As your blog grows larger and you publish more content, it becomes harder for your readers to find the useful content you might want them to read because it’s pushed deeper into the archives every time a new post goes live.
For example, I’ve got a category all about WordPress plugins.
The first post I wrote for that category answers the question “What is a WordPress plugin?“. I’ve written more posts since, and I’ll write more in the future, so the “What is a WordPress plugin?” article sits at the bottom of the last page in the archive, making it hard stumble across.
For me, it makes a lot of sense to set up the category so the explanatory article always sits at the top, so any newbie wondering “what on earth is a plugin?” can quickly find the answer.
The term for this type of post is “sticky”.
How to set up the Category Sticky Post WordPress plugin
Download and install the plugin in the usual way, then navigate to the post you want to make sticky.
You should see a new widget called Category Sticky in the right sidebar.
From the drop-down menu, choose the category you want to use. Bear in mind, you can only attach one post to one category, but that post can be published in an alternative category. So, if I wanted, I could attach my “What is a WordPress plugin?” post to a WordPress for Beginners category.
Notice the option to “Hide Sticky Post Border?“. Leave it unticked for now.
Hit Update and check out the Category page to make sure the sticky post is at the top.
This is what my sticky post looks like with the border (it doesn’t look terrible and it doesn’t look great either…).
If you like it with the border you can crack on with something else. If you don’t like the border, go back and change it by ticking the box next to “Hide Sticky Post Border?”.
Here’s my sticky post again, this time without the border.
That’s all you have to do add a sticky post to a WordPress category.
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