We all know that WordPress puts our posts on our landing page with the most recent at the top. Which is all good and fine but what if they love your post and think "I would love to read more" and their only choice is to scroll down your long list of posts. I don't think so.

They will be thinking "This is all too hard!" and find a much more user friendly website with the next click of their mouse. So I thought now is a good time to understand how categories can be your best friend.

What you will learn here:

  1. How to find and change your categories
  2. How to categorise your posts in an easy manner
  3. Where to place your categories
  4. How to place your categories
  5. Final tips and advice

So let's dig in and get this show on the road.



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AndreaK1 Premium
I am a little bit confused, I think I have terminology problems. When I go to my the dashboard there are several places where I can create categories, but each time it asks to put NAME and a SLUG in, But which one is the NAME of my category? One of the tabs in my navigation menu I want to attach my post to ? Or is NAME the name of my article I wrote? My website is about healthy pet food and in my navigation menu I have tabs DOG and CAT. I wrote several articles about cat food and dog food and I do want them to appear in the places I created in my menu.
Thanks for helping!
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Kyoko817 Premium
If you want a sub categories on the top of the menu, you may want to create the sub menu, instead of sub categories. This training may help you.
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AndreaK1 Premium
Thanks, I will look into this training!
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Ultimateless Premium
If you’re still stuck, let me know and I’ll get back to you Andrea.

Michael.
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AndreaK1 Premium
Thanks Michael, I' ll let you know.
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AndreaK1 Premium
Hello Michael, I looked at some training videos but I am still not clear about CATEGORIES. When I go to Wordpress --Posts--Categories: Do I have to write the name of my category in this field? Isn't category the tags that appear on my navigation menu?
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Ultimateless Premium
Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, Andrea.

Categories are like chapter titles in a book and tags are like paragraph headings. Categories cover a subject and tags cover specifics. I hope this helps you more. Categories usually appear in navigation menus.
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MarvH Premium
Hi Michael,
I have created a category title and 5 categories. How do I place the categories into the menu?
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onmyownterms Premium
Kyle explains menus in the training - I know that in the bootcmp, it's one of the very first lessons. You do that in the Wordpress back office under Appearance > Menus - most themes have an option for adding categories.
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MarvH Premium
I have the word Categories in my sidebar menu. Under it, it says select.
The Theme only supports 1 menu-not this one.
I set up 5 categories. I am trying to list them under the word categories in the Sidebar.
What am I missing?
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onmyownterms Premium
Try posting something to each category to see if that makes them appear. It could be the reason nothing is there is that there are no posts associated with the categories.
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queenredgie Premium
Hi Ultimateless
Have read your training on categories but what I cannot see (Maybe not reading it clearly) is how do I add more posts to one category?
Thought I knew how to do this, but in trying to add another post to the series Victim Mentality I have just made a second/same category in 'Victim Category'.

http://onestopselfhelp.com
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leoemery Premium
Go to your dashboard, click on All Posts, now find the post you want to place in a category - you have two ways of doing it.

1) Hover your cursor over the post you want to add to a category and then click the Quick Edit link - there you can choose the category, then click update

2) When you create a new post in the right sidebar you'll see the category section - choose the category.
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queenredgie Premium
Hi Leomery
Thanks for your advice, but it's pretty much what I tried but I tried anyway and it hasnt made any difference? Maybe I cannot add to each box and all my posts will be just added just adds another box? One of the reasons I chose this theme was because I thought I could add several posts in that category?

Thanks
Ann

Live Portfolio is the theme.
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Ultimateless Premium
Although you have added a category to your post, have you put a category widget on your home page? The widget then sorts out the posts to the categories you have specified in the post.

Michael.
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CeeTom Premium
Thanks so much. This clears up several misconceptions I had. We appreciate you taking the time to post this.
Tom & Christy
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Ultimateless Premium
You're very welcome, Cee.
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TRyan2 Premium
I love the idea of having a practice site! I'm only on lmLevel 2 lessons, and tnis would make me feel more comfortable. Thanks
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Ultimateless Premium
Yes, sometimes we feel like our website is written in stone but it is very flexible.
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Christian84 Premium
Thank you for this great tutorial!!! It was exactly what I was looking for.
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Ultimateless Premium
I'm glad to hear that, Otis, good luck!
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TaniaHersel Premium
Thank you for this training, it has helped me.
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Ultimateless Premium
I am glad to be of help, Tania.
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suzy2107 Premium
Hi Michael,

Am I allowed to send you the link to one of the pages I am talking about? I'm not sure what platform I am able to share my website. I tried to insert a screenshot but that didn't work.
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Ultimateless Premium
You can send it to me in a private message.
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suzy2107 Premium
Hi Michael, how do I get rid of the category title as below that appears on the top of each of my posts in Categories?


