Do you want to merge and bulk edit categories and tags in WordPress?
After a while, most WordPress blogs need some spring cleaning. Sometimes this requires moving posts between categories and tags, or merging similar categories and tags together.
In this article, we’ll show you how to merge and bulk edit categories and tags in WordPress easily.
When Do You Need to Merge Categories and Tags in WordPress?
When building your WordPress site, you’ll use categories and tags to organize your website content.
This makes it easy for website visitors to quickly find the content they’re looking for. Properly using categories and tags is also good for improving your WordPress SEO rankings.
But over time, you may have too many categories and tags that you’re not using anymore. Or, your categories and tags might be too similar and can be filed under a single category or tag.
One way to solve this issue is to edit each WordPress blog post and reassign the categories and tags. However, if you have a lot of posts, then this can be time consuming.
The best solution is to bulk edit your WordPress categories and tags.
With that said, let’s take a look at how to bulk edit and merge categories in WordPress, step by step.
Bulk Edit Categories and Tags with Built-in WordPress Settings
The WordPress posts dashboard has built in settings that let you manage your post categories and tags.
If you want to assign a category to multiple posts, add tags, or transfer single posts from one category to another, then you can do this within your WordPress admin dashboard.
Bulk Add Multiple Posts to a New WordPress Category
First, navigate to Posts » All Posts and check the box next to the posts you want to change.
Then, click on the ‘Bulk actions’ drop down, select the ‘Edit’ option, and click ‘Apply’.
This brings up a new section that shows the bulk editing tools.
To add the posts to a new category, simply check the box for the new category or categories. You can also add new post tags to the ‘Tags’ box.
Note: Posts can only be added to new categories, they can’t be deleted from the existing category.
Then, click the ‘Update’ button.
Now your posts will be automatically assigned to the new category you selected.
Manually Transfer Posts to New WordPress Categories
If you only have a few posts, then you can transfer posts to a new category individually.
In the post dashboard, hover over the post you want to edit and click the ‘Quick Edit’ button.
This brings up a section similar to the bulk editing tools section above.
Now, you can uncheck the current category and check the box for the new category. You can also add or delete tags from the ‘Tags’ box.
Make sure to click the ‘Update’ button to save your changes.
Merge and Bulk Edit Categories and Tags in WordPress
If you want to merge and bulk edit categories and tags, then you’ll need to use a WordPress plugin.
We recommend using the Term Management Tools plugin. It makes it easy to bulk manage your tags and categories with a couple of clicks.
First thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, you need to go to Posts » Categories and click the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop down menu.
You’ll notice there are a few new bulk actions that have been added to the menu. Now, you can set a new parent category, merge categories and tags together, and change taxonomies.
Merge WordPress Category into Another Category
To merge categories, simply check the box next to the categories you want to merge.
Next, select ‘Merge’ from the ‘Bulk actions’ drop down and type the name of the category you want to merge.
Then, click the ‘Apply’ button.
Move From WordPress Category to Tag or Custom Taxonomy
To switch an existing category into a tag, simply check the box for the category.
Then, select ‘Change taxonomy’ from the ‘Bulk actions’ drop down and then select your tag or custom taxonomy from the drop down.
After that, click the ‘Apply’ button.
Your category will now switch over to a post tag or custom taxonomy.
Assign Parent Category to Multiple Categories
Next, you can assign a single parent category to multiple categories.
To do this, check the boxes for your new child categories and select ‘Set parent’ from the ‘Bulk actions’ drop down.
Then, choose your parent category from the ‘None’ drop down and click ‘Apply’.
If you want to switch from tags to categories and merge existing tags together, then simply go to Posts » Tags.
Then, follow the same steps as above.
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