Simple Explanation and Samples for Creating Categories in WordPress
Creating categories in WordPress helps you organize your content which allows your readers to find what they’re looking for. In addition, a post can go into more than one category which can reach more people depending on their needs.
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I have heard one train of thought that posts should only be in one category to help with SEO, but in my opinion I would much rather make sure my readers find what they want. For example, if you have a food blog and a fantastic slow cooker chicken recipe, what would happen if you only categorized it under slow cooker recipes but your reader checked out your chicken dishes category only? They wouldn’t find it!
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For my blogs, I use the Genesis Framework with a child theme from Laura at Pixel Me Designs. It’s possible your theme may look a bit different, but you should still find the same steps for your own category creation within your WordPress Dashboard will work perfectly.
Creating Categories in WordPress
In case you’re brand new to blogging, here’s what categories look like on this site:
I have my categories displayed at the top of my page but depending on your theme and different widgets, you could place them elsewhere. However, when I visit blogs, I like to see right at the top what that blog is about and what I can find there.
If you mouse over (put your mouse on) the category at the top of this page, a list will drop down. These are my sub-categories which further break down each main topic.
You can have as many or as few categories as you’d like. A good number of categories would be between 4 and 8, but use the number you need. Rather than create them as you go, plan first and create categories for the topics you want to write about. This will help you maintain focus. I learned tons about creating and using categories when I first went through Elite Blog Academy. Being able to plan out and direct my content helped me use my time so much more productively.
If you have any category questions, be sure and let me know by email or in the comments below.