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How to Add Categories and Tags for WordPress Pages

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How to Add Categories and Tags for WordPress Pages

Categories and tags help you sort your content and make it easier for users to find what they are looking for. When creating a WordPress post both categories and tags can come in very handy for organizing your content. In past we have covered how to use Categories vs Tags. By default both categories and tags are only limited to posts, so when you create a new page in WordPress, you will notice that there is no option to add categories or tags to your WordPress page. Recently one of our readers asked us if there was a way to have categories and tags work with both post and pages. Like we always say, there’s a plugin for that. In this article we will show you how to add post tags and categories for WordPress pages.

Video Tutorial

If you don’t like the video or need more instructions, then continue reading.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Post Tags and Categories for Pages plugin. Once activated, go to Pages » Add New and you will find post categories and tags now available for your pages too. That’s it. No complex setup. This plugin just works out of the box.

Before and after enabling categories and tags for WordPress pages

What this plugin does is that it modifies the default categories and tag taxonomies and associate them with Page post type along with the default posts. Lets say you have a category called “books” that you use to sort your posts. Using this plugin, you can easily add a page and file it in the same Books category, so your page will appear in the category archive along with your regular posts.

We hope this article helped you add post categories and tags to your WordPress pages. Do you use categories and tags with pages? If so, then let us know how you are using them by commenting below.

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  1. Kayleen Peretto-Ortega says:

    Hello! I don’t have a plugin option, but there is an option for tags. I add tags for my posts, but they don’t appear on each post I make. Would you be able to help me on this?

  2. Tess Bulman says:

    Do you have to have the upgraded version of wordpress? I have the free version and it won’t let me do anything with plugins? If this is the case, is there another way to put tags on my pages?

  3. Fabio says:

    Any info about compatibility with WordPress 4.4 ?

    • Renier says:

      I found some problems in WP4.4. For some reason none of the ‘article posts’ in a category/post shows on archives (2016 theme). By deactivating obviously all ‘article posts’ shows, but not ‘article pages’ (or at least this is what I suspect). In short, archives doesn’t show all the pages.

      Does anyone else experience this problem? I can’t seem to find any literature on the topic. Maybe Post tags and categories for pages plugin needs an update?

  4. Tor Ivan Boine says:

    awesome! Weird that this needs a plugin

  5. gerhard says:

    Very useful feature and a very good explanation on video!

  6. Sebastian says:


    has anyone managed yet to make these categories for pages appear in the URLs as well?

    I have not found any way to do this. Without it this plugin is only half as useful.
    Thanks for any suggestions!


  7. Denis says:

    I have a question,

    I have a website, and I do have categories pages, and TAG pages too,

    Category pages are shown as 10 posts and they have next button – previous button,

    But TAG pages don’t have NEXT BUTTON – PREVIOUS BUTTON, and they show only 10 posts related with the tag…

    It is really crucial issue for me and I really need to have this TAG pages with next button, previous button

    Do you guys have any idea that why CATEGORY pages do have these buttons but TAG pages don’t have?

    How can I solve this issue?

    Thanks so much in advance.


  8. Trieu To says:

    Hi, i want to add category to page-url example /%category%/%pagename% how can i modify it?
    Can you post a artice about this?

  9. neotanvir says:

    I need a video which make it without using any plugins. Thanks

  10. Tanuj Mandale says:

    is there a reverse of this,
    I mean while creating a new post, instead of categories I want pages (to choose from). Means as a post is associates to category, it must associate to page.
    Is it Possible, please reply.
    thanks in advance

  11. WPBeginner Staff says:

    Seems like products are a custom post type added to your site by a plugin or theme. This custom post type is not associated with tags. See our guide on Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies.

  12. Ali Chaudhry says:

    Hi, im getting tag options for my posts but not for products, how to turn on tag option for products ?

  13. Tiziano D'Angelo says:

    Do you know why the categories which are created are shared with posts? I’d like them to be page-only….

  14. Leona says:

    Hi everyone, How do I take off the parenthesis and number of pages in front of each category. I am using it to categorize product for my online store and these don’t make sense. Thanks.

  15. Shane says:

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for this info. Was wondering if this could be done.

    Has anyone found that by adding categories to pages has increased rankings in Google if they also change permalink to – /%category%/%postname% ?



  16. GILL COTTER says:

    ooh thanks… so useful x

  17. bernice says:

    where should i post the coding at? do you had a guide? thanks

  18. Mark Breese says:

    So, as you say, there’s a plugin for that… So is there a plugin… or shortcode that will let me show the pages with a certain category as a list of links… or maybe a list with excerpts and featured image? And I am using Ninja Page Categories and Tags plugin actually.

    My theme has a short code for showing posts in a category, but it does not pick up the pages in category and show them. (the theme is Weaver II Pro)

  19. Les says:

    I have to correct my first post. The categories used to appear on the right-hand side of the page.

    • Les says:

      SOLVED: I found out what the problem was. In the “Screen Options” I had categories unchecked. I placed a check in the box and the categories are back.

      Thanks for a great plugin.

  20. Les says:

    My categories stopped showing on my add pages screen. They used to appear on the left side of the page. Even if I create a new page category, it won’t show up. Do you have any idea what could be causing this?

    Thanks in advance.

  21. chris says:

    Ignore previous comment. This is the correct one.

    Hi. How can I show a listing of pages with their title/featured image/more?
    Actually I only need the query to display a list of pages related to a category (pages I created and assigned them to a category) doesn’t seem to work. Instead, it brings only posts.

  22. Kris says:

    This might come in handy for a new site i’m working on. Perfect timing :)

    Is it possible to tweak the categories so that is first shows the page, and then the posts below it?
    and: will this also work with multiple taxonomies? For instance if I buy a portfolio theme, it is mostly handled by a custom taxonomy. It would be great if there would be a way to insert all posts under one category (unless this is already possible to achieve otherwise?)

    • Editorial Staff says:

      You can certainly modify the loop, but that would be a whole separate tutorial on its own :)

  23. Stacy says:

    Thank you so much for this tidbit of info. I have often struggled with the organization of pages and categories etc. This plugin will simplify that a lot and streamline the info I’m offering on my site.

    In general, I really enjoy this newsletter and often get great bits of advice and help. Thanks!

    In light of the fact that there is a plug in for almost everything and so many of them are really helpful…how many plugins is too many plugins?

    At what point does the number of plugins become a drag or a risk on the site?

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