Category: Dry Skin – causes and solutions
Dry Skin and Menopause
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Ultimateless Premium
Can you send me an image of what you mean?
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suzy2107 Premium
Hi Michael, thank you for sending this training through to me. I will look at it now and get on with making the changes to my website. Just one more question - if I move everything into my categories my home page will be blank.

How do I get around that?

By the way, I left you a message on your profile page.

Sue
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suzy2107 Premium
Hi again! I am SO confused. How do move a post into a category, and how do I take the information that was actually set up under a Page and move that into a category also?
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Ultimateless Premium
Your home page will have all your posts in time order - it shouldn't be blank.

Thanks for the profile comment, I have commented on it.

You don't move a post into a category. Think of a category as a way to file your posts. It's basically a folder. Then on your home page, you can have a category widget - which is explained in this tutorial - this allows people to search your website for relevant topics.

Go through my instructions a few times until you get the hang of it.
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suzy2107 Premium
OMG, this is stressing me out. I didn't realize this would all be so difficult! I made my Categories and did move all my posts into them earlier today, but the posts are also still on my Home page as well. When I click on Categories there is a heading above the name of my posts, ie. "Categories: Skin Food". I don't really want that there and have tried to get rid of it several times, but they are still there.....

I created an entire new post this afternoon and moved it into a Category then proceeded to delete it accidentally just a moment ago. So I'll have to start writing it all over again.

Hopefully one day I might look back and wonder what all the fuss was about but at the moment I'm not having a lot of fun! :(
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Ultimateless Premium
I know you may not like this, but don't worry, you will get good at this. It took me quite a while. Just stick with jt.
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suzy2107 Premium
Thanks Michael, just a bit tired and annoyed at myself for deleting my post..... Tomorrow is another day! At least I mastered the snipping tool today - I didn't realize I could save it as a PNG! So I will get snipping!

Thanks so much for your help. Kyle and the Community are so helpful. I appreciate it.
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suzy2107 Premium
Hi, I'm a bit confused as to what is a post and what is a category. My Pages have an "About Me" page, a "Diet" page and a "Product Information" page.

My Posts (two only so far) have a post about a skin care product that I use and the other being about certain food that is good for the skin.

The next blog I want to create is the "Effects of Menopause on the Skin" (or similar title). Does that become a post or a category?

I am a little confused and need some advice please!
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Ultimateless Premium
Hello, Sue,

A post is just a post. When you write any article that is a post. Then once a post is written you can then put it into a category.

For instance, if you have written about a night cream or a moisturiser the category you would put it under is skincare.

If you have a scrub or facial cleanser your category might be exfoliation treatments.

You add your category from the post you are writing - in the right-hand column, you will see where you can add a category. Never have more than 10 categories. Every post you write should fall into these categories.

Then when someone searches your categories they can click on skin care and see all the posts that you have written about skin care.

Pages are not to be confused with posts. Pages are for specifics like an about me page, affiliate disclaimer, rules of your website, gallery...etc.

I hope this helps you.

Cheers,
Michael
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suzy2107 Premium
Thanks so much Michael - I understand now.

I will remove my incorrectly created pages and put the content into the appropriate category, and I'll create the categories that I need as I create my new posts.

I appreciate your help. I had the feeling that I had set up my site incorrectly. I did put up my site for comments but people just commented on the content and didn't offer any constructive criticism of the site itself.

Sue :)
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Ultimateless Premium
You may like to read this tutorial I did on tagging: I also did a tutorial on how to tag pictures which is very important for ranking well in Google.
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suzy2107 Premium
I'm having enough trouble with Categories at the moment. My brain's pretty much on overload! I finally got my categories right - it took ages as when I first made them I had a heading above my post name ie. "Categorised: Brazil Nuts". I don't know what happened but after the 3rd time of trying to get rid of it, somehow it disappeared! Good grief, I think I need leave this for a while and pop out for a coffee - or something stronger if it were after midday! :)
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Ultimateless Premium
Great idea, sometimes a stiff drink is necessary, lol !
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Numbergurl Premium
I have followed your tutorial and my categories aren't showing up. What did I do wrong? https://ultimatepetlovershangout.com
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MBond Premium
Hi,

