WordPress Category Page: How Categories Work In WordPress

A WordPress category page allows you to organize your WordPress posts.  In this article, I show you how categories work in WordPress.  You will learn how to create WordPress categories and how to add a category to a post.

You will also learn a workaround so that you can add a category to a WordPress page.

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How Categories Work in WordPress

WordPress categories are used to organize your posts on your WordPress blog.  Categories have a hierarchy structure so you can create a category and that category can be the parent to other categories.

Categories are usually used to make sub-sections on your blog.  It is better to have three to five parent categories with sub-categories then to have more than five or six categories.

Since categories are often displayed in the header menu of your blog too many parent categories can clutter up your menu and make your blog hard to navigate.  So group sub-categories that are related to each other under parent categories.

I show you how to create a parent category below.

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What is a category page?

A category page is a WordPress page that lists all the post that have been assigned that specific category on the Edit Post page.

By default, the posts are displayed in reverse chronological order.  So, the most recent post for that category is displayed first.

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How To Change The Number Of Posts On A Category Page

You can change the number of posts that are displayed on the first page of the category.

From the WordPress Admin menu, Select “Settings” and then select “Reading”.

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On the Reading page change “Blog pages show at most” to the number of posts you want to be displayed on each Category page.  Then click the “Save Changes” button.

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This setting will be used on all pages that dynamically show blog posts including the Homepage.

How To Categorize Posts in WordPress

How To Create A WordPress Category Page

To create a category in WordPress, Select the “Posts” setting on the WordPress Admin Panel menu.  Then select “Categories”.

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Under the “Add New Category” heading, enter the Name for the Category.  The name will be used as the Page Title and Page Heading.

Enter the slug.  The slug will be used as part of the URL for the category page.

Select the Parent category, if there is one.

Enter a description for the category.

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Click the “Add New Category” button to save the category.

The category will now be in the category list.

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How To Create A WordPress Category On A Post

You can also create a category when you are creating a new post or editing a post.  Select “+Add New Category” in the Categories box on the right of the edit post page.

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Add a name for the category and select a parent category if applicable.  Click the “Add New Category” button to add the category.

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The category will also be checked for the post.

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How To Edit A Category In WordPress

To edit a category in WordPress, Select the “Posts” setting on the WordPress Admin Panel menu.  Then select “Categories”.

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Hover over the name of the category in the category list.  Select “Edit”

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The “Edit Category” page is displayed.  You can update the category settings and then click “Update”.  If you select “Delete”, you will be prompted to confirm.  If you select “OK”, the WordPress post category is removed.

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How To Add A Parent Category In WordPress

To add a parent category in WordPress, go to the category page of a category that you would like to make a child or sub-category.  Then select a category from the dropdown next to the “Parent Category” label.  That selected category is now a parent category.

How To Remove The Uncategorized Category In WordPress

There is no way to delete the uncategorized in WordPress if it is the default category.  However, you can edit the Uncategorized category.  Change the name and slug.  Then click “Update”.

There is now no Uncategorized category.

How To Add A Category To A Menu In WordPress

To add a category to a menu in WordPress, select “Appearance” and then “Menus” on the WordPress Admin menu.

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Expand the “Categories” box.  There are three tabs, “Most Used”, “View All”, and Search.  Pick a Category from one of the tabs.  And then click the “Add To Menu”.

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How To Create A Dropdown Category In WordPress On A Menu

Whenever you add a category to a menu, the category will show on the top level of the menu.  To create a dropdown category on the WordPress menu, you can drag the menu under a category and to the right. Click the “Save Menu” button to save the menu.

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The category will now appear in the sub-menu in a dropdown on the menu.

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How To Add Pages To A Category

With the basic install of WordPress, you cannot add a page to a category.  Only posts can have categories.

However, you can add a plugin that will allow you to add a page to a category.

Select “Add New” from the Plugins menu item on the WordPress Admin menu.

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Then enter “Post Tags and Categories for Pages” in the Keyword Box.

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Scroll down until you see the plugin box.  And click the “Install Now” button.  When the install is complete, click the “Activate” button.

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You will now be able to add categories (and tags) to WordPress pages.  The pages will appear on the category pages that they have been assigned.

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