child category.
- Display and order by description.
- Display and order by slug.
- Display and order by the number of posts in that category.