How to Resolve the "block_categories is deprecated" Error in WordPress Print

  • Updated on 07-May-2024
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If you're here, it means you've encountered the "block_categories is deprecated" error while working with your WordPress site—no need to worry. We're here to guide you through the steps to fix this issue.

This error is often the result of certain plugins or themes that use the deprecated 'block_categories' function. This can usually be resolved by turning off the plugins one by one, shifting to a default WordPress theme, or updating the offending plugin or theme.

Deactivating Plugins:

First, let's start with the plugins. The goal is to identify if a particular plugin is causing the issue.

  1. Go to your WordPress dashboard, and navigate to Plugins > Installed Plugins.
  2. Now, turn off your plugins one at a time by clicking the Deactivate link under each plugin.
  3. After each deactivation, check your site to see if the error message still appears.
  4. If the error message disappears after deactivating a particular plugin, you've found the culprit.

You may have to contact the developer or search for an alternative plugin. According to a discussion in the WordPress community forums, the Toolset Types plugin has been identified as causing this error in some cases.

Switching to a Default WordPress Theme:

It could be your theme if the issue isn't resolved by deactivating the plugins. Here's how to switch to a default theme:

  1. From your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Appearance > Themes.
  2. Click Activate if a default WordPress theme (like Twenty Twenty) is installed. If not, install it first by clicking Add New and searching for the theme.
  3. Recheck your site for the error message.

Switching to a default theme will not remove any of your site data, but it can help identify whether your theme is causing the problem.

Contact WordPress Support:

If the error persists after trying these steps, it's time to contact WordPress support, as a bug may need to be addressed. The WordPress community is always there to help!

One of the forum discussions suggested that the error may be due to using an unsupported hook, 'block_editor_settings'. It would be best if you were using 'block_editor_settings_all' instead.

For more in-depth guidance on dealing with WordPress issues, check out our articles on 5 Easy Fixes to Complex WordPress Issues and How to Increase PHP Memory Limit.

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