Let’s Seolyze Category page url modification:

Today in this blog post I will show you the power of customization by removing the word ‘category’ from the url of your category web page with a view to making it look more appealing and descriptive of the contents inside the web page. At first I will mention one significant factor that I do belive and it is that there are no scientific or research based evidence to validate the boost in the SEO performance of your web page with customizing the url pattern of category pages.

By configuring the CMS(or your website’s content management system) or the routing system in cases where one is working with a custom web application, you can easily change the URL pattern of a category page on a website manually. How to transform the url pattern of the category pages on a website varies from platforms to platforms and more or less on any platform you can manually modify the category page url pattern by following this general outlines mentioned below.

  • Log in or accesss to your CMS or codebase like wordpress
  • Find the URL Structure Configuration in the settings or if you are using custom web application, you should navigate to routing configuration files.
  • Then use place holders or variables and specify the url pattern of your category pages. You may for example use variables or place holders for the category name like ‘category‘ in the ‘url’ structure.
  • If you are using wordpress, you should have to regenerate permalinks after making the edits and update permalink for ensuring that the url structure takes effect for the existing content.
  • Use redirects if you deem it applicable.
  • At last live test the changes made in the url of your category web page to check if things are lookin as expected or not.

But you don’t worry because you won’t have to perform such manual actions because RankMath plugin will do this automatically for you. And all you will have to do is to follow certain easy and convenient steps.

Introducing to you the simple steps to transforming the url of your website’s category pages through screenshots of real life situations:

So without making any further delay, let’s take you to my wordpress dashboard. Remeber that wordpress has an inbuilt default feature named Category Base which automatically adds the word ‘Category’ to the urls of all the category pages inside your website by defaullt. And using RnakMath plugin, you can easily customize and remove the word ‘category’ from the urls of your website’s category pages.

how to change url of category apge

This is the home page of the exemplary website using which I am going to show you the msot convenient way

to remove the word ‘category‘ from the url of the category page ‘refrigerator’. Now I will go to my WordPress dashboard and install RankMath plugin.

Install RankMath plug-in:

At dashboard, click on the ‘add new’ button visible under the main option of ‘plugin’.

how to change the category pages url
how to change the url of category page

Now type ‘RankMath’ in the search bar and click on ‘install now’ to install the RankMath plugin as shown in the image.

Now click on ‘Activate’ to get access to the stunningly brilliant features of this pligin.

how to change the url of category page

Here, we will use this plugin to successfully remove the word ‘category’ from the url of the category page called ‘refrigerator’ in my website. So at first let’s check the url of that concerned category page.

how to change the url of a category page

Clicking on the category ‘refrigerator’, I have opened this concerned page to have a glance at the url of this page.

So, the url of this page reads thus: https://sandipishan.store/category/refrigerator/and from this we will remove the word ‘category’ to custom modify the url of this category page. And the process for this is very simple.

Remove the word ‘category’ from the url:

At first click on Dashboard under RankMath and then enable ‘advanced settings’ as shown in the screenshot.

Then simply click on ‘General settings’ under ‘RankMath’ to move forward to removing the word ‘category’

from the concerned url.

Now turn on the option of ‘Stripe Category Base’ and click on ‘save changes’.

how to change the category pages url

And with doing this, the word ‘category‘ will get removed from all the urls of all the category pages within your website. Now let’s check it from my website.

And thus you can also modify the url of the category pages within your website. The process is as simple as this.

Check that the word ‘category’ does not anylonger exist in any of the urls of the category pages of my website.

The process is so simple as this. Now let’s show you how to edit the slug for category pages by inserting words to describe and showcase the contents inside the concerned web-page.

Customize the url of category page:

Again I will go to my wordpress dashboard and click on ‘categories‘ underneath ‘posts’.

And then we can easily change the slug of each category from quick edit to maximize the SEO benefits with the power of customization.

With the click on ‘quick edit’ a page like this will open and from here you can easily make edit in the slug of the category page

to make the url look more appealing and descriptive of the content. After that you will have to click on ‘update category’.

Thus you can make edit in the slug manually and modify your url according to the need of the context of your category pages.

Here, I will like to add a pro tip for beginners to maintain the character length of all of your urls within 65 to 70 for better SEO-practices. And you should also optimize the url pattern of your website from ‘settings’ and ‘permalink’ available within your wordpres dashboard. And for more information on ultimate wordpress website makeover regarding urls of websites, you may consider visiting this link of one of my dedicated posts.

