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Users sometimes ask if you can add an introduction to each one of your category pages. The answer is no, if one means rich content of the type you can add in a post or a static page (with elaborate text formatting, images etc). But some of the newer themes, as well as a few older ones, display the category description when you view a category page.

To add a description to a post category, you go to Posts > Categories, hover under the title of the category, click Edit, enter text in the “Description” field, click Update.

The description field works like the comment field (when you comment on someone else’s blog); you cannot format the text using inline CSS (that is, using the style attribute inside HTML tags) or add images, but you can
• enter line and paragraph breaks,
• use plain HTML tags for bold and italics ( <strong>TEXT HERE</strong> , <em>TEXT HERE</em> ),
• use coding for links ( <a href="URL HERE">LINKING TEXT HERE</a> ).

Category descriptions are displayed in the following themes (as a rule, below the category heading): [a]

Adventure Journal
Andreas 09
Beach
Chaos Theory
Chateau
Choco
Comet
Coraline
Dusk to Dawn
Duster
Fauna [b]
Forever
Fruit Shake
Imbalance 2
iTheme2
Liquorice
Matala
Mystique
NotesIL
Parament
Piano Black
Pilcrow
Pink Touch 2 [c]
Quintus [d]
Reddle
Rusty Grunge
Sandbox (all four)
Splendio
Sundance
Sunspot
Toolbox
Twenty Eleven
Twenty Ten
Vostok

Notes
[a] Category pages usually include a heading; the heading varies, depending on the theme – see relevant post.
[b] Description shows in the sidebar.
[c] Bug: description shows twice.
[d] Oversight: no space between heading and description.

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6 thoughts on “Category descriptions

  1. Thank you for this list! I have a fair no. of categories and really like having my category description show on the category page, almost seems like a no-brainer that this should be the default option in any theme…That was one of the main things I liked about TwentyTen. I’ll come back to this list if I decide not to stick with Bueno.

    Posted by ingridcc | December 9, 2011, 09:03
  2. My pleasure!

    Posted by Panos | December 9, 2011, 09:14
  3. Thank you- your post does exactly what I was planning to test (for matala!)

    Posted by seabedhabitats | December 9, 2011, 14:51
  4. how do i make some page for my post by each?
    but not on category. could you help me immediately please

    Posted by houseofcliche | December 10, 2011, 10:24
  5. Sorry, I don’t understand your question – try to explain more clearly.

    Posted by Panos | December 11, 2011, 02:14
  6. thank you ve ry much

    Posted by Xuthi | December 22, 2011, 15:04

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