How to Automatically Add Categories in WordPress

If you have a busy WordPress site, it can be difficult to organize all your content.

Fortunately, with TaxoPress, there is a way to automatically add categories to posts. You can create the categories and then allow TaxoPress to add them to relevant posts.

The “Auto Terms” feature in TaxoPress can scan your WordPress posts and automatically assign categories. For example, imagine you have a term called “Apples”. Auto Terms can analyze your posts and when it finds the word “Apples”, it can add that term to your post.

Let’s see an example of how this can work on your WordPress posts. This image below is an example post:

WordPress post example

I have several related keywords already entered as categories:

  • Install the TaxoPress plugin.
  • Go to TaxoPress > Auto Terms in your WordPress admin menu.
  • Choose the taxonomy you want to use with Auto Terms. In the the image below, I’ve chosen “Categories”.
  • Choose the post types you want to use with this feature. In the the image below, I’ve chosen “Posts”
  • The other required setting is in “Terms to Use”. You need to choose whether to use all the terms in your “Categories” taxonomy, or only a select group. If you choose to use all the terms, test carefully as this process may slow your site if you have 10,000’s of terms, or if you have a slow server.
  • Click “Save Auto Terms”.
Terms to Use setting

That really is the whole process. You are now ready to automatically add terms!

One approach is to use the “Existing content” option to retroactively add terms to your content. This guide explains how to add terms to existing content.

You can also use the “Auto Terms” feature to add Categories to new content. At the beginning of this guide, we saw the example of a post about fruit. This image below shows the result. TaxoPress has automatically scanned the post text and added the correct Categories.

This process will also work for Tags and can work with any other post types and taxonomies on your site.

When this is done, you can use other TaxoPress features to make use of these categories. For example, you can use the Related Posts feature to show posts with similar categories. You can also use the Auto Links feature to automatically add links to the archive pages for these categories.

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