Assign Pages to Categories

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  • #6276

    mathmom
    Member

    Is it possible to assign pages to a category?

    #6399

    wank
    Member

    Nope. Requested the feature for the self-hosted version months ago, no deal. However, the way pages are handled has had a lot of work done on it recently so now’s a better time to ask; submit a feedback to the admins.

    #6401

    mathmom
    Member

    Thanks for the reply, wank. Feedback submitted.

    #6679

    ptvguy
    Member

    How odd. If you can’t categorize page content, then why does it display as “Filed under: Uncategorized” as if I put it there? It’s too bad that there’s no way to remove that line from page headings so that they don’t look like posts.

    –>ptvGuy

    #6680

    drmike
    Member

    How odd. If you can’t categorize page content, then why does it display as “Filed under: Uncategorized” as if I put it there?

    Might be theme specific. If you look at the backend (ie the database) of WP, you’ll discover that posts and pages are stored within the same table. (At least they were last time I looked…) Something in the theme or WP may be seeing the empty category field and throwing that out.

    #6682

    jennhx
    Member

    On my Pages, it seems to have put the default category – which I had set to knitting. This topic seems to be saying there is no way to correct the category which the theme assigned to my pages. Is that true? If so, it seems to be a problem…

    #6684

    ptvguy
    Member

    Just to share with everyone, I’ve come up with a workaround for this problem. I renamed my default category from “uncategorized” (which I never use) to “Pages”. Now my pages actually say “Filed under: Pages”, and, if I should forget to properly tag one of my posts, the worst thing that will happen is that it will be filed “Pages” as well.

    –>ptvGuy

    P.S. Strangely, the word “Pages” at the top of my pages still links to the default WordPress “uncategorized” tag.

    #6685

    wrnc
    Member

    @ptvguy

    that’s interesting, keep us updated on this: “Strangely, the word “Pages” at the top of my pages still links to the default WordPress “uncategorized” tag”
    cause otherwise it’s some smart workaround

    #6692

    markpenny
    Member

    Yeah, thanks, ptvguy and jennhx.

    I’ve been publishing my short stories as pages rather than posts, so that people can read em’ and slam em’ all on one page, but how are people gonna find em’ if’n’ they ain’t categorized?

    Guess I’ll try that workaround.

    #6693

    markpenny
    Member

    Doesn’t work. You can change the name, but if you click on it, you still go to Uncategorized. I experienced similar hangups when I changed the names of pages I’d created.

    I’ve just sent in some feedback. Hopefully our voices joined together will move hearts at the top.

    #6694

    markpenny
    Member

    Here’s another workaround. Paste an excerpt from your page in a blog post, add a link to the page, categorize the page and let rip.

    #6715

    ptvguy
    Member

    Hey, everyone, here’s another categories related problem that I hit recently: too many categories. Three posts in and my categories list is already outgrowing the sidebar. The whole point of categorizing my posts is to make them the most useful (and findable) to my readers. So, what to do…

    IMMEDIATE SOLUTION
    I highlighted all my category links in the sidebar, hit CTRL-C to copy them, went into My Dashboard, created a new page called “Categories A-Z”, and just pasted all of them right into the editor. Poof…I have a page devoted to my category list. (I may rename this page to “Blog Index” or something else later.) Then I went to the Presentation section of the Dashboard and removed Categories from my sidebar.

    LONGTERM UPKEEP
    The main problem with this solution is that it’s not self-updating like the sidebar. That means that as I create more categories (and I’m now free to go hog-wild and make as many as I want) I’ll either have to manually update the page to add each category in it’s appropriate place with the proper link or restore the sidebar, copy the whole list again, paste it over the current content of that page, and then remove the sidebar each time. Personally, I’m inclined toward the manual approach since I expect to reach a point where I’m going to have to provide page links to get users quickly to links near the end of the list.

    Anyway, I just thought that I’d share this in case anyone else was having similar problems.

    #6725

    greenpasture
    Member

    Ya, I hope WordPress.Com can come up with some solution to Page categorisation. I see great potential for blooking (blogging as books instead of as diary/newsletter) after reading the news about US cook who won the blogging book prize.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4865540.stm

    Page categorisation can transform a blog into an e-book.

    #6726

    wank
    Member

    If you’re really interested in writing books online you should probably look into self-hosting WP and then tweaking the theme so that it displays posts in chronological order (earliest first). I keep meaning to get around to doing this for the NaNoWriMo book I started on blogger.

    #6727

    drmike
    Member

    You can also number your pages as well. Sort of “Chapter 01 – This is my first chapter”, “Chapter 02 – The Butler did it”, “Chapter 03 – Life in the big house”, etc. That would get it in order. I would use a theme though that displayed pages along the right sidebar though. Filling in the space across the top would make things look bad. Unless you did it as subpages I guess…

    I vote for a self hosted blog as well. I think there’s even a plug in for book hosting. Matt and crew has stated I believe that the pages are seperate from the post structure. Thinking of that, I don’t think they’re going to drop them into categories any time soon but insert my typical “I’m just a volenteer here” warning.

    #6729

    greenpasture
    Member

    Thanks for all you input. I am just toying with the idea of blooking. Since the WP.com announcement of unlimited blogs allowed, I thought maybe I could start new blogs and use them for my profession. I am a medical doctor and see the blogs as great free tools to put together online medical literature such as those from PubMed that are relevant to my work. I am afraid most of my collegues still read from printed journals. To make it into a useful archive of medical evidence, I think Pages are more effective than Posts for this purpose. Anyway, I appreciate all your suggestions. TQ.

    #6743

    clemencerey
    Member

    hey sorry I am a new born blogger : I don’t understand how to record my posts under a category. I write i.e. ‘Bali’ in the category while writing my post. Then I click enter or ‘add’, and in both cases it just cancels what I just wrote as category name.
    2nd question : can I record posts already saved under a category (different that uncategorized ?)
    I’m fed up with Uncategorized !!! don’t manage to change it !!!

    #6744

    clemencerey
    Member

    And to change the category name, should I tick or untick ‘blogroll’ and/or ‘uncategorized’ ???

    #6746

    ryan
    Staff

    Categorization of pages often comes up. There is no technical limitation preventing doing this. It is a purposeful design decision. But, that decision is looking a bit dated, so things might change. We’ll argue about it some more on the WordPress design lists. :-)

    #6849

    abelcheung
    Member

    Yes, there is no obstacle assigning categories to pages, I’ve even done that in a few minutes:
    http://me.abelcheung.org/devel/wordpress-page-categories-assignation/

    IMHO making pages categorized like posts is better than forcing a simple-minded tree hierarchy.

    However, the problem is how to present them and make them easily accesssible by bloggers and readers alike. Currently one has to create a page for the purpose of listing all other pages, that’s very inconvenient.

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