WordPress: Turning Categories into Pages How-to


If you are new(ish) to WordPress, it doesn’t take long to figure out that your pages are super-customizable, to such a degree that the options can become dizzying. Many of the tutorial pages about turning categories and/or tags into individual pages are just so convoluted and really filled with too much information. Since most of my posts fit into one of six categories (Music, Tech., Travel, etc.), I wanted to turn those categories into individual pages and have links to those category pages show up on every page on my site. It ended up being a really simple process, and this is what I did:

Step 1 – In your WordPress Dashboard, navigate down to “Appearance” – “Menus” as shown.

Step 2 – Give your Menu a title. It can be anything, and the title name won’t show up anywhere on your published pages. Click “Create Menu.”

Step 3 – Scroll down the page and select what categories, pages, and/or tags you want to turn into individual pages. Click “Add to Menu” for each section. If any sections are missing, click on “Screen Options” at the top right of the page and check any box that’s missing (options to display are “Theme Locations,” “Custom Links,” “Posts,” “Pages,” “Categories,” and “Tags.”)

Step 4 – You can rearrange the order your links will display on your pages by simply dragging and dropping them into the order you want. Also, you can create sub-links by dragging one of the gray page link boxes over slightly to the right. For example, if I wanted to make the link to my “Music” page appear in a dropdown menu when highlighting the “About” page, this is how it’s done.

Step 5 – Click “Save Menu” when done arranging and apply it to your site by selecting the menu you just saved in the “Theme Locations” box (where to select the theme is shown in the photo above; the final product is shown below.)

Feel free to leave some feedback if have any tips to add, need any clarification, if this post has helped, or if you want to just say “hello!”


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