Using Post Categories To Improve WordPress SEO, User Navigation & Content Layout

Learn how to improve SEO, user navigation, and the content layout of your website or blog using post categories …

Using Post Categories To Improve WordPress SEO, User Navigation & Content Layout

WordPress post categories help keep your website and your content organized, boost your search engine rankings, and make it easier for site visitors to find what they are looking for.

WordPress post categories can also be used to improve your content layout.

In this tutorial, we’ll look at ways to improve SEO, user navigation, and the content layout of your website or blog using post categories.

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For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on WordPress post categories and how to set up and use categories in your posts, see the tutorial below:

Improve WordPress SEO, User Navigation & Content Layout With Post Categories

Categories are normally assigned to WordPress Posts, not Pages , so we’ll focus on posts in this tutorial (if you are unsure about the difference between posts and pages, see our tutorial on WordPress Posts Vs WordPress Pages).

Tip

If you need to add categories (and tags) to your WordPress pages, you can install a plugin like Post Tags and Categories For Pages.

Planning Your Categories

Even though WordPress is flexible enough to let you add new categories ‘on the fly,’ if you don’t plan your categories (and subcategories) properly, you will find it harder to keep your site organized and manageable as more content gets added to your site.

If you need help planning your website, your content, or your categories, see our website planning tutorials and our guide on keeping your website manageable and organized.

Improving WordPress SEO With Post Categories

The simplest and easiest way to improve WordPress SEO with post categories is to:

  1. Set up permalinks to include categories, and
  2. Install and configure an SEO plugin like Yoast SEO

Include Categories In Your Permalinks

Permalinks are a feature of WordPress that lets you set up search-engine friendly URLS (for more details, see our tutorial on how to set up and use WordPress permalinks).

When configuring your permalinks, all you need to do is make sure that post categories are included in the URLs …

Include categories in your permalinks

(Include categories in your permalinks)

This will automatically display search-engine friendly URLs with your categories (and subcategories) and post title keywords …

Search-engine friendly URLs with categories and subcategories included

(Search-engine friendly URLs with categories and subcategories included)

Use An SEO Plugin

Installing an SEO plugin like Yoast SEO will not only improve the SEO of your content, it also lets you optimize your post categories, category archive pages, etc. …

Optimize your post categories with an SEO plugin

(Optimize your post categories with an SEO plugin)

Adding category descriptions will display on some WordPress themes and can help to boost your content’s SEO …

Category descriptions can help boost your content's SEO

(Category descriptions can help boost your content’s SEO)

Once your permalinks and SEO plugin settings are configured for your post categories, WordPress will then automatically start delivering you the SEO benefits of search engine-friendly URLs and better content indexing.

Improving User Navigation With Post Categories

Post categories can be used to improve user navigation on your WordPress site in different pages and different sections of your site, on site maps, menus, sidebar widgets, archive pages, even different RSS feeds.

Here, for example, are some of the ways you can help users navigate your content using post categories …

Categories Widget

Adding a categories widget to your sidebar lets users find related content assigned to a category …

Add a categories widget to your sidebar

(Add a categories widget to your sidebar)

When users click on a category link on the categories widget, they are taken to a category archive page.

Category Archive Pages

Category archive pages group together all posts assigned to a category …

Category archive page

(Category archive page)

Breadcrumb Navigation Links

Breadcrumb navigation links display on some WordPress themes.  Displaying categories in breadcrumb navigation links not only helps to improve user navigation, but also SEO …

(Display categories in breadcrumb navigation links)

Clicking on the category section of the breadcrumb link will take users to the category archive page.

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If you use the Yoast SEO plugin and your WordPress theme does not support breadcrumb navigation links by default, you (or your website developer) will either need to edit your theme’s templates and add a snippet of code to display breadcrumbs, or choose a WordPress theme that supports features like breadcrumb navigation links (e.g. the Avada theme) …

Themes like Avada support breadcrumbs

(Themes like Avada support breadcrumbs)

Improving WordPress Content Layout With Post Categories

Post categories and subcategories can be used to help organize and improve the layout of your content.

