How to Rename Categories in WordPress
Is it necessary to rename a few WordPress categories? As your site grows, you may need to rename or consolidate some of your categories. Here, we’ll show you how to rename categories in WordPress so that they don’t interfere with your SEO efforts.
Renaming WordPress Categories: What’s the Point?
A good organizational structure will make it easier for your visitors to find the information they seek on your WordPress site and will help your site rank higher in search engine results.
Categories and tags were added to WordPress for this very reason. Adding more content may necessitate renaming some of your categories, so keep this in mind as you go along. Let’s see if we can rename WordPress categories correctly.
In WordPress, how to rename a category?
Posts > Categories is where you’ll find the WordPress category management area. You can edit and delete the categories on your WordPress site using this page.
In order to rename a category, there are two options. Click on “Fast Edit” under the category you’d like to rename.
The meta box for quick changes is now visible. Changing the category name is as simple as clicking a button.
It’s also possible to change the Category Slug, which is the URL for the category’s page. When a category has a tag of “Books,” the category page URL will be:
The Slug doesn’t need to be changed if only a minor name change occurs, but if you do, you should set up a 301 redirect. We’ll walk you through it step by step in the following paragraphs.
Then, click the button that says “Update Category” to finish.
Category renaming via the second method also allows you to depict the category in your own words. This can be accomplished by selecting the “Alter” link from the drop-down menu that appears after selecting the category you wish to rename.
There is a category alter page here. Change the category name, slag, and portrayal in this section.
You can also select a parent category on the category alteration page.
Rename the Prefix of the Category
It’s also possible to alter the/category/prefix of category URLs in WordPress. Classification is the name given to this system. Go to Settings » Permalinks and select “Optional” from the drop-down menu. There is a form to change the prefix of the category and the prefix of the tag.
“Category” is the default prefix for categories. Here, you can change it to whatever you want, such as “Themes,” for example.
By doing this, the URL will be changed to something like http://www.example.com/topics/your-category-slug/
Change and Consolidate Categories
To streamline your site’s organization, you may choose to consolidate various categories into one category. If you have a lot of categories that are basically the same, this is a useful tool. Your
WordPress sites will be more confusing and useful due to grouping them together in a single category.
Take a look at our guide on how to mass consolidate and alter categories and tags if you’re interested in finding out more.
The URL for the New Category Should Be Redirected
In other words, if you change the category slug, the URL for the category page will no longer work. Fortunately, WordPress will automatically update the menu to reflect your changes if you add that category to your WordPress menu.
However, users and search engines can no longer access the old category URL. A 404 Page Not Found error message will appear instead. These 404 errors can have a negative impact on search engine rankings and online business sales because they create a poor user experience.
Set up a redirect to the new URL from the old one to avoid this.
Any time you make a change to the URL of a category, it is critical that you use AIOSEO to set up 301 sidetracks.
It is our hope that this tutorial will help you learn how to rename WordPress categories correctly.