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  • I’ve never really properly understood the difference between categories and tags. Up to now, I have just used categories and just ignored tags which I thought were just a way of assigning keywords to a post.

    I used to have a category/subcategory structure that was largely geographically-based… you can see what it looked like here:

    Looking around the admin interface, I noticed the category to tag converter. I assumed that if I had a post under, say, my France category, that it would add the tag/keyword ‘france’ to all those posts. I therefore thought I’d apply this to most of my categories but I now realise that the categories are not retained during this process… they’ve GONE!

    And now I’m just left with the categories at

    This is terrible for me. Over 100 categories lost! Is there any way I can reverse what I’ve done? I think it’s been a couple of weeks since I last took a back up…

    Thanks for any help,


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