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.

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18 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.

  5. Reply October 16, 2016 / 19:04 MinnaSiteGround Team

    I am having the same problem... I simply do not have "Posts - Categories"... In my left hand side menu. I have "Blog Posts" but it does not open up a further menu, it simply has an "Add" button next to it, which is the only optionality I have available regarding posts. I am using an upgraded (not free) version of WordPress so I'm surprised that I can't manage categories... Any tips much appreciated! My categories are a mess and I need them sorted out.

  6. Reply October 16, 2016 / 19:26 MinnaSiteGround Team

    I have just contacted WP support and I was given a link to their old editor that does indeed have a menu for managing categories. it's https://BLOGNAME.wordpress.com/wp-admin/ No wonder so many can't find it!

  7. Reply October 25, 2016 / 16:46 Munna HossainSiteGround Team

    Nice sharing. I have a problem that I want to rename Uncategorized category in WordPress. Is it possible? I don't like this Uncategorized category because it looks really unprofessional and unskilful. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply October 27, 2016 / 08:45 Ivan StefanovSiteGround Team

      Munna, in case you forgot to assign a post to any category, WordPress will add that post to Uncategorized by default. That's why a default category is must. To change a default category go to Settings > Writing.

      In case you want to only rename the category, you can do it easily - just go to Posts the select Categories. Then click on Edit just below Uncategorized.

      • Reply November 2, 2016 / 07:27 ClaudiaSiteGround Team

        Ivan, it appears that I have the same issue and unfortunately when I go to Settings > Writing in Default Post Category I can choose only Uncategorized and I can't edit it or add more categories. I also use the free domain that wordpress provides. Is it normal?

        • Reply November 4, 2016 / 09:26 Ivan StefanovSiteGround Team

          Claudia, if renaming option isn't available, then you need to setup a different default Category and after that you'll be able to easy delete the default "Uncategorized" category. In order to change the default category, go to WordPress Admin -> Settings -> Writing page. The first option on the page is to set a default post category.

  8. Reply November 23, 2016 / 22:16 Jack NovackSiteGround Team

    I have the free version of WordPress and I cannot delete a category. It does not do any good to hover over a category. Hovering over a category does not cause it to be highlighted. And, hitting the delete button does not do anything. And, there is no delete caption next to the category that you can hit to delete it. What do I do?

    • Reply November 24, 2016 / 13:45 Ivan StefanovSiteGround Team

      Jack, WordPress is a open source application, which means that it isn't paid and by default it should provide option for category name change out of the box. Please make sure that your release is downloaded from an official authority.

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