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How to add a new category to your WordPress website

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Having different categories for your blog or website is an easy way to group certain types of content together.  It is helpful to your readers in that they can easily find what they are looking for.

Adding a new category

This step by step instruction on how to add a new category to your WordPress website will not only show you how to add a new category, but also how to include that category into your menu if you so desired.

 

Step 1:  After you have logged into your WordPress website click on Posts in the left side menu and then click on Categories.

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Step 2: Below Add New Category is a box where you input your new Category Name.  The category name should be descriptive of what your category is going to be about

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Step 3: Next input your slug.  A slug is the extension that appears in your url for example www.yoursite.com/your-slug.  Your url should include the name of your category for Search Engine Optimization purposes so the best will be to make your slug the same as your category name.

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Step 4:  Put in a description of your category.  You have more space here to describe to your readers what your blog/category is all about.

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Step 5: Click on add new category.  Your category is now created and saved.

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Next I will show you step by step how to add this category to your menu.

Why? So that your readers can find your blog of course …You want the page that holds your blog posts to be accessible to your readers, therefore it must link from somewhere – the easiest way to do this will be to include it somewhere in your menu.

If you create new blog posts you can post it to a certain category by selecting it and the post will appear on that page which will then be included in your menu.

 

Step 6:  On the left side panel click on appearance then click on menus.

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Step 7: The menus page will open.  If you have more than one menus select the menu you want to work on by clicking on that specific menu.

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Step 8: Open the categories tab by clicking on the arrow next to it.

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Step 9: If you already have other categories click on view all.  This will then give you a list of all your categories.

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Step 10: Select the category that you want to add to your menu by ticking the button to the left of the category.

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Step 11: Click on Add to Menu.

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Step 12: Your new category will now appear on the right hand side as part of the list of menu items.

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Step 13: Click on Save Menu.
Your new category will now be visible as part of your menu.

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Step 14: To view your new menu hover your mouse over your website url at the top bar of the wordpress site.  Click on visit site.

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Step 15: You will then be taken to view your wordpress website live with the menu displaying its newest item.

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