How to Change WordPress Default Category

The WordPress default category is ‘Uncategorized’. By not deleting this default category will show how lazy the blog owner is or simply show that the blogger has no idea (like i used to be). Many times Once or twice i forget to assign my posts to categories and then after i publish it, WordPress will filed that uncategorized posts under the default category. So i change the default category into Thoughts and Discoveries, which i think is quite general and can be assigned to most of posts i have in this blog because this is a personal blog. Hey!

Anyhow, in case you didn’t know that you can actually delete the uncategorized category, here’s how to do it:

  1. In your WordPress dashboard go to SETTINGS and go to WRITING.
  2. You’ll find Default Post Category. Choose one that can generally assigned to your blog posts.
  3. Now push SAVE CHANGES at the bottom of the page.
  4. Go to MANAGE then go to CATEGORIES. Tick on UNCATEGORIZED and press DELETE.


  • WordPress will not delete your posts under the deleted categories, instead it will automatically assigned the posts into new default category.
  • If you don’t have default category yet, then you can first create it at MANAGE click on CATEGORIES then click on ADD NEW and save. Then go to the first step above.

Author: Robin

Jack of all trades living in SF Bay Area, California. Asian.

0 thoughts on “How to Change WordPress Default Category”

  1. i want my visitors to land in a specific catagory. I deleated uncatagorized and set another as default but that doesnt change the front end cat. where one would land. rather than select a cat. i want a cat. already selected, is that possible? thanks

  2. Is it possible to automatically assign a default category that user can not change, means whenever new post will create, it will automatically assign to this category. If user assign anyone category it will remain assign to this category also.

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