On your posts, you need to check the category that you want each post to be in. You can do that by going to post and clicking the quick edit button, then choose the category, you may also want to uncheck the un-categorized box. Don't forget to update each post after you select the category.
I hope this helps.
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Ultimateless Premium
Make sure your category widget is in your sidebar.
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Numbergurl Premium
Okay, so I'm confused on what categories are. My website is about pets, at the top I have menu items for each type of pet; dogs, cats, birds, reptiles etc., and I thought that is where I should put my post depending on what the post was about but I can't figure out how to do that. Is that what I should do on my side bar instead? I've tried setting up categories put they don't show up and none of my post end up under any of the categories. I've done every training that is related to categories but none of them have worked. Some of the training information has screen shots and they are so small that I can see what is even on them so that doesn't help. Can you give me some guidance?
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Ultimateless Premium
Your categories should be; Dogs, cats, birds etc. When you write your post to the right is a box which allows you to put your post into a category - never use more than 10 categories, you can have sub-categories which I did a training for. Tags are where you can specify what people are likely to search for e.g. birds with long beaks, dogs with allergies etc if that is what the post is about.

Menus would be general like: about me, disclosure, our site (not necessarily these titles). You can also have a blog roll which is where people can go to see your posts.

To look at images that are too small you have three options, you can either click on the image to open in another tab which may make the image bigger, you can right click the image and open in another program e.g. preview or the quickest way is to hold the control button down while pressing the + button - each time you hit the plus button the image will get larger.

Most of these things are covered in Kyle's trainings. It sometimes takes going through the training a few times to get it. It is quite a large learning curve.
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Numbergurl Premium
Thank that makes more sense now.
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MBond Premium
I am building a website on online dating help, but I need help coming up with categories. I welcome any ideas. I already have reviews as a category, but I would like to know what anyone would like to see if they were looking for help with dating/online dating.
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Ultimateless Premium
Categories could be:
Finding your first date
Making dinner for your date
Top date sites
How to start an online conversation
Pros and Cons of online dating
10 tips to get the best results
Then write posts relevant to each category. These may not be what you had in mind but hopefully, this will get your creative juices going.
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MBond Premium
Thank you for the ideas. It is priceless to get constructive input from others. Although I have a pretty good idea of what I want the site to be, my thoughts are general and getting down to specifics is proving to be difficult.
Thanks again.
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JaemiO Premium
Thanks so much for this! I was very confused on Level Two of the training because the menus part does not apply to my theme. Nothing was showing up. This made a world of difference. Thank you!
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Ultimateless Premium
You are very welcome, thanks.

Michael.
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MelaniLukito Premium
Thank you Michael. I need suggestions about categories for my website healthyhappywomanafter40.com. Please submitt your comments.
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Ultimateless Premium
Your link doesn't go anywhere.

The way to look at categories is to think what are your main subjects? These are what people look for in categories. Don't have more than 10 categories or it becomes confusing for the reader.

You may have these categories on your site: Diets, Exercises, Make-Up, Places to Go, Clubs for the over 40's etc.

So you would then categorise each of your posts under one of these titles.
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MelaniLukito Premium
Thank you very much.
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MelaniLukito Premium
Especially Places to Go is very interesting to explore.
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kzalGBpacker Premium
how do i get a 2nd widget area?
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Ultimateless Premium
When you go to apperances>widgets on your WordPress site your theme will show you what areas are available for widgets. Usually, you have a head banner, main widget area and secondary widget area.
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kzalGBpacker Premium
i have available widgets, sidebar and inactive sidebar?
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kzalGBpacker Premium
plus im a little fuzzy on how to make child and parent
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Ultimateless Premium
Don't worry about the inactive sidebar. Just drag to the active widget area what widgets you want on your website. Each time you drag a widget over, look at your site and you will see what it does.
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kzalGBpacker Premium
ya i meant for categories..but i appreciate it
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kzalGBpacker Premium
do you have anything for that?
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Ultimateless Premium
Sub categories you can learn here:
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kzalGBpacker Premium
that helped thank you!
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JMercer1 Premium
Thank you for the tutorial.
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Ultimateless Premium
You are very welcome, Joyce.
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GinaGo Premium
Thank you. ~Gina
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Ultimateless Premium
You're welcome, Gina.
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Marcel92 Premium
Thank you, Michael, for a great and timely tutorial.

