stupid category tricks

If you want to use the default category widget (because of the drop down feature, for instance ….) but still need to exclude some categories from the display
replace the array of numbers to match categories to exclude

If you want to remove /category/ from the url, follow these two steps:

1. Go to Settings >> Permalinks and select Custom and enter: /%category%/%postname%/

2. Next set your Category Base to /. <= it is the trailing period that does the trick here! ... this solution beats trying to re-write the URL structure in your .htaccess file or going deep functions to disallow ant re-construct the URL functions in your theme! ANOTHER WAY TO STRIP THE "/category/" prefix: When you use SEO by Yoast (which you should probably be using anyway) Go to:
=> SEO
=> Permalinks
=> activate the “Strip the category base (usually /category/) from the category URL.” checkbox