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  1. #1

    I can't delete the categories in Wordpress

    Hi all,

    On my blog I have few categories which I am not using anymore. They have 0 posts and I want to delete them but when deleting the categories they are not being deleted.

    Here is the screenshot when I hit the delete button - http://i.imgur.com/7EHsCqI.jpg

    It just stuck there and doesn't delete categories, when I refresh the page the categories are still there.

    How can I delete them? I need to delete them because in Google Webmaster Tools I am getting error message about these categories.
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  2. #2
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    I don't suppose that category is the default category, just renamed, is it?
    It might just be the default category.

    Go to "Settings" and then "Writing" and set a default category (other than the one that you can't delete) then try again.

  3. #3
    No, the default category is "uncategorized", I don't have any post in that category.

    I installed a plugin wp-cleanfix and it deleted all those categories for me.

    But I still don't understand why they were unable to delete in the first place.
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    Ah, it's just more often than not, people cannot delete the categories as they've set them as the default category.

    Chances are, it's a plugin that is interfering with the "delete category" process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jani View Post
    It just stuck there and doesn't delete categories, when I refresh the page the categories are still there.
    Did you try with another browser? There is a small possibility that it is a browser related issue.
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    ^ Nope, I was using Firefox and didn't think of changing browser because tags were deleting fine just categories were not getting deleted.

    I have got the issue fixed now so can't check it now.
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