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hello, just putting together first proper post on new blog. The post title is displaying as 'blog title/uncategorised/...
so on the edit page on wordpress there is a box on the right to add categories. This post is about a new fridge Ive bought but if i name the category 'fridges', theres unlikely to be more content added to that category as I wont be buying another one. So what do i put in this box. Next post when i get round to it is probably about kids toys then maybe waterproof dog coats so difficult to see how they could all go in one category

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You are posting about a fridge, is it a review? Then go for 'Reviews' but if it is just a funny story about what happened when your new fridge was delivered why not create the category 'Life' and chuck it in there.

You can have categories and sub-categories. I think my WP skin turns my categories into menus headings so it is worth while having something in there. You can always change anything if you need to :)
 
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I agree with @The Reverend either Review if it is or Lifestyle. I do recommend that you sit and have a think about what general categories you plan to write often about and use tags to narrow it down.

For example. I have a "Vegan" category and if it's food I'll use Vegan Food as a tag. If I've reviewed a food place in Sheffield, it'll go under the Sheffield category but then I'll tag it with "Food", "Review" "Vegan" "Vegan Food" etc.

I've made the mistake of having far too many categories, trying to break things down into specific places and in January I'll be revamping all that because I need to simplify it - a HELL of a lot of redirects are going to be in place.
 

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I agree with @The Reverend either Review if it is or Lifestyle. I do recommend that you sit and have a think about what general categories you plan to write often about and use tags to narrow it down.

For example. I have a "Vegan" category and if it's food I'll use Vegan Food as a tag. If I've reviewed a food place in Sheffield, it'll go under the Sheffield category but then I'll tag it with "Food", "Review" "Vegan" "Vegan Food" etc.

I've made the mistake of having far too many categories, trying to break things down into specific places and in January I'll be revamping all that because I need to simplify it - a HELL of a lot of redirects are going to be in place.
Your redirect comment got me thinking

Now I tell you what's odd

I have 3 categories
Saving Money
Making Money
Interviews

yet my URLs sit like blog.themoneyshed.co.uk/blogposttitle

While yours sit like chammyirl.co.uk/category/blogposttitle
 

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Yeah, lots of them.

I'm merging some like health and beauty, vegan and vegan food, money and money/making-saving (don't ask why I set up two different ones). This is one lesson I learned the hard way haha
 
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Sorry to resurrect another old thread :).

I've organised my site categories as: Free bets, guides, reload offers, reviews, welcome offers.

The thing is currently all my posts go like ht://..../category/post-title

My questions are:

If I redesign my site in to a different format, do I have to use the same categories? (I.e. I was thinking of changing some post (that are clearly evergreen-style guides) in to sticky posts on a drop down menu. Currently, I have a guides page listing blog posts.

Can I change the categories to something else or get rid of them completely without affecting the urls or Google rankings?
 

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Sorry to resurrect another old thread :).

I've organised my site categories as: Free bets, guides, reload offers, reviews, welcome offers.

The thing is currently all my posts go like ht://..../category/post-title

My questions are:

If I redesign my site in to a different format, do I have to use the same categories? (I.e. I was thinking of changing some post (that are clearly evergreen-style guides) in to sticky posts on a drop down menu. Currently, I have a guides page listing blog posts.

Can I change the categories to something else or get rid of them completely without affecting the urls or Google rankings?
i think @Chammy went through something similar when having a category clearout and should be able to advise
 

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i think @Chammy went through something similar when having a category clearout and should be able to advise
I never got round to it because what you'd need to do is redirect every current URL to the new one (using a redirect plugin). It's on my list of to-do at some point but I need to set a lot of time aside to do it which I don't have. Maybe once I've got my first year of uni over and done with lol
 

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Going forward @rninja on any other blogs you may create make sure from the start you go into Settings > Permalinks > and set it to Post Name

 
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Going forward @rninja on any other blogs you may create make sure from the start you go into Settings > Permalinks > and set it to Post Name

Thanks. If I change it for future posts, I'd that a bad idea? Or maybe I should just stick with what I've got lol
 

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Thanks. If I change it for future posts, I'd that a bad idea? Or maybe I should just stick with what I've got lol
well you could change it now and then just resubmit your sitemap to Google

How many pages do you have you on site?

A few years back when we changed forum software I had over 100,000 pages on here where all the URLs changed and there was naff all i could do about it apart from submit the sitemap and then wait I think 4 months maybe until Google had indexed it all correctly. Was a bloody nightmare but sometimes the change is for the better
 

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well you could change it now and then just resubmit your sitemap to Google

How many pages do you have you on site?

A few years back when we changed forum software I had over 100,000 pages on here where all the URLs changed and there was naff all i could do about it apart from submit the sitemap and then wait I think 4 months maybe until Google had indexed it all correctly. Was a bloody nightmare but sometimes the change is for the better
I've got about 50 posts in all that have the category in the url. If I changed the Permalink settings does that affect the url of all posts including existing and new ones?
 

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The thing is, my pages and posts don't necessarily match.
The pages are: Home, About, Guides, free bets, make money, glossary (and soon to add: tools).
The categories are: Free bets, guides, reload offers, reviews, welcome offers.
 

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Hard to say as I've not done it in Wordpress but from reading this it just seems to be new ones https://www.wpexplorer.com/change-permalinks-wordpress/
Ummm, changing the permalink structure in WordPress effects ALL links (new and existing ones), it's why this guide has instructions for setting up redirects to ensure existing links to pages don't break at the click of a button.

If you've created links to your posts and pages with the hyperlink builder inside the WordPress editor WP will automatically update these links to the new URL but any you've created manually (and any external links to your blog will break if the redirect isn't set up).
 
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Thanks for the tip on Permalinks tip Jon, I used a redirection plugin and all seems well :).
Every day is a learning day.
 
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Thanks for the tip on Permalinks tip Jon, I used a redirection plugin and all seems well :).
Every day is a learning day.
Glad you've got everything sorted!

Blogging / Wordpress / Hosting tweaks is a never ending learning curve. The reason there's no point in buying 'a dummies guide to Wordpress' type books I always think if that they will be out of date within a few months as things change that frequently!
 
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