How to Create Categories From Tags on the Sidebar in Tumblr

By David Nield

Category links make it easier for visitors to navigate around your website.
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The Tumblr blogging platform has several features that can be useful to your business: it's free to use, includes built-in social media links and offers plenty of flexibility over your site's layout. To create category links for your business's Tumblr blog, your existing posts must be tagged accurately, and you must be using a Tumblr theme that supports the use of pages and a sidebar element. Open the Tumblr theme gallery to see previews of available themes and their features.

Log in to Tumblr, and then click the preferences icon, which looks like a small gray cog symbol. Select the name of the blog to edit, and then click "Customize" under the current theme thumbnail.

Click the "Pages" heading on the customization pane, and then select "Add a page."

Choose "Redirect" from the drop-down menu at the top, and then enter a page URL in the field directly below. This address can be anything you like, but should relate to the category you are creating.

Click inside the "Redirect to" field and enter the following URL:


Replace "<blogname>" with the address of your Tumblr blog and "<tagname>" with the tag for this category. Any posts matching the chosen tag will appear when the page link is clicked.

Tick the box labelled "Show a link to this page," and then enter the text that will appear on the screen to represent the link. This text does not have to match the tag, but should represent the category name -- "News" or "Products," for example.

Click "Create page" to add the page to the blog. Click and drag pages on the customization pane to change their order on the screen. Click "Save" to confirm the changes, and then click "Close" to return to the Tumblr dashboard.


You can add tags to posts using the box on the right of the post creation screen. Click the "edit" link on existing posts to change tags for content that has already been published. You can label each post with multiple tags.

Many Tumblr themes display the applied tags alongside the posts themselves. Readers can click these tags to view all posts matching the tag, providing an alternative to the pages method.

If you use a Tumblr theme without support for pages or a sidebar, you can add these manually by editing the HTML on the customization screen. However, the process requires a substantial level of HTML/CSS knowledge.