With every fresh install of WordPress, WordPress itself creates some defaults like a post, page, comment and a category. This default category is called as “Uncategorized” category.
Any post you create in WordPress will be automatically sorted into this default category unless otherwise specified by the author or an editor.
Unfortunately, unlike other categories, you cannot delete this default category that easily.
So in this quick tip article, let us see how you can customize or remove Uncategorized category in your WordPress website.
Customize Uncategorized Category
Before knowing how to remove the Uncategorized category, let us get to know how to customize the Uncategorized category so that you can change it according to your needs in the new WordPress installation.
To customize the uncategorized category, navigate to “Post -> Categories.”
Here you will see all the categories in your site, hover your mouse over “Uncategorized” category and click on the “Edit” link.
The above action will open the “Edit Category” page where you can edit things like category name, slug (user-friendly URL) and the description.
Once you are done with changes, click on the “Update” button to save the changes. As you can see from the image below, I’ve changed the name and slug to “reports.”
That’s all there is to do, you have successfully changed the name and slug of your Uncategorized category.
Remove Uncategorized Category
If you just want to remove the Uncategorized category then make sure that you have one other category created.
You can easily create a new category by navigating to the Categories page (Posts -> Categories).
Once you have created a new category, navigate to “Settings -> Writing.”
Here change the default category from Uncategorized to some other category (like the one’s you just created) you often use.
Now, save the changes by clicking on the “Save Changes” button.
Now we can proceed to delete or remove Uncategorized category.
To do that, navigate to “Posts -> Categories” page. Here, hover your mouse over Uncategorized category and click on the “delete” link to remove it.
That’s all there is to do. You have successfully removed the Uncategorized category.
At this point, if there are any posts under this category, they will automatically inherit the default category you have selected before.
Hopefully that helps and do comment below if you face and problems or if you have any questions.