How To Convert WordPress Post Categories Into Tags And Vice Versa

Learn how to use the WordPress Categories and Tags Converter tool to convert categories into tags and vice versa. …

How To Convert WordPress Post Categories Into Tags And Vice VersaIf you are new to WordPress and not quite sure about the difference between WordPress post categories and WordPress post tags and how to use these to better organize and classify your content, then check out the tutorials below:

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to use the WordPress Categories and Tags Converter tool to convert post categories into tags and vice versa.

How To Convert WordPress Post Categories Into Tags And Vice Versa

Suppose your WordPress site has lots of categories that would work better as tags or that you use some tags in your content so often that these should really have been set up as post categories instead.

Let’s use an example to better understand why you may want to convert WordPress post categories into tags or tags into categories.

Let’s say that you decide to start a blog or website about dogs. Your initial plan is to write about different dog breeds, so you create many dog breed categories.

As your site grows with dog-related content, you discover that a better way to organize your content is to use categories like Dog Breeds, Dog Training, Dog Care, Dog Toys, etc. instead of posting content under individual dog breeds.

Many of your post categories would be better used as tags instead …

WordPress Post Categories

(WordPress Post Categories)

Creating new tags and deleting categories that are no longer required or vice versa, however, is not only time-consuming but what happens to posts that were assigned to those categories or tags? You would have to go through all your posts to change categories and reassign new tags.

A simpler way to handle the above is to convert categories into tags and vice versa using the WordPress Categories and Tags Converter tool.

Installing The WordPress Categories and Tags Converter

Before you can use the WordPress Categories and Tags Converter, you must first install the tool.

To do this, select Tools > Available Tools from your main WordPress amin menu …

WordPress Tools - Available Tools menu

(WordPress Tools – Available Tools menu)

This brings you to the ‘Tools’ screen. Click the link in the ‘Categories and Tags Converter’ section …

Categories and Tags Converter

(Categories and Tags Converter)

You can also access the ‘Categories and Tags Converter’ tool by selecting the Tools > Import menu …

WordPress Tools - Import menu

(WordPress Tools – Import menu)

Locate the ‘Categories and Tags Converter’ tool and click on the ‘Install Now’ link …

Install Categories and Tags Converter

(Install Categories and Tags Converter)

Once the importer has been installed, click on ‘Run importer’ to run the tool …

Run importer

(Run importer)

Using The WordPress Categories and Tags Converter

In the ‘Import’ screen, click on ‘Run importer’ to run the ‘Categories and Tags Converter’ tool …

Import - Run Importer

(Import – Run Importer)

The ‘Categories and Tags Converter’ tool provides you with two options:

Convert Categories to Tags

Convert 'Categories to Tags' screen

(Convert ‘Categories to Tags’ screen)

And Convert Tags to Categories

Convert 'Tags to Categories' screen

(Convert ‘Tags to Categories’ screen)

Convert WordPress Post Categories To Tags

To convert WordPress post categories into tags, click on the ‘Categories to Tags’ button …

'Categories to Tags' button

(‘Categories to Tags’ button)

Select all the categories to convert into tags …

Select categories to convert into tags

(Select categories to convert into tags)

Click the ‘Convert Categories to Tags’ button …

Click 'Convert Categories to Tags' button

(Click ‘Convert Categories to Tags’ button)

WordPress will process the request …

Category to tag conversion process completed!

(Category to tag conversion process completed!)

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All posts currently assigned to the category being converted into a tag will have that tag added to the post.

To confirm that the conversion process has been carried out successfully, select Posts > Tags in the main WordPress admin menu …

Posts - Tags menu

(Posts – Tags menu)

The ‘Tags’ screen should display all the categories you have converted into tags …

Tags screen

(Tags screen)

Convert WordPress Post Tags To Categories

To convert WordPress post tags into categories, click on the ‘Tags to Categories’ button …

'Tags to Categories' button

(‘Tags to Categories’ button)

Select all the tags to convert into categories …

Select tags to convert into categories

(Select tags to convert into categories)

Click the ‘Convert Tags to Categories’ button …

Click 'Convert Tags to Categories' button

(Click ‘Convert Tags to Categories’ button)

WordPress will process the request …

Tag to category conversion process completed!

(Tag to category conversion process completed!)

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When converted, all posts associated with tags being converted into a category will be assigned to that category.

To confirm that the conversion process has been carried out successfully, select Posts > Categories in the main WordPress admin menu …

Posts - Categories menu

(Posts – Categories menu)

The ‘Categories’ screen should display all the tags you have converted into categories …

Categories screen

(Categories screen)

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the WordPress Categories and Tags Converter tool to convert post categories into tags and vice versa.

