WordPress categories and subcategories provide an easy way to organize your posts and give you lots of flexibility for showing specific posts. In technical terms, a category is one of the predefined WordPress taxonomies.
Example: When you have a travel website, you may create categories like United States, Australia and Russia that easily refer users to the post on your page relative to those topics.
In Jupiter, categories are available for the following post types: Posts, Employees, Faqs, News, Portfolios, Testimonials and Photo Albums. The process of configuring categories follows the same steps for all post types, therefore in this we’ll explain how to create categories using the type Posts as an example.
Adding a New Category
There are two ways to add a new category: from the categories page or the post’s new/edit page.
Adding a New Category from Categories Page
To add a new category from categories page:
Adding a New Category from the Post’s New/edit Page
To add a new category from post’s new/edit page:
Adding Child Categories
WordPress allows you to add parent and child categories. It’s massively helpful in organizing a site’s content.
To extend our first example, let’s say you have a travel website with worldwide destinations. You may want users to be able to find blog posts by country and city.
If you have posts about Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, you can add those cities as child categories under the United States parent category. That way, the user can view all the posts in the United States archive page and see each city post belonging to that category.
To add child categories, you’ll need to choose a parent category in step 2 when creating a new category page as explained before.
Adding an Image to a Category
When adding a category from the Categories page, there is a thumbnail setting which allows you to upload an image. This image is used as a background image when you use the Category Showcase shortcode.
Editing a Category
To edit a category:
Removing a Category
To remove a category:
Assigning Categories to Posts
To assign categories to posts, you’ll need to use the Categories box in the new or edit post page.
There are two ways to display categories: the categories widget and the category showcase shortcode
Displaying Categories via Categories Widget
This is one of the default WordPress widgets that shows the category titles and post numbers as a list. This widget shows categories only from Posts.
Displaying Categories via the Category Showcase Shortcode
This is one of the Jupiter’s shortcodes that allows you to display categories in a grid layout. You can only display categories from Posts, Portfolios, WooCommerce and News. To learn more about this shortcode, read the Category showcase shortcode article.
Displaying Posts by Categories
There are two main ways to view and display posts by categories: the archive page and shortcodes
Viewing Posts in the Archive Pages
Category archive pages list all the posts in each category. You can find each category archive page from the Categories page by clicking on the View link.
Displaying Posts by Categories with Shortcodes
In some of the shortcodes like Blog, Portfolio, and Testimonial, there is a settings called Select Specific Categories which allow you to specify categories.
Configuring the Category Archive URLs
For Posts and Portfolios category, it’s possible to configure the category base URL from the WordPress admin, but for the rest of the post types, you’ll need to use custom codes.
Configuring the Posts archive URL
The default base for Posts is “category”. To change it:
Configuring the Portfolios Archive URL
The default base for Portfolios is “portfolio_category”. To change it:
Configuring the Archive Page Design
It’s possible to configure the design of the blog posts and portfolio items archive pages. There are no design settings for the rest of the post types like testimonial, employees, etc.
To configure the design of the blog posts or portfolio items archive pages:
|Blog Archive Layout||Sets the layout all the archive pages.
|Archive Loop Style||Sets the predefined design for items in the archive pages.
|Archive Page Title||Sets the page title in the archive pages.
|Archive Page Subtitle||Toggles the subtitle. The subtitle text comes from each category description.
|Archive Loop Image Height||Sets the image height.
|Show Blog Meta?||Toggles the meta information like author, category and date.
|Pagination Style||Sets the type of pagination.
|Portfolio Archive Layout||Sets the layout for all the archive pages.
|Portfolio Style||Sets the predefined design for items in the archive pages.
|Columns||Sets the number of columns for the items.
|Featured Image Height||Sets the image height.
|Pagination Style||Sets the type of pagination.