How to Delete an existing Category in WordPress?

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In this article, we go through how to delete a post category. It’s as simple as creating and editing a category.

Unlike WordPress pages, once you delete a category, it will be removed from your website permanently. So, be careful – there’s no undo button.

First, go to the page containing the categories – Posts > Categories.

Then, click on the Delete link below the category you wish to delete.

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Click On Delete WordPress Posts Category

A dialog box will appear asking for confirmation to delete. Just click on OK to delete. To stop the delete, click on Cancel.

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WordPress Posts Category Delete Confirmation Pop Up

Deleting Categories in Bulk

If you have a lot of categories to delete, then bulk delete is a nifty feature that will come in handy.

With bulk delete, you can select multiple categories and delete them all at once.

Select the categories you want to delete by clicking on the checkbox ahead of them. After that, click on the Bulk actions dropdown and select Delete. And then, click on Apply.

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Bulk Delete WordPress Posts Categories

After done, a message will appear notifying the deletion of the categories.

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Delete WordPress Posts Categories – confirmation message
Ankit S J B Rana

Ankit S J B Rana

Ankit S J B Rana is a marketing enthusiast originally from the Himalayas of Nepal and currently based out of Bangkok, Thailand.

He is currently the Marketing Director at Mbrella Films and

Marketing With WP is Ankit's blog full of marketing insights to turn your website into a 24 hour marketing machine.

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