If you haven’t selected a category when publishing a post in WordPress, WordPress automatically assigns it to the default category.
If you haven’t changed your default category in WordPress, it will go to a category called Uncategorized.
To change your default category, go to Posts > Categories.
If you do not have a default category, a category that you wish all your posts to go into when you don’t select the category manually, add it here.
- Category > Add New
- Type in the category name with proper spelling and capitalization
- Type in a category description
- Click Add New Category
If you hover over the Uncategorized category in the Categories screen, you will see that you can’t delete it. WordPress automatically protects the default category.
To change the default category:
- Go to Settings > Writing
- Change the Default Post Category to the new one you just created
- Click Save
Return to the Categories screen and you will see that the category you just created cannot now be deleted. And the Uncategorized category maybe deleted. Delete it and your worries will be over.
Categories: “Each post in WordPress is filed under a category. Thoughtful categorization allows posts to be grouped with others of similar content and aids in the navigation of a site.”
About WordPress Categories
Categories are an essential part of WordPress. They help group like topics and posts together, which makes it easier for people to search by topics that interest or pertain to them. Categories are not to be confused with tags. Categories tend to be based on broader topic points than the tags that people enter for their posts.
Categories can be placed in a number of different places, depending on what themes and widgets you are working with. They can be displayed at the top of a post, the bottom of a post, on the menu, in the sidebar or in individual post view. Continue reading WordPress Words: Categories
I found the article, “Beginner WordPress Bloggers: 10 Things You Shouldn’t Do” by Tom Ewer to be very helpful for a new WordPress student and I’d like to highlight a few of the suggestions in my own collection of do and don’t tips for those new to WordPress, especially students in the Clark College WordPress classes. This comes from a student who can say “been there, done that, didn’t get a t-shirt.” 😀
Don’t Moderate Comments
By setting your comments to be moderated on your site, comments are held back until you approve them.
If you check frequently or use an email or mobile app to get notifications of comments waiting to be approved, this is okay, but it takes extra time and attention.
Moderating comments doesn’t prevent comment spam, and can prevent a lot of your viewers from coming back because the experience will be lacking compared to a live conversation. Your delay in approving moderated comments can frustrate the commenters.
By default, WordPress moderates new commenters by holding their first-time comments in moderation until you approve them. Once you have approved them, you are basically telling WordPress that they are okay people and their comments will not be moderated in the future.
To manage comment moderation in WordPress: Continue reading Some Beginner Don’ts for WordPress
Linking in WordPress can be an intimidating task at first, but this post will guide you through the steps and show you just how easy it can be. This post will also cover several different types of links, and the legal guidelines that must be followed when making these links. Soon you will be creating professional looking links that are neatly embedded in your own site.
The first thing you need to do is decide what it is that you want to link to. The methods are the same whether you are linking inside of a post or a page, but you must determine what you are linking to before creating that link.
Once you determine what you are linking to, there are a number of ways you can get the link information needed. The first is the most obvious, it is the address bar. You can just copy the information right from the address bar as shown below.
Continue reading How to Link to a Post, Page, Category, Tag, and Author in WordPress