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Some instructions in this guide refer to the WP Admin dashboard. 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)

Adding Categories via WP Admin

You can also add new categories and manage existing ones from Posts -> Categories in your dashboard.

Categories menu

You will be presented with a list of your existing categories and an option to add new categories.

Categories screen

You can add a new category by filling out the fields:

Add New Category

  • Category name – As expected, the name of your category.
  • Category parent – If you want to nest a category within a category, select the parent category. Otherwise leave at None.
  • Description – Describe what the category is for. This description will appear as a tooltip if you use the category widget. (Optional)

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Managing Categories in WP Admin

The Posts -> Categories page in your dashboard displays all your categories and shows the name, description, and number of posts belonging to each category. If you move your mouse over a category a set of options will appear, allowing you to edit, quick-edit, or delete that category:

Managing Categories

If you click on Quick Edit the category will change into an edit box and you can rename the category quickly:

Quick Edit Category

If you click on Edit you will taken to a separate page where you can edit the name, parent, and description. This functions exactly the same as adding a category.

Clicking on Delete will delete that category. When a category is deleted, all posts that were only in that category will be assigned to the default category. If a post was also in other categories it will remain untouched.

Note: You cannot delete the default category.

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Bulk Actions in WP Admin

If you have a lot of categories that you want to delete, then you can use the bulk actions feature. Select each category you want to delete using the checkbox to the left of the category name.

Delete Category

If you want to select all categories, click the checkbox at the top:

Bulk Delete Categories

Once you have selected the categories you want to delete select Delete from the Bulk Actions menu, and then click Apply. The categories will be deleted. When a category is deleted, all posts that were only in that category will be assigned to the default category. If a post was also in other categories it will remain untouched.

Bulk Actions

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Converting Categories to Tags in WP Admin

If you change your mind about using categories and instead want to convert them to tags, you can do so using the category to tag converter. At the bottom of the manage categories screen is a link to the category to tag converter.

Category to Tag Converter

Clicking this will take you to the import page. Here you can click on Categories and Tags Converter:

Categories and Tags Converter

This will take you to a screen where you can select which categories to convert to tags. Make your selection, click on Convert Categories to Tags.

Note: Your categories will be removed and tags will be assigned to the posts that used to be in those categories. If you want to convert your tags back to categories, please check out converting tags to categories.

Convert Categories to Tags

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