Even if you’re a new blogger or an established one, you may have heard that you have to use categories for your blog posts. Categories help you sort and group your articles into different sections, so your readers will be able to search easier for the topics they’re most interested about from your blog. In this article, we’ll share with you the most important things you need to know about using categories in WordPress.
How to add a new category
Admin Dashboard -> Posts -> Categories -> Add New Category
- Name: category name
- Slug: it’s the slug used for the URLs when the category is clicked (e.g. http://www.creativesummerstudio.com/category/blogging/)
- Parent: you can select a parent category or “None”
- Description: it’s optional to complete this field, but it improves your SEO, even though most WordPress themes don’t display it
How to add a category for a blog post
Admin Dashboard -> Posts -> All Posts -> Select a post
Go to “Categories” box and check those that are relevant to your article. A blog post can have multiple categories and tags. In this way, you group your articles into different sections. If you don’t specify a category for an article, it will have a default category named “Uncategorized”. We recommend you to add at least one category for your blog posts or to rename “Uncategorized” into “Others”. Kathie & Andrew, the talented people behind Bluchic, wrote more about this subject here.
How to add categories in sidebar/footer
Admin Dashboard -> Appearance -> Widgets
- drag and drop “Categories” widget in your sidebar / footer section
- expand the widget, customize it and click save
Displaying a list with your categories is very useful for your readers. It’s your way to invite them to read more stories from your blog (read here more ways you can do this).
How to add categories in WordPress menu
Admin Dashboard -> Appearance -> Menus
- select “Categories” from the right section
- select a category and click “Add to Menu”
- click “Save Menu”
And that’s it, now you know how to add a category as a menu item. If you want to add multiple categories, I recommend you to create a dropdown menu, just drag and drop the categories under the blog item menu.
I hope it’s easier for you to understand and to use categories in your WordPress blog now. Remember that it’s very important to simplify the things for your readers. Make them curious about your work by recommending your other articles. And keep your work organized, it will help you in the future. Now it’s time to start filling your categories with some amazing blog posts.