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Batch Category Editor

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Just the other day, I ran into a problem. I deleted a number of categories on my blog and since WordPress does not give you the option of reassigning the posts within those categories to another category, all of those posts were reassigned to Uncategorized. The answer to this problem? Batch Categories.

Batch Categories is a WordPress plugin written by Rob Miller that adds some powerful functionality into the default WordPress category editor. With Batch Categories, you can reassign a number of posts to a category, remove a number of posts from a category, edit the tagging structure, and so much more. Batch Categories also includes a number of enhanced post filters to make finding those posts much easier. This is what the plugin back end looks like.

This is what Batch Categories Looks Like

There are two different versions of this plugin. One for WordPress 2.3.3 and one for WordPress 2.5. This is the type of functionality that really makes managing a number of posts easier and I thank Rob for creating this plugin as it solved my issue and I’m sure it will be of use to many of you. No more editing one post at a time!

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  1. Phil Nash (3 comments.) says:

    I deleted 1700 posts from a blog the other day, all from the same category. I was going to do it 20 at a time, which was painful, then I spent a while figuring out how to do it in the database with MySQL, which worked out nicely in the end. This would have made it much easier though! I think I’m going to get this for my blogs now, just in case I have to do something like that again!

  2. L3ST (2 comments.) says:

    This looks like a nice plugin. Thanks!

  3. Chris (26 comments.) says:

    I have worked my way through dozens of posts at a time making changes; not fun. This is a great find.

  4. Haris (7 comments.) says:

    Useful plugin. Thanks for sharing it here :)

  5. Aaron (33 comments.) says:

    My normal trick is to change the default category to the one I want the posts to end up in, delete the post’s category, and then restore my original default category.

  6. juns says:

    i am using this plugin for some of my blogs. it’s really cool, editing is much easy with this plugin.

  7. Diseño Web (8 comments.) says:

    Batch Category solves many problems in my life…… Useful at all.

  8. Megapixels (12 comments.) says:

    It’s a nice option to have. I tend towards doing stuff like this through MySql backend, but I’m always a little nervous about messing things up. Should help me sleep better.

  9. Lisa (1 comments.) says:

    Help! I recently started self hosting with WordPress. My categories got all messed up–most are uncategorized now and when i did the tag switch–it got rid of the categories. SO I downloaded this plug in and activated it. I go to manage–>batch categories and Filter the tags i want to see. Then i select the category (all my categories are still listed–just not on individ. posts) i want and hit ‘Add.’ Then it brings me to a screen saying: “Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.” Pls help! I have alot of posts to fix and this would be a life saver!
    Thanks!!

  10. Dave Jackson (1 comments.) says:

    This plugin no longer works with the latest WP 2.7.

    • Jeff Chandler (295 comments.) says:

      It no longer needs to. It’s functionality was built into the core of WordPress 2.7

      • Ollie says:

        I don’t think so. I really can’t find any of the functionality from the plugin in WordPress 2.7.

        Where should I look for it?

        Ollie

        • Jeff Chandler (295 comments.) says:

          Tell you what, I’ll dive into the 2.7 backend and see if I can mimic the functionality that was provided by the plugin. If so, I’ll write up a post/tutorial explaining batch editing in WordPress 2.7.

          • Ollie says:

            Woah, that would be fine! Thank you for that. I have noticed that you can batch edit posts and give them mutiple categories in this step. But it is not as powerful as the plugin was.

            Bests,
            Ollie

          • Brad Hart (1 comments.) says:

            I agree I really miss the plugin since the functionality in wp 2.7 is greatly diminished. Gone are the days of moving every post in a category to a new category in one fell swoop… This isn’t a big deal until you have a bad import or try and merge multiple blogs with over lapping category names…



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