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How to merge and block edit categories and tags in WordPress

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Do you want to merge and edit in block categories and tags in WordPress?

After a while, most WordPress blogs need a general cleanup. Sometimes this requires moving posts between categories and tags, or merging similar categories and tags.

Dans cet article, we will show you how to easily merge and edit categories and tags in WordPress.

How to merge and block edit categories and tags in WordPress How to Merge and Bulk Edit Categories and Tags in WordPress

When do you need to combine categories and tags in WordPress?

When creating your WordPress site, use categories and tags to organize your website content.

This makes it easy for website visitors to quickly find the content they are looking for. Proper use of categories and tags is good for improving WordPress SEO ranking.

But over time, you may have too many categories and tags that you no longer use. Or, your categories and tags may be too similar and may be filed under a single category or tag.

A form of resolution to this issue is editing when publishing the WordPress blog and reassigning categories and tags. Sin embargo, si tiene muchas publicaciones, esto puede llevar mucho tiempo.

The best solution is edited in all WordPress categories and tags.

With that said, let’s take a look at how to block edit and merge categories in WordPress, step by step.

Bulk editing of categories and tags with built-in WordPress settings

The WordPress posts panel contains built-in configurations that allow administration of the categories and tags of our posts.

If you want to assign a category to multiple posts, add tags, or transfer individual posts from one category to another, you can do so within your WordPress admin panel.

Group multiple posts into a new WordPress category

First, navigate to Posts » All Posts and check the box next to the posts you want to change.

Then click on the desplegable menu ‘Acciones masivas’, select the ‘Editar’ option and click on ‘Apply’.

Bulk edit of all posts Edit all messages in bulk

This opens a new section showing the bulk editing tools.

To add the posts to a new category, simply check the box for the new category(ies). You can also add new post tags in the “Tags” area.

Remarque : Les publications ne peuvent être ajoutées qu’à de nouvelles catégories, elles ne peuvent pas être supprimées de la catégorie existante.

Ensuite, cliquez sur le bouton ‘Mettre à jour’.

Bulk editor add categories Bulk editor add categories

Désormais, vos messages seront automatiquement affectés à la nouvelle catégorie que vous avez sélectionnée.

Manually Transfer Posts to New WordPress Categories

If you only have a few posts, then you can transfer posts to a new category individually.

In the post dashboard, hover over the post you want to edit and click the ‘Quick Edit’ button.

Single publication of the rapid edition Quick edit of a single article

This brings up a section similar to the bulk editing tools section above.

Now, you can uncheck the current category and check the box for the new category. You can also add or delete tags from the ‘Tags’ box.

Single post add or remove categories and tags Single post add or remove categories and tags

Make sure to click the ‘Update’ button to save your changes.

Merge and Bulk Edit Categories and Tags in WordPress

If you want to merge and bulk edit categories and tags, then you’ll need to use a WordPress plugin.

We recommend using the Term Management Tools plugin. It makes it easy to bulk manage your tags and categories with a couple of clicks.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to go to Posts » Categories and click the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop down menu.

Term Management Tools Plugin New Bulk Actions Plugin d'outils de gestion des termes pour de nouvelles actions groupées

You’ll notice there are a few new bulk actions that have been added to the menu. Now, you can set a new parent category, merge categories and tags together, and change taxonomies.

Merge WordPress Category into Another Category

To merge categories, simply check the box next to the categories you want to merge.

Next, select ‘Merge’ from the ‘Bulk actions’ drop down and type the name of the category you want to merge.

Then, click the ‘Apply’ button.

Combinaire categoría en categoría Fusionner la catégorie dans la catégorie

Move From WordPress Category to Tag or Custom Taxonomy

To switch an existing category into a tag, simply check the box for the category.

Then, select ‘Change taxonomy’ from the ‘Bulk actions’ drop down and then select your tag or custom taxonomy from the drop down.

After that, click the ‘Apply’ button.

Pasar de categoría a etiqueta o taxonomía Move from category to tag or taxonomy

Your category will now switch over to a post tag or custom taxonomy.

Assign Parent Category to Multiple Categories

Next, you can assign a single parent category to multiple categories.

To do this, check the boxes for your new child categories and select ‘Set parent’ from the ‘Bulk actions’ drop down.

Then, choose your parent category from the ‘None’ drop down and click ‘Apply’.

Asignar categoría principal Assign parent category

If you want to switch from tags to categories and merge existing tags together, then simply go to Posts » Tags.

Then, follow the same steps as above.

Combinar la pantalla del editor de etiquetas Merge tags editor screen

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Posts » Organize Posts with Categories

Categories provide a helpful way to group related blog posts together. You might want to create categories for different topics you cover in your blog. For example, if you have articles that cover a specific genre of music, you might want to keep those grouped together in a category.

