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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Adding categories to blogspot (blogger)

If you want to add categories to the blogger as in the picture, read the instructions in this post.
For example if you click on "Useful website" you will get a list of all the posts that are in category Useful website and if you click on the blog tutorial you will get all posts related to the blog tutorial.



The purpose of adding a category is sort of articles by category. Adding a category of your blog becomes easier to browse.

You can write your own HTML to add category links one by one (take a look at topic Creating HTML with category list) or you can use Labels gadget (this is simple method).

Find more blogspot advices on this blog!



The process of adding categories

1. Creating a label for posts

First, you need to add a label posts. Label is added by entering text in the textbox which is located at the bottom of the screen for writing or editing posts (Potsting-->Create or Posting-->EditPosts, see picture).



For example, I entered the label "blog-tutorial" for my post.

2. Creating a Page element category

You can use Labels gadget or write your own HTML to add category links one by one. Labels gadget is very simple to implement.



Adding Labels gadget to blog

1. Go to Layout.

2. Click on Add Gadget.



3. Select Labels Gadget

Add label page element

4. Enter title, chose to show all labels or only selected labels, sorting type. You can show number of posts per label by clicking check box and display labels as a list or cloud.

Edit Labels gadget on blogger

Result should look something like this:

Categories on blogspot blog created with Labels gadget


Write your own HTML to add category links

If you want more control you can write your own HTML code. HTML with category list should look like this:


<ul>
<li><a href="/search/label/[LABEL]">[TEXT]</a>  </li>
<li><a href="/search/label/[LABEL]">[TEXT]</a>  </li>
</ul>

You should replace [LABEL] and [TEXT] elements.

[LABEL] is label you have entered for the post. For example blog-tutorial.

[TEXT] is text you want to be showed in the categories. For example blog tutorial.

Here is example of my HTML category list code when I replaced [TEXT] and [HTML] elements.


<ul>
<li><a href="/search/label/webs">Useful webs</a>  </li>
<li><a href="/search/label/blog-tutorial">Blog tutorial</a>  </li>
</ul>

I have posts with label "webs" and with label "blog-tutorial". When somebody click on Useful webs link then will be shown all posts that have "webs" label.

You should put your own labels. For more categories you should add new

<li><a href="/search/label/[LABEL]">[TEXT]</a>  </li>
element.

Adding HTML or JavaScript to blog

Now we have to add this HTML code to blog.

1. Go to Layout.

2. Click on Add Gadget.



3. Select HTML/JavaScript.



4. Enter a title "Categories" and copy and paste HTML category list code in content box with replaced [LABEL] and [TEXT] elements. Save this and now you have categories.



Related articles:

How to create scrollable link list
How to create list of post links grouped by category using RSS (blogspot)
Create expandable TOC (table of contents or sitemap) in HTML

71 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks this helped.

gudangmakalah said...

Interesting post, thanks.

Abhishek Ramani said...

Works like a charm!

Thanks for the handy tip!

Mark said...

You are welcome. :)
Would be grateful if you post a link on my blog.

derekengavin said...

thanks a lot...this is very helpful.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

MJ said...

thanks!!! it worked :D

Bahar said...

Thanks a lot! I've been wondering how to do this for a while.

web design quote said...

This post will help to the new comer blogger to add categories in your blog. Thanks for sharing this tutorial with us. Keep adding more tutorial in your blog.

maychee said...

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Bokamoso Leadership Forum said...

Definitely using this now. Thanks a lot.

Sam said...

Awesome guide! Thanks so much. Already tried it, and it works first time around. Will be using this in the future!

iLL.One said...

this works so far.
but do you perhaps know, how to create a subcategories, appearing when the main categorie link is clicked?

i mean:
cat 1
cat 2
cat 3

- click on cat 2

cat 1
cat 2
subcat a
subcat b
subcat c
cat 3

of course i could use nested lists for subcategories, but it would look much better the above mentioned way... maybe with some AJAX/JS? any ideas?

Mark said...

Maybe you want something like drop down menu like menu on the top of my blog. I will publish article about implementing drop down menu on blogger in next few days.

abi84 said...

Thank you!

iLL.One said...

no, that's not what i want it to be.
i have something in mind similar to the tree view in filemanagers - you click on the mainitem and the subitems appear below indented, you know?

iLL.One said...

daaayum! i was ALMOST there!
since i realized, that the archive-widget in its structure is exactly what i want my categories to look and behave, i messed extensively around with its code (copy/paste/modify) to apply it into an additional HTML/JS-widget.
but too bad der archive-widget uses IDs, so if i apply them in my category-widget, THAT does work fine, but the archive-widget wouldn't expand and collapse then anymore (can someone follow?^^°)

i'm not too familiar with JS and the blogger-code (just normal HTML & CSS), but maybe, someone other got any idea....?

