Wordpess Categories and why you need to Know about Them

Wordpess Categories and why you need to Know about Them

I ran into something while setting up my new site that I didn’t expect.

WordPress Categories.

I really thought I was prepared with this site build.

I sketched everything out, figured out my drop down menus, had a rough outline of the different page types and….

Then I realized something. I only have one “Blog” page with each site.

That’s a problem when you’d like to be publishing articles (and your menu is set up) under 5 different types that all fall under the Niche you’re targeting.

After briefly freaking out and thinking I’d have to completely go back to the drawing board (and the Thrive Themes Membership I just had purchased wasn’t going to be needed) I settled down and went to Google.

 

Enter WordPress Categories

Some brief searches led me to find out about WordPress Categories

Categories
Yes, this photo was taken during the writing of this post. No one was harmed during its making.

Now, category pages can be tricky.

I’m still learning about them so forgive me if I’m not completely correct, but they are a custom “page” that WordPress creates to give you the option of dividing up your posts. You can even position a Category Page in your Top Menu.

Very cool.

The problem is that they don’t show up under the “Pages” dropdown so there is no way in the normal WordPress setup to edit and change these pages.

Luckily, Thrive Themes has a solution for that.

Redirect

They allow you to point a Category at a custom page that you create. Granted, you have to go through and create this page instead of using the default “Blog” page that comes with your theme. Fine by me. I can create one page and copy it four times for each category.

So, the moral of the story:

Make sure you have a way to deal with the WordPress Category pages (most likely with your theme) BEFORE you buy a theme or decide to design a website in which the blog will be split.