Categories not only help keep posts organized, but you can also use categories to display posts in several places across your site, making it easier for your visitors to find what they’re looking for quickly. For example:

  • On your menu for visitors to view posts of a specific category.
  • On particular pages that use blocks that filter posts by category, like the Query Loop or Blog Posts blocks.
  • In the available sidebars or widget areas of your theme.

Table of Contents

  1. Add Categories
  2. Choose a Default Category
  3. Categorize your Posts
  4. Customize Category Pages
  5. Link to Category Pages
    1. In Your Menu
    2. In Your Pages
  6. Edit or Delete Categories
  7. Use Categories to Get Discovered
  8. Bulk Delete Categories
  9. Find the Category ID
  10. Frequently Asked Questions
    1. My Category Page says Nothing Found!

Add Categories

  1. Go to your dashboard.
  2. Click on Posts → Categories.
  3. Click Add New Category.
  4. Give the new category a name and a description.
  5. Click Add to save the new category.

By default, the category will be added as a “Top level Category.” To create subcategories, toggle the switch, and choose the top-level category you want this category associated with.

For example, a food blog might have categories for Cakes, Pies, and Ice Cream, all under a top-level Dessert category.

Una lista de categorías, incluidas las subcategorías. Posts → Categories

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Choose a Default Category

A default category is a category a post is assigned to by default when you create a new post. All posts must be given a category. By default, the category is Uncategorized.

  1. Go to Posts → Categories in your dashboard.
  2. Click the ellipsis (three dots) to the right of the category you want to assign as the default.
  3. Select Set as default from the drop-down menu.

The category list with an arrow pointing to the three dots to the right of a category name, the menu opened, and Set as default highlighted. Changing the default Category.


While it is not possible to delete the “Uncategorized” Category, you can rename it to whatever you want by clicking the Edit option in the drop-down menu next to the category name.

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Categorize your Posts

  1. In your dashboard, click on Posts.
  2. Click on the post you want to assign to a category.
  3. Under Post Settings on the right, expand the Category option.
  4. Click the checkbox next to the category you want the post to be assigned to
  5. Click Update or Publish to apply the changes to that post.


If you don’t see the Settings sidebar, click the settings icon at the top of your page. settings-icon-small-screenshot

The Categories section from the post editor will display existing categories to check off, or you can use the search field just above the list. It has an Add New Category button at the bottom.

You can select multiple categories for a single post to show in. However, you should not add more than five to 15 categories and tags to a post.

You can remove a post from a category by unchecking the box next to the category name.

New Category from Within A Post

It is possible to quickly add a new category through the post’s Post Settings by clicking on Add New Category.

You will be able to give the category a name and select a parent category.

If you want to add a description to the category, go back to your dashboard and navigate to Posts → Categories to edit the new category.

Add New Category is a button at the bottom of the category list in the post editor. Once clicked, it shows text fields for the New Category Name and the Parent Category if applicable.

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Customize Category Pages

A category page is a page that displays all of the posts assigned to a specific category. By default, there is an Archives page created for each category. The archives page will have a URL, or site address, of something like https://yourgroovysite.com/category/categoryname/.


If your site is using a theme that takes advantage of the Site Editor, you can customize the Archives page’s template. Otherwise, it is styled by the theme you have selected.

You can also create a custom category page using any WordPress block that allows you to filter by category. These blocks include:

  • Query Loop block
  • Blog Posts block
  • Post Carousel block

The default Archives page and any page that uses the blocks mentioned above will automatically update with every new post you publish with that category.

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Link to Category Pages

In Your Menu

You can link directly to the Category Archives page from your site’s menu. When your visitors click on the link, they’ll navigate to the archives for the category you linked to. For step-by-step instructions, check out the following guide.

Add Categories to a Menu

If you’ve created a custom category page, you can link to it in your site’s menu like any other page on your site.

Add Links to a Menu


If you have added a category to your site’s menu but do not see any posts on the category page, or a message that says the content can’t be found, this means no posts have been assigned to that category. Once you publish posts with the category they will automatically show on the category page.

In Your Pages

Using text, images, or buttons, you can link to your category pages (both archive and custom pages) throughout your site. The following guide will walk you through adding links to pages and posts on your site.

Add Links to your Site

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Edit or Delete Categories

To edit or delete a category, go to Posts → Categories. Then, click the ellipses (three dots) on the right of any category to find the following options:

  • Edit: Change the name, parent category, and category description.
  • Delete: Delete the category. This removes the category from your site but does not delete any posts which had that category.
  • Set as default: Assign as the default category.

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Use Categories to Get Discovered

People can add specific tags and topics in their WordPress.com Reader for topics they’re interested in following. Then, when your post uses a category they’ve added to their topics, they’ll see your post in their Reader. Therefore, assigning tags and categories to your post increases the chance that other WordPress.com users will see your content.

