WordPress Category Tutorial

I have some clients that are new to wordpress and have asked for tutorials on some things so in the ‘Tutorial’ section you can find tutorials on things to help get you started on your way to learning, understanding and being able to edit your own wordpress site/blog!

In this tutorial you will learn how to :

Edit current categories
Add new categories
About Parent and Child categories

Categories are different topics you can use to separate and organized different posts into specific categories. They will either go on your sidebar under ‘Categories’ or under your main navigation bar with each one separated as it’s own name with optional drop down lists for ‘child categories’. For example, say you have a ‘Beauty’ category but would like to keep the makeup posts you do separate and easy to find. When added, the ‘Beauty’ category would be placed and when hovered over a drop down will list whichever ‘child categories’ you place such as, ‘foundation’, ‘lotion’, ‘lipstick’, etc and so on. Then your readers can choose which beauty category they want to read about.

So here is how you add categories.

First go into your dashboard and click on the ‘Categories’ tab on the left hand side.

  • When in the categories section you will see an area that says, ‘Add Categories’ fill in the first spot with the category name and then the slug. (The slug is just the category name but all in lowercase letters.)

Add in a description of the category if you want.
Click save.

If you look at the screen shot above you will notice that it says ‘Parent’. A ‘parent category’ is the main category for a ‘child category’. Basically like I said earlier – if you want to place subcategories under a main category you place it under a parent. So if you wanted to add ‘Makeup’ under ‘Beauty’ so that when someone reads your site and is looking specifically for makeup, when they hover over ‘Beauty’ the subcategory (or ‘child category’) of ‘Makeup’ will appear in a drop down so that that specific category is more easily accessed.

For example:

Here you will see that I am adding a ‘Test’ category (to show you how to do it). I am adding in the text to the name and slug. Then below I am selecting a Parent Category of ‘Makeup’.

After that is done and you have clicked ‘save’ you will notice that in the category table to the right that ‘Test’ is now below ‘Makeup’ with a little strike next to it to indicate that ‘test’ is now a child category that has been placed under the parent category of ‘Makeup’.

*Please note that when doing this no category (child, parent or by itself) will show in the sub-navigation bar or on your sidebar as a category unless there are posts within that category. To make sure that you have done everything correctly and that the category is indeed working create a test post, choose the new category and click save. Then go to your home page, refresh your screen and the category should now show.

Now onto editing current categories:

Very easy! Hover over the category you want to edit. You will notice that three words pop up underneath the category, ‘Edit’, ‘Quick Edit’ and ‘Delete’.

To edit the name of the category:

Click on ‘Quick Edit’
Change the category name and slug.
Click ‘Update Category’.

To edit the description, name, and slug and/or the parent category:

Click on ‘Edit’
Change whatever you want changed.
Click ‘Update Category’.

However, sometimes you are in the middle of a post and realize, ‘Oopps…I forgot to add this category and don’t want to leave my current screen!’ No problem!

Look over at the right hand side of your posting area. You will see a box that says, ‘Categories’ that is where you pick which category you want each post to be under. However, like I said before you can also add categories using that very section.

Click on the ‘Add New Category’ text.

Type in the new category name. Choose whether you want it to be a parent category (in which you wouldn’t choose a parent category) or choose to make the new category a child category and place it under a current category.

Click ‘Add New Category’, which saves it.

Then you will see that the new category is already loaded and marked for you!


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