Step 14 – Create The Blog Category

Updated : 26-May-2023

A new WordPress site comes with one category called uncategorized. You are supposed to rename it to something meaningful within your niche.

We can change “uncategorized” to “Blog” in the first instance, as we’re building a Seed Site and nearly every site has a blog.  You can always add more categories later, or rename the Blog category to something else.

Rename Uncategorized

From the WordPress dashboard, go to Posts → Categories and in the list of categories, (there will be only one), hover over the word Uncategorized, and click on the edit link that appears beneath. On the next page, in the name field change Uncategorized to Blog.  

Get Rid Of The Slug

On the same page, clear the slug field to remove the word Uncategorized and leave it empty.

Save Your Work

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Why Do This?

WordPress has two basic places where you can place article content. These are posts and pages. The key difference between them being that posts have to belong to at least one category, whereas pages don’t have the ability to be placed in categories.

Pages are designed for static administrative content (such as about us, contact us, privacy, disclaimers … that kind of thing), whereas posts are supposed to build into a dated, categorised and catalogued repository of information. Post content will form the most important content on your site. Categories are therefore supposed to relate to your site’s niche.  So a wine site, for example might have the following categories :

  • red
  • white
  • rosé
  • sparkling
  • fortified

Never leave “uncategorized” as a category. It looks bad and also wastes a valuable SEO opportunity.

Surprisingly many people never rename the uncategorized category and the consequence is that all their posts end up in it. There are so many instances of this that uncategorized is now a major keyword. For example, if you type uncategorized London into google you’ll get hundreds of sites about London that rank for this pointless keyword phrase.

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