A couple of weeks ago the WordPress community was blessed with the latest release from the WordPress team, now known as WordPress 2.3. One of the included features was an extremely important and extremely useful one, which adds built-in tags to WordPress.

If you have already upgraded to WordPress 2.3 and want to take advantage of this new feature, you will probably have to manually add this tagging feature to your theme. In order to add tags, you simply need to paste the following code where you want to display the tags:

<?php the_tags(); ?>

This will actually add the text “Tags:” before the output of tags, so you will not need to do this manually. If you would like to proudly display your tags in a cloud somewhere (most commonly in your sidebar), you can easily do so by using the following code:

<?php wp_tag_cloud('smallest=8&largest=36&'); ?>

This code tells WordPress to display your tags in alphabetical order with the smallest text being 8 point font and the largest font is 36 point font. You can adjust the font sizes to your preference.

If you would prefer to stick with the Ultimate Tagging Warrior plugin, the author has stated that the plugin will be updated to work with WordPress 2.3  Most people, though, would probably prefer to switch to the new built-in tagging system. If you’d like to make the switch from UTW to the new WordPress tagging system, WordPress has made it easy to make the conversion with their import feature. You can find the import option under the Manage tab in your Dashboard. In addition to the ability to import your UTW tags, WordPress also allows you to import tags from other plugins such as Bunny’s Technorati Tags and the Simple Tagging plugin.

Overall, I am extremely impressed with the new tagging feature found in WordPress 2.3 and even more impressed with how easy it is to convert your old tags to the new system.

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Follow Kyle on Twitter @KyleEslick!

  1. Beth says:

    Has anyone had issues with the tagcloud links taking you to a 404 page? I’m at my wit’s end and I have found nothing in the support forums on WP about this.

  2. Hasan says:

    Kyle…you just helped me saving $50…thats the amount a guy was charging me for putting that code…you are a life saver pal…thanks 🙂

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