For example, WPCompendium.org’s WordPress tutorials are organized into the main categories below:

If you click any of the above links, you will see pages displaying a list of tutorials for each category organized in a grid view layout …

List of posts grouped by category

(List of posts grouped by category)

Some sections, like our WordPress Plugin Tutorials, display a list of post sections grouped by subcategories …

List of post sections grouped by subcategory

(List of post sections grouped by subcategory)

Clicking on an item in the ‘WordPress Plugin Tutorials’ page will take you to a page displaying all the tutorials grouped under one of its subcategories, such as:

We use post categories and subcategories to organize, filter, and display content on WP Compendium’s tutorial sections using a premium plugin called Content Views Pro.

The plugin also has a free version, called Content Views.

Content Views

Content Views - Post Grid & List for WordPress

(Content Views – Post Grid & List for WordPress)

Content Views is a free WordPress plugin that lets you organize, filter, sort, and display your content using different views and layouts …

Use categories to display posts using different layouts

(Use categories to display posts using different layouts)

The plugin is very easy to use and lets you create unlimited custom views and layouts without touching code.

The free version of the plugin provides 3 basic layouts (Grid, Collapsible list, Scrollable list). The comprehensive premium version (Content Views Pro) provides the basic layouts and a whole lot more, including many advanced features  …

Display your content using different views and layouts with the Content Views Pro plugin

(Display your content using different views and layouts with the Content Views Pro plugin)

Although this tutorial focuses mostly on post categories, with Content Views Pro installed, you can create different views using posts, pages, and custom post types and filter these using a combination of different criteria including post categories, tags, publish date, post author, keywords, and custom fields.

You can also sort and organize your content using a wide range of methods, including post or page IDs, published date, modified date, drag & drop, post slug, comment count, menu order, custom fields, and even random sort (content displays in random order every time the page is refreshed) …

Create customized views to display content on your WordPress site

(Create customized views to display content on your WordPress site)

Views are created by selecting different options in the view-building form …

Create different content views by selecting options

(Create different content views by selecting options)

You can live preview your content as you build or edit your views …

Preview as you build

(Preview as you build)

After creating and saving your views, the plugin generates a shortcode which you can use to insert into your posts, pages, widgets, etc. …

Use shortcodes to insert views into your content

(Use shortcodes to insert views into your content)

The Content Views or Content Views PRO plugin gives you complete control over how your content is grouped and displayed to visitors. Views are 100% mobile responsive and the plugin is optimized to help improve SEO.

For more details about using the plugin, check out the video below, visit the FREE version plugin page here, or check out the Content Views Pro website for a full list of features, comprehensive demo site, plugin pricing and FAQ section, and more.

(Overview of WordPress Content Views)

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Avada – A Highly Customizable Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Avada is a fully responsive and highly customizable WordPress theme that offers you unlimited flexibility and lets you build any kind of website you need for any type of business without having to touch code ….

Avada – A Highly Customizable Multipurpose WordPress Theme

If you are looking for a fully responsive and highly customizable WordPress theme that offers you unlimited flexibility and lets you build any kind of website you need for any type of business without having to touch code, then you would be hard pressed to find a better theme than Avada.

Avada

Avada WordPress Theme

(Avada WordPress Theme)

Avada is one of the best-selling WordPress themes of all time. It installs with over 40 pre-made fully-featured websites and over 255 pre-made web page designs …

Avada installs with 40+ pre-made websites and 255+ web page designs

(Avada installs with 40+ pre-made websites and 255+ web page designs)

Avada integrates with WooCommerce and comes with a number of store demos allowing you to easily set up an online store and sell your products …

Avada integrates easily with WooCoomerce

(Avada integrates easily with WooCoomerce)

With Avada, you literally can build anything online, from websites for micro-businesses and small businesses, to corporate websites and blogs, portfolio websites, e-commerce stores, and more!

The Avada WordPress theme lets you build anything online!

(The Avada WordPress theme lets you build anything online!)

This premium theme is used by hundreds of thousands of websites and sells for around $60.

Check out the Avada demo.

Avada Theme Options

The Avada theme is easy to install, configure, and use.

