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What happens if I remove a top level category in wordpress?

11:51 am on Jan 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have a travel site thta when I originally built it I added the top level category "destinations". At this time though I have discovered it is quite unnecessary. When you add the extra category named "category" that wordpress automatically adds as well it makes urls quite long.

Quite a bit of rhe site has page rank and I do not want to jeopardize losing it. Is there a way to remove this top level category and set up redirects (reasonably easy) to save my indexing in search?


1:12 am on Feb 9, 2009 (gmt 0)


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I'm not following exactly. Are you trying to

1. get rid of the "/category/" component of the URL when you are viewing category pages? That isn't an "extra category" it is just a path that keeps things from getting confused. If everything is a subcat of destinations, though, you could change it from "category" to "destinations" on your permalink admin page. Generally speaking, though, if you want category archives, you would not want to get rid of some "category" equivalent (see also this discussion [webmasterworld.com]).

2. or in your information schema, trying to get rid of "destinations" as a way of categorizing posts?

Or both of those things?

One more question - are there categories under "destinations" as in
--New York
--Gary, IN

Normally, when you get rid of a category, all posts that are in that category go back to being Uncategorized. I'm not sure what happens if you have subcatories and you get rid of a category above them in the hierarchy. I would guess they become subcats of Uncategorized. I'd have to test it though.


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