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Categories provide a helpful way to group related posts together. Depending on the theme and widgets you have activated, categories can be used for:

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Adding Categories
Assigning Default Category
Assigning Posts to Categories
Category Pages & Menus
Topics Listings
Bulk Actions
Frequently Asked Questions

Adding Categories

  1. Go to My Site → Manage Settings.
  2. Click on the Writing option.
  3. Click on Categories.

Adding a new category through the Site Settings section of your account allows you to include a category description and select the option to nest a new category below a Top level Category.

Categories - Add Category in Settings

Selecting a parent category will insert the new category under the Top level category.

Categories - Settings - Parent Category Selected

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Assigning Default Category

All posts must be assigned a category. By default, the category is Uncategorized. You can change the default category through Manage →Settings → Writing → Categories.

Categories - Set as default
Changing the default Category.

While it is not possible to delete the “Uncategorized” Category, you can rename it to whatever you want.

Categories - Rename Uncategorized

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Assigning Posts to Categories

Categories can only be added to Posts, but not Pages. If you’re looking to categorize your pages, use Tags. If you want to nest pages under other pages, use Page Attributes → Parent Page in Documents Settings for that page.

  1. Go to My Sites Site Posts
  2. Click on the post you want to assign to a category.
  3. Under Document Settings on the right, expand the Category option.
  4. Click the checkbox next to the category you want the post to be assigned to and publish your changes

You can select multiple categories for a single post to show in. You should not add more than five to 15 categories and tags to a post.

You can remove a post from a category by unchecking the box next to the category name.

Categories - In Post
New Category from Within A Post

It is possible to quickly add a new category through the post’s Document Settings by clicking on Add New Category.

You will be able to give the category a name, and select a parent category.

If you want to add a description to the Category you will want to go to Manage → Settings → Writing → Categories and edit the new category.

Categories - New Category In Post

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Category Pages & Menus

A category page will display only the blog posts in the category that you designate. You can add these dynamic category pages into your menu.

Once a category has been assigned to the post, and the post is published, edit the navigation menu to add the category page:

  1. Open the Customizer. (My Sites → Design → Customize)
  2. Go to Menus.
  3. Select the menu to edit.
  4. Click on Add Items.
  5. Select Categories.
  6. Click the Plus icon next to the Category you want to add.
  7. Click Publish to save the changes.
Categories - Add Category Menu
Adding a Category Menu

Click here to learn more about adding items to and editing your custom menus.

Categories - Category Page
Example Category Page

If you have added a Category Page to your site’s menu but do not see any posts on the Category Page, or a message that says the content can’t be found, this means no posts have been assigned to that category. Once you add posts to the category they will automatically show on the Category Page.

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Topics Listings

Your posts will appear in the topics listings of any tags or categories you use. Therefore, assigning tags and categories to your post increases the chance that other WordPress.com users will see your content.

However, you don’t want irrelevant content showing up on the topics listings or search, and neither do we. That’s why we limit the number of tags and categories that can be used on a public topic listing. Five to 15 tags (or categories, or a combination of the two) is a good number to add to each of your posts. The more categories you use, the less likely it is that your post will be selected for inclusion in the topics listings. Learn more about Topics here.

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Bulk Actions

You can use the WP Admin dashboard to edit your categories in bulk. You can get to this dashboard by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site’s url (e.g.: example.wordpress.com/wp-admin)

On the left menu, you can add new categories and manage existing ones from Posts → Categories in your dashboard.

To bulk delete any categories, check all categories you want deleted, and in the “Bulk Actions” dropdown above the list, select “Delete”, then click the “Apply” button.

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Frequently Asked Questions

My Category Page says Nothing Found!

If you have added a Category Page to your Menu, and you see a not found, or nothing found, page when you view it, this means there are no posts assigned to that category.

Once you add a post to that category it will automatically show on your Category Page.

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