Deselect Categories in Bulk Edit

  1. Ömür Yanıkoğlu

    I sometimes want to deselect categories when bulk editing.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  2. cscottb

    Just looking at it intuitively, when I saw that none of the categories were checked, I thought that whatever I had checked or unchecked was what all of the selected posts would have when updated.

    Alas, this is not the case. For me, that would be the ideal.

    The only plugin that I have found that allows you to have that kind of control is Mass set Categories:

    It shows an array of all of your categories at the top and then each of your posts below it in the normal reverse chronological order along with all of the categories for each post. The categories that are currently associated with the posts are checked, and you can check or uncheck what you want and the plugin makes those changes when you click submit, either individually or for a number of posts.

    Its biggest drawback is that there is no way to filter or search the posts. So if you have hundreds of posts, you obviously have a very long list to go through. The browser's search function can be of great help in this regard.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  3. I think I know what you mean.
    Thank you for this.

    But the important thing is this:
    A feature that should be the core of WordPress.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  4. Not everything can be in core :)

    This is something not used by the majority of people, and it's needed once in a while for very specific situations. Perfect plugin realm for now.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  5. Ben Hansen


    @ipstenu just curious why this doesn't belong in core it is highly useful for any site which has a large number of posts and needs to re-organize categorization. the fact that the only plugin that provides this functionality doesn't allow for filtering proves in my mind that it does belong in core unless there's some great reason why adding existing selected categories to the bulk edit readout isn't easy or causes other problems.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  6. For the same reason the importers aren't a part of core anymore. Bulk category changes are like permalinks - you shouldn't change them, as provides a poor user experience. Users won't be able to find things when they all change.

    So since they're used rarely, maybe once or twice in a sites life, they don't need to make core bigger.

    I have a whole 'rarely used code' rant ;) It's stuff that doesn't get tested a whole lot, due to the nature of what it is, so pulling it out of core and into a plugin actually means any bugs can get fixed right away.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  7. aymanfadel

    I just imported my tumblr into WordPress. Every post was imported as Uncategorized. I can add the proper categories to the posts using the Bulk Edit function, but I can't remove the category Uncategorized. So add me to the voices asking for this feature.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  8. jjsararas

    +1 me too. 100% hear you @Ipstenu, however I suspect most of us who want it are working on brand new sites, so your comparison to existing permalinks is a non-issue for us/me. Example, I just ran an import from a CSV which auto-creates categories. Seeing it all on the menu, I realize the categories my client set up need adjusting for user experience. Now I need to delete and re-run the entire import (about 30 minutes) to correct it. Instead of just removing one category from 42 records.

    Would it really bloat core that much?

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  9. Yes, yes it would, because if we add in every 'its just a small feature' it bloats.

    When I started being a regular volunteer, WP was under 5 megs. It's around 9 now. Yes, we have bloat. It matters.

    Posted: 6 years ago #
  10. Ben Hansen


    wait i'm having trouble with the logic here, you say bulk edits are not used very often. i would beg to differ on that one, any site with frequent posting will probably use that feature quite often. If the bulk edit (either to select or unselect) was something that wasn't needed very often then why is it part of core in the first place?

    The fact of the matter is managing large number of posts and over a long period of time sometimes require categories to change. also contributors often make incorrect categorization decisions. Manually having to remove categories can be very tedious when the number gets above 50 or so. Also how does the category effect a post's permalink? Not sure i follow that one either.

    i think that if bulk editing is part of core then so should the ability to both add and remove categories/tags. The feature just seems incomplete when you can only add them, at least to me.

    Posted: 6 years ago #

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