Displaying Category Descriptions in WordPress

Displaying Category Descriptions in WordPress

Andy Holland

Category descriptions are a great way to showcase major sections of content within your site. They provide a useful platform for users to learn more about a given product before continuing to the product pages. Not only do they improve navigation and give a more professional appearance, they’re great for SEO too.

Fortunately, there is a very easy method for displaying category descriptions in WordPress. Here’s a step by step guide which can be done in minutes and with very little developer knowledge.

Using Categories and Tags

As is often the case with WordPress, this easy-to-use platform provides a quick and effective solution for sorting your content into different categories. This is done via two built-in taxonomies called ‘categories and tags’.

Although WordPress gives the option to add descriptions to your categories, this is often overlooked as users usually only create categories when writing a post. Through this format, you won’t be able to add a description.

Instead, you must go to the ‘Posts’ followed by ‘Categories’ page where you’ll be able to complete the configuration of a new category.

Configuring the category pages

Start by adding the name of the category before filling the description with as much, or as little content as needed. That said, it is recommended to keep your category page description short and succinct. This should a quick overview that’s both easy on the eye and engaging enough to attract visitors to click through and browse the products within.

Once you have completed the description, save those changes by hitting ‘Add new category’ followed by ‘Apply.’ The ‘Slug’ box can be named with the same title as the category while the ‘Parent’ option should generally be left as ‘None’.

Adding to existing category pages

Alternatively, you may want to add a description to an existing category page. This can be done by clicking on the ‘Edit’ link below the category. Once you’re in the category edit screen, you’ll be able to add a description before hitting the ‘Update’ button. Now check on the front of your site to ensure the description now shows.

Once you’ve entered the description for one category page, it’s time to complete them for all. Simply repeat the process, adding new category pages or editing existing ones where necessary. Again, be sure to sure to check the front-end and navigate from one category page to the next to be certain that the descriptions are now formatted and added correctly.

Conveniently, this same process can be used if you want to add a description for tags. These along with the category pages can provide a useful way to increase rankings across search engines.

With more chance to get your products or services showcased and seen by a wider audience, there’s no excuse in not adding these small snippets of content using this surprisingly easy approach.