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How to Add, Change and Delete WordPress Category for Your Sites?

How to Add, Change and Delete WordPress Category for Your Sites?

WordPress Category is an easy and convenient way to group mess posts on your site. By creating various categories and setting parent and child categories, you can reasonably organize all posts with hierarchies and guide readers to find desired content with ease.

By default, WordPress arranges your content by published time, but it’s unintuitive for visitors who want to find specific topic content on your site. So we write this tutorial that covers everything about adding, changing and deleting WordPress categories. After reading this post, you can easily manage the site category and organize posts.

Add WordPress Category

It’s quite easy to add categories in WordPress sites. In detail, there are two methods: through the post panel and via Category Menu.

Through Post Panel

There is a Categories sidebar on the right side of the Post Panel, like the following screenshot. Simply click on the Add New Category link, it appears a blank text field where you can enter the category name and choose a parent category for it if you need. At last, click on the Add New Category button and there will a new category add into the All Categories box.

create category through post panel

By default, WordPress will automatically select a new category for the post you want to publish.

Via Category Menu

Go to Posts -> Categories, and then you can see the Categories Panel where presents the Add New Category form and created category lists.

To create a new category, you can simply enter the Name, Slug, Parent and Description in the form and finally click on Add New Category to complete. The category name is how it appears on the site, and the slug is the URL-friendly name. As well, the Description helps boost your site SEO.

category settings

Delete WordPress Category

If you find a category is empty and you won’t add content under this topic, you may need to delete it. As well, you may also want to re-organize the group methods and delete some unnecessary categories. In those cases, just follow the below steps.

Go to Posts -> Categories, see the category list in the right side. However, think twice before deleting categories. First of all, you need to make sure that you don’t need those categories in the future. Then, think about what happens if you delete the category in your site, for example, how about the posts in this category?

Deleting a category does not delete the posts in that category. Instead, the posts were assigned to the deleted category will be reset to the default category in the Settings. In general, WordPress sets Uncategorized as the default category if you haven’t changed the settings. In order to assign these posts into a specific category, you can go to Settings -> Writing to modify the default category.

change default category

At present, you can start to delete the categories you don’t need. You can select the categories in the list and choose Delete in the checkbox. At last, click on Apply button to delete them.

delete WordPress category

Change WordPress Category

For a specific reason, you may want to change the category for some posts. Don’t worry, the operation is very simple.

For changing the category for a single post, you can just click on Edit and go to the Post Panel. By easily re-choose the category in the Categories Sidebar.

change category for simple post

However, it’s tedious to repeat all the actions for a series of posts. If you want to modify the category for several posts, you can go to Posts -> All Posts, and then choose the posts want select Edit in the Bulk Actions. Click on Apply button, and it appears the Edit panel where you can change Categories, tags, Author, Comments, and more. At last, remember to click on Update button after complete all actions.

change category for multiple posts


Joyce is a professional writer & SEOer who loves trying new things and sharing the experience through blogging. She loves clean design, playing with different WordPress themes, SEO, etc. Very often, you could find her in various WordPress event as invited speakers.