After starting this blog a few days ago, (note: I am very familiar with how WP is supposed to work), I created 5 categories and changed my default category from “uncategorized” to “rants and raves”. I no longer have a category named “uncategorized”.
When I’m typing a new post, or editing a published post, the only category shown under the “Categories” section is my default, “rants and raves”. When I click the “All categories” link, it changes to read “Loading…”, but nothing changes… none of my other categories appear in order for me to choose them. As a result, I’m only able to post to one category, my default.
A stroll through the support forums shows that there are many unresolved issues with the categories, so instead of posting about this there, I sent a mail to support using their form. I did this two days ago, and haven’t yet received a response. I use FireFox browser primarily, but even broke my own rules by opening IE browser to see if that would make a difference and it didn’t.
At this point, I guess I’ll just use tags as an alternative to additional categories, which kind of defeats my normal organization of content. I read in the forums that you can’t use more than 12 tags if you want your posts to be included in the tag surfer listings here, so if you’re having this problem, keep that in mind when tagging your posts. I wouldn’t use that many tags normally.
This method of tagging as categories makes me miss the plugin I use on my other sites, “clickable tags” display. With any luck, having your tags displayed in that manner will be added to a future version of WP. It sure would make posting easier. Then again, so would having all your categories available to choose from!
Aside: I just noticed… there’s no “Preview Post” button at the top of my “Write Post” page, like in my self hosted WP 2.6 blogs. I miss it!