Learn All About WordPress Categories And WordPress Tags

How To Create, Edit Or Delete A Category

About This Lesson

In this lesson I’ll be teaching you about WordPress Categories and WordPress Tags, including,

Note: You only really need to learn about categories and tags if you’re going to be using posts on your site.


Before starting this lesson, I recommend that you,

1) Understand the difference between WordPress posts and pages

2) Learn all about WordPress posts

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What Are WordPress Categories?

Categories allow you to arrange your content into different, well categories, and thereby organize your posts into groups of related content, which your visitors can go through at anytime.

So using bbc.com as an example, you could have three categories called “News”, “Sports”, “Entertainment” and then group together all your posts on those subjects.

This way if a visitor to your site is only interested in posts about “Sports”, they can look through an archive page of all your “Sports” posts, and ignore the rest.

Example Of Categories

With categories you can also have hierarchies. So for instance using the Sports example, you could have,

  • Parent Category > Sports
    • Child Category > Football
    • Child Category > Tennis
    • Child Category > Golf

Which breaks up your content even further, so those only interested in your “Golf” posts, wouldn’t have to read posts on all “Sports”, they could just look through the “Golf” child category.

It’s worth noting that all posts in a child category will still show up in it’s parent category. So all the posts you assign to “Golf”, will still show up in the “Sports” category.

Example Of Child Categories

Categories are something you HAVE to assign to your posts. This is compulsory. So even if you’re not interested in using the category feature on your site, you’ll still need to assign at least one category to your posts.

What Are WordPress Tags?

Tags are similar to categories, in that they allow you to organize your posts into groups of related content, which your visitors can go through at anytime.

However there are two main differences,

  • Tags are optional
  • Tags have no hierarchy, meaning there’s no relationship from one Tag to another

So you might use Categories for a broad range of subjects, i.e. News, Sports, Entertainment, and you might use Child Categories to break your posts up even more, i.e. Football, Tennis, Golf.

With Tags, you can arrange your content into even more depth, i.e. you might create Tags for sports teams or sports stars, which your visitors can then go through and they’ll see all the posts you’ve “tagged” with that sports team/star.

How To Add, Edit And Delete Categories Or Tags

To create new categories or edit/delete old ones, you need to go to the navigation menu and hover over “Posts”, then click “Categories”. For Tags, you’d obviously just click “Tags”.

How To Create Edit Or Delete A Category

This will then take you to the category screen within WordPress. Let me briefly walk you through all the options within categories.

WordPress Categories Screen

  1. Name: – This is where you can give your category a name.
  2. Slug: – This lets you set the address of your category, which will be, www.yoursite.com /category/what-you-put-in-the-slug
  3. Parent: – If you want to create a “Child Category”, first create the parent category, then create another category, but when you create it, select the parent from this drop-down menu
  4. Description: – Some themes may show the description you enter here at the top of the category page, to explain to your visitors what they’re looking at
  5. When you’ve entered the details above, click “Add New Category”
  6. If you click the name of the Category, you’ll be able to edit the details of the category, i.e. the name, slug, parent and description
  7. If you want to delete the Category, simply hover over its name and click “Delete”
  8. Notice how the Golf, Tennis and Football categories are indented. This is because they are Child Categories of Sports

And that’s it for categories.

The only difference with Tags, is that you don’t have the, “3 – Parent”, option. But everything else is the same.

How To Use Categories And Tags In Your Posts

Adding a category or tag to your post is really easy.

First you need to go to the individual post that you want to add categories or tags to.

How To Use Categories And Tags In Your Posts

  1. For categories, simply tick the boxes next to the category that you want to assign to your post to. In this example I’m assigning it to multiple categories, “Uncategorized”, “Sports” and the child category of “Golf”
  2. You don’t need to go to the category screen to create a new category, simply click the “+ Add New Category” button, give the category a name, and WordPress will create a new one for you
  3. To add a tag to your post, simply start typing the name. (If you’ve already created a tag, see 4 below.) If you want to create a new Tag without having to go to the Tag screen, simply type out the full tag, then click add, and it’ll create a new one for you
  4. If as you start typing out your tag, you see the name of the tag you want to use, then it means you’ve already created the tag. You don’t need to type out the rest of the text, simply click the highlighted tag, so in the example above, “Sir Alex Ferguson” and the tag will then be added to your post

Setting The Default Category

Because categories are compulsory, if you forget to assign one when publishing your post, WordPress will automatically assign it to your default category.

You can change the default category in your Writing Settings.

Next Steps

Now that you’ve learnt about WordPress Categories and Tags, the next step in creating your website and using WordPress, is to start creating your content.

I’ve created a number of lessons for you, which show you exactly how to create the content for your website,

Then when you’ve learnt this, the next step will be Step 5 – Install and setup your WordPress theme.