Adding new blog categories

Paul Bradley -

Introduction

When writing blog articles, the theme of each one may cover a broad range of topics. One of the functioanlities you have is to categorise your articles depending on the topic they cover.

If your article covers something new, you may not have a category to choose from. However, you can easily add new ones if/when you need to.

What are blog categories?

Categories are a way of organising your articles based on topics. It's one of the default taxonomies you have; a taxonomy is used to group posts together.

They help your visitors quickly find the relevant articles based in their categories. If they go to your main blog page, they can click on the category and be taken to that category's listing page.

If you don't wish to add any categories, by default they will be marked as 'uncategorized'. If you don’t pick a category for a post, then itis automatically placed into that category. 

This guide gives a good overview of what categories are all about.

How to add new categories

From Posts:

In your dashboard, go to the left-hand menu and hover over posts. The click 'Categories'.

On the next page, you can set new categories:

  • name - name of the category
  • slug - this is the url-friendly version of the category name. It is usually all lower case and contains only letters, numbers, and hyphens. If you put 'Tax Statements' as the category name, the slug should be defined as 'tax-statements'

Once done,  click 'add new category'.

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When writing a new article:

You can also add new categories when writing articles. On the right is a field called 'categories'. Click the link , fill out the name and click add new category.

You can then select this in the listing by clicking its checkbox. Any categories you created through the above method will also show here.

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And that is it! Hopefully that gives an overview of how to add new categories for your blog articles. We trust this guide has helped but if you have any questions, please get in touch at: support@practiceweb.co.uk

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