# Category¶

Categories are not mandatory but make it easier to structure news records.

Hint

EXT:news uses the System Categories since version 3.0.0.

## Add a category¶

1. Switch to any page or sysfolder in the backend of your TYPO3 installation
2. Click on the + icon.
3. Select “Category” which can be found in the section System Records.

## Properties¶

Field Description
Title Title of the category. This field is required!
Parent category The parent category is used to build a category tree. Therefore select the parent of the current category. If nothing selected, the category is used as a root category.
Image Image of the category which can be shown next to a category title.
Description Description of the category
Single-view page for news from this category If a page is defined, it is used as page for displaying the news record. If a news record belongs to more than one category, only the 1 st category is checked for this field.
News category shortcut Optional link of a news category to the given page
SEO: <title>-Tag

Can be used to set a special <title>-Tag for category pages. This must be enabled in the template:

<f:if condition="{categories.0.title}">
<n:titleTag>
<f:format.htmlentitiesDecode>{categories.0.title}</f:format.htmlentitiesDecode>
</n:titleTag>
</f:if>

SEO: Meta-Description

Can be used to set a special meta description for category pages. This must be enabled in the template:

<f:if condition="{categories.0.description}">
<n:metaTag name="description" content="{categories.0.description -> f:format.stripTags()}" />
</f:if>

SEO: Headline

Can be used to set a special headline for category pages, e.g. for H1 tag This must be enabled in the template:

<f:if condition="{categories.0.headline}">
<f:then>
<h1>{categories.0.headline}</h1>
</f:then>
<f:else>
<h1>News Category</h1>
</f:else>
</f:if>

SEO: Text

Can be used to add additional content text for category pages This must be enabled in the template:

<f:if condition="{categories.0.text}">
<f:format.html>{categories.0.text}</f:format.html>
</f:if>