If you’re lucky enough to find a WordPress theme that doesn’t display categories unless they’re used, then that’s great! Those themes do exist, but this post is for the themes that display all categories- including the default Uncategorized– whether they’re in use or not. For example:
When I go to the WordPress dashboard>Posts>Categories, I see this:
I don’t have the option to delete the Uncategorized category, which is slightly annoying. I can rename it (shown above), so that’s one workaround. But what if I just want to completely delete it?
Deleting the Uncategorized category
- Go to Settings>Writing
- Change the default category from Uncategorized to another category in use
- Click Save
- Go to Posts>Categories
- Check the box next to Uncategorized and click delete.
Boom! To think that I never took the time to figure this out before the other day. :) It’s so simple!!