Do you want to merge and bulk edit categories and tags in WordPress?
As your blog grows and changes, there may be some categories and tags that you no longer use. This clutter can make it more difficult for visitors to navigate your site and may even harm your SEO.
In this article, we will show you how to merge and bulk edit categories and tags in WordPress.
When Do You Need to Merge Categories and Tags in WordPress?
Categories and tags are a great way to organize your articles and help visitors find interesting content. They can also improve your WordPress SEO rankings by helping search engines understand your posts, so they can show them to people who are looking for content just like yours.
However, at some point, there may be categories and tags that you don’t use anymore. You may also decide to merge similar categories and tags.
If this happens, then you could manually edit each WordPress blog post and change its assigned categories and tags. However, this can take a lot of time and effort, especially if you have lots of content.
With that said, let’s take a look at how to bulk edit and merge categories in WordPress, step-by-step. Simply use the quick links below to jump straight to the method you want to use:
Method 1: Using the Built-in WordPress Bulk Edit (Quick and Easy)
You can add categories and tags to multiple posts at once using the built-in WordPress tools.
Just be aware that you can’t remove tags and categories using this method. If you want to delete tags and categories, then you will need to use method 2 instead.
Bulk Add Multiple Posts to a New WordPress Category
To add categories and tags to a post, head over to Posts » All Posts and check the box next to each post you want to change.
Then, click on the ‘Bulk actions’ dropdown, and select ‘Edit’. After that, simply click on ‘Apply.’
You will now see the bulk editing tools for these posts.
To add posts to a new category, simply check the box next to each category. To add more tags, simply type into the ‘Tags’ box and separate each tag with a comma.
With that done, click on the ‘Update’ button.
Now, these categories and tags will be added to all the selected posts.
Manually Transfer Posts to New WordPress Categories
Do you want to move posts to a new category instead?
You can transfer a post in just a few clicks using the Quick Edit settings. This is a good option if you only need to update a few posts, as you will still need to edit each post individually.
In the post dashboard, hover over the post that you want to move to a new category. When it appears, just click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link.
You will now see a section similar to the bulk editing tools section above.
Here, simply uncheck the current category and then check the box next to the category you want to use instead. You can also add or delete tags from the ‘Tags’ box.
When you are finished, don’t forget to click ‘Update’ to save your changes.
Method 2: Using TaxoPress (Best for Merging and Bulk Deleting)
If you want to merge and bulk edit categories and tags, then you will need to use TaxoPress. This free plugin has a single screen where can edit the categories and tags for all your WordPress posts. If you merge tags and categories, then TaxoPress will also update all related posts automatically.
The 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.
With that done, you are ready to bulk edit and merge categories and tags.
How to Bulk Edit Categories and Tags
TaxoPress allows you to add or remove any category or tag from an unlimited number of WordPress posts.
Simply go to TaxoPress » Mass Edit Terms. At the top of the screen, open the dropdown menu and choose either ‘Categories’ or ‘Tags’.
After that, click on ‘Change Selection.’
TaxoPress will then show a list of all your posts, along with the categories and tags.
To add a new term to a post, simply type it into the box. You will need to separate each category or tag with a comma. To remove a term, just delete it.
Simply repeat these steps to change the categories or tags for each post.
When you are happy with your changes, click on the ‘Update all’ button.
How to Merge WordPress Categories and Tags
TaxoPress can merge multiple categories or tags into a new term. Even better, it will apply this new term to all affected posts, which can save you a ton of time.
To merge categories or tags, you need to go to TaxoPress » Manage Terms. You can now open the dropdown menu and choose whether you want to merge categories or tags.
After that, select the ‘Merge Terms’ tab.
In the ‘Term(s) to merge’ field, type in the categories or tags you want to merge. As always, make sure to separate each term with a comma.
With that done, type the new term into the ‘New term name’ field.
Finally, click ‘Merge’ to save your changes.
Now, if you look at any post that had the original category or tag, you will see that it’s using the new term.
Delete Unused WordPress Categories and Tags
TaxoPress also allows you to find and delete terms that are never used or rarely used. This can be an easy way to remove categories and tags from your WordPress website.
For example, you might delete categories that have 2 or fewer blog posts.
To do this, go to TaxoPress » Manage Terms. You can now open the dropdown menu and choose whether you want to delete unused categories or tags.
After that, select the ‘Delete unused terms’ tab.
You can now set a minimum number of uses for each term using the dropdown menu. For example, if you choose ‘5’, then TaxoPress will delete all categories or tags that are used by fewer than 5 posts.
If you select ‘1’, then TaxoPress will delete all terms that are never used.
After choosing a number, click on the ‘Delete rarely used’ button.
TaxoPress will now scan your site and display a banner with the number of terms it has detected and deleted.
We hope this article helped you learn how to merge and bulk edit categories and tags in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to increase your blog traffic or check out our expert picks for the best SEO plugins and tools.