Add a category


Add a category to your WordPress post

Who can do this?

Anyone who can edit the post content.



Categories provide a helpful way to group related posts together, and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Categories also make it easier for people to find your content. Depending on the theme and widgets activated, categories can be displayed at the top or bottom of posts, on the individual post view, on your menu, and/or in the sidebar. You can assign multiple categories per post (you must assign at least one), and categories can be organized hierarchically. (read more at WordPress Support)

There are two ways to add categories to a post: (1) from within the Post using the Categories module or; (2) via the Dashboard.

Method 1: Adding Categories from within the Post

1. With your post editor open, identify the Categories module to the right of the post editor:

Adding Categories

2. If the category already exists, select the checkbox next to a category name to add it to a post. To create a new category, write the category name in the blank field. To nest a category within a category, use the Parent Category drop down menu.

Categories Module

3. To complete, click “Add New Category” button.

Method 2: Adding Categories via the Dashboard

1. From the Dashboard main screen, navigate to Posts -> Categories

Categories menu

2. You will be presented with a list of your existing categories and an option to add new categories.

Categories screen

3. You can add a new category by filling out the fields:

Add New Category

  • Category name – As expected, the name of your category.
  • Category parent – If you want to nest a category within a category, select the parent category. Otherwise leave at None.
  • Description – Describe what the category is for. This description will appear as a tooltip if you use the category widget. (Optional)

4. To complete, click “Add New Category” button.




Use of categories is only available to posts, not pages.

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