Set up redirections for the modified category page url to retain all the SEO-values of the old concerned page url:

Now the question stands what will happen if my visitors try reaching your website using the old url. So let’s check what happens with the old url of the category page which we have changed so far. The old link reads thus: https://sandipishan.store/category/refrigerator/. So let’s paste the link in new tab and try to find out what happens with that url.

The page can not be found-is what google is saying in response to the old url. So, after doing all the hardworks for

the mofddification of the url of the concerned category page, am I now going to loose all the organic traffic that I have brought to my site by working day and night or am I going loose all the SEO values of that concerned url?. Hold on if this question is bothering you now because where there is wall there is the way and it can be managed also. And for this you will have to use redirections for that concerned url. And no wonder- using RankMath, you can do this very easily.

And by doing this, you will loose no SEO values or backlinks or whatever, because every aspect of that concerned web apge will get shifted to the new page. But one thing to remeber in this respect: it will be a permanent action and if you change your mind later after making all the modifications in the url of the category pages, you can not move back becuase it is not ‘302/307’ redirection. Rather it will be ‘301’ redirections.

you can do this automatically or manually for specific pages through RankMath. I will show you both the process.

Automatic process:

In this respect, you will have to go to your RankMath Dashboard and enable ‘advanced settings’ as shown earlier in this bolgpost, if you have not enabled it yet.

Then scroll down to find the option of redirections and enable it. After that you will find the same option of ‘redirection’ in the list underneath ‘RankMath’. simply just click on it.

Then enable the option of ‘Auto Post redirection’ and click on ‘save changes’ and you are all done.

Manual process:

For manual redirection using RankMath, you will have to again go to ‘Redirections’ underneath RankMath in your wordpress dashboard

and click on ‘Add New’ as shown in the image.

Then you will have to paste the old url in the space provided for ‘Source url’ and the new modified url in the space

provided for ‘Destination url’. And at last click on ‘Add Redirection’ which will end the process of redirection. If you want to make redirections in bulk, you can do it from here. In such cases, choose wisely from the options of ‘exact’, ‘contains’, ‘starts with’, ‘end with’ or Regex’. You may also command RankMath to avoid case issues in the concerned urls while setting redirections.

Always remember to to keep the status ‘activated’ as shown in the screenshots. Try & understand the details provided in the screenshots which will enable you to work smoothly while setting up redirections.

As I want to set up redirections for the single url of a specific category page, I will select the option with ‘exact’ and click on ‘Add redirection’. And with RankMath, you can thus easily modify the urls of category pages within your website and also retain the SEO values, the concerned page used to bring to your website by setting up redirections. Hat’s off to RankMath!

Check the redirections:

Again click on ‘Redirections’ underneath RankMath in your WordPress dashboard and you will be able to check the

alredy set up redirections. And in the screenshot, all the details about the redirection that we have set up so easily together using Rank Math.Haven’t I told you earlier that it is very very easy to change the url of category pages within your website without loosing any SEO benefits that the concerned page was bringing to your website.

Adding sub-categories to pro-customize your category web-page:

Again I have returned to the home page of the concerned exemplary website.

All the categories displayed in the home page are

Parent categories. We can easily custom design these parent categories by adding sub-categories to them according to the need of our website.

For adding sub category to a parent category, simply you will have to return to your dashboard again.

And then click on ‘categories‘ from ‘posts’. And write the name, slug and description of the category. Then select ‘parent category’ from the list of the existing categories. Here, I want to create a new category named as ‘smartphone’ as a sub category to the existing category called ‘device’.

Hence, I wrote ‘smartphone’ in the place of ‘name’ and simply have written the same in the space provided for ‘slug’.

And at last I have clicked on ‘Ad New Category‘ to create a new category page called ‘smartphone’.

The newly created category page called ‘smartphone’ has been added as sub-category to the parent category page ‘device’.

Now add the desired items in this category. I have added a post on cricket batting gloves to this newly create category. Let’s check how the changes reflect and click on ‘view’ as shown in the image.

