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How to Add Categories and Tags for WordPress Pages

Do you want to set up categories and tags for your WordPress pages, but don’t know how to get started?

Categories and tags help you sort your blog posts and make it easier for users to find what they are looking for. However, they’re only available for posts by default, not for pages.

In this article, we will show you how to add categories and tags for WordPress pages.

How to add categories and tags for WordPress pages

Why Add Categories and Tags to WordPress Pages?

Categories and tags are default WordPress taxonomies for your blog posts. Categories are a broad grouping of content, while tags help describe specific details of your content. You can read more about the difference in our guide to categories vs tags.

By default, both categories and tags are only limited to blog posts in WordPress.

When you create a new page, you will notice that there is no option to add categories or tags to your WordPress page.

No categories or tags for pages

However, you may want to add categories and tags to your WordPress pages. It can help you to organize and sort your content if you have a lot of pages. It can also improve your site navigation and help your visitors to find related pages on your WordPress website more easily.

If you have multiple sales pages for different products in your online store, for example, then you can group them under broad categories.

You can do the same for different feature pages for your apps and software. For example, OptinMonster groups multiple feature pages under the ‘Features’ category.

OptinMonster feature pages example

Let’s see how you can add categories and tags to your WordPress pages.

Adding Categories and Tags to WordPress Pages

The easiest way of setting up categories and tags for your WordPress pages is by using the Pages with category and tag plugin. It’s a free WordPress plugin and works out of the box with no need for additional configuration.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin. For more details, please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Once activated, go to Pages » Add New and you will find post categories and tags now available for your WordPress pages.

Categories and tags for pages

Next, you can create categories and tags for your pages.

To add a category, head over Pages » Categories from your WordPress dashboard and then enter a ‘Name’ and ‘Slug’ for your category.

Add name and slug for new page category

After that, you can scroll down and select a ‘Parent Category’ for your category.

Once you’ve entered these details, simply click the ‘Add New Category’ button.

Choose parent category and add new category

You can then view your newly added category for your pages.

If you want to delete a category, then simply click the checkbox next to it and select ‘Delete’ from the Bulk Action dropdown and click the ‘Apply’ button.

View your page category

Next, you can assign your WordPress pages to the categories you just created.

To start, simply edit or create a new page. From the WordPress content editor, you can now select the relevant category from the menu on your right. For instance, we created a feature page and marked it under the Features category.

Select your category and enter tags

Similarly, you can add tags for your WordPress page under the ‘Tags’ field. If you want to add multiple tags, then simply separate them using a comma.

For example, you can add keywords and phrases that help describe your content. In our case, we added the terms ‘exit intent’ and ‘OptinMonster’ as tags.

After selecting your category and adding tags, simply update or publish your WordPress page.

We hope this article helped you add post categories and tags to your WordPress pages. You may also want to look at your guide on how to create a business email address, and the best email marketing software.

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  1. Your suggested Post Tags and Categories for Pages plugin is excellent. Thank you!

  2. Hello,

    On your recommendation we’ve been using this plugin. We love the features, but one thing is still bothering us. In the search results there are no categories showing. We use the Avada theme and would love to see categories in the results. Do you know how to fix it?

    • You would want to reach out to the support for your specific theme for including the categories in the display

      Admin

  3. Hi,
    The plugin you suggested has not been reviewed for over 1 year. Could you suggest a newer one.
    Tnks,
    Dee

  4. I like to read your blogs because I found the solution for my query but I noticed that you suggest installing a plugin for the solution. is it possible for you to show the solution by sharing custom code, not by a plugin.

    • It depends on the issue, we do our best to add a method for using code instead of a plugin for those looking for that but not all issues are solved with a small amount of code. Plugins are also a collection of code so there’s not always a difference in the code we would show and the plugin we’re recommending.

      Admin

  5. Unfortunately you can no longer install this plugin from the repository as it hasn’t been updated in 2 years. Any other options?

