How to add categories in WordPress

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how to add categories in wordpress

Knowing how to add categories in WordPress is one of the most important tasks when you start a blog and it is important that you put your five senses into it.

If you’re a WordPress guru or have been blogging for years, I’m sure you know how to do it with your eyes closed, but if you’re new to this you’ll need a little help. Why? Well, because it is not about simply adding categories, but rather that they must be consistent and, furthermore, they are essential for structuring the content and, of course, also for your SEO ranking!

For all these reasons, today we have decided to dedicate this post to talking about WordPress categories. We hope it will be very helpful to you!

What are WordPress categories?

Rome wasn’t built in a day, so we better start at the beginning. WordPress categories are sections that help us classify or order the content that we publish on our blog.

We can say that WordPress categories are those topics that you are going to talk about in your blog. In this way, the visitors that come to your blog will decide if they want to browse your posts or articles chronologically, that is, by their publication date, or select a category and access the articles on a specific topic.

What are the categories for?

WordPress categories are used to organize content by theme. This makes navigation easier since you can directly access the topic that interests you the most, in turn improving the user experience on your site.

One of the main features of WordPress categories is that they are hierarchical. What does this mean? Well, add main categories to your blog, but also subcategories and this is especially useful if you already have a very large blog and you need to reorder your content.

Put yourself in their situation. You have a kitchen recipe blog, the categories will help you sort the posts or articles you publish by theme, for example, easy recipes, healthy food, traditional recipes, and desserts. As you publish more and more content, it may be necessary to subdivide it into new categories, for example having the following categories and subcategories:

  • Easy recipes
    • salads
    • Tentempies
  • Healthy food
    • vegetarian recipes
    • light dinners
  • traditional recipes
    • stews
    • Stews
  • Desserts
    • Cakes
    • cakes and biscuits

This is just an example. Depending on the content of your blog, you must establish which categories you are going to talk about and, if necessary, add subcategories to order the content even more.

Are WordPress categories important for SEO?

We can say that the categories are the great forgotten in the SEO world. And let’s not forget that, if there is something that facilitates the user’s navigation and the web experience, that improves our rank in the Google SERPs. This is so, always!

Optimizing the categories for SEO can also help you with your ranking, but be careful! Do not try to do strange things with the categories, or change them without rhyme or reason to try to rank yourself for new keywords because this will not work, quite the opposite. It could affect URLs that Google already has indexed, so a change like this could throw away all the work you’ve done so far.

The best thing is that you take a pen and paper and spend as much time as you need to create a good category structure. Think about the topics you are going to address and, if you need to add new ones later, you can. It is best to start with 4 or 5 and that they are well fed with content and not with 10 in which you have an article for each of them.

What about WordPress tags? How are they different from categories?

Surely you have seen that when adding a new post in WordPress you have the option to add categories and tags, but… are you clear about the difference?

First of all, tell you that both categories and tags are WordPress taxonomies, that is, a way to classify or group content in WordPress. We have already seen that the categories are used to classify your posts or entries by theme, but what about the labels?

For their part, labels or tags, are used to “tag” or define the content of the post in one or more words and also to order the content. Of course, the labels are not hierarchical and you can have many more. That is, they are all at the same level and are usually more specific than categories.

How to add categories in WordPress

Now that we are clear about what WordPress categories are and what is the difference between a category and a tag, it is time to learn how to add them to WordPress.

1st. Access the WordPress dashboard and, in the Posts section, click on “Categories”.

2nd. Write the name of the category you want to create, for example, Desserts and the slug, that is, the URL you want for that category. You can include numbers or hyphens if the category is made up of two or more words.

3rd. You will only use the “Superior category” dropdown if you need to create a subcategory to be able to associate it with a superior taxonomy. For the main categories do not select any option.

4th. Add a short description and explain what the category is about. Here you can add the most relevant keywords related to that category or create internal links to other categories or subcategories of your blog. To finish, click on “Add new category”.

Repeat this process for each of the WordPress categories or subcategories you want to add to your blog. If we introduce the ones we saw in the example that we gave you above, we will have something like:

Important: Please note that this is just an example. It is important that the categories are related to the contents of your blog and have enough content in each of them. It will not do you any good to create subcategories if you only have one or two posts for each of them.

How to associate my articles or posts to WordPress categories

To associate your posts to the WordPress categories that you have created is very easy. When you enter the content of your post, you will see in the left side menu a section with all the categories and subcategories that you have created. Select the one that corresponds to the theme of your post and voila!

If you have chosen to disable Gutenberg and continue to use the classic WordPress editor, the box to select the categories of your posts or entries will look like this:

Add categories in WordPress Classic Editor

In addition to doing it from the menu of each post, you can also do it from the general WordPress post-panel. To do this, click on the “Quick edit” option and a drop-down will be displayed with all the available categories:

How to delete categories in WordPress

If at any time you need to delete a category in WordPress, you can do it very easily from the “Posts” section and click on “Categories” and a list will be displayed with all the ones you have created. Simply select the one you no longer want and click on the “Delete” button found in the drop-down in the upper area.

Of course, be very careful because, once you carry out this action, the posts associated with this category will be added to the one you have created by default.

How to change the default category in WordPress

we will give you a brief review:

1st. In the left side menu of WordPress select “Settings” and click on “Writing”.

2nd. In the first option “Default category for posts”, select the one you want to be displayed by default in all posts.

Remember that this is only useful if at some point you forget to associate a category in your posts or remove a category from your blog. In each entry, you will be able to select the category you want to associate.

Summary:

Categories are WordPress taxonomies that allow us to organize and classify the content of our blog by general themes. The categories are hierarchical, so if you have a blog with many articles, you can also set subcategories to improve the navigation and experience of your visitors.

You can add categories in WordPress through the administration panel of your website and assign them to each post within the editor itself. To do this, go to “Posts”, and “Categories” and establish the ones that best fit your content. Do not forget to add in each of them the name, slug, or URL, a description, and, in the case of a subcategory, indicate the main category to which they belong.

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