See that the new category page ‘smart phone’ has been created. And see that the url(https://sandipishan.store/device/smartphone/) also reflects

that ‘smartphone’ is a sub-category to the parent category called ‘device’. You may also add more sub-categories to one parent category for better navigation and user experience. And for the sub-category web-page to reflect in your Home page under the parent category, you will have to create dropdown menu.

Adding dropdown-menus for better user experience:

You can reflect the sub-category page in your home page under the Parent category page by adding sub-menus. And for this you will have to return to your

WordPress dashboard and click on ‘menus’ in ‘appearance’.

And then you can easily add any of your category page as sub-category to a parent category page.

Here, I will add the newly created category web-page called ‘smartphone’ as sub-category to ‘device’. And the process is very simple. I will hold my left click on ‘smartphone’ which I already ahve included in the menu and drag it upward under ‘device’ leaving space at the left hand side as shown in the screenshot. Beginners always remember that if you do not leave space as shown in the screenshot, only the order of the category pages will change. And do remember to click on ‘save changes’.

Thus the newly created category looks in the Home page of my website.

So following this simple instruction, you can easily create sub-categories to a parent category with custom url design.

Adding existing categories as sub category:

To add any of the existing category web-page to another existing category, you will have to again return to your wordpress dashboard.

Then from the category section, you will have to select the category that you want to add as sub-category. Here, I will add the existing category, ‘refrigerator’ as a sub-category to another existing category ‘device’.

Hence, I have clicked on ‘refrigerator’ to edit the category web-page and set ‘device’ as parent category to ‘refrigerator’.

Following the instruction as shown in the image, you can easily add existing or new categories as sub categories.

And then I will add the category web-page called ‘refrigerator’ in the dropdown menu and then click on ‘save menu’ to end the process.

Thus following these simple steps, you can easily add sub categories within our website.

Pro-tip for beginners unlocking the url optimization secret:

If you custom change the url of any particular post by using RankMath, you won’t have to set up redirections as you will have to do in cases of webpages because RankMath will do that automatically for you.

You may aslo gather more information if deemed required by you, from this link of WordPress support.

Let’s conclude facts about modification of category page url for transformation from messy to SEO-Ready:

Now suppose you want to remove the word ‘category’ from the urls of the category webpages within your website and make a handsome edit in the concerned url. For example:

https://example.com/category/gameshttps://example.com/topics/games/
https://example.com/category/movieshttps://example.com/topics/movies/
https://example.com/category/games/dramashttps://example.com/topics/dramas/

And to do this you will have to follow three steps:

  • Remove the word ‘category’ by enabling ‘strip category base’ in RankMath.
  • Edit the Slug of your Category pages if you feel required.
  • Set the category page ‘topics’ as parent category & ‘games’, movies, and ‘dramas’ as sub-category pages.
  • Set up Redirections using RankMath if deemed required by you.

At last I will mention that creating sub-category pages have been made even more easier by WordPress for it’s users.

Don’t wonder. You can even decide and create a suitable sub-category page for your article even while writing the same article.

Simply click on ‘add new category’ as shown in the image.

Name your sub-category page and choose the parent category from the list of existing category pages as shown in the screenshot.

And thus I have created a sub category page called ‘grip’ under the parent category page ‘cricket bats’.

As you have read so far, I do think that category page url optimization will no longer be your worries. But I want you to think wisely before making such changes as they are permanent. And if you face any more issues in your blogging journey, do write to me in the comment box which will inspire me to come up with another dedicated post like this with a view to providing you with helpful solution.

Thank You all.

How do I add a category to a URL?

dropdown categories

If you are working on WordPress website, remember that WordPress has a default feature called ‘category base’ that adds ‘category‘ by default to the urls of all the category pages within your website. You can also custom change or edit the patterns of urls according to your wish from ‘Settings’–‘Permalink’. Simply Enter the /%category%/%postname%/ in the field next to the Custom Structure.

How to set up redirections in wordpress?

Redirections in WordPress

You can simply do this by using RankMath in wordpress. First enable Redirections in RankMath and then click on ‘Redirections‘ and ‘settings’. Next turn on ‘Auto post Redirection‘ and click on ‘Save Changes’.

How to change url structure in wordpress?

url structure in wordpress

Simply go to ‘settings’ in your wordpress dashboard and click on ‘permalink‘. Then choose a permalink structure according to your choice. Remember to click on ‘Save Changes’.

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