How To Convert WordPress Post Categories Into Tags And Vice Versa

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How To Reorder WordPress Posts, Pages, Categories & Tags

Learn how to sort and reorder posts, custom post types, pages, categories, tags, WooCommerce products, and other taxonomies inside WordPress …

How To Reorder WordPress Posts, Pages, Categories, Tags & Custom Taxonomies

How To Reorder WordPress Posts, Pages, Categories, Tags & Custom TaxonomiesBy default, WordPress sorts posts by the date they are published in reverse chronological order (i.e. from newest to oldest).

While this works fine in most situations, there may be times when you may need to rearrange the order of your posts or reorder how custom post types, pages, categories, tags, etc. display on your site.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to sort and reorder posts, custom post types, pages, categories, tags, WooCommerce products, and other taxonomies inside WordPress without touching code.

How To Reorder WordPress Posts & Custom Post Types

WordPress orders posts in the same order that you publish them (i.e. based on the date and time they were published), but displays these on your site in reverse chronological order (i.e. from newest to oldest).

To understand what this means to your visitors, take a look at the screenshot below …

Default WordPress post sort order

(Default WordPress post sort order)

As you can see from the above example, if you write a series of posts meant to be read in sequential order (e.g. first Step 1, then Step 2, then Step 3, etc.) and publish these as you write, then WordPress will, by default, display the last published post first at the top of your list.

If you need to reorder posts, these are your options:

  1. Manually change the post’s publish date and time.
  2. Change code in your WordPress templates (not a  great option for non-techies, so we’ll skip this method).
  3. Use a plugin that will let you do this easily.

Change Post Publish Date And Time Manually

WordPress lets you reorder posts by changing its publish date & time …

You can reorder posts by changing their publish date & time

(You can reorder posts by changing their publish date & time)

This is fine if you only have a handful of posts, but it can become cumbersome and frustrating, especially if you have a large number of posts to reorder.

Also, if your posts require an accurate timestamp, then changing its publish date and time is not really an option.

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WordPress does let you sort posts in the backend (i.e. inside your admin area) by clicking on the column headers icons (e.g. sort posts by title in ascending or descending order, sort by date published, etc.) but it won’t save this order on the frontend (i.e. what users see). It’s just a way to help you find things more easily when working with posts.

This sorting method won't reorder posts for your site visitors

(This sorting method won’t reorder posts for your site visitors)

Reorder Posts Using Plugins

An easier way to reorder posts in  WordPress is to use a plugin. There are a number of plugins you can use to do this.

In the example below we’ll show you how to reorder posts in WordPress using a plugin called Post Types Order.

Post Types Order

Post Types Order

(Post Types Order)

Post Types Order is a free WordPress plugin that lets you order posts and custom post types using drag and drop.

Reorder posts using drag and drop

(Reorder posts using drag and drop)

To install the plugin, go to to Plugins > Add Plugins (see our tutorial on installing plugins if you need help) and search for ‘post order’.

Find the Post Types Order plugin and click on ‘Install Now’ …

Add Plugins

(Add Plugins)

Activate the plugin after installing it …

Activate the plugin

(Activate the plugin)

After installing and activating the plugin, click on the Settings Page link …

Click on Settings Page

(Click on Settings Page)

This takes you to the plugin’s settings page. You can leave the default settings as they are …

Post Types Order plugin settings

(Post Types Order plugin settings)

Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the ‘Save Settings’ button …

Click Save Settings

(Click Save Settings)

To reorder your posts, go to Posts > Re-Order

Posts > Re-Order

(Posts > Re-Order)

Drag and drop posts to rearrange their order …

Drag and drop to reorder posts

(Drag and drop to reorder posts)

Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on ‘Update’ to save the new order of your posts …

Update post order

(Update post order)

Your posts will now display to visitors in the order you have arranged these wherever your website displays lists of posts …

Reordered posts

(Reordered posts)

The plugin also lets you easily reorder custom post types. Check out the video below to get a better idea of what you can do using the Post Types Order plugin …

(Reordering custom post type posts in WordPress)

For more details, visit the plugin’s website here: Post Types Order

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You can’t use this plugin to sort hierarchical post types (e.g. pages). To do this you will need to upgrade to the premium version of the plugin, which offers advanced features for ordering other taxonomy types (e.g. pages, categories, etc) or use one of the plugins shown in the section below.

