Updated 20 August 2016: For the latest information on adding categories to posts, see the Knowledge Base.
Categories are useful for grouping weblog posts that have similar topics. In TypePad a post can be assigned to a single category or multiple categories. Using a basic template set, you can configure your template to display the categories for your posts and list the categories in your weblog sidebar.
Setting up category names
Set up categories on the Configure -> Categories page for your weblog. There you'll find the listing of the default category names and a place to create new categories.
TypePad comes with default categories to use for your posts, you can enable or disable these using the Enable checkbox and saving the changes. Categories that are disabled will not list in the category dropdown selector when creating or editing an entry.
To add a custom category, type the new name in one of the blank fields in the "Custom Categories" section and press the save button.
Assigning a post to categories
When composing or editing a post, pull down the category list dropdown menu on the post screen to choose categories.
Assign the post to a single category by selecting the category and saving the post.
Assign the post to more than one category by choosing Assign Multiple Categories from the dropdown. This will open the category list where you can select multiple categories.
Click "set" after choosing the categories and save the changes to the post.
You can see the categories that a post is assigned to on the "List All Posts" management screen and view posts by category using the filter options.
Displaying categories on your site
Show the category or categories that a post is assigned to by selecting a post footer that displays the category name. This is on the Design -> Content page for your weblog, in the Weblog Post Footer dropdown.
Choose a footer that has Category showing in it and save the change. This will display the category name after each post, and with category archiving enabled the category name will turn into a link to that category page. You can turn on category archiving on the Configure -> Archiving page for your weblog if it isn't already.
For the sidebar of your page, you can check the "Categories" box in the Your Sidebar Content section of Design -> Content save the change. This will list your categories that have posts and each will link to the archive page for the category if category archiving is enabled for the weblog.
A list of your categories is also displayed on the master archive page for your weblog if you have category archiving enabled.