How to use WordPress Categories to structure Content?

This post shows you how to use WordPress categories to structure content on your website so that users can easily find related content, improving site navigation and increasing the page visits and visitor engagement on your website.

Defining Content by Categories

Lets say when you arrange files or folders in your office, you would like to put similar files together so that its easy to sort and find them later, right? Similarly WordPress allows you to categorise your posts or other content types using categories.

For e.g. If you are creating a blog on Travel you could have categorisations based on:

  • Continents – “Asia”, “Africa”, “Americas”, etc
  • Type of Tip – “Safety Tips”, “Travel Checklist”, etc
  • Type of Place – “Must See Places”,  “Party Goers”, “Tranquil Places”, etc

Your entire website structure can be categorised into multiple sections, and each of these sections will have posts  for that particular category and WordPress will automatically arrange the posts as per these categories.

Finding Related content for your Visitors

Further you can use the “Categories Widget” in your website Front end to detail all the content categories that are available on your website or blog as follows:

how to use wordpress categories to structure contentWhen a user clicks on a category in this Widget, all the posts under this category will be listed to the reader.

This simple mechanism gets your visitors to read more content on your website, increasing post engagement.

You can also use a plugin for related posts such as Yet Another Relate Posts Plugin YARPP which help you to display related posts to the current post on this very post.

Hence your website visitors can easily find related content that they are interested in, increasing the overall visitor engagement of your website.


Video Tutorial – How to Add Categories in WordPress

The below video shows you how to use WordPress categories to structure your blog or website.

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