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. Keep following the post.
Creating a new category in Discourse
Log in to your admin account and open homepage. Now head over to Categories section as shown in Screenshot below.
Then on the right side, you will find a menu icon. Click on it. It will bring down a small menu. And now click on the New category option.
After clicking on the New category option. A new pop up window will open.
Now here you have to enter detail like your category name and the slug. Slug of the category 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 on this URL, you can see all the topics under this category.
Then in the next option, you have to select the parent category. Well, it’s not necessary, leave as default 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. So if you have created a parent category before, then you can choose them here.
You can also choose colors for your categories. The colors will be reflected on the homepage where categories are shown beside the topics.
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 options that you can set to create a more meaningful and customized 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. Who can see the category, who can create and reply to the topics.
The next tab is about Settings of the category, where a lot of settings are available. But if you are a beginner, I suggest you leave it as default. Here you can change various things like for how many time you want to allow users to create a topic, moderation of the topic, etc.
Next option is the category for images. Here you can add images for your category, and background of the category. This adds some eye-candy to your Discourse forum. You can set a custom header image and a custom background image. Note that this may add up to the site loading time because of the images.
You also get the Topic Template option. If you create a template here, any member trying to create a new topic in this category will see this template.
This will be helpful in the 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 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. And you can see your newly created category there.
[Must do] After creating a new category in Discourse
One more thing you should do is to edit the “About category”. When a new member visits the category, this will be shown at the top of the category. You should briefly tell the purpose of the category and do’s and don’ts of the category here.
Bonus Tip: You can edit your category anytime
If you missed any settings while creating a new category, don’t worry. You can edit all those settings any time you want. Just go to your category and click Edit option.
So, we 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.