People always ask me what additional information they must need when it comes to WordPress to improve and have a good blog site. My response is have a good understanding how WordPress works from dashboard to settings to theme before focusing on the code. If you are working with a help of a designer or already purchase your preferred pre-made theme, then you don’t have to worry about your site look and layout, and your next thing to do is focus on creating good content. Now, we’re going to talk about more on how you can get more information about WordPress (last week was on Dashboard & Settings). This day I’m focusing on WordPress Categories, I’ll follow it by a video tutorials so watch out for its release on our YouTube Channel.
What is WordPress Categories?
WordPress Categories is one of the pre-defined taxonomies in WordPress. It is used to sort and group content into different sections. A website publishing content on a variety of topics can divide their website into sections using categories. (from wpbeginner.com)
WordPress categories are a very convenient way to organize your posts. You can have parent and child categories making hierarchical arrangement of your posts possible. In addition to that, one post can be into more than one category. This gives you a lot of flexibility to show exactly the posts you want, exactly the way you want them in widgets, menus or directly in your WordPress theme. (from siteground.com)
Categories provide a helpful way to group related posts together, and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Categories also make it easier for people to find your content. Categories are similar to, but broader than, tags. For more information on the differences between categories and tags please check out this support doc. (from WordPress)
WordPress Categories is the way how you will organize each related post to make an easily and quickly for your readers to find your valuable content.
When working with clients, I usually suggest that before we start the process, they have to list down and organize their desired content. Blog categories are their blog pockets where they save posts to pick up by their readers. Categories should be the windows where readers can easily see what you’ve written and what you want to write. I recommended to write down at least from 4 to 30 blog categories; lifestyle bloggers tend to have more, and tech bloggers tend to have fewer. Below, you will see a sample outlines for a lifestyle blogger, tech blogger, and travel blogger. These are just a sample outlines. The category outlines should be personally categorize depend on your blog purpose to write about.
For my DreamCatcherGirl blog, Here are some of the following categories: Design & Development , Learn To Code , Tech Catcher, Plan With Me , Saturday Life and other tutorials. You’ll notice some of my categories have fewer posts than others, that’s because I’ve just started posting some good topics to be consider. I’m okay if my readers saw a fewer posts but interesting topic, because I know that sooner or later i’ll expand more topics on those categories as I goes along the road.
Blog categories help readers find an interesting topics on your blog, but they also help you think about your content in a more organize and purposeful way. Here’s some of my inspirational site to visit and identify their content:
- Creative Bloq– Art and Design Inspiration
- Wonderlass – Bloggers & Entrepreneurs
- TheSITSgirls – Lifestyle Bloggers
- Tutplus – How-To Tutorials / Courses
In the following days, I will be featuring topics on:
- Managing your WordPress Categories
- Simple and Easy Way of Editing Categories
- Displaying Categories on your Menu bar and/or Side bar Areas