Require Post Category

Description

Tired of uncategorized posts? Use this simple plugin to require users to choose a post category before saving a draft, updating a post, or publishing a post. This applies to normal posts in the normal WordPress admin editor. If you wish to require a category or other taxonomy for a custom post type see the FAQ for filter hook usage examples.

Translators

If you have created your own language pack, or have an update of an existing one, you can send the PO and MO files to me so that I can bundle it into the plugin. Download the latest POT file.

Screenshots

  • Alert appears when you try to save a post without choosing a category

Installation

From your WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
  2. Search for ‘require post category’ and click the Install button
  3. Activate Require Post Category from your Plugins page.

From WordPress.org

  1. Download Require Post Category.
  2. Upload the ‘require-post-category’ directory to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory, using your favorite method (ftp, sftp, scp, etc…)
  3. Activate Require Post Category from your Plugins page.

FAQ

Installation Instructions

From your WordPress dashboard

  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
  2. Search for ‘require post category’ and click the Install button
  3. Activate Require Post Category from your Plugins page.

From WordPress.org

  1. Download Require Post Category.
  2. Upload the ‘require-post-category’ directory to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory, using your favorite method (ftp, sftp, scp, etc…)
  3. Activate Require Post Category from your Plugins page.
Are there any settings I can adjust?

Nope, just install and activate, that’s it!

How do I use this for custom post types and/or custom taxonomies?

Use the rpc_post_types filter hook in your theme’s functions.php or a must-use plugin.

Usage examples:

function custom_rpc_post_types( $post_types ) {
    // Add a key to the $post_types array for each post type and list the slugs of the taxonomies you wish to require

    // Simplest usage
    $post_types['book'] = array( 'genre' );

    // Multiple taxonomies
    $post_types['recipe'] = array( 'cookbook_category', 'geographic_origin', 'flavor_tags' );

    // Set your own alert message for each taxonomy, or let the plugin generate the alert message
    $post_types['inventory'] = array(
        // Let the plugin generate a relevant alert message
        'manufacturer',
        // Or specify a custom alert message
        'inventory_category' => array(
            'message' => "Please choose a category for this fine inventory item."
        )
    );

    // Always return $post_types after your modifications
    return $post_types;
}

add_filter( 'rpc_post_types', 'custom_rpc_post_types' );

The default $post_types contains the following:

$post_types['post'] = array(
    'taxonomies' => array(
        'category' => 'Please select a category before publishing this post.'
    )
);

This maintains the plugin’s original functionality. However, you can remove this functionality with unset($post_types['post']); or by redefining $post_types in your hook function.

Have a question that is not addressed here?

Visit this plugin’s WordPress support forum at https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/require-post-category

Reviews

Excellent plugin

Very useful plugin.
It does exactly what its name says.
Excellent support from plugin author Josh.

Easy to customize

This plugin is fantastic, and I was very easily able to customize it to work with my custom post types and custom taxonomies. Great work, thanks!

Simple and helpful

It does just what the description says and is easily modified for use with custom post types.

Read all 5 reviews

Contributors & Developers

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

Contributors

Changelog

1.1

  • NEW: Added a filter hook and related code to allow developers to easily add support for custom post types and custom taxonomies
  • Updated to meet WordPress PHP coding standards

1.0.7

  • Moved JavaScript to separate file and updated to use wp_enqueue_script and wp_localize_script

1.0.6

  • Added French (fr_FR) translation by Dominique V.

1.0.5

  • Added Polish (pl_PL) translation by Michał P.

1.0.4

  • Added Spanish (es_ES) translation by Andrew K.

1.0.3

  • Added i18n support

1.0.2

  • Updated for WordPress 3.6

1.0.1

  • FIXED: Disabled script when adding/editing pages

1.0

  • First stable release