If you just made the move from Blogger to WordPress or you’re just starting out you may notice your categories are a mess! Blogger (sadly) does everything as “labels” which is fine but what if you have a LOT of labels? There’s no good way to organize them! Wordpress offers categories and subcategories which can help you get very organized as well as organizing your menu!
Creating a new category:
To create a new category click on posts – categories in your WordPress dashboard. Here you’ll be able to add a new parent category to your site and include a description.
Adding a sub category:
To add a sub category to your site click on posts – categories in your WordPress dashboard. Follow the steps for adding a standard category and choose the parent from the drop down list provided.
What is a subcategory?
Here’s an example… let’s say you run a food site. You have categories for Desserts, Dinner, Sides, etc. but you also have categories for brownies, chicken, vegetables, etc. which fall UNDER those other categories but still need their own category. The solution is very simply, let’s say you have two categories to add, brownies and cakes, you would make their parent category Desserts so when someone clicks on desserts any posts under brownies AND cakes will show up also or they can just click the brownies category for ONLY that dessert. Great right?
When setting a category you can set it as it’s own or choose a parent. So let’s say, again, you’re adding brownies in. You would type in brownies and choose Desserts in the drop down below as their parent category and save. If you already have an existing category you want to move under another simply click on “edit” in the category list and you can choose a parent category there.
If you’ve just moved from blogger to wordpress or you’ve been blogging for a few months before realizing this I highly recommend going through and organizing your categories! Yes, it’s a bit time consuming… grab a cup of coffee and a brownie (since me repeating brownie so many times probably made you hungry) and get to it. It’s one of the best things you can do to keep your site organized and things easy for your readers to find!