How to Delete 'Uncategorized' in Wordpress

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How to Delete 'Uncategorized' in Wordpress

If you've been using Wordpress long enough, then you probably know that despite it's extensive capabilities, it can often be quite difficult and annoying to modify the smallest things if you don't know where to look.

One of those 'things' is eliminating and replacing the awful 'uncategorized' category.  When you first launch your Wordpress site, everything you post will automatically be under 'uncategorized' until you change the default.

(Meaning, your categories and posts may look something like this.) How to Remove Uncategorized from Wordpress

Here are a few steps to get rid of that pest and make nice, pretty small trail of categories and sub-categories that lead to the current web page and make it easier for the user to know their current location.

  1. First things first, you must create a new category (I typically create an 'All' category.) Without another category, uncategorized cannot be deleted...
  2. To create a new category, go to posts -> categories -> add name -> add slug (usually just the name) -> no parent -> add new category.
  3. After you have created your new category, go to settings -> writing.

Adding new categories




In writing, you will notice that 'uncategorized' is the default post category and is automatically selected as the category that all posts are written to. To change this, click on 'uncategorized' and change it to your new category. (In this case, my category is 'All'.

New Category



Now that uncategorized is no longer the default category, it's time to get rid of it completely. Go to posts -> categories

DELETE Uncategorized!Click delete. (I know you were waiting for those words.)

Congratulations! Your days of being uncategorized are over.

Comment below if this helped you! 

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