Normally, changing the Category of a Post is as simple as editing and updating the Post in question. But what if we are talking about moving dozen, hundreds or THOUSANDS of Posts? That is a lot of mouse clicking! There is a quicker and easier way.
WordPress has a concept known as Default Post Category. If you don’t specific a Category, WordPress will automatically place a new Post in that Category until you tell it otherwise. By default, the basic Category “Uncategorized” is used, but savvy WordPress users will probably already have changed this to their most commonly used (and custom) Category.
You can change your Default Post Category at any time and that is the key to this migration tip.
If the Category you want to migration your Posts to does not already exist, go Posts | Category and create it. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.
From your WordPress Dashboard, go to Settings | Writing and change the Default Post Category to the migration destination Category you want your Posts to reside at. Click Save Changes.
Go or return to Posts | Category and find the old Category you wish to migrate from. Delete it. All the Posts previously under that Category will be automatically moved to the Default Post Category your specified above. As an added bonus any permalink structure that relies on Category slug will also be updated.
Repeat this process for any other Categories you wish to migration, changing the Destination / Default Post Category as necessary. Once finished, don’t forget to set your Default Post Category back to your preferred Category.
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