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    –The Problem–
    I took over running a WordPress blog for a client of mine. The admin panel has no link in the left-hand navigation for categories, nor do they show up as a box when posting. As far as I can tell, he’s never had categories at all.

    –Version Info–
    I took over for him a few versions ago and have updated with each new version. I have a copy installed locally on my computer which is at 3.2, though I believe the one on his server is still 3.1.4. Both have the same issue, and have had the issue as long as I’ve been managing it, since before v3.0.

    –The Theme(s)–
    He is using a modified version of “default” based on Kubrick, but changing themes has no effect. My local copy of his database is using a theme I’m building from scratch, but still does not show categories.

    –Custom Taxonomies–
    I created a custom taxonomy which shows up just fine in the admin navigation as well as on each post. It is only the default implementation of the categories feature which is missing.

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    Did you turn off all plugins?

    Thank you for the reply. Yes, when I made a local copy only Hello Dolly and Akismet remained. …However, I just realized the problem. The issue is nonexistent. My client uses Pages exclusively, never making Posts, and I just realized this very moment that categories don’t apply to Pages… Wow, that’s embarrassing. I guess I’d never had cause to notice on my other sites, and I’d never even opened up the Posts sub-menu on his site to see them sitting happily there. Sorry to waste your time.

    In that case I may as well ask… is there a way to make categories apply to Pages as well, besides creating a custom taxonomy?

    And while I’m on the subject, does anyone know whether there is any potential issue with his site having hundreds of Pages instead of Posts? (Or should I make a new thread for that?)



    Forum Moderator

    You might want to have a look at:
    before you set up any custom permalinks.

    Leave a number, or something static, at the beginning of your permalink string and you’ll never have any sort of problems. But if you really MUST [start your permalink with a non-number], then keep your number of Pages low. Don’t try it when you have more than, say, 30-50 Pages.

    Thank you, Esmi! I had no idea.



    Forum Moderator

    No problem 🙂

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