Brief: This is a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to create a new category in the Discourse forum.
Discourse is an open source forum platform that has grown tremendously in the last couple of years. And why it should not? It comes with a lot of features and perfect functionality that an engaging online community needs.
So are you new to discourse forum platform? But confused, how to start with it? How to create a new category in discourse? Well here is a step by step guide to creating categories on discourse platform.
Creating a new category in Discourse
Log in to your admin account and open homepage. Now head over to the Categories section as shown in the Screenshot below.
Then on the right side, you will find a menu icon. Click on it. It will bring down a small menu. From the small menu click on the New category option.
After clicking on the New category option, a new pop up window will open.
Now here, enter details like your category name and the slug. Slug of the category here means URL of the category. So if you choose slug as ‘new-release’, your category URL will look like example.com/c/new-release. And under this URL, you can see all the topics filed in this category.
The next option is to select a parent category. It is not necessary and you can leave it as default, especially if you are new. But for example, if you are creating categories like gadgets, news, etc. then technology can be considered as their parent category. And if you have already created a parent category before, then you can choose that here.
You can also choose colors for your categories. The colors will reflect on the homepage where the categories are shown, just beside the topic.
Basically, you can end your category creation at this very step by clicking the New Category option on the bottom. But there are some additional features that you can set up to create a more meaningful and customised category.
Additional options while creating a new category in Discourse
You can set additional options while creating a new category. These settings are provided in the tabs. You’ll find Security, Settings, Images and Topic Template options here.
Let’s begin with the security option. Here you can add or remove permissions for the category. You can decide who can see the category, who can create and reply to the topics.
The next tab is about settings up the category. But if you are a beginner, I suggest you leave it as default. Here you can change various things like time duration for allowing users to create a topic, moderation of the topic, etc.
The next category is for images. Here you can add images as well as background to your category. This adds to the look and feel of your forum. You can set a custom header and background image. Note that this may add up to the site loading time because of the addition of images.
You also get a topic template option. If you create a template here, any member trying to create a new topic in this category can see this template.
It will be helpful in situations where you want all the topics to follow a certain pattern. For example, if the category is “introduction”, you can create template with Name, Age, Gender, Hobby, why you joined the forum etc. This way, a new member would know what to put in the respective topics.
So, that is how we can create a new category on discourse forum. To view your created category, you can click on All Categories.
[Must do] After creating a new category in Discourse
One crucial thing you should do is to edit the “About category”. When a new member visits the category, this description will be shown at the top of the category. You should briefly mention the purpose and do’s and don’ts of the category here.
Bonus Tip: You can edit your category anytime
If you have missed editing any settings while creating a new category, don’t worry. You can edit all the settings any time you want. Just go to your category and click Edit option.
So, I hope that now you can successfully create a new category in discourse. And if you have any doubt or if you are facing any problem regarding this post or discourse forum. Then leave your comment in the comment section. We would be happy to assist you. Bookmark our website for more tutorials and guides related to Discourse.