WordPress comes with a default category and a published post “Hello World!”. You want to remove/rename Uncategorized category in WordPress but don’t know where to begin.
Before starting, let me tell you first, ‘Why it can’t be removed?’
Why WordPress comes with Default category?
Every time you install a fresh copy of WordPress, you get two default taxonomies, categories and tags.
It is mandatory in WordPress that a post must lie in the category. You wouldn’t see any post without category.
Categories are used for categorising the posts into respective subjects.
Let’s take an example to understand the basic concept behind categories.
If you write a post with title “How to Change WordPress Theme?”.
So, we would want to categorise it under “WordPress”. As our site is about SEO, Affiliate marketing, etc. So it would be pointless if we don’t tell our users that this content contains information related to WordPress.
Categories and tags help us to better organise the content.
You can read more about: Categories and tags.
If you forgot to put any of your post under a specific category, WordPress will use the default category.
So whenever you install a new copy of WordPress, a default category will be created named as “Uncategorized”.
Now let’s see how we can do it.
Method 1: Renaming Default Category in WordPress
As said earlier, WordPress requires at least one category under which it will put the post if the user forgets to assign a category.
As you can’t delete the default category, but you can rename it. This is the easiest solution to it.
To do renaming of default category in WordPress, go to Posts >> Categories and click the edit link of the Uncategorized category.
You will see a edit screen of the category. From here, you can easily rename the category.
In case, if your site is new, then your site might not be indexed by search engines, so you can change slug also.
If your website has been on internet for a while then you might not think to change the slug. Because your website might be indexed and changing the slug may result in 404 error.
But don’t worry, you can change the slug but you have to do extra work.
You have to set a 301 permanent redirection.
You can do so by installing a plugin named as Simple 301 Redirects .