We write hundreds and thousands of articles on our blog. Some blogs are niche specific while other are of general nature. But all in all every article is different from each other on various stands.
If a visitor of your blog wants to find a particular content among these thousands, it may be somehow cumbersome for him/her to arrive on the page that exactly he/she want.
The visitor may take help of search option but the chances are high that it may display several irrelevant queries as well.
In order to avoid such situation and serve better it is always advisable to keep your content segregated and well organised.
Don’t worry its not that hard, you may be thinking…
You can easily divide your content under broad-base categories. WordPress gives you an easy inbuilt option to create unlimited number of categories.
Moreover if your content is fine and requires deeper segregation than you can even create subcategories (child categories) under the main categories (parent categories).
This even distribution helps you in two ways – firstly, it works as an index for your visitors and secondly, it helps search engines to index each and every page of your deeply rooted content in an effective manner.
You can display these categories and sub-categories wherever you want it on your blog. The most prominent places are Navigation Menu, Header, Footer, Sidebars, etc.
In this article I will teach you how to add categories and sub-categories in your WordPress blog.
There are two methods to add categories in WordPress, one is through back-end and another is while writing the post.
Add Category through Dashboard
This method is useful when you want to add multiple categories at the initial stage of your blog.
To start with, you have to first take login of your WordPress back-end, from the left hand side navigation menu you will find ‘Posts’ tab. Hover the mouse over it a sub menu will appear.
From the sub menu click on the ‘Categories’ tab, a new page will get opened having title as ‘Categories’.
On this page you will be able to add new categories as well as subcategories as per your requirements. By default, an ‘Uncategorized’ category is already be there on this page.
You can not delete this category but can rename it as per your desire.
To add a new category, fill the ‘Name’ text field with the category name.
The second text field you will see is the ‘Slug’. The ‘slug’ is the URL-friendly version of the name. It is usually all lowercase and contains only letters, numbers, and hyphens.
The next option you get is a drop down menu from where you can allocate a parent category for a category if you want it as a subcategory. This is totally optional.
In the next field ‘Description’, you can add a line or two to describe the category.
Now click on the Add New Category button to save the changes.
Once you have created certain categories and subcategories you will find the list of them on the right hand side of this page.
Add Category through Writing Post
This method provides you convenience to add new categories on the spot while writing your post without moving on another page.
For this find the ‘Categories’ meta box on the post edit screen and click on the ‘Add New Category’ link.
A text box along with the drop down menu will appear, write the desired name for category in the text field. Further from the drop down menu you may select a parent category, if required.
Now click on Add New Category button to get the desired results.
Once these categories are created you can list your existing or the forthcoming articles under them. This can be done while updating or writing the article.
You have to just tick the check box before the desired category under which you want it to be listed.