Once installed, Avada adds its own menu section in the WordPress admin menu, giving you access to guided tours, support, documentation, system status, additional plugins and theme options …

Avada menu section

(Avada menu section)

Avada offers an incredible amount of flexibility allowing you to build a unique-looking website. The Theme Options menu provides thousands of highly configurable options neatly organized into sections that allow you to build and customize your website without any coding knowledge …

Avada theme options menu

(Avada theme options menu)

The image gallery below contains screenshots of the Theme Options menu …

(Avada Theme Options – Settings)

Avada also includes plugins like Fusion Builder that lets you create unique pages using drag and drop …

Avada lets you build unique web pages using drag and drop

(Avada lets you build unique web pages using drag and drop)

Fusion Builder provides you with a huge library of functionality (called ‘elements’) that you can add to your pages …

Fusion Builder elements

(Fusion Builder elements)

Avada Theme Support

The Avada theme developers provide excellent customer support and regular theme updates …

Avada theme is regularly updated

(Avada theme is regularly updated)

The Avada theme comes with 6 months of free technical support (extended through an annual subscription), plus access to documentation, product knowledgebase, video tutorials, community forum, and Facebook group …

Avada theme developers provide great customer support

(Avada theme developers provide great customer support)

Avada Theme – Additional Info

In addition to all the configurable options, plugins, templates, and design elements included with the theme, Avada is:

  • Fully Responsive: Your website will adapt and look great on every device, web browser, and screen size.
  • Translation & RTL-ready: You can translate your site into any language, or use one of dozens of included language files. Avada is also fully RTL (right-to-left) compatible.
  • Layout: Control the overall site width, main content area, and single and dual sidebar widths using pixels or percentages. Choose full-page or boxed layouts for different pages, advanced header and footer options, multiple menu locations, 1-6 column options, mega menus with widgets, page title bars, different types of sliders, lightboxes, custom backgrounds, one page sites with parallax scrolling effects, multi-page sites, etc.
  • Blog: You can run a website or e-commerce store as your main website and a blog with a different layout and customizable blog options. You can also add a forum, portfolio pages, etc.
  • Unlimited Colors: Avada provides unlimited color choices and options for your website and page elements using an advanced color selection tool.
  • Advanced Typography: Avada offers advanced typography options that give you full control over the type that displays on your website.
  • Social Sharing: Avada has a full set of social icons and styling options for sharing your content.
  • SEO and Speed Optimized – The theme is optimized for search engine indexing and a great user experience.

Watch the video below for a guided tour of the Avada theme …

(Avada WordPress Theme – video tour)

In short, no matter what business you are in or what kind of website you plan to build, with a theme like Avada installed on your WordPress site, you can easily build and configure a unique website that lets you do whatever you need, that puts you in control of your digital presence, and that will save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on the cost of web development or web design.

For more details about this excellent WordPress theme, or to view demo options, review customer testimonials, etc. go here: Avada Theme

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How To Add Custom Header Images To WordPress Posts And Pages

Learn how to add custom header images to your WordPress site, including adding custom header images to different posts and pages …

How To Add Custom Header Images To WordPress Posts And PagesAdding images to the header section of your website can help to improve your branding and create an attractive look and feel for your site visitors.

Most free and premium WordPress themes provide built-in support for adding header images to your website or blog.

Let’s say that your website focuses on pet products. Wouldn’t it be great if you could display headers with dog images on pages about dog products, headers with cat images for cat product pages, bird image headers for bird product pages, etc?

What about rotating different header images throughout your site’s posts and pages? Like images with different travel destinations for a travel-related website, or different vehicle images for an auto-related blog, etc?

With WordPress you can!

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to add custom header images to your WordPress site or blog without touching code.

How To Add Custom Header Images To WordPress Posts And Pages

Most WordPress themes support custom header images. This allows users to set up a website and add an image or logo that reflects their business, products, or services throughout the header section of their website …

Most WordPress themes support custom header images

(Most WordPress themes support custom header images)

Most sites, however, display the same header image on all pages (e.g. a banner with their logo) …

Most websites display the same header image on all pages

(Most websites display the same header image on all pages)

What if you want to display different header images throughout your website or blog?

