How to find a WordPress category ID

Many WordPress themes, especially those in magazine style, need to have some configurations in terms of category IDs in order to show things properly. They will often ask you for a Category ID in the theme option panel. And you might be wandering how on earth to find those IDs.

That is, in fact, a quite easy task – even though it might be a little tricky. This post is all about those IDs and how to find them in no time. Here we go:

  1. On your dashboard, under the Posts menu, click Categories;
  2. Keep the mouse over the category whose ID you need;
  3. Look at your browser’s status bar and you will see something like this in the shown URL: tag_ID=160all you need is the number.

So that you know, this is true for WordPress tags and other custom taxonomies you might be using in your site – the ID finding process is the same.

This is all for this time. I hope you enjoyed it. And good luck!

Baki Goxhaj
I’m a web consultant specializing in WordPress. I love elegant solutions, quality code and a good laughter.
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  • Jaupi May 10,2012 at 8:10 am

    Thanks Banago for good tutorial

    • banago May 10,2012 at 8:49 am

      Hey, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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  • faze tari Feb 22,2011 at 6:17 pm

    thanks man for tutorial 😉

  • Mark Hillary Feb 4,2011 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks – this was really useful and saved me a lot of time!

    • BANAGO Feb 4,2011 at 5:10 pm

      Welcome! I’m happy to hear that.

  • Simon Johnstone Jul 24,2010 at 9:24 am

    I searched everywhere for this info, but I found it after reading how to display recent comments without using a plugin or widget.

  • Shamim May 6,2010 at 4:40 pm

    It’s a easy info that I was looking for. I thought to use plugin but i didn’t know there are sweet tricks are waiting for me.

    Thanks bro……

  • Louie Sison Feb 18,2010 at 6:34 pm

    I used this in my other website. You can check it out, it’s It worked for me.

  • Huken Jan 2,2010 at 7:21 am

    Thanks for this post! I like it 😡

  • Jodi Aug 23,2009 at 1:39 am

    This was SUPER easy and SUPER helpful. Thank You!

    • BANAGO Aug 26,2009 at 12:09 am

      You’re most welcome! I’m happy that was helpful to you.

  • joyoge designers' bookmark Aug 2,2009 at 7:46 pm

    thanks for the tip:))

  • BANAGO Feb 11,2009 at 10:01 am

    Welcome! Yes, WordPress has to be fast to succeed, so make it as light as possible. Good luck!

  • rudy Feb 11,2009 at 6:11 am

    Hi, thanks for this hint. I had to use a plug-in to get it :D. Maybe now it’s time to turn it off, and keeping WP faster.

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