Categories in WordPress help you organize content to make it easier for visitors to find what they’re looking for. However, not all of them need to be displayed on the homepage. This is especially true if you have a very long list of them.
What if you want to hide categories from showing on the homepage in WordPress? It may help keep the main page of your site clean and even more organized.
This is especially true if you spend time changing the layout of the homepage to suit a specific aesthetic. You don’t want your hard work to be marred by an extremely long list of categories.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to remove a category from the WordPress homepage without knowing a single line of code.
Using Ultimate Category Excluder
Today, I’ll show what Ultimate Category Excluder can do for you and why you may want to give it a try. It gives you an easy option to make WordPress exclude a category from the homepage with just a couple clicks of the mouse.
Install and activate, «Ultimate Category Excluder.»
Go to Settings and click, «Category Excluder.»
In this screen, you can choose which categories you want to show. You also have the option to exclude categories from feeds, archives and the search function of WordPress.
For instance, what if you have a separate category RSS feed and don’t want it to show in another? This tool may help keep the feeds and category content organized and set apart.
Click the checkbox of the category to remove it from the «Front Page.»
Scroll to the bottom of the list and click, «Update.»
Now, those categories you selected are no longer visible from the homepage.
Other Plugins to Try
While Ultimate Category Excluder works well for this purpose, perhaps you want something that better fits your development. And that’s one of the awesome things about WordPress: tens of thousands of plugins to choose from.
Here are a few other tools that will help you hide categories on the homepage of WordPress.
Collapsing Categories List
Collapsing Categories List gives you several options for customizing your archives in WordPress. Not only can you hide several categories, but you can also remove links and collapse subcategories by default.
Most of the features for this tool are available from the Widgets screen in WordPress.
Category and Subcategory List Widget
If you want to add a bit more flair to your list, the Category and Subcategory List Widget is a fun option to consider. You can hide empty categories, display custom icons to each and it is compatible with custom post types.
It’s an option that may add a bit of visual appeal to your sidebar.
Front Page Category
The Front Page Category plugin is a bit basic when it comes to features. It simply removes categories you choose from the front page of your website. If you just want a tool that offers this feature, this plugin is easy to use.
You can access the category options from the Customizer in WordPress and uncheck the categories you don’t want to show.
Keeping Your Categories Hidden on the Homepage
There could be a number of reasons why you would want to remove certain categories from the homepage in WordPress. Whether they are empty or you just have too many different elements, it’s all about keeping the site clean and user-friendly.
Customize the appearance of your site and keep your audience engaged. You don’t want your list of categories to seem overwhelming to visitors.
How many categories do you have set up on your website? How do you customize the category list to make it more unique or attractive?
Author: Michael Brockbank
Michael has been in the tech industry in some form or another since the late 1990s. He’s built a variety of websites using HTML, Joomla and WordPress. Starting his freelance writing career in 2012, he’s completed thousands of projects world-wide covering a wide scope of topics. Michael is currently the Content Marketing Team Lead. Today, he manages a team of writers to create tutorials, blog posts and support content for customers. Outside of GreenGeeks, he manages a YouTube channel that helps others learn how to become freelance writers, bloggers and overall professionals.