How to Categorize or Re-categorize Your Instructables




About: Eric J. Wilhelm is the founder of Instructables. He has a Ph.D. from MIT in Mechanical Engineering. Eric believes in making technology accessible through understanding, and strives to inspire others to lear...

We're proud to share with you our new Instructables taxonomy. Each Instructable needs to be placed in one category, and if it fits in two, it can be added to a second. Jump on in and explore the categories: That is the best way by far to get a feel for them.

If you're not sure what category your Instructables fits in, have a look through and see where there's the closest match. The categories are guidelines, and are not meant to be rigid. Plus, if we get enough new Instructables of a certain type, we'll add another category.

You still need to add keywords to your Instructable, and within categories, these will be even more useful.

All the Instructables up until approximately a week ago, were categorized by me. If I put your Instructable in the wrong category, please accept my apologies and proceed to step 1 to re-categorize it.

Step 1: Put Your Instructable in a Different Category

Edit your Instructable by clicking the "edit" button in the upper left while viewing it.

Click the "publish" tab, and then click the "unpublish" button. This will take you to the publish page, where you can change or add your Instructable to categories with the pull-down menus. Next, hit the publish button. Unpublishing and re-publishing your Instructable does not affect its original publish date.



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    17 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I would love a similar feature with our Favorites list. There are many Instructables that I add to my "Favorites" because I want to work on them later. However, when I go to find one, I have to search through all of them with the only categories being "Featured, Recent, Popular, Views" which are not so relevant to me. It would be preferable to let us categorize them ourselves, so we could use different categories such as "New House", "This Year", or "Things to Do with Nephew". But even if we could have them sorted by the category the owner put them in "Tech/Craft/Food" etc would be extremely helpful.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    If we see a whole bunch of stuff that should really be in its own category, we'll build that category. I don't think the other way around of "build it and they will come" is a great approach for our categories right now


    12 years ago on Introduction

    When I tried to open this instructable from an RSS feed, it didn't work. I noticed it was missing an m in the .com. Just lettin' ya know.