Better still … what if you want to display a specific header image on certain posts or pages, or display a header image for all posts that share the same categories or tags?

Well, with WordPress, you can!

Let’s look at different methods to add custom header images to WordPress that don’t require touching code.

Add Custom Header Images To WordPress Using The Theme Customizer

The WordPress Theme Customizer lets you easily add header images to your WordPress site …

The Header Image section lets you add multiple header images to your WordPress site and select one of these as the current header image …

Make a header image the current header for your site

(Make a header image the current header for your site)

You can also add multiple header images to your site and rotate these randomly throughout your site …

Rotate images randomly in your theme header

(Randomize uploaded header images)

To learn more about using the WordPress Theme Customizer, go here:

Add Different Custom Header Images To WordPress Posts And Pages

The previous method allows you to either display a specific custom header image or rotate multiple header images to your entire website but not to specific posts or pages.

To add different custom header images to specific WordPress posts or pages, you will need to install the plugin below.

WP Display Header

WP Display Header

(WP Display Header)

WP Display Header is a free WordPress plugin that lets you specify a header image for posts, pages, custom post types or archive pages individually, from your default headers and custom headers.

Installing The Plugin

To install the plugin from your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add Plugins and type in “display header” into the Keyword search field (if you need help see our tutorial on installing WordPress plugins).

Locate the plugin and click on ‘Install Now’ …

Install the plugin

(Install the plugin)

After installing the plugin, click the ‘Activate’ button …

Activate the plugin

(Activate the plugin)

Using The Plugin

To add custom header images to your posts or pages using the plugin, upload images to your WordPress Media Gallery and then add these to the Header Image section of your theme via the Theme Customizer

Upload custom header images to your site via the Theme Customizer

(Upload custom header images to your site via the Theme Customizer)

Once images have been uploaded to your site, you can then add these to individual posts and pages.

Useful Tip

Don’t confuse Header images with Featured images.

By default, WordPress lets you easily add featured images to individual posts and pages, but to add different header images to specific posts or pages requires customizing your theme or adding a plugin like the one shown in this tutorial …

Header image vs Featured image

(Header image vs Featured image)

To learn more about using Featured images in WordPress, see this tutorial:

Add Custom Header Images To Posts And Pages

After installing and activating the plugin, when you create or edit a post or page you will see a Header meta box in your page and post edit screens below the content area …

Header meta box

(Header meta box)

Useful Tip

If you can’t see the ‘Header’ section displayed below you content area, click on the Screen Options tab and make sure that Header checkbox is ticked …

Screen Options - Header enabled

(Screen Options – Header enabled)

This section gives you the option of showing random images, no header image, or selecting a specific image to display on your post or page.

For this example, select an image and republish your post …

Select a specific image for your post or page

(Select a specific image for your post or page)

Visit your post (or page) and you should see the custom header image that you have selected displayed in your theme’s header …

Custom header image added to individual post

(Custom header image added to individual post)

You can add different header images to posts or pages individually …

Add different header images to different posts

(Add different header images to different posts)

But you can also add header images to posts grouped by categories or tags.

Add Custom Header Images To Post Categories

To add custom header images to post categories, go to Posts > Categories > Edit Categories, select an image from the ‘Header’ section added by the plugin, then save to update your settings …

Add custom header images to post categories

(Add custom header images to post categories)

You custom header images will now display in your site’s category archive pages …

Custom header image added to category archive pages

(Custom header image added to category archive pages)

If you need help with WordPress categories, see this tutorial:

Add Custom Header Images To Post Tags

To add custom header images to post tags, go to Posts > Tags > Edit Tags, select an image from the ‘Header’ section, then save to update your settings …

Add custom header images to post tags

(Add custom header images to post tags)

You custom header images will now display in your site’s tag archive pages …

Custom header image added to tag archive pages

(Custom header image added to tag archive pages)

If you need help with WordPress tags, see this tutorial:

Congratulations! Now you know how to add custom header images to individual posts and pages on your WordPress site.

How To Add Custom Header Images To WordPress Posts And Pages

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