How to Assign a Default Category in WordPress

The default category can be configured using WordPress. Categories can only be applied to posts thus we will show you how you can set a default category in WordPress. So often when using WordPress, we’re used to look for a plugin in order to solve issues. In this case we are lucky. WordPress offers the built-in possibility to assign a default category without having to use a plugin. Check out our tutorial to find out how to assign a default category in WordPress.

Why assigning a default category?

If you are working with one particular category for a considerable amount of time, it may become very frustrating that you always have to remember to assign the right category to your post. Therefore, we will show you how to set the default category to your posts in WordPress. The default post category lets you select the category to be applied to posts so that you don’t always have to remember to assign different categories before publishing

How to assign a default category in WordPress

To assign a default category to your posts in WordPress, start by opening your WordPress dashboard. You see the word ‘Settings’ in the vertical list of words running down the left side of the homepage.

Wordpress Dashboard

Click or hover over ‘Settings’ and you will see several categories to choose from.

WordPress Settings Menu

Click ‘Writing’.

WordPress Writing Settings

Look at ‘Default Post Category’. Here you can assign a default category to your posts. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click ‘Save Changes’ to save the changes that you made.WordPress Writing Settings Default Category

You can also easily change your default post format here. You can for example change from a standard post type to an image post type or a video post type, etcetera.

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