WordPress helps to keep your content organized and easy to find with the use of categories. In this article, I will share with you how to add categories in WordPress.
Categories are a place where you can store relevant content. It is like a filing cabinet.
Let’s say that you put all of your valuable information in one box in your home or even better yet, several places around your home.
When it is time for you to find an important piece of paper, it will become an unpleasant situation. It will cause stress and anxiety that could have been avoided.
You could easily prevent that stress if you had your important paperwork in files. Finding important paperwork would become a breeze.
Adding categories to your art blog will make it easy for your readers to find the content that they are searching for. It would be like you are putting the topics that they are interested in into files for them to access quickly.
How to Add Categories in WordPress
There are two ways that you can add categories in WordPress. You create a category while you are creating a post or you can plan ahead and create categories ahead of time. If you have your categories planned ahead of time, it will make it easier for you to write content for them.
Creating a Category in a Post
You can create a category while you are creating a post.
After you have written, your content scrolls down and find the Categories box located on the right.
You will be able to click a category that you have already created or created a new category.
If you would like to add your new post to a category that you have already created simply click on the box next to the category that you desire. This will place the content in the specific category that you have chosen making it easier for your readers to find.
If no category fits your content, click add new category.
Type in the name you wish for the category in the box provided.
Click add new category link when you are done. The category will automatically be selected for this post. Check and see if there is a checkmark in the box next to the new category. If there is not, click on the box next to your new category and a checkmark will show that it has been selected.
Providing high-quality content that is easily found will help you build a loyal following.
What are Parent and Child Categories?
WordPress makes it easy to find relevant content for your readers by offering Parent Categories and Child Categories.
A Parent Category is a main topic. Think of it as a filing drawer that is dedicated for bills. In that drawer, you have folders for all of the different companies that you pay bills to. If you need to find the electric bill, you open the filing drawer and pull out the folder dedicated for the electric.
WordPress lets you breakdown your Parent Categories into smaller (folders) Child Categories to make it even easier for your readers to find relevant content that they are searching for.
An example would be:
Cake (Parent Category)
Chocolate (Child Category)
Vanilla (Child Category)
Strawberry (Child Category)
You can go to the cake category and find all of the content that relates to the cake. You will be able to find the chocolate recipes, vanilla recipes, and the strawberry recipes all located in that category.
If you are just interested in a chocolate cake, you can click on the chocolate child category, and you will only find cakes that are made out of chocolate.
You can place a post in just the Child Category, or both the Parent and the Child Category. By placing a post in just the Child Category, it will not be found when someone clicks on the Parent Category. They would have to click on the Child Category to find that specific post.
This might be helpful for certain situations. I prefer placing my posts in both categories so it can found either way. I want to make it as easy as possible for my content to be found.
How to add a Child Category
You can also create a Child Category while you are creating a post.
After you have written, your content scroll down and find the Categories box located on the right.
You will be able to click a category that you have already created or create a new category.
After you have created a new category, click on the Parent Category dropdown box.
Select the category you wish to be the Parent Category of the new category that you have created.
Add Categories in Advance
The second way that you can add categories is by making a plan of how you would like your blog laid out. You will need to sit down and decide what categories you would like to offer,
After you have decided what categories you would like to create, login to your WordPress dashboard.
Hover over posts located on the left-hand sidebar.
Click on Categories
Type in the name of the category in the name box.
You can also choose a parent category here.
When you are completed filling this out click on add a category located on the bottom to save the new category that you have created.
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