How to Convert Tags to Categories or Categories to Tags in WordPress

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Categories and tags are major parts of a WordPress post. We use them to divert readers to particular kind of contents.

For instance, we combine all social media related posts under the category of Social Media and divide them with tags like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. So social media enthusiasts will either land in a particular post or category page to get latest contents on that topic. If they want to dig further on their favorite network, will make use of our tags.

Now you are running an all in one blog that features contents on technology, social, blogging and others. Suddenly you may feel that network names as category can divert more traffic than common head. It will help the users to identify their favorite topics directly from the menu bar.

How can you convert tags to categories or vice versa, at a later time ?

WordPress gives inbuilt option to do this. Visit Tools in your WordPress dashboard and Available tools from there.

You will see ‘Categories and Tags Converter’ at the bottom of the page. Once clicked, it will bring you to a new page where all tools for a WordPress site will be listed. Install and run third tool in the list.

It should show plugin options with all categories, tags in the site.

WordPress tips

Switch in between Categories to Tags or Tags to Categories tabs according to your requirement. Select main, child categories or tags you wish to be converted. Finally tap Convert button at the bottom. That’s all. Conversion is finished and you need not take any further action on that. You are free to remove the plugin now.

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