After blogging for some time, you may find that you write about certain topics frequently, from recipes to health advice, TV show reviews, family photos and more. As your blog continues to grow, make it easier to show readers what you write about by sharing Category links.
Categories can help you organize your posts by topic. Each category will generate its own index page. You can add new categories to your blog by going to Settings > Categories, and adding a new category with the appropriate name. When you first add a new category, it will not appear on your published blog although you can see it in your settings. Once you have added posts to the category, it will appear on the published blog. Category links will appear such as:
You can always edit and remove categories from your blog. However, changing the name of a Category will not change the category URL. For example, you can change the name of your "Books" category to "Literature" but the URL will still say "books."
Assigning posts to a Category
Before you publish your post, refer to the “Categories” box in the right of the Compose page above “Share This Post.” If you have a long list of categories, click the drop-down box on the right of the Category box header to expand the field to see a fuller list of your categories (you can have up to 300 categories saved). Check off the box or boxes for the categories you want to assign your blog post to.
If you want to assign more than one post to a newly added category, you can quickly do this by going to the “Posts” tab of your blog and check off which posts are getting a new category. Then scroll to the bottom and click “More Actions” and the "Go" button, then select “Add Categories” from the menu and check the boxes from your list of categories in the pop-up.
Linking To Categories
There are a couple of ways to share category links on your blog. You can automatically share your published categories in your sidebar by going to Design > Content > Modules and selecting "Category Archives." The archives can display as a list or as a single paragraph of links, or “cloud.” There is also the "Category Carousel" which displays a slideshow of images from posts in that category.
Links to your categories also appear in the footer of your blog post if you have Categories turned on by going to Design > Content > Post Footer. The name of the categories assigned to that post (which you selected in the Compose page) will appear at the footer linking to it’s own Category page.
Say you have a lot of categories saved in your blog but you don’t want to display a giant list of links in your sidebar. You can link to certain categories in your Navigation Bar at Design > Content > Navigation Bar, or create a Typelist at Library > Typelists > Add a Typelist > Links, then share this Typelist in your sidebar instead of the Categories module. This gives you more control over what category links are displayed and linked in your blog.
Do you use categories a lot on your blog? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!