How to Change Your Default Category From “Uncategorized” in WordPress

Categories are a type of taxonomy that WordPress uses to help users organize posts. If you’re a blogger, or create a lot of new content, you’re probably already using them. If you are, you might have noticed that it’ll automatically categorize your new posts as “Uncategorized” in WordPress,  forcing you to manually select your desired category before you publish anything new. It’s a small extra step that can easily lead to a majorly disorganized site if you frequently forget it. In this quick guide, we’ll show you how to change your WordPress default category from uncategorized to something custom! It’s pretty simple, so let’s get started:

 

And if you prefer it in writing here’s how I was able to change the default category on Low Key Coffee Snobs.

6 Steps to Change Your Set Default Category in WordPress

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.

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  2. Select “Posts” >”Categories” from your left side bar menu.
  3. Add a new category that you would like to make your default category moving forward.
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  4. Select “Writing” > “Settings” from the left hand side bar menu.

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  5. Change the Default Post Category from “Uncategorized” to “New Category” using the drop down menu.

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  6. Click “Save Changes” and that’s it! Your new posts will automatically be set to publish under your new category.
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Changing Your Default Category in WordPress Isn’t Too Hard

When you follow the above steps that we outlined, you’ll be able to set your default category to a much broader, customized selection instead of the standard “Uncategorized” in WordPress. Why does this matter? Having a tight, strategic plan for moving users through your WordPress website—even through page tags—can only improve user satisfaction and it’s crawl-ability. These are both essential elements to succeeding as a website today!


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