Marcel..
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Ultimateless Premium
You're welcome, Marcel, thanks.
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Jpmartel Premium
Great tutorial I have learned a basic few tips here :)

Cheers,
Jp
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Ultimateless Premium
Thank you, Jp.
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GrahamHod Premium
Thanks this was really useful, going to go change mine now. Thanks again Michael :)
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Ultimateless Premium
My pleasure, Graham.
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Cindy624 Premium
Excellent and great advice on keeping categories to a minimum. Nothing deters more than a very busy, cluttered webite.
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Ultimateless Premium
So true, Cindy.
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AdrianPrince Premium
Thanks for the tips on categories here Michael, I'm on the right track with them and I'll consider using sub categories where relevant.
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Ultimateless Premium
That's great, Adrian!
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Steve1958 Premium
It really is a great tutorial...but for some reason I'm being dim-witted with this...aaarrrggghhh...
By George...he's (me) 'nearly' got it...
We may still need to 'talk' about this one! lol
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Ultimateless Premium
It takes a bit of a mental shift but hopefully when you read my tagging tutorial it may make better sense.
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RestingBear Premium
Thanks for the great instructions onTags and Categories as usual it is a very direct set of instructions.
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Ultimateless Premium
Thanks, Pete, love the comment.
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LouisaB Premium
Thank you for this training.
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Ultimateless Premium
Thanks, Louisa, great new profile pic!
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MartyHubon Premium
Very beneficial thanks Michael.
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Ultimateless Premium
Thanks, Marty, I hope you are enjoying your weekend?
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MartyHubon Premium
Painting inside today ... tomorrow I'm planning (hoping) to chill out a bit, working too hard lately ~ always something on the burner.
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AlexEvans Premium
Very helpful tutorial thank you Michael
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Ultimateless Premium
Thanks, Alexander, coming from you means a lot to me.
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reanna1 Premium
Thanks for the training, Michael!
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Ultimateless Premium
You're welcome, Rebecca.
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Karax Premium
very useful and well structured. thanks
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Ultimateless Premium
Thanks for reading, Asen.
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drcmaint Premium
Fair Dinkum. Ta.
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Ultimateless Premium
Lol ! Thanks, John.
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Temujin1 Premium
Great info. Thanks Michael.
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Ultimateless Premium
Thanks, Peter.
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Ovidiu Premium
Very useful!
Thanks for sharing!
Ovidiu
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Ultimateless Premium
I am glad to be of help, Ovidiu.
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mybiz4u Premium
Great training, Michael. Thnx.
Michelle
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Ultimateless Premium
I appreciate that, MIchelle.
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SadieChan Premium
Thanks Micheal for the training.
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Ultimateless Premium
Thanks, Sadie.
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Misako Premium
Thank you for the training, Michael!
It is so easy for me to understand.

So I have to make categories with leaving a good impression.
Well, before that, I have to write posts a lot (> <);
I bookmark and keep it in mind in the future.

Misa
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Ultimateless Premium
I glad to be of help Misa. If you want to make sure you can find my training again you might like this;
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joekeriii Premium
Great info. I've not paid the attention to categories that I should. Thanks!
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Ultimateless Premium
Glad to have been of help, Joe.
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RandallW2 Premium
Thanks! This is helpful. - Randy
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Ultimateless Premium
Thanks for that, Randy.

Michael
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RandallW2 Premium
No... Thank you, Michael. I really enjoy reading your stuff. (don't really like that word, but can't think of anything at the moment)
- Randy
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Ultimateless Premium
LOL !
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MKearns Premium
Thanks Michael. Bookmarked this one!
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Ultimateless Premium
WOW! That is a great thing you have just said, Michael, thanks! Getting starred by you is an honour I don't take lightly.
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MKearns Premium
Great training is just that Michael and you are good at it!
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ChrisScott Premium
This is a great and helpful trainer as has become your custom. Thank you for this and the help you are always so quick to so freely give our family here at WA that serves to make us all stronger.

Question. I love the way you put the Category Widget under your Menu bar. Can we all do this? Can you help me? Is this your theme you are using or did I miss it?

Thanks in advance for your help.

PS. Looking forward to reading the Optin thingy.
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Ultimateless Premium
Thanks, Teddy, an endorsement from you is like getting one from a film star!

Just drag the widget up to your header banner, is that the question you are asking?

Nope, same poopy theme. Still working through Divi before I throw it into the mix.

Take care my good, good, buddy,
Michael
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ChrisScott Premium
Thank you, Michael.
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ShaneWelcher Premium
Great stuff, I was just asked by someone on how I did my menu bar as a category view style.
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Ultimateless Premium
I am glad this has been of use to you, Shane.
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kikij Premium
Thank you for this great lesson Michael. I was actually trying to re-configure my categories today, by adding sub-categories. If I may, can you please let me know the difference between the side categories and what you include in the header? Thanks again ;)
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Ultimateless Premium
Hi Kristi,

Thanks for the great compliment it is really appreciated.

I notice you mentioned side categories but I am assuming you were meaning sub-categories? It's quite simple to do, go to the post that you want in a sub-category and add it by choosing the parent category and typing in your sub-category. Check the picture, I hope this was your question, if not, PM me if you like. You will see that I added Jim Cockrum as a Sub-Category to Reviews - On Marketers.
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