However, you don’t want irrelevant content on the topics listings or search, and neither do we. That’s why we limit the number of tags and categories used on a public topic listing. Five to 15 tags/categories is a good number to add to each of your posts. The more categories you use, the less likely your post will be selected for inclusion in the topics listings. Learn more about Topics here.

Getting More Views and Traffic

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Bulk Delete Categories

You can also edit your categories in bulk by going to Posts → Categories.

These instructions are referring to the WP Admin interface. To view this interface, click the View tab in the upper right corner and select Classic view.

To bulk delete any categories, check all categories you want to be deleted, and in the Bulk Actions drop-down above the list, select “Delete,” then click the “Apply” button.

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Find the Category ID

You may need to provide the Category ID for access restrictions on specific membership plugins or to implement custom CSS on a particular category page.

You can find the category ID for a category by going to Posts → Categories.

These instructions are referring to the WP Admin interface. To view this interface, click the View tab in the upper right corner and select Classic view.

Faites défiler la catégorie pour laquelle vous avez besoin d’un numéro d’identification de catégorie et cliquez sur le lien Modifier qui apparaît sous la catégorie. Vous serez redirigé vers la page Modifier les catégories.

Ensuite, l’ID de catégorie pour cette catégorie est visible dans l’URL de la page après tag-ID en haut de l’écran de votre navigateur :

In the URL, the numbers after "&tag_ID=" are highlighted to show the category ID.

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Do you want to set up categories and tags for your WordPress pages, but don’t know how to get started?

Categories and tags help you sort your blog posts and make it easier for users to find what they are looking for. However, they’re only available for posts by default, not for pages.

In this article, we will show you how to add categories and tags for WordPress pages.

How to Add Categories and Tags for WordPress Pages How to Add Categories and Tags for WordPress Pages

Why Add Categories and Tags to WordPress Pages?

Categories and tags are default WordPress taxonomies for your blog posts. Categories are a broad grouping of content, while tags help describe specific details of your content. You can read more about the difference in our guide to categories vs tags.

By default, both categories and tags are only limited to blog posts in WordPress.

When you create a new page, you will notice that there is no option to add categories or tags to your WordPress page.

No categories or tags for pages No categories or tags for pages

However, you may want to add categories and tags to your WordPress pages. It can help you to organize and sort your content if you have a lot of pages. It can also improve your site navigation and help your visitors to find related pages on your WordPress website more easily.

If you have multiple sales pages for different products in your online store, for example, then you can group them under broad categories.

You can do the same for different feature pages for your apps and software. For example, OptinMonster groups multiple feature pages under the ‘Features’ category.

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Let’s see how you can add categories and tags to your WordPress pages.

Adding Categories and Tags to WordPress Pages

The easiest way of setting up categories and tags for your WordPress pages is by using the Pages with category and tag plugin. It’s a free WordPress plugin and works out of the box with no need for additional configuration.

Lo primero que debe hacer es instalar y activar el complemento. Para obtener más detalles, consulte nuestra guía sobre cómo instalar un complemento de WordPress .

Una vez activado, vaya a Páginas » Agregar nuevo y encontrará categorías y etiquetas de publicaciones ahora disponibles para sus páginas de WordPress.

Categories and tags for pages Categories and tags for pages

A continuación, puede crear categorías y etiquetas para sus páginas.

Para agregar una categoría, vaya a Páginas » Categorías desde su tablero de WordPress y luego ingrese un ‘Nombre’ y ‘Slug’ para su categoría.

Aggregate number y slug for new page category Add a name and slug for the new page category

After that, you can scroll down and select a ‘Parent Category’ for your category.

Once you have entered these details, simply click the ‘Add New Category’ button.

Choose the main category and add a new category Choose the parent category and add a new category

You can then see your newly added category for your pages.

If you want to remove a category, simply click the checkbox next to it and select ‘Remove’ from the Bulk Action dropdown menu and click the ‘Apply’ button.

See your page's category View your page's category

In a suite, you can assign your WordPress pages to the categories you just created.

Para comenzar, simplye edite o cree una nueva página. From the WordPress content editor, we can now select the relevant category from the menu to your derecha. For example, creams a page of functions and marcamos in the category Functions.

Select your category and enter tags Select your category and enter the tags

In this way, you can add the tags for the WordPress page in the “Etiquetas” field. If you want to aggregate various labels, simply separate them with a coma.

For example, you can add keywords and phrases that help describe your content. In the first case, we add the terms “exit intent” and “OptinMonster” as tags.

After selecting the category and tags, simply refresh or public on the WordPress page.

We hope this article helped you add post categories and tags to your WordPress pages. You can also check out his guide on how to create a business email address and the best email marketing software.

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