For some reason I seem to be unable to remove the category "Uncategorized" from posts on my WordPress page http://www.karlshamnsaikido.se/. Since it's in Swedish it says "OKATEGORISERADE" instead of "Uncategorized" though. Whenever I edit a post and uncheck the box for "Uncategorized" and press update it just get checked again when the page reloads.

I have tried to do this logged in as administrator as well but it doesn't help. I have also tried removing the category from the category administration page and receive no error message when I do, but it just comes back.

Has anyone come across this problem and know how to correct it?

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    Is this self-hosted or from WordPress.com? – Eight Days of Malaise Jun 17 '12 at 19:48
  • It is self-hosted running version 3.4 – Skadlig Jun 18 '12 at 19:12
  • Questions about self hosted blogs are off topic. – ChrisF Jun 18 '12 at 21:22

The category "Uncategorized" is a default category.

You have to have a default category (which means at least one) in Wordpress.

However, you could change the "Uncategorized" category to a more imposing one as such "Blog", "Stories", etc, which would make the default (say for example, blog) category "Blog" and list all uncategorized posts as under "Blog".

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  • Thank you for your answer but the problem was twofold. I'm not even able to remove the category from a single post. – Skadlig Jun 18 '12 at 19:29
  • It needs a category by default. Tags are optional, though. – Kyle Yeo Jun 19 '12 at 3:58
  • Since you're hosting it, you could try to remove part of the code where it shows the Category or something, so it won't display below a post. – Kyle Yeo Jun 19 '12 at 3:59

The problem was that the wordpress user did not have the correct permissions to perform updates in the database.

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