How to Get Rid of the ‘Uncategorized’ Category in WordPress

If you’re new to WordPress, or may have been using it for a while, one of the things probably bugging you is the existence of the “uncategorized” category.

WordPress, by design, ends up choosing uncategorized as your default category. And a lot of the times, you might be able to override that by selecting another category (depending on your permalink settings), it still feels annoying that — that category still lives and breathes.

Luckily, to get rid of it, it’s not hard at all. Follow the two listed steps below.

Step 1: Change Your Default Category

It turns out, you simply cannot delete a default category. First, you have to change that to some other category of your choice. To do so, follow along:

  1. Go to your “writing” settings.
  2. From there, change your ‘default post category’ to something else.
  3. Once that’s done, you’re able to remove the lock — so to speak, on the uncategorized category. See the screenshot below for reference.
change default wordpress category
Changing out default category is so much easier than you think!

Step 2: Deleting the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Finally, you would now be able to delete uncategorized.

  1. Head over to the categories section from your dashboard.
  2. Find Uncategorized, hover your mouse over it, and hit “delete.”
  3. You will get a confirmation pop-up. Hit okay, and you’re all set!. Screenshot provided below for reference.
wordpress deleting category
Yes! It’s this simple!

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Bonus Tip

If you need your blog/post URLs to appear under specific categories, doing this will not give you a chance to make that change. For that, you have to adjust your permalink settings.

Surely enough, you’d obviously need to select which category you want your blog to be tagged as — while writing it, but to have that under the URL structure of /category/slug, there is a setting you need to change first.

To do so, navigate to the “permalinks” from your Settings. Then, select ‘custom structure,’ and add–> /%category%/%postname%/

permalinks custom structure
This syntax will ensure that your blogs are always hosted under the category of your choice.

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