How to Create Blog Categories in WordPress

Every blog post should have a relevant category applied to it, as this helps your readers to find similar types of articles they may want to read. Just like the newspaper is organized into specific categories of news, so will your blog posts. Here’s how to create blog categories in WordPress:

Option 1: While Creating a Post

Step 1

On the right hand side of your post editor, find the “Categories” tab. At the bottom of the list of categories, click on the “Add new category” button:

how to create blog categories in WordPress

Step 2

This will open up a field where you can type the name of the category. Give it a descriptive name.

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Step 3

Then click the “Add new category” button underneath the text you just typed. This both creates the category, and applies it to your post.

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Step 4

If you want to create a subcategory, you can choose a “parent” category from the drop-down list of existing categories. For example, “sports” could be the main/parent category, and “basketball” could be a subcategory. Then click the “Add new category button below.

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Option 2: From the Categories Menu

The other way to create a category, as well as to manage existing categories, is from the Categories menu item under Posts in the Admin Area:

Step 1

Click the “Categories” under the main Posts menu.

creating categories with the Posts menu - step 1

Step 2

Give the category a name, and don’t worry about the “slug”. It will automatically be created. If it’s appropriate to give it a parent category, select the relevant parent from the drop-down menu. The description is optional: many themes will not show it anywhere on the site.

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Step 3

Click the “Add New Category” button.

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How to Edit Categories

If you make a mistake on a category name, or want to make any changes to a category (e.g. adding or removing a parent category, adding a description), you can do so from the Categories page, as in Option 2 above.

Step 1

Click on the “Categories” link under the main Posts menu.

creating categories with the Posts menu - step 1

Step 2

Point to the category you want to modify, and click on the “Edit” link that appears underneath.

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Step 3

You can change the name, the parent, or the description (I wouldn’t recommend changing the slug, unless you know what you’re doing).

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Step 4

When you’re done, scroll down and click the “Update” button (as always!).

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