I have a channel that will require lots of editing (adding and selecting) of many categories and want to make this as simple a process as possible for the client. I also need to require that only one category can be selected at a time (unlike the multiple on the Categories tab).

Is there a decent fieldtype add-on that allows for managing categories, not just selecting them?


You can try my Category Field addon which should do exactly what your looking for:

This field type allows you organize your category groups as you would any other custom field type anywhere on your publish entries form. Additionally a filtered input is provided for long category lists.


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  • Nuno, does your fieldtype save the category selection as 'native' categories (e.g. writes to the exp_category_posts table)? – Richard Frank Dec 2 '12 at 7:19
  • Yep all native functionality. – Nuno Albuquerque Dec 2 '12 at 18:59

This fieldtype is often overlooked, but I find for single-category entries, Lonely Cat by Wouter Vervloet to be amazingly simple and effective.


The advantage of Lonely Cat is in its ability to be instantly grasped by the user, and in the fact that it selects only one category at a time, though it can be configured to also select all parents of that category, as well.

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  • Can the user add Categories from the Publish screen as well? – Brandon Durham Dec 2 '12 at 15:13
  • Seems this is only for category selection and not management. – Brandon Durham Dec 2 '12 at 15:51

I would suggest you use Playa for your categories. That will make it easy for your client to edit/add or delete categories.

  1. It looks nice!
  2. ease of use. (http://pixelandtonic.com/playa/docs/templates)
  3. You can add a lot of extra fields to a single category.
  4. Restrict that the client can select only one option (in this case a category).
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The Category Field add-on mentioned by Nuno looks like it may cover it.

The Solspace Primary Category add-on provides another option for managing category selection, though likely not as in-depth as you are looking for.


Sometimes I also use Tags as an alternative for categories.



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  • The Solspace Tags UI is exactly what I'm looking for, but it doesn't seem to have one feature I require: restricting to only one tag per entry. – Brandon Durham Dec 2 '12 at 15:20

None of the add-ons really did the trick so I ended up just dragging the categories field onto the Publish page from the Toolbar.

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