Starting a new blog on WordPress? If yes, you might want to consider reading this post just after installing your fresh WordPress blog and before publishing your first ever blog article. When you install a fresh WordPress copy on any of your domain it comes with one default post, one default comment and with one default category. This default category is named as “Uncategorized”. Though you can delete the default post as well as comment but you can’t delete this default category.
Purpose of Uncategorized Category?
But you might be wondering why we cannot delete this default category? This is because this category is defined for blog editors if they forget to select any category among the available blog category. You have to select one of the category for your blog post. But if you don’t select any category then WordPress will do this work for you by assigning this default category to your blog post.
WordPress will select uncategorized category before you publish your article. It will definitely show this category in your URL structure of your blog. Also, it will be listed in your sitemap and you can well imagine how it going to look like on a professional website. As per wpdeveloper experts,
It is not a good practice for professional blogs or any blog to have a category named “Uncategorized”. Hence, you should rename it as you can’t delete it.
So, after installing the fresh copy of your WordPress blog you should rename this Uncategorized category to something that is suitable for your blog. As well it should not look odd if it is selected automatically and indexed in your site’s sitemap.
So, if your editor is making this silly mistake your blog should still be look professional. You can rename this default category to something relevant, so we prefer you to call it “Other”. As it sounds more professional than a category called Uncategorized.
For renaming the Uncategorized category,
- Simply go to your post tab and click on Categories (Posts > Categories).
- You will see the default category named Uncategorized in the list (if you have more categories) just place your mouse over to this category and you will see the “Edit” option.
- Click on it and you can rename this category to “Other”. Make sure you have rename the name as well as slug of this category.