  6. Hello,

    I’m interested to know if there’s a way to make pages act as categories for SEO purposes. For example, if I create a new category ABC on my domain.com it will have this link, domain.com/categories/ABC. However, if I create a page with the slug ABC, it will have this link, domain.com/ABC. However, since it is not a category, search engines might treat it as a static page.

    Is there a way I can convert the domain.com/ABC page to a category?

  7. Thank you for your post, so the pages still considered as static pages?
    If I create an “About” page and if I did not assign a category will continue to be static? And in the other hand make pages as post with content?

    • It should keep your pages as the static pages even if you add them to a category

      Admin

  8. Wow nice post boss keep it up
    But This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

    • Thank you for letting us know, we’ll be sure to take a look at alternatives should this plugin no longer work.

      Admin

  9. Hi. I am having a problem with assigning a new category that (for reasons over which I have no control) was given the same category name but with a different slug, and I am supposed to ‘pull’ these objects to the new category. But because it has the same name, although a different slug, WP doesnt seem to differentiate and keeps slinging the files into the old category. It defaults to the original. If there were a global function, other than the categories plugin, so that I could select the files and reassign from one category to another, bcause when I try to do so, only the old one shows up (even though the new one clearly exists).

  10. Hi, i am using the events manager plugin which creates individual pages for each event created. The plugin settings give an option of showing events as pages or posts. However in both the cases, while creating the event it only gives an option of adding or selecting an ‘event category’ and not the ‘categories that i create for my blog posts or pages.

    Is there a plugin available so i can add my default post category to my events as well, so the events also show up in blog category archives?

  11. And how do we add the categories to the pages?

    I have the category functions showing in the wordpress backend menu, but it is only a shortcut to the create new category section…

    It is still not allowing me to tell what page is in what category or am I missing something?

  12. This seems to assign pages to various categories, however, i am interested in finding out how to assign a category to a page so that when I search for the page, all the posts linked to the category show up.

  13. Hi WPBeginner!

    Post Tags and Categories is flagged by WordPress now as not having been updated for 12 months and is only tested for up to WordPress version 4.5.13. I just wonder if there not a child theme functions.php addition that could accomplish making pages taggable? Or is there a more up to date plugin that accomplishes this?
    Thank you so much for your many, many excellent tutorials.
    Susan

    • Same question than Suzan.

      I might use the php code for this feature in you have it by any chance.

      BTW Suzan,
      I found this plugin that might do the trick but I didnt test it myself and I would like WPBeginner opinion on that :
      Category to Pages WUD

      Hope this help

  14. Hi Thanks For This Great Article & the New Way of Website Structuring .

    LOVE YOU

    for this article.

    Now What i m Looking is ?

    i have a real estates website, while user submit property in this then he saw additional 3 drop down menu

    1. by pages
    2. by location
    3. by type
    and at last these automatically make a link with relevant pages.

    THanks in Advance
    Please help me .

  15. Hi, was super excited for this plugin but it didn’t work. It installed the categories but didn’t link them… I am so sad! Is there and up to date version?!

  16. I guess this info is outdated for the latest WP version. Is there an alternative plugin? I need to have this and it should be in WP by default, not requiring a plugin!

    Complaints on the plugin’s site that their latest version does not work. When I do a search by different ways within my own plugin page for ‘new’, “no such plugin”.

  17. Hi,
    Thanks a lot. I just looking for this.
    Now, I can easily affix categories to my new as well as old pages.

  18. Thanks for this tip! I tried the plugin you recommended “Post Tags and Categories for Pages” and it worked flawlessly. This is super helpful for me because we need to use pages (as opposed to posts) for certain projects because our visual editor plugin is only compatible with pages, but I also need to be able to assign categories to our content.

    So, problem solved. Thanks again!

  19. This plugin has not been updated in 2+ years. Is there a way to do this without a plugin, so you’re not dependent on an old, outdated plugin?

  20. 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?

  21. 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?

    • @Fabio
      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?

  22. Hi,

    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!

    Sebastian

  23. 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.

    Best

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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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% ?

    Cheers,

    Shane

  28. 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)

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

    • 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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?)

  33. 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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