How to create and manage categories and tags in WordPress

In the previous post “Add and publish a new post using Add New function on WordPress Admin Area”, you learnt about Categories and Tags. In this post, we will examine in more detail about Categories and Tags.


Categories are to discriminate posts which were created in WordPress. Tags are special categories help you to easily discriminate posts. To you can understand, we will refer to an example.

1. Example about the difference between Categories and Tags

I create a new post, “How to install WordPress”. The main content of this post consists of 3 parts:

  • Part 1: Download and install the software XAMPP
  • Part 2: Create a new database in MySQL
  • Part 3: Install WordPress.

Continue creating a new category “WordPress” and choosing this category for this post. After you’ve done, the main content of this post is  about WordPress. And there are 3 main issues in the thread “WordPress”. The main issues are about “XAMPP software”, “MySQL Database” and “install WordPress”.

If users want to read the topics related to “WordPress”, they will click on the “WordPress” on the menu bar. But if users want to read more about how to use the “XAMPP software”, where they will find posts about that subject, if you do not create a new category “XAMPP” to hold those posts. You will have to create a lot of categories to hold the main issues in the post.

So, instead of having to create a multitude of categories, you will only need to create a category is “WordPress” and display it on the menu bar. Next, you create tags are “XAMPP software”, “MySQL Databases”, “Install WordPress”. These Tags are not displayed on the menu, but they are usually displayed below WordPress post content. When users click on the tag “XAMPP Software”, they will read all the posts related to XAMPP Software. These are the posts were attached the “XAMPP Software” tag in all posts.

2. Manage and add new categories

2.1. Add new categories

You need to find the main categories to develop your website. You create categories on your website and display them on the menu bar. Therefore, the number of categories (Categories) is usually not much. They are often created before you created the post.

Suppose I’ll create a new category “WordPress” and 2 subcategories are: “WordPress Plugin” and “WordPress Theme” in the category “WordPress”. I’ll take the following steps:

2.1.a. Add new a category

  • 1. Choose Posts » enter Categories
  • 2. In the Name field, enter the name of the category is “WordPress”
  • 3. In the Slug field, you enter the name of the slug. If you do not fill in this field, the slug will have default name is “wordpress”.


  • 4. Parent: Select “None” value because the category “WordPress” do not belong any categories.
  • 5. Description: Enter a description of the category “WordPress”
  • 6. Click Add New Category to finish creating the category “WordPress”.

2.1.b. Add a new subcategories

Continue, you create a new subcategory named as “WordPress Plugin” and “WordPress Theme”

  • 1. Similarly to create the category “WordPress”, however , in Parent field, instead of selecting value is “None”, you need to select “WordPress”. Because “WordPres Plugin” and “WordPress Theme” is subcategories and they belong to the category “WordPress”.


After you’ve finished creating 3 categories, you continue to create 3 menus which have the same name as categories’s name.


When you focus mouse to the menu “WordPress”, 2 submenus “WordPress Plugin” and “WordPress Plugin” of the menu “WordPress” are  display. You click on a menu to see all posts in category which has the same name with that menu. You click on the menu “WordPress Plugin” to see all posts that belong to the subcategory “WordPress Plugin”.

2.2. Manage /edit categories which you’ve created on WordPress

The image below displays a screen to manage categories that have been created on your website.

  • 1. Column “Name”: Displays the name of categories
  • 2. Column “Description”: Displays the description of categories.
  • 3. Colum “Slug”: displays the slug of categories
  • 4. Column “Count”: displays the number of posts in a category.


  • 5. To delete many categories at the same time, you need to tick categories that you want to delete.
  • 6. Click on the Bulk Action listbox, choose Delete.
  • 7. Enter Apply to delete the selected categories.

When you focus mouse to a category, the screen will display 4 items:

  • Edit: Click Edit to edit that category
  • Quick Edit: edit name and slug of that category » Click Update to save changes.
  • Delete: Delete that category
  • View: View the content of that category on your website.


You enter exactly a word or a phrase » Click on Search Categories button, you will see categories which have name contains that word (or that phrase).

3. Manage and add new tags

Similarly to add and manage categories, you need to take the following steps to create tags:

  • 1. Select Posts » Tags
  • 2. Enter the name of tag
  • 3. Enter slug of tag
  • 4. Enter description about tag
  • 5. Select Add New Tag to finish creating a new tag (For example, I created the tag “XAMPP Software”)


You have finished referring in more detail about categories and tags. I do not usually create tags using this way. I add new tags while I’m adding or editing a post.

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