WordPress "Bulk Move" plugin: Bulk move posts between categories

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It's not spring and it's not the time for spring cleaning either, but my huge category structure in the blog has annoyed me for months. Today I decided to tidy up the categories of my WordPress blog. That sounds simple at first, but if you have categories with over 400 posts, this means that you have to move all posts to other categories using the "QuickEdit" function of WordPress - and that is anything but "quick".

The QuickEdit function of WordPress takes a long time to assign over 400 amounts to a new category.

The QuickEdit function of WordPress takes a long time to assign over 400 amounts to a new category.

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 can select the "standard 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.

In the WordPress settings, you can specify the category in which posts whose category has been deleted will end up.

In the WordPress settings, you can specify the category in which posts whose category has been deleted will end up.

Solution 2: Move with the "Bulk Move" WordPress plugin

A much more elegant option is offered by the plugin "Bulk move"or" mass moving ", as it is called in the German WordPress in the plugin list.

With the WordPress plugin "Bulk Move", all posts from one category can be moved to another.

With the WordPress plugin "Bulk Move", all posts from one category can be moved to another.

If you have activated the plugin, you will find the item "Move masses" under "Tools". If you call it up, you will see four boxes on the plugin page, which offer various 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.

With the Bulk Move plugin, all posts from one category can be moved to another - with one click.

With the Bulk Move plugin, all posts from one category can be moved to another - with one click.

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, stay 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.

 

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