How to Clean-Up Your Blog Categories

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posted on: January 9, 2018

Once your categories are all set, it is easy for you to go through posts, and quickly categorize them. Go to POSTS < ALL POSTS. There’s two ways to do this – BULK SELECT or QUICK EDIT. If you are working with a lot of posts, my first suggestion is to optimize your screen settings for this. Similar to CATEGORIES, go to SCREEN OPTIONS in the top right. Since I’m just concerned with editing categories right now, I’m going to hide everything I don’t need by unchecking those boxes, and I also like to have all of my posts on one page so I’m going to set my posts to 100. Click APPLY when completed.

Bulk Select Approach

This method is super quick. The downside is that it doesn’t uncheck any categories that are subscribed to the post.

  1. Select the checkbox next to all of the posts you want to assign a specific category.
  2. At the top, you should see a dropdown that says “BULK ACTIONS”, change that to “EDIT”, then select “APPLY”.
  3. A new row will populate saying “BULK EDIT”, select the category (or categories) that you would like to assign to these posts by checking the boxes next to the respective categories. You can also edit comments, tags, status, pings, and sticky here, and I will go more into that at another time.
  4. Select “UPDATE” when you are finished.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for other categories.

As you will see, this doesn’t remove the categories already assigned to the post. To do this quickly, we use QUICK EDIT.

Quick Edit Approach

This method is the fastest way you can make changes to an individual post. Depending on the number of posts, quick editing your categories can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2-3 hours.

  1. Hover over the post you would like to edit. You should see 4 links populate below the post title – “Edit | Quick Edit | Trash | View”. Select “QUICK EDIT”.
  2. The row will expand and look very familiar to the row of bulk edit. Here you can quickly change a lot of information that is associated with that specific post, but for the purposes of this tutorial, simply check category(or categories) that you want associated with the post and uncheck those that you don’t want associated with it.
  3. Select “UPDATE” when you are finished.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for other posts.

Now, all your posts should be correctly categorized. As you add posts, you can give them the correct category within each individual post.

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