Are you sick of having WordPress display your categories in alphabetical order? Would you prefer to custom sort wordpress categories based on which categories YOU find most important to you readers? I know the answer to both questions for me was a definitive YES!
Thankfully, there’s a plugin for that!
Enter the wordpress category custom sort order plugin with the overly confusing name (just ignore that element), “Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order“. The ‘mini’ version is free and easy to use, allowing you to simply drag-and-drop your categories into the order you want. The wordpress “Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order” plugin also automatically works with any WordPress Theme.
Here’s how to custom sort WordPress categories orders for your blog:
From your WordPress Admin Sidebar, click on “Plugins | Add New”
In the Search form, type “category taxonomy terms order” and click the “Search Plugins” button
Select the “Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order” plugin (for me, it’s the first one on the list) and click “Install Now”
When prompted “Are you sure you want to install this plugin”, click “Yes”
When the plugin finishes installing itself, click “Activate Plugin”
From your WordPress Admin Sidebar, click on “Posts | Taxonomy Order”
Drag and drop your categories into the sort order you want them to display as
Click the “Update” button, and you’re done! When you view your blog, your categories will automatically display in the custom order you have chosen
Do you have a different preferred plugin for customizing the sort order in which your wordpress categories are displayed? By all means, please let us know what and why in the comments! It would be great to hear of a free plugin that allows for custom hierarchical sorting (ie, subcategories), as this is only available in the $25 paid version of the “Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order” wordpress plugin…
Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I’ve had some family emergencies that I’ve been dealing with and obviously got very behind in posting.
The most current version of WordPress is 3.5.1 and I strongly urge all of you to upgrade any and all of your WordPress installations immediately. If you are already on WP 3.0+, you should be able to do a one-click upgrade from within your WordPress Dashboard.
In addition to lots of feature enhancements, there are many security fixes that make this a MUST INSTALL upgrade. It’s been out for a while now and is quite stable, so it is safe to install (in general, I always recommend holding off on installing WordPress updates for a few days after they are released as experience has shown that sometimes they can be buggy and a fixed version will then be released a few days later..)
I also recommend that you signup for the WordPress Release Notification newsletter so that you will always know when a new release has come out. Keeping all of your WordPress sites updated is critically important as older versions often have security exploits that hackers can use to inject malware into your sites. I will soon be writing an article specifically about how to protect your WordPress sites from hackers and malware.
I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted and I’m so sorry for that. Life has kept me constantly busy and I haven’t been able to tend to How to Blog nearly as often as I’d like. I did want to make sure everyone knew that the latest version of WordPress is currently 2.9.1 – make sure to upgrade!
I do intend to write a few posts soon, including info about some of the really cool wordpress plugins I’ve recently stumbled across.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that WordPress 2.8 is now available.
As a reminder, I always advise readers to wait just a few days before upgrading, as sometimes WP has a habit of releasing an update that breaks things and requires you to install yet another update shortly after that to fix everything…in other words, sometimes some big bugs slip through (not always, though). So just waiting a few extra days before upgrading and finding out whether this is, in fact, a stable release is usually a good idea. I will keep you posted on word from the wordpress community and when I think it’s safe to do the upgrade. If you’re using WordPress 2.7.1, the fantastic news is that you can actually upgrade WP from your dashboard automatically when you’re ready — just don’t forget to backup your database beforehand
While I did say to wait a few days, once it’s clear WordPress 2.8 is stable then, like other updates, it is crucial that you upgrade all of your WordPress installations (but first check to make sure that any of your “MUST HAVE” plugins are compatible with the new version and then weigh the pros and cons. These updates are critical – they generally not only FIX existing bugs (this release fixes 790 bugs!), but they almost always include security enhancements — these are something you need as it is never okay to go around with an old version of WordPress that it turns out can be hacked. Major updates often have new features that you will want, as well.
Here’s a rundown of what you get with WordPress 2.8 (the new stuff, that is):
2.8 is way faster to use
You can now browse the entire theme directory and install a theme with one click from the comfort of your WordPress dashboard
If you make edits or tweaks to themes or plugins from your dashboard, you’ll appreciate the new CodePress editor which gives syntax highlighting to the previously-plain editor.
completely redesigned the widgets interface to allow you to do things like edit widgets on the fly, have multiple copies of the same widget, drag and drop widgets between sidebars, and save inactive widgets so you don’t lose all their settings.
new Screen Options on every page. It’s the tab in the top right. Now, for example, if you have a wide monitor you could set up your dashboard to have four columns of widgets instead of the two it has by default. On other pages you can change how many items show per page.
I frequently receive email from readers of How to Blog, sometimes thanking me and other times with blogging questions that they have which they hope that I can answer. In many of the latter cases, I am able to answer their questions and get them back happily blogging. But there are times when I just don’t know the answer. So, I have decided to post the support questions that I receive that I cannot help with on How to Blog to see if any of the blog’s readers can help each other out!
I already posted the first Reader Question regarding a problem after a WordPress upgrade.. I hope that you guys are able to help out on that one b/c I’m clueless.
What do you guys think of this new addition to the blog – the occasional posting of Reader Questions or even any articles or opinion pieces? I’m all ears!