How To Reorder WordPress Pages

WordPress pages are hierarchical post types, meaning that you can nest pages under other pages to create a hierarchical order …

WordPress Pages are hierarchical

(WordPress Pages are hierarchical)

If you need to reorder pages, these are your options:

  1. Manually change the order of your page by changing the publish date and time, order ID, or nesting it under a different parent page.
  2. Change code in your WordPress templates (not a  great option for non-techies, so we’ll skip this method).
  3. Use a plugin that will let you do this easily.

Manually Change Page Order

Just like posts, WordPress lets you reorder pages by changing its publish date & time (1). Additionally, you can reorder pages by changing the number in the Order field (2), or nesting it under a different Parent page (3) …

You can reorder pages by changing their publish date & time

(You can reorder pages using the WordPress Quick Edit feature)

You can perform all of these changes for each page you want to reorder using the WordPress Quick Edit feature.

Just like posts, this is fine if you only have a handful of pages to rearrange, but it can become cumbersome and frustrating if you you want to sort a large number of pages.

Reorder Pages Using Plugins

An easier way to reorder pages in WordPress is to use a plugin. Here are some plugins you can use to reorder pages in WordPress.

Simple Page Ordering

Simple Page Ordering

(Simple Page Ordering)

Simple Page Ordering is a free WordPress plugin that lets you order pages, hierarchical custom post types, or custom post types with “page-like” attributes using drag and drop.

The plugin is also “capabilities aware,” meaning that only users with permissions to edit other users’ pages (e.g. editors and administrators) can reorder content.

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This plugin cannot be used to sort general WordPress posts, as posts are not displayed by menu order – they’re displayed by chronology. To sort WordPress posts and pages using the same plugin, consider a premium plugin like Advanced Post Types Order.

To install the plugin go to your Add Plugins screen, search for “page order” in the Keyword search field, locate the plugin and click on the ‘Install Now’ button …

Install the plugin

(Install the plugin)

Activate the plugin after installation …

Activate the plugin

(Activate the plugin)

After activating the plugin, go to your Pages screen and drag and drop items to rearrange their page order …

Sort pages using drag and drop

(Sort pages using drag and drop)

The plugin also offers integrated help (click the “help” tab at the top right of the screen) …

Simple Page Ordering - help

(Simple Page Ordering – help)

Learn more about this plugin here: Simple Page Ordering

How To Reorder WordPress Categories & Tags

“Taxonomy” is just another way or organizing, classifying, or grouping different data in WordPress. For example, Categories and Tags are the default taxonomies used to organize WordPress posts.

Depending on what you want to do and the theme you are using on your website, you may need to sort or reorder how your categories, tags, or custom taxonomies display to users.

For example, if you use the Categories widget to display a list of post categories on your sidebar, your categories will be sorted in alphabetical order by default …

Default category sorting

(Default category sorting)

You may, however, want to rearrange the order that your categories display to your site visitors …

Custom category sorting

(Custom category sorting)

You could create a custom menu to display categories on your sidebar, but there could be other instances where you want to rearrange the order of your categories (or tags, or other taxonomies).  The easiest way to do this is using plugins.

The plugins below allow you to sort categories, tags, and custom taxonomies in WordPress.

Yikes Simple Taxonomy Ordering

Yikes Simple Taxonomy Ordering

(Yikes Simple Taxonomy Ordering)

Yikes Simple Taxonomy Ordering is a free WordPress plugin that lets you order all taxonomy terms on your site with a simple to use, intuitive drag and drop interface. This plugin works for WordPress core taxonomies (Categories and Tags) and any other custom taxonomies you have created.

To install the plugin go to your Add Plugins screen, search for “simple taxonomy ordering” in the Keyword search field, locate the plugin and click on the ‘Install Now’ button …

Add the plugin

(Add the plugin)

Activate the plugin after installation …

Activate the plugin

(Activate the plugin)

After activating the plugin, select Settings > Simple Tax. Ordering to configure the plugins settings …

Settings > Simple Tax. Ordering menu

(Settings > Simple Tax. Ordering menu)

Specify which taxonomies to enable by clicking on the drop down menu and selecting from the available options (categories and tags) …

Yikes Simple Taxonomy Ordering settings

(Yikes Simple Taxonomy Ordering settings)

Click the ‘Save Changes’ button when you’re done to update the plugin settings …

Save changes to update plugin settings

(Save changes to update plugin settings)

Now you can sort and reorder your categories using drag and drop …

Reorder post categories

(Reorder post categories)

You can do the same to sort and reorder your post tags …

Reorder post tags

(Reorder post tags)

Learn more about this plugin here: Yikes Simple Taxonomy Ordering

Another plugin you can use to sort categories and other taxonomies is Category Order And Taxonomy Terms Order.

Category Order And Taxonomy Terms Order

Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order

(Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order)

Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order is a free plugin created by the same developers of the Post Types Order plugin.

