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How To Rename Or Remove The “Uncategorized” Category In WordPress

by | Mar 20, 2021 | WordPress | 0 comments

When you create a new WordPress website, it comes with a default category called “Uncategorized”. Unless you assign a category each time you publish a post, WordPress will automatically assign the default “Uncategorized” category. This isn’t very useful for visitors trying to find content on your website. For example: if you have a newspaper website it would be useful to have the default category as “News”, which is a clearer description than “Uncategorized”. Assigning the correct default category also improves your SEO as search engines better understand appropriately categorized content.

There are two ways you can remove the “Uncategorized” category in WordPress. You can either rename it, or delete it.

Rename The Uncategorized Category

In your wp-admin go to Posts > Categories

Under “Uncategorized” select “Quick Edit”

Change the name and slug to a category that covers all or most of the topics on your site. For example, a newspaper site might want to have the default category “News”. Then select “Update Category” and you’re done!

How To Delete the “Uncategorized” Category

Sometimes it may be better to delete the “Uncategorized” Category altogether. You may not be able to delete “Uncategorized” because WordPress assigns it as the default category. To fix this you need to have at least one other category. You can create one in categories admin page under Posts > Categories. Fill in the “Add New Category” form with the name and slug of the new default category. You can add a description but it’s not required. Then select the “Add New Category” button to save the new category.

Next step is to assign the new category as the default category. In wp-admin go to Settings > Writing. In the drop-down list label “Default Category” select your new default.

Then go to the bottom of the page and select “Save Changes” Once you’ve saved the new settings, go back to Posts > Categories. “Uncategorized” now has an option to delete , select it. You’ll receive a notice asking if you’re sure you want to delete this category. You can select “OK” and you’re done!

Caveat

If your site has been around for a while and there are posts that were assigned the “Uncategorized” category, you may also need to create a 301 redirect. A 301 redirect points any visitors looking for a deleted or renamed resource to the new location. For example, anyone who tries to access the old “Uncategorized” archive URL in this post will be taken to the “News” archive page instead. My in-depth tutorial on how to create a category archive 301 redirect will show you how to go about doing that.

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