How to manage categories

Chris Diaz March 10, 2011
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This tutorial will show you how to manage categories in WordPress.

Each post in WordPress is filed under one or more Categories. This aids in navigation and allows posts and to be grouped with others of similar content.

Each Category may be assigned to a Category Parent so that you may set up a hierarchy within the Category structure. In creating Categories, recognize that each Category Name must be unique. Thus, even if two Categories have two different Parents, they must still have different names.

To access the categories manager in WordPress open the WordPress admin panel and click Posts>Categories.

WP Categories 1(click to enlarge)

Table of Categories

This table lists all of your categories by row. Categories are displayed hierarchically and alphabetically; subcategories are displayed beneath their parents and are prefaced by long dashes.

The table of categories contains the following columns:

  • Name – The name of the Category. Remember each Name must be unique.
  • Description – Categories may have an optional description. By default, the description is shown to viewers when they hover over the category’s link.
  • Posts – The number of posts assigned to the category.


Add Category

The form allows you to add new categories to your WordPress blog. Each category has 4 settings:

  • Category name – unique category title.
  • Category Slug– unique search friendly category name. Can be generated automatically by WordPress engine and is based on the category title.
  • Category Parent
    – sed to create nested categories.
  • Description – optional category description.


Feel free to check the detailed video tutorial below:
How to manage categories

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