Question from Melanie S.: Hi Rick. I’m hoping you can answer a question I have about my WordPress blog.
Is there any way to hide a category from the home page?
In other words I want to keep the posts in this one specific category from showing up on the main page of my blog.
I’ve searched the settings pages from top to bottom and I can’t find a setting to hide a category from the home page. If there is one can you tell me how to find it?
Rick’s answer: As you’ve discovered, there’s no setting anywhere in WordPress that will allow you to hide a specific category of posts from your blog’s home page, Melanie.
However, there’s a nifty plugin that let’s you easily hide one or more categories at will. It’s called Ultimate Category Excluder and it works like a charm!
This plugin will let you hide any category(s) on your blog from any of these locations:
- Your blog’s home page
- Its RSS feeds
- Its Archives
- Any Searches visitors make using your blog’s “Search” form
Installing and using this plugin is simple and easy. Just follow the steps below:
1 – Log in to your WordPress Dashboard.
2 – Click Plugins>Add New.
3 – Type ultimate category excluder into the Search box.
4 – Find the Ultimate Category Excluder plugin in the list of search results and click the Install Now button.
5 – Click the Activate button.
The plugin is now installed and activated on your blog. Follow the instructions below to hide one or more categories from your blog’s home page:
1 – Ensure that you’re still logged into your WordPress Dashboard. If not, go ahead and log back in.
2 – Click Settings>Category Excluder. You should now see a list of all the categories that currently exist on your blog.
3 – Find the category you wish to hide from the home page of your blog and check the box in the Exclude from front page? column.
4 – (Optional) – If you wish to also hide the category from other locations in your blog, check those boxes for that category as well.
That’s all there is to it. You now know how to hide one or more specific categories from the home page of your WordPress blog.
I hope this helps, Melanie. Good luck!
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