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How to Exclude a Category From Your WordPress Homepage

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Do you want to exclude a specific category from your website’s homepage?

By default, WordPress displays posts from all categories on your homepage. In some cases, you may not want that.

In this article, we will show you how to easily exclude a category from your WordPress homepage.

Exclude Category from WordPress Homepage

Why Exclude a Category from WordPress Homepage?

WordPress allows you to sort content into categories and tags. Now sometimes you may want to use a category for posts that are not part of your normal blog entries.

By default, WordPress does not allow you to hide posts in specific categories from homepage or archives. This leaves you with unwanted posts appearing on your homepage.

That being said, let’s see how you can easily exclude a specific category from your WordPress homepage. We will show you two different methods, and you can choose the one that best fits your need.

Method 1: Exclude a Category from WordPress Using Plugin

The first thing you need to do is to install and activate the Ultimate Category Excluder plugin. For more details, you should follow our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you’ll need to go to Settings » Category Excluder page. It will display all the categories that are available on your WordPress blog.

Category excluder settings

From here, you can simply check one or multiple categories under the ‘Exclude from front page’ column. If you want, then you can also exclude the category from RSS feeds, archives, or even from WordPress search.

Exclude category

Don’t forget to click on the Update button to store these settings.

Now you can visit your website to see that the posts from the selected categories are excluded from the front page.

Method 2: Exclude a Category from WordPress Homepage Using Code

This method requires you to add code to your WordPress files. If you haven’t done this before, then see our guide on how to copy and paste code snippets in WordPress.

You will need to add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file, a site-specific plugin, or a code snippets plugin.

function exclude_category_home( $query ) {
if ( $query->is_home ) {
$query->set( 'cat', '-5' );
return $query;
add_filter( 'pre_get_posts', 'exclude_category_home' );

Don’t forget to replace ID (-5) with your category ID. It will hide all blog posts from homepage belonging to the category that matches this ID.

Note: Make sure to add a minus (-) sign with the category ID.

Not sure how to find the category ID? See our guide on how to find category IDs in WordPress.

The safest and easiest way to add this code in WordPress is by using the WPCode plugin. It allows you to add custom code without directly editing your WordPress files. So, you don’t have to worry about breaking your site.

To get started, you’ll need to install and activate the free WPCode plugin. If you need help, see this guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Once WPCode is activated, head to Code Snippets » + Add Snippet in your WordPress dashboard.

Then, hover your mouse over the ‘Add Your Custom Code (New Snippet)’ option and click the ‘Use snippet’ button underneath it.

Add a new custom code snippet in WPCode

On the ‘Create Custom Snippet’ page, you can start by adding a title for your snippet. This can be anything to help you remember what the code is for.

Next, simply paste the code from above into the ‘Code Preview’ box and select ‘PHP Snippet’ as the code type from the dropdown menu.

Paste code into the Code Preview box in WPCode

After that, all you need to do is toggle the switch from ‘Inactive’ to ‘Active’ and hit the ‘Save Snippet’ button at the top of the page.

Activate and save your custom code snippet

If you want to exclude multiple categories, then you can change the code like this:

function exclude_category_home( $query ) {
if ( $query->is_home ) {
$query->set( 'cat', '-5, -9, -23' );
return $query;
add_filter( 'pre_get_posts', 'exclude_category_home' );

Simply replace the IDs (-5, -9, -23) with your category IDs to exclude them from your WordPress homepage.

We hope this article helped you learn how to exclude a category from your WordPress homepage. You may also want to see these most wanted category hacks and plugins for WordPress that will help you use categories more efficiently, or our expert picks of the best contact form plugins for WordPress.

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  2. Joseph says

    Will using the Ultimate Category Excluder plugin block Googlebot from crawling posts in that particular category? I don’t want my site users to access a particular category.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      As long as the pages can be found in some way by Google from something like a sitemap or other page on your site then there the crawler would be fine.


  3. Johan says

    As always: a huge THANKS for all your great tutorials!

    Excluding a category the functions.php-way works great for me. BUT: I find that the same category is also excluded from a custom WP_Query that I put on a profile page. Why is that?

    My query:
    $the_query = new WP_Query( array( ‘meta_key’ => ‘fetcher’, ‘meta_value’ => $user_ID ) );

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Glad it was helpful, the code should only affect the home page, one possibility you could check would be to see if your caching could be the culprit.


      • Johan Hagvil says

        I found the solution!
        Changing the second line of my snippet to:

        if ( $query->is_main_query() && $query->is_front_page() ) {

        • WPBeginner Support says

          Thank you for sharing for anyone else who may be running into the same error! :)

  4. metin says

    Let’s assume the id of the blog category is 1. Can I add php code about showing all ids greater than -2 so that it doesn’t show all categories greater than 1. Can there be a method that will work with php code that will work dynamically instead of adding an id every time?

  5. Abdullah Al Muaz says

    i use a specific page to display recent posts. so i think for my case it should not be /code $query->is_home /code
    what should i put instead of “home”
    i want to hide specific category from “blog”

    • WPBeginner Support says

      The code should work the same for your blog page if you set a page for your recent posts.



    How to exclude whole category and custom from the search form or can I modified search form to just search by a specific taxonomy rest all are excluded from the search

  7. Sidchan Mall says

    Thanks for the tip, I began using the plugin to exclude theme-specific content posts (testimonials, sliders) on my website!

  8. Paolo says

    I followed the Method 2 instructions, but after the change the media library doesn’t work anymore!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      The code should not affect your media library unless there is a larger error that is affecting your site. It would depend on the error message for the reason.


  9. Christopher says

    Thanks for this article.

    I want to ask if it’s also possible to exclude Google Adsense ads from some specific categories

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