Here’s a little vid I did to explain how to use WordPress categories, which is one of the most often-asked questions clients have when they start with WordPress (along with how to use the menus, which will be the next post). :) Creating categories is easy…deciding what categories you want to use, well, that might take more time, and I can’t help you with that, hahaha. But once you know how to make (and change & delete) categories, you can make as many as you need & do whatever you want with them. :)
(I apologize for sounding very stiff/formal in videos…I’m just not used to doing them yet, lol! :) )
- Create, edit, and delete categories under Posts–>Categories
- You can add posts to categories from Posts–>All posts using the “Quick edit” function or the bulk edit function (but you can’t remove posts from categories using bulk edit…just one of those quirks!)
- You can add/remove a post from categories from the post’s full editing page (the page where you write the post).
Oh and also…
I realized I forgot to explain what the “slug” does, which goes along with the “category page” which I also didn’t discuss, so here’s a vid for those:
- The category “slug” is the word/words that will show in the category page’s URL. So if you have a category of “My Favorite Projects,” the slug will become my-favorite-projects (WordPress puts a dash between its words) and the category’s URL will be http://www.yoursite.com/category/my-favorite-projects.
- You can change the URL by changing the category slug (for example, changing it to “favorite-projects”), and the slug & category name can be different
- To see your category page, go to Posts–>Categories, hover over the category name, and click “View” from the menu that appears under the category name.
- You do NOT need to make category pages to display your category posts…Wordpress automatically creates them for you. It is built into WordPress. Also, your category pages (and date-based archive pages) are not “pages” that you can edit under Pages–>All Pages. They are something that WordPress creates for you & their layout is determined by your theme.
Up next will be a video on how to work with the menus, including how to add categories to the menu.
I hope these videos helped a bit. Happy categorizing! :)