Do you want to add sticky posts to the top of your WordPress category pages?
Adding sticky posts on category pages allows you to display featured posts that visitors will always see. It helps you to drive more traffic to your most important content.
In this article, we will show you how to add sticky posts for categories in WordPress.
Why Add Sticky Posts for Categories in WordPress?
As your website grows, it can be hard for new visitors to find your evergreen content or top articles. These articles can get buried under other blog posts you publish on your site.
Having sticky posts on category pages is really useful to highlight the most important content on your WordPress website. Doing so will improve their visibility and click-through rate (CTR).
This way, people can more easily find your pillar posts and help them get more pageviews. It also helps get users to spend more time on your site and boost engagement.
You can also make time-relevant content sticky, like announcements and giveaways. For example, you can put your holiday sale blog post as sticky on category pages to drive more conversions.
That said, let’s see how you can add sticky posts to category pages in WordPress.
Adding Sticky Posts for Categories in WordPress
The easiest way of adding sticky posts for categories in WordPress is by using the Sticky Posts – Switch. It’s a free WordPress plugin that lets you set sticky posts on the homepage, archive pages, and taxonomy pages.
First, you’ll need to install and activate the Sticky Posts – Switch plugin. If you need help, then please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, you can go to Settings » Sticky Posts – Switch from your WordPress dashboard. Here you can configure the display options for sticky posts appearing on your WordPress website.
For instance, you can select which post type to make sticky. This is useful if you have custom post types on your website and want to make them sticky instead.
Plus, you can also select where you’d like to display sticky posts on your homepage, post archive pages, or taxonomy pages like categories and tags.
The plugin also adds a star icon in the Posts settings in your WordPress dashboard. This allows you to quickly make a post sticky without even having to open the content editor.
Next, simply head to Posts » All Posts from the WordPress admin panel. You can now click the star icon to make a post sticky. Do note that the star icon is only visible in the admin dashboard and not on your site’s frontend.
For example, we’ll make our article titled ‘Space’ sticky.
That’s it! You’ve now added a sticky post for categories in WordPress.
You can simply visit any category page on your website, and the sticky blog post will appear at the top.
For instance, the article that we made sticky on our demo site now appears at the top of every category page. Even though the category page is for articles on beaches, our sticky post will come up at the start of the page.
You’ll also notice the publish date for each blog post. The sticky post that appears first on the category page has an older date compared to other articles in the category.