It may not be spring, nor is it the time for spring cleaning, but my huge category structure on the blog has been bugging me for months. Today I decided to tidy up the categories of my WordPress blog a bit. This sounds easy at first, but when you have categories with 400+ posts, it means you have to move all posts to other categories via WordPress' "QuickEdit" feature - and that's anything but "quick".
Solution 1: Change the default post category before deleting categories
If you only want to move posts from a category that you then want to delete, you can proceed in such a way that before deleting the category you select the "Default post category" under Settings> Write switches to the category in which the posts should load. If a category is now removed, all posts that are not otherwise assigned to any other category will be loaded into this standard category.
But if you want to move all posts from category A to category B without deleting category A, there are no on-board tools in WordPress to do this quickly.
Solution 2: Move with the "Bulk Move" WordPress plugin
The plugin “Bulk move’ or ‘mass moving’, as it is called in the plugin list in German WordPress.
If you have activated the plugin, you will find the item "Mass move" under "Tools". If you call it up, you will see four boxes on the plugin page that offer different options:
Move depending on the category
Move depending on the keyword
Move to a category depending on the keyword
Moving depending on a taxonomy (post, page, attachment etc)
You can decide whether other categories to which the posts are assigned should be deleted or kept.
My goal: reduce the number of categories
In my case, the goal is to break down the whole structure into a few categories and thus make the list of categories a little clearer. I plan to get into the one at some point Sir Apfelot app can decide for which categories you should receive a push notification if a new post is published. At the moment you can only say: "Yes, I want push notifications" or "No, keep it away from me!"
In short, the plugin saves me a lot of work on my cleanup. Nevertheless, I will probably not be able to avoid moving some posts by hand so that I can distribute them thematically appropriately.
I hope the plugin helps you with your WordPress work as well. If you know of other practical ways to tidy up your WordPress blog, then I look forward to your comment.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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