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How to remove Uncategorized category from wordpress?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by bhjayalaxmi, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. bhjayalaxmi

    bhjayalaxmi Power Member

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    How to remove Uncategorized category from wordpress? I could not find any option to delete it.
     
  2. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Go to Settings>Writing and set your default category to something else. Now, go to Posts>Categories and search for "uncategorized". The option to delete it will become available.

    Alternatively, renaming "Uncategorized" is another solution.
     
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    Dokezar Regular Member

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    I like to rename categories. :) it's easy.
    Go to posts > categories and click on EDIT.
     
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    akssiv2007 Senior Member

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    The best way is to rename it to a new category name. ;)
     
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    elipsetool Newbie

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    I couldn't usually find the option to delete it too but like what Mr Zwielicht said, You could try renaming the category to something you need. That's what I always do.
    Cheers mate :D
     
  6. NicheFox

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    You need at least one default category for stuff to go into so they don't make deleting it easy, best thing to do is just rename...don't forget the slug as well :)
     
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    blogzandstuff Elite Member

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    as others have said, you can't delete it. Rename it or make sure nothing in in there and ignore it. It will only show in a post menu on your site if you use it. If you are making a custom menu, just don't add it and you'll be fine.
     
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    Tosmekop Supreme Member

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    Never knew I could delete it. Thanks, boss. I always just renamed it.
     
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    RoXt3R Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Thanks bro, when i didn't find any option for me , I just renamed it.
     
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    Renaming is the best option. You can only delete the uncategorized category if you have more than one category on the site.
     
  11. gojamie

    gojamie Newbie

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    awesome! so simple and so overlooked. usually i just try and find a plugin. thanks!
     
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    In wp-admin, you can rename the Uncategorized category any time. Just go to Posts > Categories and do it. :) In case you forgot to assign a post to any category WordPress will add that post to Uncategorized by default. That's why a default category is must.
    To change a default category go to Settings > Writing.
    Then choose the Default category whatever you want; but you have to add a new category from the Categories page first. Enjoy WordPress.