A Tutorial About WordPress Categories

I am amazed about the number of websites and blogs created using the WordPress software lacking attention to some of the organizational functions such as categories. Rather than developing a set of keyword-based terms and establishing those terms as categories, many times site owners simply use the default “uncategorized” category established in WordPress.

Based on this observation, I decided to write this post providing a basic tutorial about WordPress categories.

Each time we create a new post using WordPress, we have the opportunity to establish a couple of different approaches regarding organization and user navigation.

Considering the fact that many people do a fair amount of keyword research before 1) selecting a domain name; 2) preparing to create posts or 3) select tags for the posts, they miss one of the best ways to select different category terms by using the secondary keywords previously uncovered during that research.

Though some people get concerned about the apparent complexity of creating a WordPress blog or site, establishing the categories in WordPress is a very straightforward process.

As shown in the figure below, you can either add a new category when actually creating the post war from the dashboard area under the post section of the menu bar on the left-hand side of the screen. Whether you initiate adding a new category using either method, you can set any category term to be either a parent or a subcategory under an existing parent category.


And one other thing, never worry about making a mistake since you also have the ability to delete any categories if you enter one accidentally. As a matter of fact, one thing I do on all my sites after establishing by different categories, his first change the default category from “uncategorized” to a new more meaningful one and then delete the uncategorized option altogether.

This way if I ever do decide to delete a category that was used in earlier posts, the category will automatically be reset to the new default category I selected based on the keyword research.

Since you can add a category widget to your sidebar or footer area, this provides a navigational link your site visitors can use to access the content they seek more directly. Beyond your live site visitors, the category structure also makes it easier for the search engine spiders to navigate your site thereby making it more SEO-friendly. This means better optimization that will help get your post listed higher in the search engine results. So complete blog site by wordpress and setup categories properly. See how to create a site with wordpress

Author: Daniel Brown

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