I’ve been blogging for about 17 years now. One effect of that is my WordPress blog has ended up with way too many categories, even overlapping, such as with
Wellington & NZ. How stupid is that?
With wind, rain, hail, thunder and lightning outside I decided today was the time to trim and tidy my blog.
Obviously, with more than 100 posts in each category, I wasn’t going to edit each post manually to change the category. After a bit of messing about and trying things I installed the Batch-Moving Posts plugin. That proved to be easy and quick in doing what I wanted.
Now under the Posts menu is a new item, Move Categories. On that page you can select posts belonging to a specific category, with options to refine the search by Date, Keyword and Tag. In my screenshot I’ve selected all posts belonging to the Wellington category. One catch: make sure to set the number of
rows to be enough to capture all the posts you aim to find.
Having found all the posts to deal with you can check the box beside the word
ID to select all of them, then scroll to the bottom of the page.
Select the category to work with. In my screenshot you can see that I sometimes assign more than one category to a post. I selected
Wellington & NZ as I want to move the posts to that category. Then select an Action. In my case I want to change the category so I’ve selected
Update. Click the
Send button to make the change to the selected posts.
When I revisit and refresh the Categories page (in another Tab, to make life easier) I can see that
Wellington now has 0 posts and I can delete it.
One down, a heap more to go …