Ready for visitors to find related content more easily on your site? Move your posts from “Uncategorized” to your own custom labels with this quick tip.
When it comes to organizing your site’s content, categories set the foundation. You can use category pages to group related content together, giving you the flexibility to spruce up the structure of your site or even explore multiple topics within a single blog.
However, focusing on content, design, and building up your following generally takes precedence when starting a new site. With all those tasks to focus on, it’s easy for categories and organizing your content to take a backseat.
By default, any new post you publish on your site will be added to the built-in Uncategorized category. As your site grows and you want to take advantage of different features like category pages or the Categories Widget, you’ll want to spruce up those category listings.
Pro-tip: the Uncategorized category cannot be deleted, but you can change the default category for your site. To do so, head over to your Settings → Writing page in the WP Admin and click on the menu next to “Default site category.”
Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve published 100s of posts, it takes just a few steps to get started on categorizing your Uncategorized posts. To begin, click on the Posts → Categories page in the classic dashboard. If you’re not in the classic dashboard, you can get there via your My Sites tab by clicking on the WP Admin link.
Create the categories you’d like to use by filling out the Add New Category fields to the left of the page. Setting a parent category and typing a description are both optional. Depending on the theme you’re using, the description may be included at the top of the category page.
Setting a parent category creates a hierarchy within your categories, which you can then use to highlight sub-, or child, categories in the Categories Widget or when adding a drop-down menu to your site. For example, I could have a “Black and White” child category within my “Photography” category. Posts added to the child category will also be visible in the parent category page.
Curious about categories versus tags? Check out our guide comparing the two.
Once you’ve created your categories, click on the number under Count to view all of your Uncategorized posts. To reassign your posts in bulk, click on the checkbox under Title to the left of all of the posts you want in a specific category. Under Bulk Actions, click on Edit → Apply.
In the Categories box, select the category you want to move these posts to, and click on Update. Rinse, lather, and repeat until all of your posts have been categorized appropriately.
If you’re only looking to change one or two posts, you can always change their category one by one via the Edit page under My Sites → Posts. In the Categories & Tags module here, type in the category you want to add to your post and then click Update.
Once you’ve categorized all of your posts, sit back, relax, and admire your handiwork. Taking the time to reassign your posts to a specific category makes it easier for your visitors to find related content that you’ve posted in the past. Go forth and categorize!