How to set a category for your post
Categories are a great tool to keep your site organized and easy to maintain. Too many categories is messy, but too few and you might get bogged down. Only you can judge what works for you. But, a good general rule… if you are a food blogger you would want to have your recipe posts categorized by type. So, dessert, salad, sandwiches, etc… But, you probably shouldn’t break your craft recipes down too far. You just won’t have enough to worry about.
Categories are also used by many plug-ins to display particular posts. One of the ways we set up project galleries uses categories. So, you can create galleries for Christmas, Recipes, or anything you choose—provided you’ve made a category for it and have posts within that category.
Here’s how you put your post into a category…
When you are writing a post within your dashboard you will have an option on the right hand sidebar area to choose a category. By default your post will probably fall into uncategorized (like our example).
This post we are writing is about creating Christmas mugs for a teachers gift. So, we’ve selected crafting, christmas, and gifts.
But wait…we also realize that we have been wanting to add a teacher’s gifts category. So, we click on the “Add New Category” button and choose gifts from the drop-down menu. Choosing gifts from the drop-down means that we want our new teachers gifts category to be a sub category on gifts. It doesn’t need to be it’s very own category, that’s silly. It’s simply helping to further define our gifts category.
So, we choose gifts as our parent category and then label teacher gifts. Hit “add new category” and we did it! (note, you do not have to choose a parent category if you want your new category to be on its own. simply leave the dropdown alone)
So, we checked our categories and saved our post…that’s all there is to it!