Tips & Tricks

WordPress Tips and Tricks to Add Categories and Subcategories

You can sort your content into tags, categories, and taxonomies in WordPress. Categories may consist of child categories or subcategories. Here, we will discuss how to add categories and subcategories to your WordPress site and how it can help in SEO.

Tips to Add Category in WordPress

You may add a new category when writing a post in WordPress. Scroll down to categories Meta Box on “Post Edit” screen and then choose “Add New Category” link.

WordPress also allows you to add new category without having to edit a post. All you need to visit Posts > Categories page and add new category. To create categories before putting content in it, this method literally works.

Steps to Add Child Category in WordPress

The steps to edit child categories are as same as adding parent categories. Simply scroll down to enter “Categories” section on “Post Edit” screen and go to “Add New Category”. You can add new category name in the text field and dropdown menu to choose parent category.

You may also go to “Pages > Categories” page. Rename your child category and choose the parent category from the dropdown menu named ‘Parent’.

How It Can Help in SEO?

Categories help both users and search engines to know what your page is based on. It is very sensible method. You can also add keywords to your URL to help people search content on the web.

You can also remove ‘category’ prefix from the category URL. Install FV Top Level Categories plugin. All you need to install this plugin and you can get rid of the category base from the URLs of archive pages. There are also some of the SEO plugins you may use to rank up your site.

How to Display Categories and Subcategories in Sidebar?

You can display both categories and subcategories in your WordPress theme for each post. Just go to “Appearance > Widgets” page to display all the categories on sidebar. Now choose the categories widgets from other widgets and drag and drop to the sidebar.

In the settings menu of categories widget, check the box “Show hierarchy’ and just click on Save. Go to your site and you will be able to see the categories and subcategories under the parent category.

Final Thoughts

Categories are very effective for you to use not just to filter your content, but it can also form an ideal site structure which is both semantic and sensible. Suppose your plan is to create a travel website which will feature different destinations across the world. Your users should be able to effortlessly find information by country and by city or by using any filter.

Along with a WordPress theme, you also need to choose a hosting plan that can give you total support and 99.9% uptime guarantee. We should choose a reliable host that can deliver fastest turnaround time as well. For this we recommend you to choose SiteGround because it provides dedicated support to WordPress users.