How To Add Categories In WordPress

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Let’s continue our series on WordPress basics and learn how to add categories in WordPress. As you may know, category is used to indicate sections of your website and to group related posts. It is a very convenient way to organize your posts.

To access the category section you need to:

Step 1 – Click on Posts Categories option in WordPress dashboard.

categories location in wordpress dashboard

Step 2 – The Categories page is displayed as shown in the following screenshot.

category settings window

Here are list of explanations of what all the fields in Categories means:

  • Name – Enter the unique name of categories.
  • Slug – A word chosen to describe your post. It is specified in the tags URL.
  • Parent – By selecting the parent category from dropdown, you can set the particular category as sub-category or can keep it as None.
  • Description – Add brief description of your category. It is optional.

Step 3 – After filling all the information about Categories, click on Add New Category button.

Step 4 – After clicking on Add New Category, the new created category will get displayed on the right side of the page as shown in the following screen.

new category added in wordpress

But there is another way to add a category to your WordPress website. For this you need to be creating new post or editing an existing one.

Step 1 – When in post editing screen, locate Categories tab on the right side of your screen and press Add New Category.

add new category from the post editing screen

Here you can simply add new category and choose parent category if needed without leaving your new post screen or if you are editing an existing one and simply don’t want to go through multiple different windows.

create new category in wordpress through new post window

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