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Warning: this won’t be a cookbook set of step by step instructions. For the sake of brevity, it is assumed that you’re fairly comfortable with using your online newsletter already. If you need more details, please feel free to email us.

What is the purpose of categories? You’ve seen the choice to put your entry into categories. You’ve seen the spot under each entry where it lists all the categories to which an entry belongs. You may have even seen the category archive links in the sidebar.

Basically, categories are an arbitrary way to split your content up to make it more accessible—both for you and for your readers.

After using your online newsletter for several months, you may start to build up a lot of content. While there are several ways/views to see old content, categories are one of the more useful ways.

To create categories, click the categories button in the left sidebar of the admin interface, type in the various categories of entries you think you might like and save your changes. Of course, you can always come back and change or delete categories.

Warning: don’t delete the “sticky” category even if you don’t use it.

At this point, you can start assigning categories to your entries. You can assign each entry to multiple categories if you so desire. Also, if you want to assign categories to entries en masse (without editing each entry one at a time), use the “Power-Editing Mode”. To access “Power-Editing Mode”, click the “Edit Entries” button and look for the link that says “Open power-editing mode”.

Once you start assigning categories, visitors will see your category assignments in two places.
  1. There is a “This entry was posted in the following categories:” note after each entry showing its category. If a visitor finds an entry particularly interesting, they can easily click on the link to view similar entries.

  2. Category archives in the sidebar. This shows all the categories that you’ve created and links to the archive page for each category.
The category archives page shows all entries in a particular category sorted by date with the newest entries on the top. Only the title and first 25 words of each entry are displayed. If a visitor is interetested in a particular entry, they can click the link to read the entire entry.