The categories block helps you to organize your previously published posts by category. This block can be useful for readers who want to find more of your posts about specific topics.

Adding block

To add a category list, click on the Block Inserter icon and select the “Categories” block.

Inserting categories block

Alternatively, you can start typing /categories in a new paragraph block, then press enter.

Block interface

To reveal the block toolbar, you can click on the block, and the toolbar will display. Each block comes with unique toolbar icons and specific user controls that allow you to manipulate the block right in the editor.

Categories block interface toolbar


A few of the options are for the block’s alignment, “Right”, “Center”, and “Left”. Choosing the right or left will allow you to place another block alongside the categories block; moreover, selecting the “Center” will return the block to its default, taking up the full width of the post or page content.

Clicking on the ⚙ cog icon next to the publish button will toggle the visibility of this panel.

The categories block settings in the sidebar

Categories settings

The categories settings allow you to choose whether to display the categories as a drop-down, rather than the default bulleted list. You also have the choice to show the hierarchy and/or post counts.

Categories block display settings
  • Display As Dropdown — Choose this option to display the category list in a drop-down menu rather than as a list. This option might be useful in case you want to save space or have lots of categories to display.
  • Show Hierarchy — If you have parent and child categories (subcategories within main categories) you can choose to display the hierarchy or simply leave the list flat, without indicating which subcategories fit inside your main categories. You can show category hierarchies with both the list and drop-down menu formats.
  • Show Post Counts — If this option is chosen, the total number of published posts for that particular category will display next to the link. This option can be used with both the list and drop-down menu formats.


The advanced tab lets you add a CSS class to your block, allowing you to write custom CSS and apply styles to the block as you see fit.

The advanced section lets you add a CSS class to your block

Last updated: 3 years ago

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