Is reorganising WordPress categories and posts a recipe for disaster?

I have far too many categories for this blog and I want to consolidate a number of them, remove others. I started doing this a while ago and wound up changing the publication dates for a number of old posts which started appearing as most recent posts. It was a mess.

Is there a way to safely consolidate categories, delete unused ones and not make a complete mess of the site?

Paul

Enthusiast, writer, strategist, web developer, and photographer. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.

  1. You should be able to update a post but leave the date as original publish date. I’m not sure about an automated way to do it though.

    I stopped using categories a while ago and switch to only using tags. I was initially using both.

    I’ve since heard from some of the SEO guys I know that having posts linked to multiple tags might not be the best route in terms of ranking, unless you don’t list the “tag pages” in your sitemap.

What do you think?

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