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Revising Categories: "Item Not Updated"

  1. I want to change one of my blog post categories from Homeschooling Information to Homeschooling. I am able to type in the revision, but after clicking Update, I get this message: Item Not Updated. And, when I view my blog, that's sure enough true.

    It feels like I'm doing it correctly, and I'm pretty sure I've revised category titles in the past. Any insight into what I may be doing wrong?

    The blog I need help with is jeannefaulconer.wordpress.com.

  2. This can happen if you have duplicate tag and category names. Check your tags and categories for duplicates. The search engines actually treat tags and categories the same, so there is no need for duplicates, and actually the search engines don't like duplicates.

    If "Homeschooling Information" is duplicated, delete that tag and then you will be able to change the name of the category.

  3. Thank you. I did have a tag duplicating. I deleted that and renamed the category as I wanted. I will say for anyone else reading, this did cause some temporary havoc in my child categories, which seemed to disappear. I only had to re-add ONE child category to the revised parent category and then all the child categories popped back up under the edited parent category. Probably a cache deal.

    Excellent help. Thanks.

  4. You're welcome, and yes, categories and tags in the sidebars are cached so that was probably the issue.

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