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The category you are trying to create already exists (6 posts)

  1. Alkorr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi, I'm upgrading from WP 2.3 to WP 2.7 and when recreating my categories, I get this error message: The category you are trying to create already exists.

    All the professional blogs I created for my clients are running on WP and their category structures are all the same, like:

    Spain
    - Projects
    - Photos

    United States
    - Projects
    - Photos

    And so on...

    So this is a BIG BIG problem I can't create the needed categories. I need a Project child category for the Spain parent category, and also a Project child category for the United State parent category, and so on.

    Is that a bug in WP 2.7? Because I can't see any good reason to not allow to create same name child categories for different parent category. It's the basis of a blog to be able the create whatever category needed.

    I hope it will be corrected as soon as possible, it's being a big issue for many other people I know upgrading to WP 2.7. Meanwhile, any suggestion for a solution is welcome :)

  2. iridiax
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Is that a bug in WP 2.7?

    No, it's limitation of the WordPress category system.

  3. iridiax
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    What happens if you create a category named US Projects (giving it a slug of us-projects) and then go back later and change the category name only (not the slug) to Projects?

  4. Alkorr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks a lot iridiax, it seems to work! But it's going to be a tedious work to do for every blog... :(

    I chose to manually recreate the categories but I wonder what will happen if I import the existing categories I already created... Any idea before I take the risk?

    But I still don't understand why they decided to put such a limitation on the category system. WP 2.7 is so, so great (espcially the UI) I don't get why they took this decision. All they had to do is to automatically give a different slug for same category name. Weird.

  5. iridiax
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    It must just be the category slugs that need to be different.

    I wonder what will happen if I import the existing categories I already created.

    I'd guess that it would fail if the categories have the same slugs.

  6. Alkorr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Yup, I'll have to give different slug to every single same child categories... Tedious work like I said. Thanks again iridiax.

    WP Dev Team, if you read this post by any luck, please hear my complain and do something to better category management in WP 2.8. You did a really amazing work, so if you can do something about that huge problem, WP would be absolutely perfect! :)

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