Adding categories is very easy, but for beginners it may take a while to figure it out. Therefore, we decided to write this quick guide on how to add categories in WordPress.

Categories are a very important part of your blog because they allow you to organize your content in certain main topics, making it easier for your readers to find what they’re looking for. Every blog should use proper categories.

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How to add categories

1. Log in to your WordPress admin area.
2. Go to Posts -> Categories.

wordpress posts area

3. Create your category. For this example, I chose Movies as a category name. The slug should usually be the same, so for our example, it’s movies. The description is optional; we usually don’t add any descriptions.

how to add categories in wordpress

4. Now click Add New Category and you’re done! You’ve added your first category. You’ll notice that it appears on the right table after clicking the add button.

While you’re there, make sure you rename the Uncategorized category. It’s important!

Now, maybe you’re asking yourself what’s with that Parent option in the Categories menu. That’s for creating subcategories!

How to add subcategories

So, we’ve created the Movies category. That’s good, but there are a lot of movie genres, so subcategories will come in handy, no? Let’s see how to do it.

Add a new category (name + slug), but then choose a Parent, which in our case will be Movies. I chose Horror for the subcategory name.

how to add subcategories in wordpress

So, the Movies category is the “parent”, and the Horror subcategory is its “child”. Here’s how it will look after clicking Add New Category:

categories and subcategories in wordpress

Notice the difference? The subcategory has a line in front of it.

Now, with a category and a subcategory included in your URL, it should look like this http://yourdomain.com/movies/horror/, because we are using SEO and user friendly URLs, no? (check point 3).

Remove /category/ from your URL

WordPress will add /category/ by default in your URL, so it will look like this http://yourdomain.com/category/movies/horror/. We strongly recommend removing /category/ because it unnecessarily adds a base to your URL, making it longer and kind of unpleasant looking as well. You usually shouldn’t have more than 3 categories/subcategories in your URL.

How to get rid of that? Well, since you will definitely need an SEO plugin, and with Yoast being the best one (in our opinion), you could use its setting.

Install the plugin, go to SEO -> Permalinks, and tick Strip the category base (usually /category/) from the category URL.

remove category from yoast permalinks settings

Notice that it also says: “… do know that the feature is very error prone and not that important for your SEO.“.

Video Tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWvkhPFKSxY

Conclusion

Now that you know how to add categories in WordPress, you can get busy and start creating your own! Just don’t create too many, make sure they are SEO and user friendly, try not to add more than 3 in your URL, and get rid of /category/!

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