After installing and activating the plugin, you can access the plugin’s settings by going to Settings > Taxonomy Terms Order

Settings > Taxonomy Terms Order

(Settings > Taxonomy Terms Order)

To use the plugin, go to Posts > Taxonomy Order and sort items using drag and drop, then save t update your settings …

Taxonomy Order screen

(Taxonomy Order screen)

The plugin developers also offer a premium version of this plugin with advanced features.

To learn more about this plugin, go here: Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order

How To Reorder WooCommerce Products

If you use WooCommerce to sell products online, you can sort how your products display on the front end of your shopping pages using the plugin’s built-in drag and drop functionality.

If you have WooCommerce installed, go to your main admin menu and select WooCommerce > Products, then click on the Sorting tab …

WooCommerce Product Sorting Menu

(WooCommerce Product Sorting Menu)

You can now sort products using drag and drop …

Sort products in WooCommerce using drag and drop

(Sort products in WooCommerce using drag and drop)

You can also rearrange the order of your products when editing you product by clicking on the Advanced tab and entering a number into the Menu order field (e.g. 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.)

WooCommerce product menu order

(WooCommerce product menu order)

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You can also use negative numbers to sort items (e.g. -1, -2, etc). This is useful if, for example, you have already sorted products and you want a product to didsplay above all others.

You can also change the default product sorting method on your shop’s front end catalog by going to your WordPress Customizer, selecting WooCommerce > Product Catalog, and choosing one of the Default product sorting options:

  • Default sorting (custom ordering + name)
  • Popularity (sales)
  • Average rating
  • Sort by most recent
  • Sort by price (asc)
  • Sort by price (desc)

WooCommerce default product sorting

(WooCommerce default product sorting)

For more details, see the WooCommerce plugin page here: WooCommerce

Congratulations! Now you know how to sort posts, custom post types, pages, categories, tags, WooCommerce products, and other taxonomies inside your WordPress site.

How To Reorder WordPress Posts, Pages, Categories, Tags & Custom Taxonomies

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The WordPress Screen Options Tab

Learn about the WordPress Screen Options tab in this tutorial …

The WordPress Screen Options Tab

The WordPress Screen Options TabIn this tutorial, we’ll look at the WordPress Screen Options tab – a feature of WordPress that can help you display ‘hidden’ options, view additional functions and settings, and customize different sections of your WordPress administration area.

Display Hidden Options And Customize Sections Of Your WordPress Dashboard

Next time you log into your WordPress Dashboard, take a look at the top right-hand corner of your screen. You should see a tab called ‘Screen Options’ …

The WordPress Screen Options Tab

(The WordPress Screen Options Tab)

Depending on which section of WordPress you are working on and what plugins you have installed on your site, clicking on the ‘Screen Options’ tab will reveal a range of additional ‘hidden’ options for that section …

Clicking on the Screen Options reveals additional options

(Clicking on the Screen Options reveals additional options)

Ticking and unticking checkboxes in the ‘Screen Options’ tab lets you hide or display the features available for that section. You can also adjust settings here, such as the number of items to display in a menu or list, or view lists in different ways.

For example, if you go to your WordPress dashboard, you will see options to display or hide information panels like the Welcome, At a Glance, Activity, WordPress Events and News, etc …

WordPress Dashboard - Screen Options

(WordPress Dashboard – Screen Options)

If you’re looking at your Posts screen, you will see options to display or hide fields like Author, Categories, Tags, Pagination, View Mode, etc …

WordPress Posts - Screen Options

(WordPress Posts – Screen Options)

And if you are working inside a post, you will see options related to displaying or hiding elements of the edit post screen, such as Revisions, Excerpt, Comments, Featured Image, etc. …

Edit Post - Screen Options

(Edit Post – Screen Options)

In most cases, ticking or unticking checkboxes in the Screen Options tab will display or hide screen elements immediately. Some options require clicking the ‘Apply’ button to configure the screen …

Display or hide screen options by ticking or unticking checkboxes!

(Display or hide screen options by ticking or unticking checkboxes!)

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If there are no available options for a specific section or screen, the ‘Screen Options’ tab will not display …

The 'Screen Options' tab does not display on all WordPress sections!

(The ‘Screen Options’ tab does not display on all WordPress sections!)

Useful Tip

If you can’t find what you’re looking for next time you’re working in your WordPress administration area, check the ‘Screen Options’ tab. Chances are, the function or option you’re looking for is there but it’s just hidden from view.

Hopefully, this tutorial has given you a better understanding of the WordPress ‘Screen Options’ tab and how to use it.

The WordPress Screen Options Tab

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