Are you wondering how to rename the Uncategorized category in WordPress?
WordPress beginners often ask us if it’s possible to remove or rename the Uncategorized category in WordPress to something different, such as ‘General, ‘Other’, or ‘Miscellaneous’.
In this article, we will show you how to rename the Uncategorized category and how to change the default category in WordPress.
What Is the Default Category in WordPress?
Your WordPress posts must be filed under at least one category. If you forget to assign a category to your post, then it is automatically filed under your default category.
On a new WordPress website, this default category is called ‘Uncategorized’.
Usually, you can just go to Posts » Categories and delete a category. However, you can’t delete the default category until you assign another category that will be used as the default.
There are two ways to solve this issue. You can either rename the default category from Uncategorized to something more meaningful, or you can set a new default category.
We will cover both methods in this tutorial, and you can use the quick links below to jump to the method you want to use:
Renaming the Uncategorized Category in WordPress
To rename the default category, you need to visit the Posts » Categories page in the WordPress admin dashboard.
Next, you should hover your mouse over the Uncategorized category and click the ‘Edit’ link.
This will bring you to the Edit Category screen.
Using the top two fields, you can rename your category and change its URL slug. After that, make sure you click the ‘Update’ link at the bottom of the page.
Changing the slug will also change the category page’s URL. Now, if you have a new website that is not live or indexed by search engines, then that won’t cause a problem.
However, if your site is live, then changing the URL slug will result in 404 errors when search engines or actual users try to visit the old category using the original URL.
Don’t worry. We will show you how to set up redirects later in this article.
Changing the Default Category in WordPress
You can also easily change the default category in WordPress. First, make sure you have at least one category other than uncategorized available.
If you don’t already have a category that you would like to use as default, then you need to go to Posts » Categories and create a new category.
Now, you will need to navigate to the Settings » Writing page. The first option on the page allows you to set a default post category.
Simply use the dropdown menu to select the default category you would like to use.
Don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.
WordPress will now use the category you selected as the default category. If you forget to assign a category to a post, then it will be filed under this default category.
However, posts filed under ‘Uncategorized’ will not be moved to the new category. You will need to edit those posts and change their category.
If there are just a couple of posts, then you can do it manually. Otherwise, you may want to check out our guide on how to bulk-move posts to categories and tags in WordPress.
You can then also delete the Uncategorized category if you don’t plan to use it in the future. If an old post was only filed under ‘Uncategorized’, then it will be automatically moved to your new default category.
Redirecting the Old Uncategorized URL
If your site was live when you renamed the Uncategorized category slug or deleted it, then users and search engines will see a 404 page for the old URL. This is bad for both SEO and user experience since visitors will see an error page instead of the content they are looking for.
The good news is that you can easily fix that and redirect users to your new category URL or the renamed URL.
Once the plugin is active, you will need to go to All in One SEO » Redirects in your WordPress dashboard and then click the ‘Activate Redirects’ button.
Next, you can set up your redirect.
In the Source URL field, you need to type
/category/uncategorized or the name of your old default category.
Next, click the small gear icon ⚙️ next to that field to display some settings, and then check the ‘Regex’ box.
Once you’ve done that, enter the name of the renamed or new default category in the Target URL field, like
Finally, make sure that the Redirect Type is ‘301 Moved Permanently’ and then click the ‘Add Redirect’ button.
That’s all. Now, visitors going to your old Uncategorized category URL will be redirected to the new URL.
Our Best Guides About WordPress Categories
Now that you know how to rename the Uncategorized category, you may want to see some other guides on how to make the most out of categories in WordPress:
- How to Add Categories and Subcategories in WordPress
- How to Add Categories and Tags for WordPress Pages
- How to Add Categories to a Custom Post Type in WordPress
- How to Properly Rename Categories in WordPress (Beginner’s Guide)
- How to Properly Change, Move, and Delete WordPress Categories
We hope this guide helped you learn how to rename the Uncategorized category as well as how to set a new default category in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to style individual categories differently in WordPress or our expert picks for the best WordPress search plugins.