Batch Categories WordPress Plugin : Bulk Edit Your Categories

This is the latest wordpress plugin I am playing with. Want to power edit your categories in a flash? Still editing category allocation to each blog post manually? I found this lesser known amazing wordpress plugin called Batch Categories that will sort out your WordPress categories in bulk instantly. This WordPress plugin lets you batch edit categories that is, assign multiple posts to a category, or delete multiple posts from a category, in one quick go.

Installation is easy. Simply upload the batch-categories folder to your wp-content/plugins folder, activate the plugin in the admin panel, and that’s it. The administration screen itself is at Manage > Batch Categories. They strongly recommend you back up your wp_post2cat table before doing anything rash with this plugin.

I have been looking for such a plugin ever since I switched from Blogger to WordPress. Though the blogger import was easy, I was left with hundreds of posts in the uncategorized / miscellaneous category and had to manually go through each post to allot a category. This would have been easy had I found batch categories before.

Even now when I create a new category and need to allot that category to multiple posts, I need to do it manually. This plugin will do that job in seconds. Truly amazing! I wonder why it is not incorporated in WordPress by default. Maybe I should suggest this.

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Update: WP-Cats is another WordPress plugin that aids in mass category management. WP-Cats augments the Manage Posts screen with Ajax controls that allow two-click adding and single-click removing of categories from individual posts.

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freakitude
freakitude

Great plugin. Thanks for sharing.

David Bradley
David Bradley

I just imported my old Sig Figs blog into a WordPress install on my http://www.sciencetext.com domain (and then pointed the new Blogger account to that domain (works as a 301 redirect and I get all the benefits of my own hosting etc without losing PR). Anyway, all the posts, just a few dozen at the moment, admittedly, were pulled in as uncategorized. So, I gave this plugin a try to see if I could batch edit them. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get it to work. Then, I remembered, delete a category and all posts revert to default! So, I created… Read more »

QuickOnlineTips
QuickOnlineTips

That is a nice tip David. I am sure many of us forgot these basics of WordPress categories. This can be very useful for quick single category allocation.

Solomon Broad
Solomon Broad

I love this plugin. It’s made my life so much easier!

Karim Baz
Karim Baz

I’m gonna give this a try. If it works that would be great.

Aziz
Aziz

@David: You could have very well just renamed the category.

Maxwell
Maxwell

Dudes, thanks for this plugin! I’m in the process of moving my MaxTheITpro Blogger blog over to MaxTheITpro.com and desperately need this tool.

Let’s see how it goes. :-)

Cheers!

Joenel
Joenel

Will this work on wordpress 2.8?

Sal
Sal

can your plugin can move numbers of category in one parent category ? i have no luck looking this kind of plugin

QuickOnlineTips
QuickOnlineTips

The new WordPress interface lets you do all that easily.

Dylan
Dylan

I’m looking for a way to quickly remove a category from dozens of posts, and thought that the Batch Categories plugin might be able to do this. (batch edit posts in wordpress 3.5.1 only allows for adding categories to batches of posts, but not removing them).

I looked for Batch Categories plugin in the WordPress plugins repository, but it didn’t come up. Is this plugin still active?

denverwahn
denverwahn

Here comes a very good alternative:
http://wordpress.org/plugins/batchmove/