How to add and delete categories in WordPress?

In order to add/delete a category in your blog, log in to the admin area and go to Posts > Categories.

To add a category, simply type its name in the Category Name field. If you wish, you can also type a category slug, description and choose a parent item. Then click Add Category and your new category will be created.

To delete an existing category, hover over it and then click the Delete button.

If you want to see a video tutorial on how to add/delete categories in WordPress, click Play Video on the screen below.

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10 Comments

  1. Reply September 8, 2015 / 02:40 Dave BlowersSiteGround Team

    I have a blog christianity421century.com. At the right hand column of that blog Siteground Blog. I want to remove that information. If I go to Admin/Category nothing changes.

    • Reply September 8, 2015 / 05:40 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Try clearing the cache. If this doesn't help, please contact us via the Help Desk!

  2. Reply January 15, 2016 / 19:30 Ian McDonaldSiteGround Team

    When I create and edit categories (on sgtest.veganoption.org) there's no option to enter or edit the slug - instead, it's based on the title. Which means I can't change the title without changing the slug.

    Why is this field missing? What are the options for getting it back?

    • Reply January 18, 2016 / 07:29 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      You can change the title during creation, the field is named slug. You can change it afterwords by editting the category. If the field is hidden maybe you've hidden it from the "Screen Options" button on top.

  3. Reply May 17, 2016 / 20:29 Emma WatsonSiteGround Team

    My WordPress admin looks very different to the one shown here, why is that? I have a lot less options. Is it because I am using the site for free?

    • Reply May 19, 2016 / 13:09 Ivan StefanovSiteGround Team

      Indeed it is very likely the free site to provide you with less options or if you've been logged in not as admin user.

      • Reply May 24, 2016 / 09:46 MansiSiteGround Team

        Is it not possible to delete a category if you are using wordpress for free then?

        • Reply May 26, 2016 / 06:51 Ivan StefanovSiteGround Team

          Mansi, you should be able to delete or alter categories on every WordPress site. Keep in mind that if you have only one category and you're trying to delete it, this won't be possible and instead you need to rename it.

  4. Reply September 27, 2016 / 18:09 J. McCannSiteGround Team

    Hello,
    I've done a couple of hours of research, yet I still find myself unable to delete categories. Do free WordPress users not have the ability? I don't seem to have the "Posts" option on my dashboard.
    Thanks,
    JM

    • Reply September 29, 2016 / 12:18 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      If you go to Posts -> Categories, you will see the list of categories and a delete button under each one of them.

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