Once you have done with your category outline, let’s dig deep down onto your chosen category. By going to POSTS < CATEGORIES in your dashboard, you can see the list of your categories. In your category lists, you should see this NAME, DESCRIPTION, SLUG, and COUNT. If you don’t, select “Screen Options” at the top of the page, a toggle will drop down, and check the respective boxes. You can also change how many or less categories you can view at once. This would be great if you have more than a hundreds categories and trying to view them all.
Let’s make a quick tour.
Let’s say you want to add a completely new category, on the left side, simply add the name, slug (you can leave it blank or set a different name), parent (if you need a sub-category), and description.
PARENT CATEGORIES: I will be simple when in comes on how you can use parent categories. If you are a blogger like me, and you want all your posts to be categorized, then you have to break it down accordingly. Think first what would be your main topic, if your blogs about lifestyle, then, put a parent category as “Lifestyle”, and start to break down little by little your sub-categories topics about Lifestyle. An example in this site, DCG Studio, I will show 2 sample categories – Computers and DCG TV. I set “Computers” as one of my main category. Underneath Computers, I make separate different sub-categories, which is Hardware, and Software. I set this up since computer is a very broad topic to discuss and while creating post under this sub-category, it will automatically populate under “Computer”.
In categories, you can add a description, to describe what topics will expected under this. Most of the themes, this will be visible. Who will not love this descriptions box? You can transform your page into something new that will call attention of your readers in very administrative way. You can see that as well here on my site when you click on different category you like to read. You can browse, on of my categories, let’s start with WordPress, and you’ll notice the descriptions down below. You can use descriptions to showcase your general overview of what the category is all about as well as a call to action. You can include a basic html, to make links and style text. If it happen, you’re working with a designer, you can make a request to help you on how to put a styled descriptions that can catch your readers eyes. Or you can even drop us a message.
Note: If you are not sure on how to write the html code, first, open a draft post and type in your category descriptions. Second, click the TEXT view, then copy the content of your description and paste it into the category description. Voila! You can have now the styled text description you wanted.
We need to go back on your post categories, Select the name of categories you want to edit, hover over the category you want to update, and click on QUICK EDIT. In QUICK EDIT, you can change the NAME and SLUG.
If you want to add / edit your category description, select EDIT. Once click, you be redirect to another page where the category info shown, and you can now start to add/edit your descriptions from here or even re-update you name, slugs and parents category info.
Renaming Uncategorized Category
Default Category: “Uncategorized” specified as the main category that you cannot even delete it but you can rename it. We need to go back Posts » Categories page on your WP dashboard and click on the edit link below the Uncategorized category. You can also change your category name and slug.
I always suggested to anyone to change this category onto something like their one major top topic category or on a general one. Here’s some examples:
- I set mine as the default is “DCG TV”
- Others used general terms like “Miscellaneous”, “Featured”, or “Blog”
This category dashboard is one of a great way to organize and settle good idea of the site content and managing one’s blog posts. You can also change what your default category is in settings.
We hope this guide helped you learn how to work on categorizing your list of topics for your site as well as how to set a new default category in WordPress.