How to Re-categorize Your Blog Posts in Self Hosted WordPress

How to Re-categorize Your Blog Posts in Self Hosted WordPress
May 20, 2013 CuteCoco

On the last night at my mom’s house in Jakarta, which was last weekend, I spent most of the times re-categorizing my blog posts. The reason why I wanted to do it was because I felt the existing categories were too cluttered with unnecessary things. Most of posts were irrelevant to the category subjects. The titles were either too broad or just plainly bad. I thought it would take a lot of time but turned out it wasn’t a lot of work after all. Certainly I did quite effective ways on how to re-categorize my blog posts.

Initially I have had approximately 55+ categories in total, which includes sub-categories as well. I managed to down them to around 35 and I am happy with the result. Better organized blog categories can save you times when you want to write a good post and link up with the older ones, and also when you want to find some posts to be presented as a sample to your potential clients.

Here are the things I did that you can also implement when you want to re-categorize your blog posts in your self hosted wordpress site:

1. Read through your blog posts. Find out what are the words that can be associated with type of posts you have been doing in your blog.

2. Write down in a piece of paper your preferred categories, along with the subs if any.

3. Go to category section and create new categories based on what has been written on the paper.

4. When you are done with creating new categories, go to posts list.

5. Filter the screen display according to whichever old category you want to work out first.

6. Click the posts one by one on Quick Edit option.

7. Uncheck the previous category and then check the recent one to which the post is good fit.

8. Keep filtering until zero posts in the old categories.

9. Go back to category field and check the old categories. By this time you will find your old categories has zero posts.

10. Start sending the empty old categories to trash.

I am glad I can finally beat my laziness. Re-categorizing my blog posts was actually something that I had kept on delaying from time to time. The wisdom words was right. To achieve bigger things we need to start with a simple step. I had done mine. Are you looking to re-categorizing your blog posts too?

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Comments (17)

  1. Joyce 5 years ago

    I’ve never categorized my posts to begin with. Is this something that needs to be done?

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

  2. I went to a blog conference a couple of years ago and one of the speakers said that having too many categories was bad and that we shouldn’t have more than 10! I was shocked. I have WAY more than that and don’t really see how I could ever get mine down that low. I think I have 30 something and you know what? I am fine with that.

  3. Author
    CuteCoco 5 years ago

    @Robin, I can’t think of shrinking them to 10 as well. But you know what I just did the counting and turned out I had put them down to 23! and that includes the sub-catetories :)

    @Joyce: actually category makes your reader and yourself easier when want to find a post or two. I always feel it is important but everyone has different taste. So it is not something that you MUST do but I would definitely recommend it.

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