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WordPress: Categories and Tags


WordPress Categories are an easy way to sort your WordPress posts into groups. Creating custom categories will help your viewers sort through your website and find content quickly. This article will show you how to create categories and how to use them.

  1. First, let’s take a look at the Categories page in WordPress. To get to this page, hover over Posts in the left main menu and then click Categories.
  2. To create a new category, begin by entering the name. This is something that you choose, such as news, articles, or anything else that is applicable to your site. The Slug is just the version that will appear in the URL. This needs to be unique.
  3. When you create Categories, you can also create Parent and Child categories. This is another way to organize your posts. You can choose whether the category you are creating is a sub-category.
  4. You can also create a description of your category, which is optional.
  5. Last, you just need to click Add New Category.
  6. As soon as your Category is created, it will appear on the right in your category list.
  7. Now, you need to know how to assign posts to a certain category. Go to one of your posts and open it up so you can edit it.
  8. On the right sidebar, there is a section for your Categories. All Categories that you have created will appear here. To assign your post to a category, simply select the checkbox next to each category that applies to this post.
  9. You can also create Categories from right inside your posts. In that same Categories section box, just click Add New Category. Enter the name, choose a parent category (remember, this is optional), and click Add New Category.
  10. Now you know how to create Categories and assign posts to those Categories. You can also add Categories to your custom menu as pages. For more information on that, view our Custom Menu article.
  11. Tags

    Tags are another, non-hierarchical way to sort content on your site so that it is easier for visitors to find. Tags make navigation of your site easier and allow users to find similar content grouped together.

    Creating and using tags is very similar to the process for categories. You can create and edit your tags on the Tags page or you can simply enter them from inside your post editor. This is a quick and easy way to create tags.

    Once you have added tags to a post, they will appear in the published post. The location of the tags will depend upon the theme you are using.

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