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Managing categories (zones)


Categories (previously zones) are used to organize website content by topic. For example, your website might have a 'Politics' category for all content relating to politics. Every content item in Pangea CMS must have at least one category.

This article explains how to manage existing categories via the Categories (Zones) screen.

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Open the Categories (Zones) screen

To access the Categories (Zones) screen, click Settings > Categories (Zones) in the top panel.

By default, all of the categories for your website are listed in order.

You can check the following information for each category:

  • (A): Status: Hover your cursor over the icon to check the category status.
  • (B): Title: Displays the name of the category that is used on the public website and in Pangea CMS.
  • (C): English title: The category name in English. This is included in the URL for the category archive page and enhances visibility via search engines.
  • (D): Category type: Displays the type of category.
  • (E): Show in archive: Indicates if the category is included on the archive page. If your website has an archive page, content from all categories is included here by default. You can specify that an individual category is not included on the archive page by unticking the Show In Archive setting on the Edit Category (Zone) screen.

You can change the position of a category using the drop-down menu on each category panel. For example, if you select 1, the category is positioned first.

The order of the categories is reflected on public website pages that include a list of categories. The order is also reflected in mobile and smart TV apps.



NOTE: When you change the position of a child category, the order only changes in relation to other child categories that are linked to the same top level category. If you change the position of a top level category, the position of the linked child categories also changes.



Search for a category

You can use the search and filter options at the top of the screen to conveniently find particular categories.

The following options are available:

Search by keyword

To display only categories that contain a specified keyword:

  1. Type a keyword into the text box.
  2. Click Search.

Only categories containing the specified keyword are now displayed. You can optionally narrow the list further using Filters.




Use filters

To filter the displayed categories by type or status:

  1. Use the Category type drop-down menu to change which types of category are displayed. The following options are available:
  2. Use the Status drop-down menu and tick the box next to one or more statuses. Only categories with the statuses you select are now displayed.



Create a category

You can create either a top level category or a child category. A top level category is a wide topic that may contain multiple child categories. For example, the top level category 'Sport' may contain child categories such as 'Football' and 'Athletics'.

Follow the relevant step below:

  • Create a top level category: Click + Add new at the top of the screen.
  • Create a child category: Hover your cursor over the relevant top level category, and click + Add child (the plus icon).

The Edit Category (Zone) screen opens. For more information, refer to the relevant article below according to the type of category you want to create:

NOTE: After the new category is created, it appears at the bottom of the list on the Categories (Zones) page. You can optionally change the position of the new category using the drop-down menu on the left side of the category panel.





Edit a category

Edit an existing category using either method below:

  • Click the category title.
  • Hover your cursor over the category panel and click Edit item (the pencil icon).

The Edit Category (Zone) screen opens. For more information, refer to the relevant article below according to the type of category you are editing:




Delete a category

NOTE: For information about the conditions that apply when you delete a category in Pangea CMS, refer to the following article:


To delete a category:

  1. Hover your cursor over the relevant category panel, and click Delete item (the trash icon).
  2. Click Delete to confirm.

The category is now deleted.

NOTE: You cannot delete a top level category if it contains child categories. You need to delete each child category before deleting the top level category.


To restore a deleted category:

  1. Click the Show deleted slider at the top of the screen so that it changes from gray (OFF) to blue (ON).
  2. Deleted categories now appear on the list. The panel for a deleted category is red and is marked with the Deleted icon.
  3. Hover your cursor over the deleted category and click Restore item.
  4. Click Restore to confirm.

The category is now restored.

Content items previously assigned to the restored category are re-assigned automatically if no other category has been manually selected. If a different category has already been selected for the content item, the manually selected category is not replaced.

NOTE: You cannot restore a child category if the top level category is also deleted. You need to restore the top level category before restoring the child category.



Further recommendations

For general information about categories in Pangea CMS, refer to the following article:

For more information about managing the settings for individual categories, refer to the following articles:

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