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Creating categories for your Blog posts

Creating categories makes it easy for your visitors to browse and track all your published blog posts based on the category topic of your choice.

Adding new categories

In order to start creating categories, you first need to activate the Blog page if you haven't done so already. Then follow these steps:

  1. Go to Menu> Blog > Categories
  2. Click on New Category and add a category name.  

 

Each category will appear as a subpage under the Blog page of your Navigation Menu. Every blog post in that category will be listed on the page. 

Please note: No special characters are allowed for blog category names e.g. _Europe_ No error message is shown but the blog posts won't appear in the blog subpages.

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Assigning a blog post to a category

To add a Category to an existing blog post:

  1. Go to Menu > Blog > Posts to open your Post Management View. 
  2. Click on the blog post you would like to categorize. Then choose a category from the drop down menu Category underneath the post title. Press Save. 
  3. Repeat these steps for all blog posts you would like to categorize. 

 

Please note: Each blog post can be assigned to one category. You don't need to categorize every blog post if you don't want to. Blog posts that have no category are simply "uncategorized" but are still visible as usual from your main Blog page.


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Blog Category Overview

 

The access point of the blog categories overview is in the Menu Editor between "Articles" and "Tags." You can see how many Posts belong to a Category and click the number to see those Posts in the Post Management view.

 

The functionality is the same as the Tags view.

  • You can search by name
  • Adding a new category opens a new card for that category
  • The category title shows the number of articles which belongs to the category
  • Delete the category (trash-icon)
  • Sort in alphabetical order
  • Sort by number of posts

Please Note: If you delete a category with an associated blog post, that blog post will be uncategorized and only accessible via the blog page. However, the blog page contains all published articles regardless of any category.

From Blog Display to Categories

If you’re one of our more seasoned bloggers then you may have been using the blog display module using tags. The great thing about the new categories is that now you don’t need to create subpages, you can just create blog categories in your first level of navigation. Not only that but whereas before you were limited to 100 posts, now you have pagination.

 

So how do you go about reworking your old posts with the new categories? Simple!

 

What to do when you activate the new blog system:

  1. Go to Blog > Status > Activate blog then the categories become available.
  2. In this moment a blog page is generated automatically. This blog page contains all posts regardless of any tag.
  3. If there’s already a page called "blog", you’ll have to rename the new blog page.
  4. The next step is to create categories that are the same name as your tags. You will have to rename existing pages first, if you want a category of the same name. For example if you have a page named “destinations” then rename this to “destinations1” and change your category to “destinations.” Of course you can also just create new categories with different names.
  5. Then just assign all your blog posts to the correct categories.  
  6. All category pages are automatically generated in the navigation.
  7. You can then change around the hierarchy of the navigation as you like.
  8. Last step is just choose a blog page (category page) layout.

 

Please note: Once you have activated the blog page it is not possible to go back.