Nov 12 2008

WordPress Categories and Tags

Category: SoftwareTeknovis @ 20:56

There seems to be differing opinions on how Categories and Tags should be used within WordPress. So now that I some experience with both of these I have decided to go with the following principles:

  • I am using Categories as very high-level descriptors, like chapters in a book.
  • I am using Tags as precise pointers, like the index in a book.

Consequently, the number of Tags is likely to grow very large, and it is likely that a substantial number of these Tags will only be used once. So I will keep this under review.

The Tag Cloud shows a maximum of 45 Tags by default, as described in the wp_tag_cloud() documentation. However, this can easily be increased to any maximum number using a parameter.

I had expected that I could parametrise wp_tag_cloud() as part of my theme, but I could not find any way to do this!

Instead I had to modify one of the WordPress PHP files. There appeared to be two approaches:

I am not sure what the relative advantages and disadvantages of these approaches are, but I chose the second one.

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2 Responses to “WordPress Categories and Tags”

  1. c.bavota says:

    Thanks for the link to my post about Modifying the WordPress Tag Cloud Widget Font Size. I didn’t realize all of my apostrophes where smart quotes when you copy and pasted. I found the culprit and will have a post up tomorrow about how to actually avoid having WordPress convert all your quotes to smart quotes. Take care. – c.bavota

  2. Teknovis says:

    No problem. I look forward to reading your follow-up post regarding the auto converting of characters in WordPress.