There comes a time when a regularly updated blog needs a little spring cleaning. Managing categories and tags is an important part of this cleaning . If you are using custom taxonomies then you will probably have more terms to manage than just categories and tags. In this post we will show you how to merge and bulk edit categories, tags, and terms in WordPress.
The issue that most active bloggers face is that after a while there are too many categories, tags and terms. For example you might be using too many tags for similar topics, and you want to merge them all together. Another issue could be that you created categories which are no longer active. Perhaps they need to be child categories. You can easily change terms for your posts by editing them manually, but if you have a lot of posts, then you could benefit from bulk editing. Note: make sure you read our article on categories vs. tags (best practices).
First thing you need to do is install and activate the Term Management Tools plugin. The plugin works out of the box so there are no settings for you to configure. Now go to the taxonomy you want to bulk edit, e.g. Categories. Terms Management Tools adds extra tools in your term management interface.
With these options you can do the following:
- Merge categories, tags, and other terms.
- Move terms from one taxonomy to another. For example, you can move one or multiple categories to tags.
- Set a parent for multiple terms.
Managing categories and tags helps your website in many ways. Organizing content in proper categories helps you keep track of your blog’s topics. It also helps your readers find the topics they are more interested in. Lastly, it also help search engines understand the context of your content, which increases your site’s performance in search results.
What is your favorite tool to bulk manage your categories and tags? Let us know in the comments.