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WP Categories Metabox Extended


WP Categories Metabox Extended extends the Category metabox on your WordPress editor. Once installed the Category metabox gets a search bar with which you search Categories. Also, this is only seen on “Add New Post” screen in the WordPress Admin dashboard.

From WordPress 5.0, the search bar is included with the Categories metabox. In case you choose to use the Classic editor by using plugins like Disable Gutenberg, then WP Categories Metabox Extended plugin will continue to extend the Categories metabox for the default “Post” post type.


  • WP Categories Metabox re-arranged to be shown at the top in WordPress editor.
  • Use the search input to search for categories.
  • Results appear as soon as you start to type.
  • Use Clear button to clear the search.
  • A message is shown when the Category does not exist.


  1. The easiest way to install the plugin is from “Add New Plugin” screen.
  2. You can also upload the entire wp-categories-metabox-extended folder to /wp-content/plugins/ via FTP/SFTP.


Will the Metabox show up on custom Post types?

No. WP Categories Metabox Extended shows up only when you add/edit WordPress default Posts.


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Contributors & Developers

“WP Categories Metabox Extended” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



v1.1.0 (Dev time: 3 hours)
– Improved README file
– Refactored the plugin
– Made compatible with WordPress v5.0 (Gutenberg)

v1.0.2 (Dev time: 0.5 hours)
– Removed Console logs

v1.0.1 (Dev time: 0.5 hours)
– Fixed typographical errors in README
– Included screenshots

v1.0.0 (Dev time: 18.5 hours)
– Ideation
– Plugin planning &
– Initial development