Mark said...

Do you read Create expandable TOC (table of contents or sitemap) in HTML? This article may help you if I understand you well.

Anastasia said...

Thank you. Very clear, simple and useful explanation.

Anastasia said...

Thank you. It was very clear, simple and useful.

Ty Gardner said...

Mark, I was able to make the categories page on the sidebar, but am having trouble gettting posts into those folders. How would I do this? Thanks!

Mark said...

When post have label like in a Creating a Page element category post is in the category. I visit your site and see you succeed. How do you get numbers of posts?

Georgia said...

Thank you so much. This was very useful.

midnight Hackeя said...

thank"s allot

Steyn said...

very well explained. thanks!

MakeITeasy-simple said...

great post..very helpful

gizmobrain said...

nice work !!!

Big Flaming Lib said...

Thank you so much! This is exactly the solution I was looking for. Again, many thanks!

Sincere Traveler said...

Thank you very much, it really helped and simple too.

Medipally shiva said...

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Emine said...

Thank you very much

Your-Ebook.Net said...

how to add multiple level category ?
Example
-Ebook
---English
---Programming
--Art
-Music
---Pop
---Rock

Ahmad A. Belal said...

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks a lot for your information provided,
It took me a while to do it, till I found this article

Average Joe said...

Thank you for this mini quick tutorials on how to create categories for blogspot blog.

Kruti Jani said...

Cool Thanks a lot friend..

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial thank you for the share.

rajiv said...

I wanted to have categories section.ur gr8 this ;helped a lot....

SaltAndLight said...

Thank you so much! Me (and my blog) appreciate the help. :)

BBTShop said...

Thanks
Very Useful.

Nilay Mistry said...

very clear and useful. thanks!

craftluxuries said...

thanks. vary useful!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I am trying to use Write your own HTML to add category links. It works as expected. only issue is that it is not displaying number of post for that particular category. Is it possible to show the number of post?

Anonymous said...

Hi! Thanks so much it is so useful. Do you know how to organize the categories alphabetically ? thanks!

Mark said...

If you are using first method of the process of adding categories through labels you have option Sort alphabetically in step four.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!!

Garbonzos said...

Thanks for the help, felt silly I didn't spot the label method sooner!


Homage..
Add Blogger Categories

Karalaitė said...

thanx, that was really wery helpfull for me. :)

marawan said...

thanks very helful

Jatin said...

really helpful....thanx alot..!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks.Its working well
You can see how I used this in http://www.genuinescope.blogspot.com/

Thanks

Darchyneer said...

Thanks for thr tips.Am very grateful

Nibinaear said...

This is a really good tutorial, thanks.

vicky said...

how to add categories in pages in blogger???
u can see my blog mobilemillion.blogspot.com

Nauris xnorsx said...

Thank you.

Ancient Lahore said...

hmmmmmmm That's what we call it "beautiful tip"


i was looking for this trick as labels alone are so dull.

Anonymous said...

Thanks

Mohammad Zeeshan said...

Hi,
I followed your instructions. They do work pretty well. Thank you. But, I'm stuck. I don't know how to put my posts into those categories or how to with associate them. I have used wordpress previously. It is quite simple in wordpress to assign a category to any post. I was not been able to do the same in blogger. Help.

Mark said...

To Mohammad Zeeshan:
Blogger is changed a bit since this article was written.
But you need to do same thing as descibed in article:
1. Add label to your post (now this label is on the right side of screen under Post settings)
2. Use Labels gadget to display categories

Kamala Imanova said...

Thanks. At last. It really worked out!!!

umair hb said...

thanks man you are the graeat like your tips again thanks

Vivek said...

very useful

Torie said...

Its very helpful post. I've been looking for a post like this thanks.

Gudang Makalahmu said...

Thanks, very work.. :)

Megan H said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I couldn't find it and I like how wordpress has the categories automatically to easily find posts but could figure it out for Blogger.

Anonymous said...

thanks helped me...

between the lines said...

Simple, well put-together, useful instructions. Thanks so much.

Syed Nurul Islam said...

Thank you brother, this post has helped me.

Mathi Siva said...

very interesting and make easy to design my blog. thank you very much

Christine said...

Hi, thanks for the tips. Now I can have labels that I want on my blog!

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