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Easy Primary Category


Notice: Currently works only with WordPress Classic Editor, not Gutenberg compatible

Allows you to choose primary category for posts and custom post types.

When the permalink structure includes category, the category marked as Primary, will be used for generating the permalink of the post.

Works with custom post types and custom taxonomies as long as the taxonomy supports hierarchical structure.


  • Click the “Make Primary” button to mark the category as primary.


  1. Add the plugin’s folder in the WordPress’ plugin directory.
  2. Activate the plugin.
  3. Now you will have the ability to make any category a primary category for the post


Why I can’t see the “Make Primary” button?

The button is displayed only when more than one category is selected, try assigning other categories to the post, as soon as there’s more than one category selected, the “Make Primary” button will appear.

Developers’ Notes

If you want to fetch posts belonging to a particular term you can use this:
if ( function_exists( 'epc_get_primary_term_posts' ) ) {
* Assuming you want to fetch 10 published posts which have category ID 2
* marked as primary category
$posts = epc_get_primary_term_posts( 2, array(
'post_status' => 'publish',
'posts_per_page' => 10,
'post_type' => 'post',
) );

How can I contribute?

Want to contribute to Easy Primary Category? That would be awesome!
1. Reporting bugs or asking questions
2. Submitting Pull Requests
3. Translating in your own language


October 7, 2019
I needed to choose the primary category for some posts I was importing from an older site, as Wordpress was choosing the wrong one. This has saved me setting up loads of 301 redirects for the posts!
July 31, 2019
Just another thank you here, love it. With a bit of manual coding in PHP I can now determine which category is more suited to a Woo Commerce product instead of the first of many selected.
June 29, 2019
Great plugin! Saved me a lot of time while trying to put all my categories in order. Does wonders for SEO and the dreaded duplicate content issue. Works great with WP Version 5.2.2 Thanks for your effort.
July 27, 2018
This seems like something that should just be baked right into WordPress by default, but for some reason it just isn’t. Controlling which category gets used for your permalink is a big deal, but WordPress just doesn’t let you manage it. Why? I’ll never know… The only other plugin I found that could do this was Yoast SEO, but that comes with a TON of extra stuff that we just don’t need/want running on our sites. This was an incredible help and a great find! Thank you so much for making this a dedicated plugin!
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Contributors & Developers

“Easy Primary Category” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Made code WordPress coding standards compatible.
  • Tested with latest version of WordPress.


  • Escaping some output values.
  • Better documentation in the code.
  • Strict type checking of all the objects.
  • Added a few empty index files to prevent directory listing on poorly configured servers.
  • Adhering to WordPress PHPCS standards.


  • Initial public release.


  • Initial Development.